2 Oct 2013

Nalbandian announces retirement

11:24 am on 2 October 2013

The Argentinian tennis player David Nalbandian says he'll quit the sport next month.

The 2002 Wimbledon finalist says injuries are now taking their toll.

The 31-year-old, who had right shoulder surgery in May, says he'll retire after playing two exhibition matches against his friend Rafael Nadal, the world number two, in November, one in Buenos Aires and the other in his birthplace, Cordoba.

A fierce competitor, Nalbandian says the emotional highs during his career have been playing for Argentina in the Davis Cup including three finals between 2006 and 2011.

He won 11 ATP Tour titles including the season ending ATP Championship in Shanghai in 2005.

Nalbandian, who climbed to number three in the ATP rankings in March 2006, turned professional in 2000 and ends his career with a 383-192 win-loss record.

The junior U.S. Open champion in 1998, he reached the semi-finals of the four grand slam tournaments after a surprise appearance in the 2002 Wimbledon final which he lost to Australian Lleyton Hewitt.