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Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis has confirmed that he will retire from playing tennis at this year's Championship at SW19.
Baghdatis has not played on the ATP Tour since the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in February, but the Cypriot has been granted a wildcard for this year's men's singles competition at Wimbledon.
Confirming his decision to retire, Baghdatis said in a statement: “I wanted to take the time to write to you all and let you know that this upcoming Wimbledon will be my last tournament as a tennis professional.
“I am extremely grateful to the All England Club for granting me a main draw wild card… and giving me a chance to say goodbye to the sport that I love so much and has been such a big part of my life for the last 30+ years. This decision was not an easy one. It has proven tough for me, especially physically, to come back to where I feel like I belong.”
Baghdatis reached the 2006 Australian Open final, missing out on the title to Roger Federer, and went on to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in the same year.
During the course of his career, he won four ATP Tour titles and he believes the time has come for him to call it a day.
“Even though my mind wants to do it, the limits of my body have prevented me to maintain and play at a consistent high level as I expect from myself. Especially the last two years have been very difficult for me with recurring injuries and pain," he explained.
“Although I am sad to say goodbye to the sport as an active player, I am very excited for the next chapter of my life – I am going to be staying heavily involved in tennis in a number of capacities, so you will continue to see me on the Tour.
“Lastly, there are so many people to thank who have been a part of this incredible journey with me, starting with my family first and for all. To all the people that have helped me become the person and tennis player I am today, I say thank you, especially to my Mum and Dad who supported me since the age of three to play tennis.
“Thank you for always believing in me and pushing me to become better. My team, my close friends, but especially the fans around the world. You made me feel welcome in each and every city and country I have ever been to, and your love, support, and energy is something I will truly miss.”
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