Somdev Devvarman announces retirement from professional tennis


    Ravaged by injuries, India’s star singles player Somdev Devvarman announced his retirement from professional tennis, bringing an abrupt end to what was once a promising career.

    “Starting 2017 on a new note, retiring from pro tennis. Thanks to everyone for the love and support over the years. #newyearnewbeginnings,” Somdev said on his Twitter page.

    The 31-year-old’s career was hampered by a recurring shoulder injury in 2012. He recovered to stage a comeback but he had been missing from action without any specified reason for some time now.

    Chennai: Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman during a practice session ahead of the ATP Chennai Open 2017 at SDAT Tennis Stadium in Chennai on Thursday. Somdev is not participating in the tournament. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar(PTI12_29_2016_000182A)

    There is speculation that he might take to coaching from here on.

    Somdev was India’s star singles player since he first broke into the scene in 2008.

    A regular in India’s Davis Cup squad, Somdev appeared in 14 rubbers and played a crucial role in India reaching the World Group back in 2010.

    Somdev had also made the finals of two ATP Tour events — the 2009 Chennai Open as a wildcard and the 2011 South Africa Open. He also the singles and doubles gold medals at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

    His 44–1 win-loss record in 2008 at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship remains unmatched so far.