King Retires From Tennis

IRISH tennis has been shocked by the retirement of key Davis Cup player Barry King at the relatively young age of 26.
The talented Dubliner, a former junior champion of Ireland, has made the tough call to step away from professional tennis due to niggling injuries which have hampered his ability to climb up the world ranking table.
King’s decision comes at a time of great gains on the international stage for senior Irish men’s tennis players.
The country’s top two ranked players Conor Niland and Louk Sorensen have equipped themselves reasonably well at major Grand Slams events over the past two tennis seasons.
Sorensen became the first Irish players to ever win at a Grand Slam tournament with a first-round victory in Australia in 2010.
Meanwhile Niland was the first Irish player in over three decades to qualify for Wimbledon this year and followed that up by also qualifying for the US Open.
Whilst Barry King struggled to make his presence known at that level, he has been a central player in the country’s recent Davis Cup exploits.
He was Ireland’s Davis Cup hero in July year when he defeated Anis Ghorbel to win the Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group II play-off against Tunisia on a 3-2 scoreline.
Irish Davis Cup captain Garry Cahill has expressed his disappointment at the news of King’s retirement.
He said: “Barry’s retirement is a huge blow for Irish tennis. Barry has had a really impressive career to date and he is a proven match winner in international competition.
“We acknowledge his enormous talent, and while his retirement is a setback, we understand very well his decision.”
The 26-year-old achieved a career-high ranking of 600 in November 2009 and has been a member of the Irish Davis Cup for over a year.
King, whose brother Graham is also a former Irish junior champion, only turned professional in 2008, having previously worked in the financial sector in Dublin.
King said: “Having spent nearly three years on the professional circuit and achieved many of goals, I am now eager to resume my business career,” King said.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the professional tour, particularly the time I spent as part of the Irish Davis Cup squad.”

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