Wimbledon’s return this month marks the end of an era.
Serbian Davis Cup hero Viktor Troicki will close the curtain on his career after his final Wimbledon appearance this month.
The 35-year-old Troicki won three ATP singles titles—Moscow (2010) and Sydney (2015-2016)—reached a career-high rank of No. 12 and earned more than $9.2 million in career prize money.
The father of two daughters says he’s looking forward to spending more time with his family and continuing his role as Serbian Davis Cup captain.
“Yes, I have decided I’m done,” Troicki said at Queen’s Club where he’s playing his penultimate tournament. “I had a struggle over the years whether I should play or, you know, if I continue, but since I was not moving much, not getting back to top 100, and I had issues with my body, couple injuries, different injuries and being 35 already, I think, yeah, I had enough.
“I have decided that’s enough, and my family is at home. Unfortunately they cannot travel since it’s tough to travel these days due to quarantine and bubbles and everything. I really don’t enjoy it. Being apart from my family, not seeing my kids grow up, yeah, it’s a wise decision I think at this moment. Definitely it’s emotional. It’s been my whole life playing tennis. I achieved many things in my career and lived my dream, let’s say. And I might miss it, but I think, yeah, I made a wise decision.”
The Belgrade-born baseliner holds a prestigious place in Serbian tennis history.
In 2010, Troicki defeated Michael Llodra, clinching Serbia’s first Davis Cup championship sweeping the decisive fifth match to capture the Cup before his hometown fans in Belgrade.
In January of 2020, Troicki played alongside buddy Novak Djokovic on the Serbian squad that beat Spain to win the ATP Cup down under. Troicki is excited to continue his role as Serbian Davis Cup captain and he will help shape Serbia’s tennis future joining Djokovic working a the world No. 1’s new tennis academy in Belgrade.
“I will stay in tennis. That’s for sure,” Troicki said. “I’m already Davis Cup captain for Serbia. So that’s one thing I will be doing and more focusing on that.
“And the other thing is Novak is making his academy in Belgrade, which I will be part of. It’s a huge project, something that we were all looking forward to and making this happen. Probably this year we will be opening. We are working hard on managing all the things towards the good beginning and really good academy in the future.”
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