Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer once again showed his class as he sent a kind message to Alexandr Dolgopolov after the Ukrainian announced his retirement. Dolgopolov, a former world No. 13, announced his retirement from professional tennis on Saturday.
Besides reaching a career-high ranking of No. 13 in the world, Dolgopolov also claimed three ATP titles in singles. "Congratulations on a great career, thanks for all the fun times on the court and team RF always loved watching you play but you know that.
Take care, best regards and hopefully we see each other against. All the best for what's to come Dog,'' Federer wrote to Dolgopolov in an Instagram message.
Dolgopolov turned professional in 2006
Dolgopolov last played at the Rome Masters in 2018, where he was beaten by world No.
1 Novak Djokovic in the first round. “I hope I was fun to watch,” Dolgopolov told ATPTour.com. “I never broke any tennis records, but I hope I played entertaining tennis for fans. My wrist injury happened in Australia [three years ago] after mis-hitting a return in practice.
I felt pain, but nothing serious. I reached the Australian Open third round and returned to Europe, but I never realised that it would be career ending. I’ve tried for a couple of years, had two surgeries and I still have pain."
Dolgopolov also revealed that he needed to be a good mood in order to be able to play his best tennis. “I needed to be in a good mood to play my best tennis,” admitted Dolgopolov, who finished in the Top 70 for eight straight seasons (2010-2017).
“It was as simple as that. Sometimes I was tired or in a bad mood and I really needed to want to compete. I needed to be healthy. If I wanted to compete, I always had good results at the start of the year. It was the will to fight and compete, and sometimes that didn’t happen.
It was a feeling”. ve pain”. Dolgopolov now wants to take a break from sport and maybe pursue a business career. “I am not going to return to the sport over the next five or 10 years” said Dolgopolov.
“I need to get away from tennis balls. I first picked up a racquet when I was barely walking. I now need some time off from the sport. At the moment, I think I will pursue a business career”.