Hutchins calls time on tennis career

13 September 2014 / 12:39

Ross Hutchins admitted the time was right to retire from tennis, with the doubles specialist not about to rush into a new venture.

Just a week after Hutchins lost in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles competition at the US Open alongside Taiwan's Yung-Jan Chan, the 29-year-old announced his retirement from tennis.

Hutchins won five ATP doubles titles, three in partnership with fellow Briton Colin Fleming. He and Fleming also reached two Grand Slam quarter-finals in 2011 and represented Team GB at London 2012.

The Londoner also won a Commonwealth Games silver medal in 2010 and was a key member of Great Britain's Davis Cup team.

Hutchins was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012 and missed the entire 2013 season, but returned to action after the cancer went into remission.

"I feel it is the right time for me to stop playing professional sport and pursue new goals," Hutchins said.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement.

"I feel strong and healthy and I look forward to moving on to the next chapter of my life.

 "I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead and I shall now take my time to decide on exactly what they will be."

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