Once labelled as one of the most promising young players in the sport a couple years ago. Former world junior number 1 and 2010 Australian Open Boy's singles champion Tiago Fernandes has confirmed today his retirement from the sport at the age of 21.
During his junior career Fernandes produced a win-loss of 63-38. Besides his Australian Open victory. The Brazilian also made the quarter finals at the US Open in 2009 before he lost to Bernard Tomic, the 2010 French Open and at the Youth Olympic Games.
He also won a top level junior tournament in Santa Croce, Italy back in May 2009. After the juniors Fernandes did show some promise on the pro tour early on in his career back in 2011. He reached his first and only Challenger final in Recife, Brazil before being forced to withdraw in the final.
He also came through the qualification rounds at a couple other Challenger tournaments on route to the second round in Kyoto and Guangzhou which elevated him to his career ranking high of 371 on 1/8/2011. These encouraging early results unfortunately didn't materialised in to anything more with a series of early losses in Challenger and Future events during 2011 and 2012.
2013 was a better year for Fernandes when he picked up his first ever Futures title in Turkey. He also made it to the last four at two other Futures events in Turkey and Greece.