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18 November 2010

Moya announces retirement


Carlos Moya (ESP)

Spain’s Carlos Moya has announced his retirement from professional tennis due to a persistent foot injury that sidelined him for the last six months.

Moya turned professional in 1995 and enjoyed an illustrious career spanning over 15 years, although he was plagued with injuries in the latter stages.

The 34 year-old’s last appearance on the ATP tour was at the Madrid Masters in May and he plans to play one final tournament in Seville next month before calling it a day.

"It's not how I dreamt of ending,” said the Spaniard. “I wanted to say goodbye at one of the big tournaments, the Grand Slams, but that dream wasn't to be. I am still young for life, but for sport I am already knocking on a bit.”

Moya was a key member of his country’s Davis Cup team for eight years, culminating with Spain lifting the trophy in 2004 after a 3-2 victory at home against USA.

On that occasion, the Mallorca native brushed aside Mardy Fish 64 62 63 in the opening rubber and then defeated Andy Roddick 62 76(1) 76(5) to clinch the vital third point. He finished his Davis Cup career with an impressive 20-7 win-loss record.

Moya, who achieved his best results on clay, won his sole Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 1998, defeating fellow Spaniard Alex Corretja 63 75 63 in the final.

In total, he won 20 career titles, recorded 24 runner-up finishes, including at the Australian Open, and spent a brief spell as world No. 1 in 1999.

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