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16 April 2012

Ivan Ljubicic calls time on stellar career


Photo: Laci PerenyiIvan Ljubicic (CRO)

Ivan Ljubicic ended his career at his adopted home tournament in Monte-Carlo as he bowed out with a 63 60 loss to fellow Croatian Ivan Dodig. The former world No.3 was clearly emotional as he took part in a short ceremony after the match to commemorate his contribution to tennis.

Ljubicic spent 15 years on the tour winning a total of 10 singles titles including his most prestigious at Indian Wells in 2010. He was also a semifinalist at Roland Garros in 2006, where he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens he paired with Mario Ancic to win a bronze medal, edging the Indian pairing of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes 76(5) 46 1614 in the play-off.

He further had a long career in Davis Cup amassing a record of 36-19 in a total of 22 ties between 1998 and 2010. Alongside Ancic he played in Croatia’s first ever Davis Cup triumph in the 2005 Final against Slovak Republic beating Karol Kucera in the opening singles rubber and also partnering Ancic to victory in the doubles.

He retires holding the records for most ties played, most total victories and most singles victories for his nation in Davis Cup competition.

Ljubicic will also be remembered for his off-court activities as a member of the ATP Player Council and European player representative on the ATP Board of Directors. He was also involved in charity work, most notably the Special Olympics.

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