Former Roland Garros and Olympic champion bows out at home ATP Masters
Rio Olympic doubles gold medallist and 2016 Roland Garros doubles champion Marc Lopez has ended his ATP career after losing in the second round of the Madrid Open doubles.
The Spanish veteran accepted a wildcard into the event alongside young rising star Carlos Alcaraz as the two made up an inter-generational pairing on the Madrid clay.
And the send off was not short-lived as the duo took down two other former Slam champions in Lukasz Kubot and Edouard Roger-Vasellin on the opening day of the men’s event.
But their next opponents of Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof proved too strong, downing the Spaniards 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 to advance to the quarter-finals.
But of course the match was played in good spirit as Skupski and Koolhof congratulated Lopez for his career when the two teams met at the net.
After turning pro before the millenium back in 1999, Lopez peaked at world number three in doubles back in January 2013.
That status came after he won the 2012 ATP Finals and reached the semi-finals of that year’s Australian Open, both alongside compatriot Marcel Granollers.
However, his greatest triumphs came in 2016 when he won Roland Garros alongside another fellow countryman Feliciano Lopez, downing doubles legends Bob and Mike Bryan in the final.
Then, just a few months later, Lopez claimed Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro with none other than Rafael Nadal as they ousted Romanian pair Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau.
Lopez won 14 career doubles titles in all, including three Masters 1000 titles to add to those trophies at Roland Garros, the Rio Olympics and the ATP Finals.
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