Tomas Berdych Retires From The Davis Cup
Former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych has announced his retirement from Davis Cup competition at the age of 32.
The Czech world No.16 released a statement on Sunday evening in which he outlined his intentions concerning the competition. Berdych has been a fixture in his country’s team since 2003. During his career, he has participated in a total of 29 ties. Winning 50 out of the 67 matches he has played. He was also a member of the Czech team that won back-to-back Davis Cup titles in 2012 and 2013.
“One of the most beautiful tennis chapters is over. I’m truly happy that I was part of the Czech team that has won Davis Cup two times.” Berdych said in a statement.
As a consequence of his decision, it means that the Czech will not be eligible to participate in the next Olympic Games in 2020. Under ITF regulations, players must participate in at least three Davis Cup ties during a four-year cycle in order to be eligible for selection. Berdych is already a three-time Olympian, but missed the 2016 Games due to fears about the Zika virus.
“I reached the point when it’s impossible for me to perform at the highest level without proper rest. I must think of my physical abilities and try to save some energy in order to continue in my career.” He explained about his decision.
“Davis Cup was always an unforgettable experience for me but it always cost a lot of effort an energy. That is why I decided not to play Davis Cup anymore.”
Responding to Berdych’s decision, Czech captain Jaroslav Navrátil has hailed the dedication of the former top five player. He has won 21 out of 23 doubles matches played in the competition. The joint highest along with three-time grand slam champion Jan Kodes.
“I respect Tomas’ decision and I wish him many successes in his next career. It is now up to me to choose the strongest match for a match against Israel to try to return to the World Group this year,” denik.cz quoted Navratil as saying.
Ending 2017 with a back injury, Berdych reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last month in what was his 57 grand slam main draw. He will return to action later this week at the Rotterdam Open.
Berdych’s Davis Cup record
Debut – 2003 (against Thailand)
Ties played – 29
Singles matches won – 29/44
Doubles matches won – 21/23
Davis Cup titles won – 2 (2012 and 2013)