When he played Novak Djokovic on May 14, 2018 at the Masters 1000 in Rome, Aleksandr Dolgopolov had no idea it would be his last professional match. He underwent right wrist surgery three months later and began his recovery. Another surgery followed and the return to the courts was delayed. and it took so long that it never came.
Dolgopolov always competed with a sense of fun, to entertain fans, but that feeling was lost. Thus decided to end his career as a professional.
“I hope it was fun to watch”, said the one born 32 years ago in Kiev but residing in Monte-Carlo to ATPTour.com. “I never broke any tennis records, but I hope I have displayed tennis that is entertaining for the fans. My wrist injury happened in Australia [hace tres años] after an error in a return in practice. I felt pain, but nothing serious. I made it to the third round of the Australian Open and returned to Europe, but never realized that it would be the end of my career. I tried it for a couple of years, I had two surgeries and I still have pain, “he completed.
Right-handed and with a two-handed backhand, the Ukrainian reached the 2011 Australian Open quarter-finals as the best result in a Grand Slam. Dolgopolov captured three titles in nine finals. He beat local Marin Cilic in the final of Umag 2011 (on brick dust), in Washington 2012 (vs. Tommy Haas on hard) and in the Argentina Open 2017 against Kei Nishikori.