Coria announces retirement plans


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:27

Coria, 27, told Radio Continental that he was no longer playing because he had “lost passion for tennis” and he formally announced his decision on Wednesday in a press conference at the Vilas Club in Buenos Aires.

The 2004 French Open runner-up, who has slipped to 672 in the world rankings, is thinking of playing in his homeland in next year’s ATP Copa Telmex, a tournament he won in 2004.

“I do not rule out anything. I might play (in Buenos Aires) next year. I want to take some days to think what to do. I will obviously not plan a calendar to play the entire year,” he said.

“I was not enjoying tennis. To go on was useless. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, especially after the tournament in Thailand.

“I did not have that ruthlessness of beating a rival I used to have. To achieve great things, you have to have that instinct to beat your rival.”

He added on TyC Sports cable channel: “I don’t where I will say goodbye, whether it will be a party or on the court or maybe in the Copa Telmex next year. I want to enjoy it and finish this chapter with my friends and my family.”


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