Nicolas Almagro
Nicolas Almagro

The former World Number nine tennis player, Nicolas Almagro Sanchez will be putting aside his tennis racquets this year. The Spaniard has not hit the ATP courts since September 2017 and he looks forward to bidding goodbye to his sport on the courts of his hometown in Murcia, Spain.

Over the past few years, the 2013 Australian Open quarterfinalist, Nicolas Almagro has been battling with physical problems which have obstructed him to perform on the ATP circuit. He reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros thrice and each time he lost to the eventual champion and his compatriot, Rafael Nadal.

Nicolas Almagro, Estoril Open Champion
Nicolas Almagro, Estoril Open Champion

Till now in his career, he has bagged 13 singles titles and the last one at the Millennium Estoril Open 2016. Due to some injuries taking over him, Nicolas Almagro couldn’t continue to dwell in the sport. He came back to the ATP circuit last year but he really couldn’t do justice to his sport.

The proficiency of the game escalates on the clay surface and the red dirt has always been his niche. The attacking baseliner,  Nicolas Almagro has pulled off 8 of the 10 singles matches in the seven Davis Cup ties and all his victories were achieved on the clay surface. In 2008, Spain lifted up the Davis Cup title and he was instrumental in doing so.

Nicolas Almagro and Rafael Nadal
Nicolas Almagro and Rafael Nadal

During the 2014 Barcelona Open the Spaniard, Nicolas Almagro snapped Nadal’s 41-match winning streak and before that, he defeated Martin Klizan and Fernando Verdasco. It was his first victory over his compatriot, Nadal after meeting him for 11 times.

“It’s the moment to give thanks because though tennis is a sport where it appears you are alone against the ball, the opponent and the lines, there are many who have suffered, pushed themselves and sacrificed so I could get to where I got,” Nicolas Almagro said as he calls off his career. 

The Murcia Tennis Club 1919, will complete its 100 years this year and it will be hosting its first ATP Challenger event, the Murcia Open. The Spaniard will try to bid goodbye on the clay courts of his native land in the best possible way he could. Nicolas Almagro has been drawn to open against Mario Vilella in the first round of the Murcia Open.