A couple of months ago, responding to rumours spread by various news sites, he said that when the time came for him to announce his retirement from tennis, he would do it himself and on his own terms. That time came today, as Fernando González announced his retirement due to ongoing physical issues today. The last tournament for el Bombardero de la Reina will be the Masters 1000 of Miami.
It was not an easy decision to make for the Chilean and he did so with a lot of emotion. In the 13 years of his career, Feña won 11 ATP titles, three Olympic medals (bronze in singles and gold in doubles – with Nicolás Massú – in Athens, 2004, and silver in singles in Beijing, 2008), played one Grand Slam final (Australia, 2007) and reached a career high ranking of no 5, back in 2007.
I will have the chance to watch Gonzo play one last time in less than two weeks, in Buenos Aires, and I admit that despite some controversial moments, I will do it with sadness and a lot of emotion. His last tournaments will be São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Miami.
You can watch and listen to Fernando González’s announcement on this Chilean website.