Radek Stepanek, Czech Davis Cup winner, announces retirement

Czech Davis Cup winner Radek Stepanek announced his retirement from tennis on Tuesday after failing to recover his fitness following back surgery earlier this year.

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“I knew a tennis career was limited, but I wanted it to last as long as possible,” the 38-year-old Czech told reporters in Prague.

The 38-year-old Stepanek won five ATP singles titles and reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2006 when he reached a career-high eighth in the world rankings.

The following year a back injury threatened his career but Stepanek battled back and won two grand slam double titles with India’s Leander Paes, the Australian Open in 2012 and the U.S. Open a year later.

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