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Tour bids farewell to Guillermo Coria

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:32

Guillermo Coria has hung up his rackets for good, ensuring that he will be forever remembered for two missed match points in the final of the French Open in 2004.

The 27-year-old Argentine, who reached No.3 in the world rankings, announced on the Argentine Tennis Association website that his days are done on the tour.

“I don’t have the same desire to play tennis. I am happy with my family, Coria said on Tuesday. I made my best effort at tennis.

In 2005 I began to feel less and less like competing, he added. My passion just wasn’t the same and it’s impossible to do things well when it’s like that. In this sport, you have to be at 100 per cent.

The tenacious clay-courter came withion a whisker of landing a Grand Slam title when twice he was a point away from winning the French Open in 2004.

He was up 6-0, 6-3, 4-3 against countryman Gaston Gaudio before losing 8-6 in the fifth set.

Recently, Coria, who won nine clay titles in his career, has tried to return to the tour but has been dogged by shoulder problems.

Im very happy with the decision Ive taken, since I have new projects and I will be able to spend more time with my family, Coria added.

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