Buenos Aires, Jan 29 (EFE).- Argentine tennis player Federico Delbonis, Davis Cup champion in 2016, is retiring from the courts at the age of 33, as he himself published in an emotional message, in which he stated that his body asks for “a truce.”
“A stage in my life is coming to a close, which mainly shaped me as an athlete and person. I lived unforgettable and unparalleled moments on and off the tennis court, but it is time to listen to my body that asks me for a truce,” he wrote in your Instagram profile.
Delbonis, who entered the professional circuit in 2007, thanked in his farewell those who trusted him, with particular comments for his family, his coaching staff and friends and without forgetting the fans, “those who encouraged and gave strength from a tribune or from their homes”.
“There were many experiences and emotions experienced throughout all these years. Today one of the most enriching trips of my life ends, but there will be more routes to travel,” added ‘Delbo’, who summarized that he was “very happy “doing what he likes.
Although his best position in the ATP ranking was 33 – in May 2016 – since he accumulated only two titles – Sao Paulo 2014 and Marrakech 2016, both on clay -, his name is on the Olympus of Argentine tennis for being the one He obtained the decisive point in the Davis Cup final that the Albiceleste won against Croatia.
That series played in November 2016 in Zagreb began with Delbonis’ defeat against Marin Cilic 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6 and 6-2.
After the two individual victories of the Argentine Juan Martín del Potro against Ivo Karlovic and Cilic, and that of the Croatian double Cilic-Ivan Dodig over ‘Delpo’ and Leonardo Mayer, there was a 2-2 draw on the scoreboard that left everything for the final match between Delbonis and Cilic.
The ‘Gordo’, that boy who had started playing tennis at the age of 7, whose idols were his compatriot Guillermo Vilas and the Swede Björn Borg, found himself facing the match of his life and not only won in three sets (6-3 , 6-4 and 6-2), but gave Argentina the only ‘salad bowl’ in its history.
The Albiceleste had lost in 1981 against the United States, in 2006 against Russia, and in 2008 and 2011 against Spain. EFE