Stepanek Retires From Professional Tennis

The former World No. 8 from the Czech Republic clinched five ATP World Tour titles.

Stepanek Radek Stepanek

STARNBERG, November 14, 2017

Radek Stepanek announced his retirement from professional tennis during a press conference on Tuesday. The 38-year-old from the Czech Republic only played two tournaments in 2017 at the beginning of the season in Doha and at the Australian Open. Later in the year, a back injury forced Stepanek to undergo surgery.

“It’s over. I don’t want to risk my health,” the World No. 348 said. ‘”I loved my life as tennis player from beginning to end.”

5 ATP World Tour Titles

Stepanek won five ATP World Tour titles during his career and earned a total prize money of $11,343,464. He reached a career high World No. 8 in July 2006. The same year, the Karvina native advanced to quarterfinals at Wimbledon, his best Grand Slam result in singles.

Stepanek lifted the 2012 Australian Open trophy in doubles alongside Leander Paes. He also won two Davis Cup titles with the Czech Republic in 2012 and 2013. Partnering Lucie Hradecka, Stepanek clinched the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.