Another tennis legend has hung up his racquet, and this time, it’s one going out on top after a 21-year pro career.
Shingo Kunieda, who compiled a combined 50 majors and four Paralympic gold medals to become the most decorated wheelchair tennis player in history, announced his retirement on Sunday. The 38-year-old, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, revealed in a farewell note online that the decision had been on his mind since fulfilling his dream at his home Paralympics in Tokyo 16 months earlier.
“By capturing the 10th time (as ITF) World Champion, I felt that I had done enough in what I wanted to accomplish and thought it was the right time to retire,” he shared.