(October 1, 2013) 2002 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian has retired from tennis due to a shoulder injury.
At a news conference on Tuesday, the former world No. 3 said it was a “difficult day,” and said that his shoulder did not respond to treatment well and he would not be able to compete.
“It’s tough because I have to announce my retirement from the sport that gave me so much,” he said to Argentine media. “I’m very grateful.”
Nalbandian reached a career-high No. 3 in the world in 2006, he lost in the 2002 final at Wimbledon to Lleyton Hewitt. He won a total of 11 ATP World Tour singles titles including ATP World Tour Finals in 2005 in Shanghai..
Nalbabdian led Argentina to three Davis Cup finals in 2006, 2008 and 2011 and was a member of the top 10 for five years.
He scheduled to play an exhibition match against Rafael Nadal on November 23 in Buenos Aires.