STARNBERG, October 31, 2017
Long time Swiss number three, Marco Chiudinelli, retired from professional tennis last week. The 36-year-old played his last match at his hometown tournament in Basel, falling to Robin Haase in the opening round of the Swiss Indoors.
Chiudinelli turned professional in 2000. He was a member of the Swiss Davis Cup team in 28 ties, competing in 18 matches. He was also part of the winning squad alongside Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Michael Lammer, who lifted the trophy for Switzerland in Lille 2014
His best performances at a Grand Slam were at the 2006 US Open and the 2009 US Open, where he reached the third round as a qualifier both times.
Chiudinelli clinched three titles on the ATP Challenger Tour, his latest triumph took place at the Wroclaw Open last year. He reached a career high ranking at World No. 52 in February 2010.
After an injury plagued-season, Chiudinelli announced earlier this year on his official website that he would be retiring following the tournament at St. Jakobs-Arena where he enjoyed the greatest success of his career, reaching the semi-finals of the ATP 500 Event in 2009.
“I had it in my head for a while now. I had so many problems that I have almost never been able to play properly. I was 100 per cent fit at maybe only five tournaments this year,” Chiudinelli said and added: “It was not an easy decision. I am a bit sad, as I actually was not fed up with playing tennis. I enjoyed the life on the tour.”
Swiss Tennis Tribute