Former world No. 48 Jared Donaldson has started college and his professional career appears to be over.
Donaldson, 25, has had multiple knee surgeries since 2019 and his last match on the ATP Tour came in 2019 March.
Also learned that Jared Donaldson has started college. — Craig Shapiro (@Shaptennispod) December 5, 2021
Donaldson played his last official ATP match at the Miami Masters, where he lost to Andrey Rublev in the qualifying. Donaldson underwent a knee surgery in 2019 May and never returned to the court. "Underwent right knee surgery yesterday.
Thanks to Dr. Mark Safran and the @SU_SportsMed staff for taking such great care of me. Looking forward to starting rehab in the coming weeks," Donaldson announced in 2019 May.
Donaldson stood no chance against Rafael Nadal
In one of the biggest matches of his career, Donaldson suffered a 6-1 6-1 loss to 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal in the Indian Wells Masters second round After the match, Nadal said Donaldson was "one of the best talents in the sport."
After losing to Nadal, Donaldson played in the Miami qualifying and that was his last tournament. "Today was a very positive step for me, and the next one is going to be against a player that I know very well," said Nadal after beating Donaldson.
"We practised a lot of times, and we played some tough matches. [He is] one of the best talents of the sport today. So it's going to be a tough one against Diego." Nadal also added after beating Donaldson: “I always have good feelings on that court.
I’ve played a lot of good tournaments here. And I really enjoy playing here. I always felt great. It's an event that is a little bit different, because normally big events are in big cities. For the players, the organisation of this event is just fantastic.
The work that they are doing is just amazing, the past couple of years. Larry Ellison and all his team is doing a great job”.