What happened to Paradorn Srichaphan?

Paradorn Srichaphan, a member of the 1998 Thai national team, won Thailand’s first Asian Games gold medal. He reached a career high No.9 in 2003 before entering a slump in early 2007 due to a prolonged wrist injury. He is arguably one of the best Asian players of his generation with many seeing him as a successor to Michael Chang.

Srichaphan, who tried to return to the game in early 2008, is now reaching veteran status and it now seems unlikely that he will ever return to the game. The Thai played his last tour-level match at the 2007 Sony Ericsson Open, where he retired after trailing Luis Horna 5-2.

However, his career has been highlighted by some career defining  moments. In 2002, he stunned the tennis world by beating Andre Agassi in straight sets at Wimbledon and won his first ATP tournament in Long Island. Most recently, he came within a inch to beating World No.1 Roger Federer in the 2006 Davidoff Swiss Indoors after holding a 4-1 lead in a third set tie-break.

His comeback remains to be seen, with many believing that he has lost interest in the sport and is pondering a switch to motorcycle racing.


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