Former world number 4, Robin Soderling retires after battling glandular fever for four years
Robin Soderling, who famously became the first man to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open, has finally called it a day after fighting glandular fever for four years.
New Delhi: Robin Soderling, who famously became the first man to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open, has finally called it a day after fighting glandular fever for four years.
The former world number four from Sweden has retired from professional tennis early this week. The 31-year-old, twice a runner-up at Roland Garros, had not played an ATP World Tour event since 2011.
He contracted infectious mononucleosis, a viral illness also known as glandular fever, in 2011.
“I’ve realised that I will not be healthy enough to be able to play tennis at the level I demand of myself,” Soderling told tennis.se.
“For that reason I have decided to end my career as a professional tennis player.”
“Thank you so much for all your kind words. So sad I won’t play professional tennis again, but reading all your messages makes me feel a lot better,” Soderling said later on his Twitter account.
Thank u so much for all your kind words.So sad I won't play professional tennis again, but reading all ur msgs makes me feel a lot better❤️
— Robin Söderling (@RSoderling) December 23, 2015
In 2009 he ended Nadal’s domination at Roland Garros with a fourth round win, only to lose to Roger Federer in the final, which was also the Swiss maestro's only title there.
Until Novak Djokovic defeated Nadal in the 2015 quarter-finals, Soderling was the only player to have beaten the Spaniard at Roland Garros.
In an ATP career spanning a decade, Soderling won 10 career titles including the 2010 Paris Masters.