In the wake of the 2012 Copa Claro, Argentine tennis player José “Chucho” Acasuso met with the press on Thursday to officially announce his retirement from professional tennis.
If the 29-year-old’s announcement didn’t come as a surprise to anyone, it was nevertheless a very emotional moment for all of those present in the fully packed press room of the BALTC as Acasuso, voice broken with emotion, read a statement and offered his thanks to all those who made the living of his dream possible.
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The Misiones native, who played his last match at Roland Garros last year (he lost in the first round of qualifications to Alessio Di Mauro) has reached a career high of 20 back in 2006, played two Davis Cup finals, won three ATP titles, and reached eight more finals, including at the 2001 edition of the Buenos Aires tournament (where he lost to Guga Kuerten).
His performance last year in Buenos Aires, where he reached the quarter finals (lost to Nicolás Almagro) was his last great performance on the ATP Tour. However, following a hip and knee surgery, he was never able to regain his level and it was with great difficulty that he took the decision to retire.
Chucho is the second Argentine player to officially retire this week, after Juan Pablo Brzezicki played his last match on the second day of the qualifications, a two-set loss in Q2. Both Argentines will be followed shortly in the path of retirement by Chlilean Fernando González, who will play his last tournament in a few weeks, in Miami. For now, however, Feña will play his quarter-finals match tonight against World no 5 David Ferrer.
It’s a pretty sad start to the season as far as retirements are concerned…
So long, Chucho! Te voy a extrañar…