Eight-time ATP title winner Philipp Kohlschreiber has revealed Wimbledon will be the final tournament of his professional career.

The 38-year-old kicked off his qualifying campaign Monday with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Grégoire Barrère. Interviewed after his performance, Kohlschreiber told Anne Keothavong about the decision to hang up his racquet.

“Funny story. It’s the first time for me in Roehampton. It’s been a great and wonderful career. It’s gonna to be my last tournament,” the German shared. “I’m gonna stop after Wimbledon 2022 and so I’m pretty happy that I have another match here. Maybe I’ll make it to the main draw.”

Kohlschreiber has won ATP titles on three different surfaces, including the 500 grass-court tournament at Halle in 2011. He’s reached the second week at all four majors, with 2012 Wimbledon serving as his best Grand Slam run when he advanced to the quarterfinals. That result helped propel Kohlschreiber to a career-high ranking of No. 16 a short time later.


The winner of 478 tour-level matches and well-regarded for his shot-making variety that includes a one-handed backhand, Kohlschreiber is aiming to get through to his 68th Grand Slam main draw this week. Among his most notable victories came on the major stage with Top 10 wins over sixth-ranked Andy Roddick at the 2008 Australian Open, fourth-ranked Novak Djokovic at 2009 Roland Garros and fourth-ranked Alexander Zverev at the 2018 US Open—all in the third round. He also defeated second-ranked Rafael Nadal at 2012 Halle and world No. 1 Djokovic at 2019 Indian Wells.

As for what’s next, the Augsburg native is simply taking in the ride.

“I don’t really yet have a plan. I just want to finish,” he said. “I just try to enjoy every match. It’s been a very long journey.”

Awaiting the 230th-ranked Kohlschreiber is another tour veteran, No. 32 qualifying seed Mikhail Kukushkin.