Kiefer announces retirement


PARIS – Germany’s Nicolas Kiefer, the former world number four currently ranked 722nd in the world, announced on Thursday that he is retiring from tennis at the age of 33 due to persistent injury problems.
“After a long period of reflection, I’ve decided to bring an end to my professional career,” said Kiefer on his official website.
He added that he wanted to spend time with his baby daughter Mabelle Emilienne, who was born on August 11.
Kiefer turned professional in 1995 and won six ATP titles, including Hong Kong and Dubai in the year 2000.
In 2004 he won a silver medal alongside compatriot Rainer Schuettler in the doubles competitions at the Athens Olympics.
He has played rarely in recent years due to a troublesome wrist problem.