In a surprising move on the very first day of the New Year 2017, India’s tennis star Somdev Devvarman on Sunday has announced his retirement from professional tennis circuit after giving best of the performances for his country over the tennis court since past 8 years.

“Starting 2017 on a new note, retiring from pro tennis. Thanks to everyone for the love and support over the years. #newyearnewbeginnings,” the 31-year-old tennis player made the announcement on his official Twitter handle.

One among the India’s best produced single players in over a decade Somdev will miss out the Chennai Open which is scheduled from January 2 to 8.

Since making his debut against Uzbekistan in 2008, Somdev has been instrumental on the court for India in Davis Cup followed by 25 rubbers across 14 ties. But unfortunately, he did not meet the expectations to become the next Indian tennis veteran in the likes of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati.

In the World Group Playoffs of 2014 and 2015 respectively Somdev pulled off some brilliant wins against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic and Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely.

The 31-year-old Somdev has been at the forefront in 2010 to make India to World Group games. In 2014, he has played his last professional match in the losing cause against Germany’s Sebastian Fanselow at USA F10 Future with the scoreline reading 3-6, 2-6.

In 2011, Somdev moved to career-best 62 in the ranking before injuries halt his performance as he slides to 907 by the end of 2016 in overall rankings which eventually led to the downfall of his career.

While backing his remarkable run, Somdev is counted as the only Indian singles player who has come close to ATP Chennai Open titles in 2009 and 2011

In the main draw of an ATP tournament, Somdev appeared in last year’s Chennai Open while losing in three sets against Andrey Rublev from Russia after advancing into the Round of 32.

Somdev’s name has been cropped up as a possible candidate for the Davis Cup coach.

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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