2008 ATP Tour - Retirements


Following is a list of notable players (winners of a main tour title, and/or part of the ATP Rankings top 100 (singles) or top 50 (doubles) for at least one week) who announced their retirement from professional tennis, became inactive (after not playing for more than 52 weeks), or were permanently banned from playing, during the 2008 season:

  • SWE Jonas Björkman (born 23 March 1972 in Alvesta, Sweden) He turned professional in 1991 and became world no. 4 in singles and world no. 1 in doubles. He won three Australian Open doubles titles, two French Open doubles titles, three Wimbledon doubles titles, and one US Open doubles title, in addition to being a doubles finalist in six Grand Slam tournaments. He also won two doubles year-end championships. He retired from professional tennis after competing at the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup Doubles championships.
  • BRA Gustavo Kuerten (born September 10, 1976 in Florianópolis, Brazil) He turned professional in 1995. He reached the world no. 1 ranking, won the French Open three times (1997, 2000, and 2001), and was the Tennis Masters Cup champion in 2000. He played his last match against Paul-Henri Mathieu at the French Open.
  • ESP Félix Mantilla (September 23, 1974 in Barcelona, Spain) He turned professional in 1993 and reached a career-high ranking of world no. 10. He reached the semifinals of the French Open and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and earned 10 career titles. He played his last career match in July 2007 in Umag against Robin Haase.

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