Andrea Petkovic has officially announced his retirement from professional tennis after a successful career, albeit limited by frequent physical problems. The German athlete, after leaving the scene in the first round of the Us Open 2022 at the hands of Belinda Bencic, he greeted sport at a high level at a press conference: “The past five days have been difficult. For the past few days, I’ve been crying at the end of every training session. I’m glad it all ended like this, against Belinda, a person I love and respect so much. I am happy to have brought this courage and tenacity throughout my career, all the respect I have for the game and for my opponents. I still have a strong passion for tennis, but my body no longer allows me to play as I would like, train well, play a whole season. Serena Williams? I am happy for her, I know how difficult it is, especially with all the attention she is receiving. I was impressed to see her win day. I thought a lot about whether or not to say that I would retire, but I felt that I owed it to my fans, they had to know that this was my last tournament “. These then are the words and emotions of Petkovic, in career top 10 in 2011 and conqueror of 11 titles in the major circuit.