Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Regrets: Tennis Great Nestor at Peace with Decision to Retire in September

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Regrets: Tennis Great Nestor at Peace with Decision to Retire in September

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Nestor playing final season with no regrets


Canadian tennis veteran Daniel Nestor has no regrets about his decision to retire later this season.

The 45-year-old from Toronto, who announced his retirement plans last year, has struggled in his final campaign on the ATP World Tour. Early exits have become the norm for the former top-ranked men's doubles player, who's planning to leave the competitive game in September.

"The main thing is my body is just not allowing me to play at the highest levels anymore," Nestor said. "So that makes the decision much easier."

Nestor, who turned pro in 1991, has won an incredible 91 titles on tour and had 10 different stints as a world No. 1. The 2000 Olympic men's doubles champ has earned US$12.8 million in career prize money and won a whopping 1,062 doubles matches.

He won three titles in 2016 before starting his slide down the rankings. Currently ranked No. 104, Nestor has yet to make an appearance in a final this season.

Fatigue has been an issue at times. Heat and humidity bother him more than they used to as well.

In the past, Nestor was able to raise his level when needed. But in recent months, he has noticed his match fitness isn't what it used to be.

"It's not like I changed anything or stopped working or anything -- it just happened," Nestor told The Canadian Press from London. "I maybe wish I would have recognized it and maybe done something about it, maybe with a fitness coach or something. But I'm not sure (it would have mattered) because I really have done different things that have worked in the past and it's not enough anymore.

"It's just accepting that you can't do all the things in the world I guess. At some point it's not going to work anymore."

His latest first-round exit came Tuesday with Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., at the Fever-Tree Championships. They dropped a 6-3, 7-5 decision to Henri Kontinen and John Peers.

Nestor's main partners over his career were Mark Knowles, Nenad Zimonjic and Max Mirnyi. Nestor has used a different playing partner at almost every tournament this season, making it out of the first round on only five occasions. …

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