- 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
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
RADEK STEPANEK’S NOTABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS
|Australian Open||2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013||Third Round|
|French Open||2008||Fourth Round|
|US Open||2009||Fourth Round|
Highest ranking: No 8 (July 2006)
Highest ranking: No 4 (November 2012)
|Davis Cup||2012, 2013||Won|
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.
Stepanek won the decisive rubber against Nicolas Almagro to win the Davis Cup final in 2012