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Soderling, 2-time French Open finalist, retires at 31

2-time French Open finalist Soderling, who ended Nadal winning streak in Paris, retires at 31

Soderling, 2-time French Open finalist, retires at 31

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling is retiring at the age of 31 due to illness.

The big-serving Swede, who ended Rafael Nadal's 31-match winning streak at the French Open in 2009, has never fully recovered from contracting glandular fever in 2011.

Soderling, who rose as high as No. 4 and has a 310-170 win-loss ratio, reached the final at Roland Garros in 2009 and 2010.

He had hoped to return to competitive action next year.

Soderling wrote on the Swedish website tennis.se: "I want to inform you that I have decided to end my career as a professional tennis player ... I've realized that I will not be healthy enough to be able to play tennis at the level I demand of myself."

He won 10 singles titles.


Updated : 2021-06-22 10:39 GMT+08:00