Mario Ancic retires from tennis

Updated: 23 February 2011 19:30 IST

Mario Ancic says he has retired from professional tennis because his body would not allow him "to continue on a high level."

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Mario Ancic says he has retired from professional tennis because his body would not allow him "to continue on a high level."

The 26-year-old Croat said Wednesday it was "one of the toughest decisions I ever had to make."

Ancic first came to prominence in 2002 in his Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon, where he defeated seventh-seeded Roger Federer in the opening round.

Ancic reached a career-high ranking of No. 7 in 2006, two years after he reached the Wimbledon semifinals for his best Grand Slam result.

However, he suffered from mononucleosis in 2007 and lately has struggled with a back injury.

Topics : Tennis
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