Chela Retires From Professional Tennis…

It’s the end of the road for Juan Ignacio Chela

The 33-year-old Argentine tenista has announced his retirement from professional tennis after nearly 15 years on the ATP tour.

Juan Ignacio Chela

During his career, Chela claimed six ATP singles titles and three in doubles – all of them on clay.

Chela reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals – the French Open in 2004 and 2011, and the U.S. Open in 2007.

Even though he’d been hinting at retirement for weeks, it wasn’t until Monday that Chela made it official via Twitter.

Known as “El Flaco“, Chela reached a career-high ranking of No. 15 in the world back in No. 15 on August 9, 2004. He’s retiring with a current singles ranking of No. 176 and career earnings of $6.5 million.

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