Philipp Kohlschreiber announces retirement, says Wimbledon will be final tournament

Kohlschreiber has won eight ATP titles on three different surfaces and got off to his final tournament with a win.

Philipp Kohlschreiber in a file photo. (Image: Twitter)

German tennis player Philipp Kohlschreiber announced his retirement from tennis on Monday. The 38-year-old said that the Wimbledon would be the final tournament of his ‘great and wonderful career’. Kohlschreiber has won eight ATP titles on three different surfaces and got off to his final tournament with a win. After beating Gregoir Barrere 6-2, 6-2 in his first Wimbledon qualifier, the 38-year-old announced his decision. Kohlschreiber’s most impressive feat perhaps was his win at Halle in 2011. His best Grand Slam performance came a year later when he went as far as the quarter-final at Wimbledon. At the time, the German achieved his career-best ranking of 16.

“Funny story. It’s the first time for me in Roehampton. It’s been a great and wonderful career. It’s gonna to be my last tournament,” Kohlschreiber shared. “I’m gonna stop after Wimbledon 2022 and so I’m pretty happy that I have another match here. Maybe I’ll make it to the main draw.”

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A shining career

Kohlschreiber, who has won 478 tour-level matches and is known for his shot-making versatility, which includes a one-handed backhand, is seeking to reach his 68th Grand Slam main draw this week. Top 10 wins over sixth-ranked Andy Roddick at the 2008 Australian Open, fourth-ranked Novak Djokovic at the 2009 Roland Garros, and fourth-ranked Alexander Zverev at the 2018 US Open were among his most significant victories on the major stage. He also beat second-ranked Rafael Nadal in Halle in 2012 and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells in 2019.

“I don’t really have a plan (for his post-tennis career). I just wanna finish, and I think it’s kind of a special moment. I am more a quiet person. I didn’t want to say that this is my last season,” he said. “A few people already know that this is going to be my last tournament, and I just try to enjoy every match. It’s been a very long journey. I had great memories, especially here with the biggest success in a Grand Slam.”

“I don’t really yet have a plan. I just want to finish,” the German added. “I just try to enjoy every match. It’s been a very long journey.”




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