ATP PLAYER NEWS
February 1, 2008
Joachim Johansson Forced to Retire
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Swede Joachim Johansson has announced his retirement from professional tennis after three years with shoulder injuries.
"I can practice for a few weeks and play an individual tournament but after that my shoulder gets overworked forcing me to rest for a longer period of time," said the 25-year-old, who has the nickname 'Pim-Pim'.
"Taking that into account it is hard for me to reach my objectives and for that reason it makes it impossible for me to continue my challenge.
"This is a decision that has developed during the last month. Now I will set myself new goals but whatever happens I will always continue to play tennis."
Johansson's shoulder problems started at the beginning of 2005 ATP season, with the first of his three surgeries performed on July 27, 2005.
His last MRI showed that there was constant inflammation in his right shoulder and that he was suffering from 'pitcher's shoulder' (rotator cuff tendonitis). Shoulder specialists in Sweden and Italy have advised Johansson that at this time no surgery can help him to overcome his problems.
The 6' 6" right-hander won three career ATP singles titles (2004-Memphis; 2005-Adelaide, Marseille) and reached a career-high No. 9 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on February 14, 2005. He also won one ATP doubles crown.
His best Grand Slam performance came at the 2004 US Open, when he beat defending champion Andy Roddick before falling to Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals. The following year at the Australian Open, Johansson hit an ATP co-record of 51 aces in his four-set loss to Andre Agassi in the fourth round.
Johansson's last professional match on the ATP circuit came at Stockholm in October 2007, when he defeated Carlos Berlocq in the first round but had to withdraw from his second round match due to illness.