Radek Stepanek retires from tennis at the age of 38

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  • Radek Stepanek turned professional in 1996 and started as a doubles specialist
  • The 38-year-old had back surgery in March but failed to recover his fitness
  • Stepanek won two grand slam doubles titles with Leander Paes in 2012 and 2013
  • He was also part of the Davis Cup triumph for Czech Republic in the same years

Reuters

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.

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.

Radek Stepanek retires from tennis after failing to recover his fitness following a back injury

The 38-year-old was part of the Czech's Davis Cup winning teams alongside Tomas Berdych

The 38-year-old was part of the Czech's Davis Cup winning teams alongside Tomas Berdych

The 38-year-old was part of the Czech’s Davis Cup winning teams alongside Tomas Berdych

RADEK STEPANEK’S NOTABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

Grand Slam Single Results
Tournament Year Result 
Australian Open 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013 Third Round 
French Open  2008 Fourth Round 
Wimbledon  2006 Quarter-finalist
US Open  2009 Fourth Round

 Highest ranking: No 8 (July 2006)

Grand Slam Double Results 
Tournament Year Result 
Australian Open 2012 Won 
French Open  2007  Semi-finalist 
Wimbledon  2013, 2014  Semi-finalist 
US Open  2013  Won 

 Highest ranking: No 4 (November 2012)

Team Competition Results
Tournament Year Result 
Davis Cup  2012, 2013 Won 
Olympic Games 2016  Bronze 

Alongside Tomas Berdych, Stepanek was also part of the Davis Cup teams triumphed in 2012 and 2013.

Stepanek had hoped to make another comeback after undergoing back surgery but that dream was never realised.

‘I had to be realistic. I fought till the last breath but it is time to move on,’ Stepanek told Czech media.

He won the decisive rubber against Nicolas Almagro to win the deciding final match in 2012

He won the decisive rubber against Nicolas Almagro to win the deciding final match in 2012

Stepanek won the decisive rubber against Nicolas Almagro to win the Davis Cup final in 2012

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