Irish tennis star announces retirement

    Irish Davis Cup player Barry King today announced his retirement
    from professional tennis at the age of 26.

    Having exhausted his financial resources and with a series of niggling injuries holding him back from progressing further up the rankings, King felt there was little option but to pull to plug on his professional career at this stage.

    “Having spent nearly three years on the professional circuit and achieved many of goals, I am now eager to resume my business
    career. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the professional tour,
    particularly the time I spent as part of the Irish Davis Cup squad. I
    now look forward to channelling the energy I brought to these matches
    into new pursuits. I will always be passionate about Irish tennis and
    wish to continue to contribute to this development in any way
    possible.”

    King achieved a career high ranking of 600 in November 2009 and has
    been a member of the Irish Davis Cup team since 2010. He was
    Ireland’s Davis Cup hero in July this year when he defeated Anis
    Ghorbel to win the Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group II play-off
    against Tunisia on a 3-2 score line. King accounted for Ghorbel in
    straight sets 7-6 6-2 6-1 to claim the 4th singles match and overall
    victory at David Lloyd Riverview, Clonskeagh.

    Irish Davis Cup Captain Garry Cahill 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. He has been an
    inspiration for all the junior members of the BNP Paribas National
    Tennis Academy and we all wish him the very best of luck in his
    future ventures.”

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