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Nicolas Kiefer announces retirement from tennis

Nicolas Kiefer
German Kiefer is now concentrating on family commitments

Nicolas Kiefer has announced his immediate retirement from tennis.

The 33-year-old German reached a career-high fourth in the rankings in 2000 but has struggled with form and injury in the last year two years.

He did not reach a Grand Slam final but made the 1997 Wimbledon quarter-finals, the 2006 Australian Open last four and won an Olympic silver medal in 2004.

With a current ranking of 722, Kiefer wants to spend more time with his wife and daughter, who was born in August.

Kiefer had a hugely successful career as a youngster, triumphing in junior tournaments at the Australian Open and US Open and was also a finalist and semi-finalist at Wimbledon and the French Open at that level.

He finished 1995 as the number two junior player in the world, aged 18.


After reaching the last eight at Wimbledon at the age of 19, when he lost to Todd Woodbridge, he rose to number four in the world rankings and won six tournaments in total, including his home country's grass court title at Halle in 1999.

His best achievement towards the end of his career was going through to the final of the ATP Toronto Masters in 2008 but his form has been hindered since then by a wrist injury.

He represented Germany in the Davis Cup and teamed up with Rainier Schuettler to win the doubles silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

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