The winner of four ATP titles (the last one in Chennai 2013) and a former world no. 8 Janko Tipsarevic will retire after the Davis Cup Finals in November in Madrid. The 35-year-old Serb has been struggling with numerous injuries in the last couple of years, unable to play injury free or improve the ranking position, deciding to call it a career and switch focus to his family and tennis academy he runs in Belgrade.
The two-time US Open quarter-finalist and multiple Masters 1000 semi-finalist, Tipsarevic had been ranked in the Top 8 back in 2012 before starting to struggle with a right heel injury a year later, winning just 20 matches in 2013.
The worst was yet to come for a junior Grand Slam champion, as he was forced to miss the entire 2014 with a benign soft tissue tumor, undergoing two surgeries in May and September and dropping out from the rankings for the first time since 2000!
His first singles tournament after a comeback was Houston in 2015, scoring three wins in seven tournaments and he was forced to end his season early again due to right knee patella tendonitis, not playing since the US Open.
Janko was able to play more tournaments in 2016 and he grabbed eight ATP wins including the semi-final in Shenzhen together with the Challenger crown in Qingdao just before the US Open. The start of 2017 could not have been better for the talented Serb, winning back-to-back Challenger titles in Bangkok and returning into the Top 100 for the first time in almost three years in February.
Janko won two more Challenger crowns in China in April but the US Open was once again the crucial point of his season, having to skip the rest of the year with a surgery on both hamstring tendons that went on in Finland at the end of September.
Tipsarevic started to train again in December in Spain and he was back on the court in February at his Academy, working hard on another comeback. Nonetheless, it had to be postponed again as he decided to undergo another surgery in March in Munich and Janko switched focus to his Tennis Academy on two locations in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.
In the meanwhile, he continued to work hard and we will finally see Janko on the court again during Banja Luka Challenger between September 10-16, receiving a main draw wild card to compete for the first time since the last year's US Open second round clash against Diego Schwartzman.