Tommy Robredo completes his “greatest journey”

“The trip was very pleasant. Today I start a different kind of life & rdquor ;, highlighted Tommy Robredo as a summary of his tennis career. After 891 matches, a few days after turning 40 (May 1), after 23 years since his debut on the ATP Tour, in Barcelona, ​​at only 16 and reaching the third round of the tournament, Robredo end a spectacular career in which he succeeded 12 tracksone of them, in 2004, on the same center court where he hit his final stretch in front of an audience chanting his name.

Barely 63 minutes lasted the farewell match against Barnabas Zapata (119 in the world) who could only win two games. It was the least important thing. Even though Robredo He came in ready to “enjoy and get up”. He jumped on the court to try but the difference was not only in the ranking (Robredo is currently 362 in the world), but also in the attitude towards the game. He could only win two games, but that didn’t matter.

The withdrawal was long overdue. The Covid 19 stopped her. Robredo he felt that the time had come “to be at home in peace, to enjoy family, friends, to take a vacation”. Of your 13 month old baby girl, Alexiathan his wife Patricia raised on his shoulders during the tribute that Robredo received on the central track of the RCT Barcerlona, ​​with his teammates on this path, as David Ferrer, Jean-Charles Ferrero Is Feliciano Lopez, who is still in the gap at 41 years old. “Friends, rivals, who I’ve played tournaments with since I was 7,” he said.

“A Wonderful Race”

It was time to “enjoy”, to feel that these years on the slopes were worth it. He could do it wherever he wanted. In his club since the age of 14. “That was the most important thing,” he said proudly. “When I was 16, when I started, everything was going very well. I feel very happy to have had a great career.” Robredo wanted this life from an early age. His parents, Ángel and Dolors, gave him his first racquet when he was 2 years old. and they inoculated him with a passion for tennis. The same one they had for the group Who for which they decided to call it Tommy.

Robredo he didn’t want to highlight any particular moment in his long career. “I’ve been through a lot. I’ve had a lot battles. Great games and tough times. Also some defeats and stuck thorns along the way, but I think it helped me progress and learn. Today, I am a better tennis player than when I started. Tennis gave me everything. It was a learning of life from 2 years to 40 years”, he underlined.

day of contrasts

While Robredo was playing its last match, not far from this center court, dozens of children lined up in the corridor leading to the players’ room to get an autograph or a selfie from Carlos Alcaraz, He was coming back from his training. It was the contrast. Alcaraz has launched a race that promises to be spectacular and Robredo has ended his. “Law of life, players are not eternal”, admitted the Gironian.

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