Vet­eran Berdych walks from the game

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WIM­BLE­DON fi­nal­ist and for­mer world No.1 run­ner-up To­mas Berdych has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from tennis after a 17-year pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

The 34-year-old Berdych con­firmed the de­ci­sion dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the ATP Fi­nals in Lon­don on Satur­day to hon­our sev­eral play­ers that have re­tired in 2019.

The other play­ers were David Fer­rer, Mar­cos Bagh­datis, Ni­co­las Al­ma­gro, Mikhail Youzhny, Max Mirnyi, Radek Stepanek, Marcin Matkowski and Vic­tor Estrella Bur­gos.

Berdych said his body no longer al­lows him to com­pete at the high­est level after strug­gling with a back in­jury for much of the last 18 months.

The two-time Davis Cup champ said he made the de­ci­sion after los­ing in the first round of the US Open in Au­gust. He has not played since and his rank­ing is 103rd.

“I said, ‘ OK that’s it. That’s enough.’ In terms of just my body doesn’t al­low me to do so, and it’s very un­pre­dictable,” Berdych said.

“There is no real point to con­tinue.”

The Czech said the highlight of his ca­reer was reach­ing the 2010 Wim­ble­don fi­nal, beat­ing Roger Fed­erer and No­vak Djokovic along the way before los­ing to Rafael Nadal.

“Even the fi­nal that I lost, it was a very, very spe­cial mo­ment,” he said.

He reached the semi-fi­nals at least once at each of the other three grand slams and earned 13 ca­reer ti­tles, in­clud­ing the 2005 Paris Masters.

Berdych said he had no plans for his re­tire­ment.

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