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Tennis Information: Pedro Sousa Bids Farewell: ‘I Have No Regrets’

Former International No. 99 Pedro Sousa put a bow on his skilled profession Thursday on the Del Monte Lisboa Belém Open in Portugal.

The host website online of the ATP Challenger Excursion 75 tournament, the Membership Internacional de Foot-Ball is Sousa’s house membership, making the 35-year-old’s ultimate match a memorable good-bye.

“The toughest section is lengthy long gone, it was once once I needed to make the verdict. It looked like nowadays would by no means come, however all at once it was once right here,” Sousa mentioned in Portuguese at a press convention in Lisbon. “Ahead of the event I used to be k, however then that force got here. Enjoying this is at all times particular. I had pals, circle of relatives and membership contributors that I see day by day, which gave me additional power to accomplish neatly.”


Sousa, who grew to become professional in 2007, accumulated 8 ATP Challenger Excursion titles and is certainly one of 4 Portuguese males to crack the Best 100 of the Pepperstone ATP Ratings previously decade.

After incomes his 201st profession Challenger-match victory this week in Lisbon, the place his father ‘Manecas’ works because the match director, Sousa clashed in opposition to countryman and previous International No. 28 Joao Sousa, who reached the best rating in Portuguese tennis historical past in 2016.

In entrance of a complete crowd, Pedro soaked within the ultimate moments of his profession.

“I believe aid, in the end,” Sousa mentioned, whilst cracking amusing. “It’s what it’s. I used to be roughly ready. I additionally had a while to organize. It was once particular as it took place in my membership like I sought after, all through a countrywide vacation in entrance of a complete stadium in opposition to the most productive Portuguese participant ever.”

Joao Sousa (left) embraces Pedro Sousa, who was playing his final match Thursday in Lisbon.
Joao Sousa (left) embraces Pedro Sousa, who was once enjoying his ultimate event Thursday in Lisbon. Credit score: FPT/Sara Falcao
Sousa’s maximum memorable second from his profession was once representing his house nation within the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Video games. The yr prior, the Lisbon local loved a marvel runner-up end as a fortunate loser on the ATP 250 tournament in Buenos Aires. All 8 of his Challenger titles got here on clay courts, with two triumphs on house soil. When Sousa mirrored on his profession, one event caught out.

“The most efficient event ever must be the overall in opposition to [Jan-Lennard] Struff within the [2018] Pullach [Germany] Challenger,” Sousa mentioned. “Successful 6-3, 6-1 within the ultimate of a Challenger 125 was once even higher than once I beat him the yr ahead of [in Davis Cup], as a result of in that one I needed to endure just a little in any case.

“I am glad and happy with my profession and don’t have any regrets. Most of the people have no idea the struggles we undergo, it is a very difficult profession. I have made some errors in fact, however I am proud of my achievements.”

from Tennis – ATP International Excursion



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