Croatian tennis player Mario Ancic has announced his retirement from professional tennis at the age of 26 in order to become a lawyer.
The former world number seven has been dogged by injuries for a number of years, as well as suffering from illness at points throughout his career which has seen him win three singles’ tournaments as well as reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2004.
During his numerous injury lay-offs the six foot five inch tall start read law the University of Split, his home town university, and graduated in 2008 before working at a law firm in Zagreb during 2009.
Ancic turned professional in 2001 and shot to fame when he beat Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon the following year. He also won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens with doubles partner Ivan Ljubicic as well as five professional doubles’ tournaments to add to his three in the singles.
Of his bronze medal compatriot, Ljubicic said “It’s terrible. I mean, that’s the worst way for a sportsman to finish the career,” however “fortunately he has a law degree. He’s already practising that. His life, it will go on.”