Leonardo Mayer: Barbecues and fun time at home pushed me into retirement

Former world No. 21 Leonardo Mayer absolutely enjoyed his time at home and he felt it was the right to retire. 

Mayer last played at Wimbledon, where he lost in the qualifying first round. 

On Thursday, 34-year-old Mayer announced he was retiring. 

“I had a kind of internal battle. Even when I came back from Wimbledon I told myself: ‘I’m going to stop playing for a while and see how I feel,’” said Mayer. “So I gradually wound down from playing and, honestly, I felt fine. With plenty of barbecues and things to do at home, I said: ‘That’s it, everything I’ve done has been perfect and I’m not a tennis player anymore.’

“Tennis brought me so much joy and it’s been part of my life since I was little. But I feel that it’s time to end this wonderful period of being a player. Thank you to my wife Milagros, who was part of all my experiences and provided vital support. We have three beautiful children and they are the biggest trophies.”

Mayer happy with his career 

Mayer captured two ATP titles and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 21. 

“Yesterday, I went to the gym while my children were having a nap, but only for a while, so that my shoulder doesn’t hurt,” said Mayer. “I’ve started living as a stay-at-home dad, taking care of the house, looking after the garden… I cook a lot of barbecues, eat whatever I want, take care of the kids; all the things I never used to do because I had to look after myself. I can even play football matches now.

“I’ve had a good career. Yes, there are a few specific matches I could have won or played better in, but that’s just the way it is. That’s how you build a career and sometimes it’s not easy.”