BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — David Nalbandian, a 2002 Wimbledon finalist who spent five straight years ranked in the top 10, retired Tuesday because of a shoulder injury.
The 31-year-old Argentine called this a "difficult day," but added he was "super grateful" to the sport of tennis.
"The shoulder does not respond well," he said at a news conference. "I cannot compete at ATP level."
Leading to Wimbledon in 2012, Nalbandian was disqualified for injuring a line judge during the Queen's Club final by kicking an advertisement board. A piece of the barrier hit the judge, causing bleeding on his left shin. Nalbandian drew financial penalties of nearly $70,000 in lost prize money and fines.
Because of his disqualification, he forfeited the ranking points he was set to receive, ending his chances of being a seeded player at Wimbledon and facing an easier opponent in the first round. He lost his opening match in straight sets.
Nalbandian spent 13 years on the tour, reaching a No. 3 ranking in 2006. At Wimbledon in 2002, he lost to Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in the title match. He made the semifinals or better at all four Grand Slam tournaments.
This year, he played only 11 times, including a run to the final at a clay tournament in Brazil. His current ranking is No. 231. He won 11 singles titles, most recently in 2010 in Washington.
Nalbandian said his greatest regret was not being able to help Argentina win the Davis Cup — he was a losing finalist in 2006, 2008 and 2011.
His final appearance will be an exhibition match against Rafael Nadal on Nov. 23 in Buenos Aires.