Johansson calls it a day

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Sweden’s Thomas Johansson has announced his retirement from professional tennis.

“After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to end my professional tennis career with immediate effect,” said Johansson, a former World No. 7 (10 June 2002). “Last Autumn, I underwent yet another operation for a foot injury and, one month ago, I became a father for the second time.”

34 year-old Johansson won his only Grand Slam title at the 2003 Australian Open (d. Safin), eight ATP World Tour titles and an Olympic silver medal in doubles with Simon Aspelin at Beijing in 2008. He also reached the 2005 Wimbledon semi-finals (l. to Roddick) and played in three Davis Cup semi-finals in a career that spanned for over 15 years.

Johansson, who started tennis as a five year-old, amassed a 355-296 tour-level singles record and a 76-98 record on the doubles circuit. His last professional match came at the Davis Cup where Sweden faced Israel in the first-round.

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