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Juan Carlos Ferrero’s decision to quit tennis after the Valencia Open exposes the huge strains players are put under during year-long tours, as the former French Open champion becomes the third high-profile retirement of the summer.

Ferrero, who missed out on the US Open this month, has endured an injury-hit season that has seen his world ranking fall to 111. The Spaniard admitted that the intensity of the tour has forced his decision to retire.

“It was a tough year, as I realised on the court that I did not have the same ambition after 14 years at the top level,” Ferrero revealed. “This season, injuries have prevented me from playing with regularity.”

It is with disappointment that a player that always ranks highly in the Betfair Tennis Tips has had to cut short his career due to injury, but he is not the first to do so this year.

2003 US Open winner, Andy Roddick, admitted defeat at New York last week, announcing his immediate retirement from the game. Roddick has battled for years to find his form but his body was not up to the strains men’s tennis now puts on its competitors.

Kim Clijsters, also a US Open champion, retires this summer, as she balances her professional career with other commitments. Living on the road for months on end must be tough and Clijsters has done right to end her career on a high rather than muck it out at the bottom for five more years.

Tennis has witnessed three former Grand Slam champions fall by the wayside this summer. Ferrero has suffered the same setbacks as Roddick and, once he realised he would never taste a Grand Slam victory ever again, it must be difficult to continue through the pain.

Attention will now shift to the Moselle Open, where home favourite, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, is expected to defend his crown.
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