Theoretically, it was supposed to be just another promo event. The first sign that it would be more than just that was the presence of about a hundred journalists. And when ahead of the press conference itself clips were shown of David's greatest matches it became all too clear what was about to happen...
At a press conference in Buenos Aires today David announced his retirement from professional tennis.
A "difficult day" and certainly "not one of the nicest days in my career" as he called it, having to say goodbye to the sport he "owes so much to". But his shoulder "won't let" him play. Here are some quotes:
The shoulder as the source of all evil
The shoulder doesn't allow me to train as thoroughly as the circuit requires.Friends and fans
I could play a match but the shoulder won't allow me to continue my career. This way I cannot compete at the ATP-level.
I was practicing with the Davis Cup team ahead of the tie against the Czech Republic. When I have to serve for several days on end the shoulder doesn't work well.
Over the many years that I've spent on the Tour I've made many friends all over the world, I have many fans and if I have been able to do something then hopefully I've been able to do it for many different people.La Copa Davis
The images that make me shed a few tears are the ones from Davis Cup. The affection [you get] from the crowd and the atmosphere you experience there you don't get to experience anywhere else.The exhibition matches with Rafa Nadal
Those matches are still far away. Though I've made this decision I will continue with my rehabilitation and I keep training.Maybe Davis Cup captain some day?
I only think about today. Today is a difficult day but I don't see any chance for that to happen in the near future. (Sources 1 & 2)