BREST, October 26, 2018
Former world No. 25 and 2014 French Open doubles champion Julien Benneteau played the last singles match of his career in the quarterfinals of the Open Brest Crédit Agricole on Friday, falling to Stefano Travaglia of Italy, 7-6(4), 6-3.
The 36-year-old Frenchman, who is the top seed at this week’s €106,000 ATP Challenger event, has not won a singles title on the ATP World Tour, finishing as runner-up in ten tournaments. He reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros 2006 and the semi-finals of the 2014 Cincinnati Masters and 2017 Paris Masters. Benneteau lifted four singles trophies on the ATP Challenger Tour and was mainly successful in doubles, winning the bronze medal in men’s doubles at the 2012 London Olympics alongside Richard Gasquet and the 2014 French Open men’s doubles title with fellow Frenchman Édouard Roger-Vasselin.
Benneteau retired from professional tennis after the 2018 US Open. However, due to an injury crisis he was asked by captain Yannik Noah to represent France in the Davis Cup semi-final in September 2018 against Spain and will also compete in doubles at next week’s ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris-Bercy.