Ivo Karlovic receives wildcard for Los Cabos because he plans to retire at US Open

Los Cabos tournament director Geoffrey Fernandez has revealed that Ivo Karlovic plans to retire after the US Open. 

Karlovic, ranked at No. 210 in the world, received a wildcard for the Los Cabos event. 

According to Fernandez, Karlovic approached the Los Cabos organizers and they were willing to give him a wildcard. 

The Los Cabos event held its first edition in 2016 and back then Karlovic won it all after beating Feliciano Lopez in the final. 

“Ivo Karlovic told us that he will retire at the US Open and we are grateful to him, we are very fond of him for being our first champion. It is good and deserved to see him off like this,” Fernandez said, as quoted on the tournament’s Twitter account. 

Karlovic enjoying his last days on the Tour 

Karlovic, 42, has only appeared in five tournaments this year. 

This grass season, Karlovic failed to make it past the Wimbledon qualifying before losing in the Newport round-of-16 a few days ago. 

Karlovic claimed his first win since March when he beat Barnabe Zapata Miralles in the Newport first round. 

Karlovic was down by a set against Zapata Miralles but he recovered to win 6-7 (5) 6-1 6-4. 

“It was really difficult after losing that tie-break, but after that I just continued. I was a little bit more aggressive and it paid off at the end,” Karlovic said in an on-court interview. “It’s always nice to be here in Newport, especially this week as there is no more ‘bubble’ and everything is open again. That is really, really nice.”

In the Newport round-of-16, Karlovic lost to No. 1 seed Alexander Bublik. 

Karlovic, a former world No. 14, is now set to play on the hard courts of Los Cabos.

Karlovic is set to return to Los Cabos for the first time since 2018 and make his fourth appearance at the tournament. 

Karlovic suffered back-to-back first round exits at the Los Cabos event in 2017 and 2018.