Former Top 10 player, Olympic bronze medal, 2 Davis Cup titles.— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) November 15, 2017
Radek Stepanek announces his retirement from tennis. pic.twitter.com/GxW2L1eZtV
Doubles standout, longevity poster child and worm-dancer Radek Stepanek has retired from tennis at 38.
Though the Czech turned pro in 1996, his biggest singles title, an ATP 500, came in Washington when he was 32. After his final win over Gael Monfils, Stepanek performed his signature celebration: the worm.
Stepanek would win five singles titles and enjoy some Grand Slam success as well, with fourth round showings at the Australian Open and French Open and a quarterfinal run at Wimbledon in 2006. He reached as high as No. 8 in singles and No. 4 in doubles.
Among his 18 doubles titles are the 2012 Australian Open and 2013 US Open, both of which he won with Leander Paes. He won a bronze medal in Rio last year in mixed doubles (with Lucie Hradecka).
Exactly a year ago, incredible story became a bronze medal in Rio????. Looking back to this pic always brings out the deepest and strongest emotions winning a medal for my beloving country????????. Couldnt do it without my incredible partner in crime Lucie Hradecka????. What a team spirit we had our tennis gang made 3 ????medals @lucie.safarova @barborastrycova @lucik85 @petrakvitova, well done to all of u ????????. Cant wait for Tokyo 2020????#Rio #unforgetable #DreamCameTrue #AllWeNeedIsaMedal???? #Copagabana #WeDidIt @olympijskytym
Also in 2012 and 2013, Stepanek led his country to Davis Cup glory. He served as half the team, playing three rubbers—two singles and a doubles—in each of the finals.
But, on top of his tennis, he'll also be remembered for his fashion sense.
Radek Stepanek.— judy murray (@JudyMurray) November 14, 2017
I will miss his unique and distinctive style.....of play and of tennis gear. ???????????? ???????????? https://t.co/BFvegseBtK
The Czech's final match was a second-round loss to David Goffin at the Australian Open.