Due to injury, former world No. 1 Carlos Moya officially announced his retirement from tennis earlier today at a news conference in Madrid, Spain.
Through a google translation, here’s what the 32-year-old Moya said:
“The reasons for my retirement due to a foot problem that I suffer for many years, osteoarthritis, from 20 years and operated on me to continue in April last year. I was seven or eight months out and I wanted try again.”
“I never got to recover. It went very well and because of that operation had side effects. I started having problems on the outside, a fracture, the tendon was also injured, and now 32 years there is no option.”
“I wanted to play major tournaments and saying goodbye, but I came to the tournament in Madrid, and although I was not 100% the desire I could. That game was not the dream and then I realized it was time. Ganas had many and I’ve sacrificed to get back, but I tried everything to heal and could not be.”
Hi everybody!about to announce my retirement oficcially in a press conference in 15 min!thanks everybody,you’ve been great!
The 34-year-old Moya won the 1998 French Open beating countryman Alex Corretja in straight sets in the final. He also was the runner-up to Pete Sampras at the 1997 Australian Open and helped Spain to the Davis Cup title in 2004.
Moya reached the No. 1 ranking on March 15, 1999 and he finishes with 20 career ATP titles and 575 match victories.
Moya was the first Spaniard to hit No. 1 and one of the first players to rock the sleeveless look and pull it off. He’s also the “original” man from Mallorca, but has since been succeeded by his good friend Rafael Nadal.
Moya and his girlfriend, actress Carolina Cerezuela, gave birth to daughter Carla on August 18.
Good luck Carlos! You’ll be missed!
Here’s video of Moya helping Nadal prepare for the London World Tour Finals.
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