Tennis star ends career after long battle with health issues

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An American former Grand Slam winner has ended his career after a long struggle with health issues.

Ryan Harrison has had to face that his career as a tennis player is over. He has battled various injuries and health problems, which have now led him to pull the plug.

Harrison is best known for winning the men’s doubles title at the French Open in 2017 with Michael Venus. That same year, he reached a ranking of number 40 in the world, his best career placement.

He represented the USA at the Olympics in London in 2012 and at the Davis Cup that same year. His only singles title came in Memphis in 2017, but his career has been marred by health problems. Now, the 31-year-old has decided to call it quits.

“Turn off the lights, the party’s over,” he writes according to Express on social media.

“As the new year begins, a new chapter in my life starts. After a long battle with health issues over the last few years, the time has come for me to end my career. I couldn’t be more grateful for the moments I’ve had on the court.”

“Representing the USA in both the Davis Cup and the Olympics in singles and doubles will always be some of the proudest moments of my life. So many other great memories.”

“Winning the French Open with my good friend Michael Venus, who I grew up with. Qualifying for the ATP final in London at the O2 Arena. Playing in the US Open with my brother, reaching all the way to the quarterfinals, while we were both teenagers.”

“Winning my first and only singles title in Memphis at the tournament where I first ever watched a professional tennis match. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to have had a dream and had the opportunity to live that dream.”

“Of course, none of this could have been done without the sacrifices and support of so many people along the way. To all the fans who supported me, thank you. The love I felt through many tough matches will stay with me forever.”

“To all the coaches, physiotherapists, agents, and doctors who helped me along the way… Thank you for your hard work and belief in me.”

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