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Former Australian Open champ retires

FORMER Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson is quitting professional tennis after more than 15 years on the ATP tour.

The 34-year-old Swede won nine singles titles and reached a top ranking of No. 7 in 2002. Injuries forced him to take long breaks from the game in recent years. "After a lot of thinking, I have now decided to step off the train and end my professional tennis career," he said yesterday. "During the fall I had to go through yet another operation after a foot injury and a month ago I became a dad for the second time." Johansson was also part of Sweden's Davis Cup-winning team in 1998 and won an Olympic silver medal in doubles in Beijing last year.


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