Paolo Lorenzi, Roger Federer’s contemporary from day one, was one of the few players of the Swiss generation who was still active. A defeat In the previous phase of the US Open against the French Maxime Janvier, he put an end to his career.
“Pro tennis is over for me. That’s what I thought, that it’s time to put an end to New York. I have always loved this place, so I think it is the best possible place to stop, “says Paolo in statements to the ATP.
Today at 188th place in the world rankings, he conquered at the age of 34 (the player, at that time, the oldest player to win a trophy for the first time) the ATP 250 of Kitzbuhel. A year later he would also become the oldest tennis player to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time (in New York). Two other ATP finals (in Quito and Umag), but where Lorenzi really made his mark was on the Challenger circuit.
There, he has two impressive records: highest number of victories (421, second in the ranking) and most titles (21, third).
“I would like people to remember me as a player who left everything on the court and fought to the end in every game. This has been the best trip of my life. I have enjoyed every moment to the fullest: every time I was on the pitch was a dream come true “, that’s how Paolo will be.