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Fernando Verdasco Has Hung It Up

A great ATP career has come to an end. Fernando Verdasco, the explosive Spanish lefty and former world no. 7, is no longer chasing the dream.

Verdasco played his last match in September 2023 at Seville Challenger, a first round loss 61 61 to Hugo Gaston. Prior to that wildcard, Verdasco played at Stanford Challenger in August and was defeated by Alexandr Cozbinov 61 63.

Now 40, Verdasco turned pro in 1997 and won seven titles and 559 matches on the ATP World Tour for over $18m in career prize money. His best result in a Grand Slam was semis at 2009 Australian Open, a heart-breaking five set loss to Rafael Nadal. He also reached QF at Wimbledon 2013 and US Open 2009 and 2010.

Most recently, Verdasco began coaching Ons Jabeur at Madrid Masters last week. Jabeur said she likes the positive energy of Verdasco and she wants to obtain the “Spanish mentality” on clay.

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