Horia Tecau embraced his associate Kevin Krawietz on Thursday after they accomplished a 6-3, 6-7(1), 10-6 victory towards Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos on the Nitto ATP Finals. The Romanian had a giant smile on his face understanding he had completed his ATP Tour profession on a excessive.
It was the ultimate match match of Tecau’s storied profession. And though the eighth seeds didn’t advance to the semi-finals in Turin, it was nonetheless an ideal ending.
“It’s a tremendous feeling. I couldn’t have written a greater script for this second. I’m actually comfortable to be right here, to do it on a pleasant crew and end with a win,” Tecau advised ATPTour.com. “Earlier than the match we have been within the locker room and we couldn’t discuss ways. I simply wished to play my final match like I did my profession — play with good power, attempt to win and battle arduous till the tip and depart the whole lot on the court docket.
“That’s how I performed each time and that’s the mark I wished to go away on the court docket. Having the ability to get a win in an occasion like this within the final match, it’s a tremendous feeling that not many gamers have. It’s in all probability going to sink in over the following few days, however I’m actually comfortable to go away it like this.”
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Tecau’s brother, Andrei, didn’t journey a lot throughout Horia’s profession, however he was in attendance on the Pala Alpitour. So have been a number of of Tecau’s shut buddies. They have been all available to have fun the tip of the 36-year-old’s journey, which began when he turned skilled in 2003.
“I’m pleased with a number of issues. I grew as an individual by way of the sport. All of the targets and all of the desires I had, I used to be capable of accomplish them and that’s very fulfilling. I obtained to fulfill some nice individuals alongside the best way. I had nice companions, coaches and made a number of friendships,” Tecau mentioned. “The way in which I went by way of all of it and matured as an individual and a participant, I feel that’s the largest factor I’m pleased with.”
The previous World No. 2 received 38 tour-level doubles trophies, together with two males’s doubles majors — he lifted the trophy at Wimbledon in 2015 and the US Open in 2017 alongside Jean-Julien Rojer. He additionally captured the 2015 Nitto ATP Finals crown with Rojer and three ATP Masters 1000 victories.
“The primary Slam at Wimbledon was that massive dream that you simply wish to accomplish together with your associate. You’re employed collectively for that one purpose, one the whole lot and change into a crew and battle for it,” Tecau mentioned. “The second was extra concerning the partnership, the friendship, being there for one another and supporting one another by way of all of the robust moments.”
The Romanian admitted that he started to really feel his impending retirement final yr. Coming into this season, he didn’t essentially anticipate finding a associate like Krawietz, who wanted a associate after Andreas Mies underwent surgical procedure early within the yr. Their easygoing relationship saved Tecau going.
“I’m actually comfortable to have performed yet one more yr and to make it right here to the [Nitto ATP] Finals,” Tecau mentioned. “The extra I saved taking part in, the extra it was sinking in and I knew it was coming and was going to occur on the finish of the yr. There is no such thing as a doubt about it, no combined emotions like I ought to change my thoughts. That didn’t exist. I simply focussed on the best way I wished to complete and that’s it.”
Tecau is a humble champion who’s broadly revered by his friends. He additionally was focussed on serving to the neighborhood and provoking the longer term generations, writing “Viata in ritm de tenis” (Life within the Rhythm of Tennis), a kids’s e book that encourages youngsters to pursue their desires by way of arduous work.
The Romanian, who will play his remaining match in Davis Cup subsequent week, not often confirmed extreme emotion on the court docket, and let his tennis converse for itself.
“I used to be by no means going to vary. The game and the outcomes and the best way it goes is usually difficult, however I all the time tried to have good relationships with my coworkers, my buddies and the employees on the occasions. I feel that was one thing that I used to be educated with, however one thing I additionally noticed earlier than me,” Tecau mentioned. “I used to be a giant fan of [Stefan] Edberg, [Patrick] Rafter and Roger [Federer]. Watching these guys on TV and a few of them I met within the locker room and noticed how they acted and behaved all year long with ups and downs, that was a benchmark for me.
“There are a number of followers and children who like watching the game and I feel it’s essential that they get to see that you would be able to win and deal with issues that manner. You don’t should be a egocentric, impolite man to make it. That’s the best way I noticed issues and the way I acted on and across the court docket and I’m very pleased with that. I’ll carry that perpetually.”