5 current retirees — Steve Darcis, Martin Klizan, Julian Knowle, Paolo Lorenzi and Viktor Troicki — had been honoured on Thursday on the Pala Alpitour throughout the Nitto ATP Finals.
ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi introduced every participant with a body celebrating their biggest accomplishments earlier than all of them later took to centre courtroom for a particular ceremony.
The final participant who walked on the courtroom, Lorenzi, is Italian. The 39-year-old, who retired following this yr’s US Open, climbed as excessive as No. 33 within the FedEx ATP Rankings. Lorenzi made historical past in Kitzbühel in 2016 when as a 34-year-old he turned the oldest first-time singles champion in ATP Tour historical past (since 1990).
“It’s unbelievable. I actually missed the followers in New York, I performed my final match with out individuals,” Lorenzi instructed ATPTour.com. “To complete right here in Italy with this ceremony is actually necessary to me. I had time to say goodbye to everybody and I had the individuals near me all through my profession. I’ll miss this and them lots.”
The very best-ranked singles participant of the group was former World No. 12 Viktor Troicki. The Serbian received three tour-level singles titles in his profession, together with back-to-back triumphs in Sydney in 2015 and 2016.
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Former World No. 24 Martin Klizan, who accomplished his profession at Wimbledon this yr, received six ATP Tour titles. His greatest triumph got here in 2016 at Rotterdam, the place he earned 4 of his 5 wins in three units.
Belgian Steve Darcis, identified for his inventive recreation, reached World No. 38. When he was 33, Darcis turned the third-oldest participant to debut in Prime 40 since 1975. He additionally claimed the primary tour-level victories of his profession en path to lifting the trophy at Amersfoort in 2007. Followers additionally bear in mind his huge win towards Rafael Nadal within the first spherical of Wimbledon in 2013.
“I’ll take the 2 Davis Cup finals, the 2 titles I received in Amersfoort and Memphis and in addition my win towards Nadal, as a result of everyone is speaking about this. I’ll take these with me and always remember these moments.”
The doubles participant within the group was former World No. 6 Julian Knowle, who was already in Turin this week teaching doubles opponents Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau. The Austrian lifted 19 tour-level titles, together with a serious victory on the 2007 US Open alongside Simon Aspelin.
“To begin with, a giant because of the ATP for having me and placing me yet another time on the massive stage. It was a really good feeling. Nothing to remorse about my profession. It was emotional after they instructed me about this retirement [ceremony] for the gamers,” Knowle stated. “It was not at all times straightforward, however on the finish it labored out fairly properly and I’ve no regrets.”