La wild card concessagli dall'organizzazione dei Championship è apparsa come un regalo d'addio per Marcos Baghdatis. Come confermato dall'account Instagram dell'ex finalista degli Australian Open, il cipriota giocherà a Wimbledon il suo ultimo torneo da professionista.
"Anche se la mia testa vorrebbe continuare, i limiti che il mio corpo mi ha imposto mi impediscono di mantenere il livello alto che mi aspetto da me. Gli ultimi due anni sono stati molto difficili, ho subito diversi infortuni e accusato molto dolore.
Per fortuna ho una bellissima moglie, le mie due figlie più un maschietto in arrivo, quindi non vedo l'ora di passare il tempo con loro, e anche se sono triste nel dire addio a questo sport, sono entusiasta di quello che mi aspetta", ha detto Baghdatis nel suo post.
I am extremely grateful to the AELTC for granting me a Main Draw Wild-Card at the All England Club, and giving me a chance to say goodbye to the sport that I love so much and has been such a big part of my life for the last 30+ years.
This decision was not an easy one. It has proven tough for me, especially physically, to come back to where I feel like I belong. Even though my mind wants to do it, the limits of my body have prevented me to maintain and play at a consistent high level as I expect from myself.
Especially the last two years have been very difficult for me with recurring injuries and pain. Besides that, I have a beautiful wife, two young daughters, and a third child on the way and I could not be more excited to spend more time with all of them at home.
Although I am sad to say goodbye to the sport as an active player, I am very excited for the next chapter of my life – I am going to be staying heavily involved in tennis in a number of capacities, so you will continue to see me on the tour.
Lastly, there are so many people to thank who have been a part of this incredible journey with me, starting with my family first and for all. To all the people that have helped me become the person and tennis player I am today, I say thank you, especially to my Mum and Dad who supported me since the age of 3 to play tennis.
Thank you for always believing in me and pushing me to become better. My team, my close friends, but especially the fans around the world. You made me feel welcome in each and every city and country I have ever been to, and your love, support, and energy is something I will truly miss.
Thank you for this amazing run, I can’t wait to give it my all one last time in London! All the best, Marcos #Grateful #Atp #LoveMyFans #thankyou