I’m afraid I have some bad news to share with you all today. After a lot of thought and many hours of discussion with doctors and physiotherapists, I have decided to retire from the game of tennis. Over the past few years my knees have been put through the wringer and it has become clear to me, not through lack of trying, that they will never truly get better.
Tennis is such a brutal, unforgiving sport. You have to be in tip-top shape just to be competitive. While I know that many professional players out there are nursing injuries during matches, there aren’t many out there that are starting tournaments, training blocks, or even simple practice weeks hurt, and there lies my disadvantage. I don’t feel like I can maintain my game and level once I get a couple matches into a tournament. By the third day of competition my knees and hips lock up and I simply cannot move anymore. Another frustrating factor is that I don’t feel like I can train as hard as I want to, as hard as I need to. I can’t work on my footwork for hours on end, I can’t do drills all day long, I can’t hit baskets and baskets of serves like I should be. These are the kinds of things that I need to be doing in order to get an edge, but my body and primarily my knees are stopping me from doing it.
The last year has been incredibly challenging, but it has also been a great experience and a lot of fun. I religiously pushed myself through knee rehabilitation and found strength and gears within myself that I didn’t know existed. From Israel to England and back to Los Angeles, I gave my very best on the court, and thoroughly enjoyed keeping you all in the loop with my blog. It was a great experience, one that I will cherish for years to come. I only wish that I could have got a few more good years out of the old knees. But some things aren’t meant to be, and that’s ok, because I’m ready for the next challenge.
Thank you all for your support over the last year. I couldn’t have persevered and realized my dream of competing professionally without your kind words and motivating messages. Thank you to my friends and family for sticking by me and moulding me into the man I am today. And finally thank you to Tennis Warehouse for giving me the privilege of writing this blog for you all. It was a bit shorter than I planned, but it was a great journey.