MUNICH, April 27, 2018
One day ahead of the start of the BMW Open by FWU, Florian Mayer announced that he is retiring from professinonal after this year’s US Open. The 34-year-old German clinched two ATP World Tour titles, lifting the trophies in Bucharest 2011 and Halle 2016. Mayer also won 13 ATP Challenger career crowns, his latest triumph took place in Meerbusch two years ago.
In an interview with the Bavarian Tennis Association, Mayer admits that it was no longer a pleasure for him on the tour circuit: “I always put a lot of variety in my shots, with many drops shots and slices, but it is getting more and more difficult, as the courts are getting faster and faster. The young players in the early 20s are coming in, highly motivated, fit, playing very hard and athletic, making it harder and harder to stay in the top 100 every year.”
Now he wants to enjoy the upcoming ATP World Tour events in Germany: Munich, Stuttgart, Halle and Hamburg. “It is great to play on Center Court in front of your home crowd,” says Mayer.
The win two years ago at the Gerry Weber Open called Mayer as the biggest moment in his career: “Winning an ATP 500-series tournament in Germany after the comeback was unbelievable, it felt awesome and I will always keep it in good memory.”