Tennis: Argentine-Armenian player David Nalbandian decides to call it a career

Argentina’s 2002 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian announced on Tuesday that he will quit tennis next month citing physical problems that have sidelined him for most of the year.

“It’s not easy what’s happening to me now, my shoulder is not helping me to train as I should for the circuit,” the 32-year-old player with Armenian roots told a news conference, reports Buenos Aires Herald.

“It’s a tough day to (have to) announce my retirement today,” said Nalbandian, winner of 11 ATP Tour titles including the season-ending ATP Championship in Shanghai in 2005.

The former world number three, who had shoulder surgery in May, said he would quit tennis after playing an exhibition match against Spanish world number two Rafael Nadal in November.

Nalbandian has repeatedly mentioned in media interviews and been proud of his Armenian origin, saying that he has always received huge support from Armenians around the world at every tournament he played.

At the peak of his career in 2008 Nalbandian visited Armenia where he played an exhibition match against the nation’s number one player Harutyun Sofyan and give a master class to local junior players.