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Moodie hangs up his racket

2011-08-16 12:50

Cape Town - South African tennis player Wesley Moodie has announced that he has decided to stop playing tennis “indefinitely.”

The 32-year-old doubles specialist who is currently ranked at No 43 on the world rankings, stopped short of announcing his retirement, just stating “I have made no plans to play.”

Moodie has found himself in the centre of the usual tug of war between his dedication to the sport and the needs of his family.  “I've had so many memorable moments on tour, but, the last year has been exceptionally difficult to maintain a balance between family life and tennis. I feel that I have given everything I have to tennis and I no longer have anything left to give.

The trophies I won have been fantastic, but as my children grow up, the trophies have seemed to become less important every day and the hunger for new trophies and titles has disappeared. I also have some on-going problems, such as my left knee, which ended my singles career in 2008. Without the dedication and time that I previously had, it has also started to flare up again.”

Moodie has been ranked as high as No 8 in doubles (August 2009) and No 57 in singles (October 2005). Undoubtedly the highlight of his career was his Wimbledon doubles victory in 2005 with Australian Steven Huss.

The unseeded pairing decimated all the seeded teams to win the title. He has won six doubles titles and made the final on seven other occasions. His biggest successes have come with Huss, Jeff Coetzee and Dick Norman.

Moodie’s lone singles title came in Tokyo in 2005. On his way to the title Moodie beat Mikhael Youzhny, Radek Stepanek in the semi-finals and Mario Ancic in the final.

South African Davis Cup Captain, John Laffnie De Jager confirmed that Moodie would not be considered for the SA team to play Croatia in Potchefstroom in September.

“I need to make sure I have a fit and ready team to face the Croatians. I have had a long discussion with Wesley and he has confirmed he will not be playing the US summer circuit including the US Open so won’t be in any form to give of his best in the crucial upcoming Tie.”

Ian Smith, CEO of the South African Tennis Association, was full of praise for Moodie and his achievements. “Wesley has been a great servant of South African tennis.

He has always been the proverbial gentleman and prepared to give his services for the benefit and growth of the sport. We will miss his talent and experience in the upcoming Davis Cup Tie against Croatia and we can only hope that he will reignite his need for the game and continue his career.

However, should he decide to retire, we at SATA wish him and his family all the best for the future and hope that he will find some other ways to ensure that his experience will not be lost to South African tennis.”   
 

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Comments
  • waratawu - 2011-08-16 16:35

    Never heard of you, were you a professional or amateur? anyway good luck broe

  • JMM - 2011-08-16 23:06

    Waratawu - you're obviously an unadulterated a*se and clearly not ashamed of demonstrating your total and absolute ignorance of and zero knowledge about tennis to all and sundry. Enjoy retirement Wesley. You worked hard and did us proud. We salute you.

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