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Czech Radek Stepanek (38) will stop playing tennis

Tennis player Radek Stepanek put after a career of 21 years, a point behind his profbestaan. That has the 38-year-old Czech announced Tuesday. “I’ve fought hard to the end, but it’s time for the tennis to say goodbye,” said the dubbelspecialist.

“A tennis career does not last long, but I’ve tried mine as long as possible to stretch,” said Stepanek at a press conference in Prague. The past few months, he stayed more often in the infirmary than on a tennis court, so he reverted to the 348e place in the ATP ranking. His last race dates back to January. Then he was by David Goffin eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open. “I had to then go under the knife for a back injury. Since then, it goes less well with me,” Stepanek.

In singles won the Czech five titles in seven ATP finals. In 2006, he reached the eighth place, the highest ranking in the ATP ranking. That year he achieved his best result at a grand slam tournament. At Wimbledon, reached Stepanek in the quarter-finals.

Stepanek made especially fame as dubbelspeler. On the side of the Indian Leander Paes, he won the Australian Open in 2012. A year later, the duo is also the US Open to his cv. In total to show off, and preferably eighteen dubbeltitels on the roll of honour of Stepanek, with the Czech team will also have two times the Davis Cup (2012 and 2013).

Stepanek shared the sheets with different toptennissters. After he in 2007 had broken with the Swiss Martina, graf reached her first, he married in 2010 with his compatriot Nicole Vaidisova. In 2013 it was marriage on the rocks. Stepanek also had a relationship with the Czech Petra Kvitova, but is now back together with his ex-wife Vaidisova.

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