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20 January 2012

Luczak announces retirement


Photo: Srdjan StevanovicPeter Luczak (AUS)

Australia’s Peter Luczak has decided to retire from professional tennis after a career spanning over a decade. The 32-year-old made the announcement at the Australian Open on Friday.

Luczak bowed out after losing in the doubles second round at Melbourne Park with Lleyton Hewitt. The two Aussies slipped to a narrow 63 76(5) defeat against the world No. 1 doubles pair, Bob and Mike Bryan.

“That's it,” he said. “Yeah, that was the last one. So it's a nice way to go out, playing with a good mate and also playing [against] the best doubles [team] in the world.”

Luczak reached the Top 100 in both singles and doubles. His best Grand Slam results were two third round appearances at the Australian Open, in 2003 and 2006.

“I think I'm pretty proud with what I've achieved. I wasn't a great junior growing up and, yeah, I'm happy that I was able to represent my country in Davis Cup and play in all the Grand Slams, be a Top 100 player for the small occasion that I was in there.”

Luczak represented Australia in seven Davis Cup ties between 2005 and 2010, compiling a 4-6 win-loss record along the way. His standout result was a victory over Switzerland’s Michael Lammer in the World Group first round in 2006, played in Geneva, which helped the Aussies win 3-2.

“Tennis is such an individual sport, so those Davis Cup weeks are great, especially being an Australian. I'm not sure how the other teams get along, but all the Aussie guys get along so well. We always get there a couple weeks early or ten days early and hang out together. They are most enjoyable.”

Luczak now plans to spend more time with his wife and two children, but he is also lining up some work with Tennis Australia and as a hitting partner for Hewitt at selected tournaments.

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