Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Coria Hangs Up His Racquet

Not surprising, but sad nonetheless.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina(AP)—Guillermo Coria retired from tennis at age 27 on Tuesday.

Coria, a finalist for Roland Garros in 2004 and formerly ranked third in the world, said he had been considering stepping down from the sport for months.

“I didn’t feel like competing anymore,” Coria said in statements published on the Argentine Tennis Association’s Web site. “I’ve made the decision I will not play again.”

Coria won nine titles during his career, reaching his peak in 2004, when he lost in the final of the Roland Garros to Gaston Gaudio, catapulting him to third in the world rankings.

Coria’s decline began a year later after he won the Umag tournament – his last title.

“In 2005 I began to feel less and less like competing,” he said. “My passion just wasn’t the same and it’s impossible to do things well when it’s like that. In this sport, you have to be at 100 percent,” added Coria, who is currently ranked 672.

Israeli Harold Levy beat Coria in the Argentine’s last match in March, 6-3, 6-2 in a challenger tournament in Bangkok.

“I’m very happy with the decision I’ve taken, since I have new projects and I will be able to spend more time with my family,” Coria said.


oddman said...

Oh, sad. :(

But, good for him, to know he doesn't have the competitive desire anymore. There's a whole lot more to life than tennis, no? I wish El Mago all the best for a very happy life!

sG said...

I know there are people right now who are weeping. Commiserations to you all. I'm glad he sees a way forward; so many people after devoting themselves so exclusively to one thing can feel a bit adrift (if lucky) or depressed (if not so lucky). There's sadness there but also optimism.

Karen said...

I am so sad to read this. I loved Coria. He was so cute. Made you want to just hold him and pet him. Sorry to see him go.