Cologne (SID) – Philipp Kohlschreiber’s long and successful tennis career came to an end with a defeat in the Wimbledon qualifier. The 38-year-old from Augsburg lost to Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) in Roehampton 7: 6 (7: 4), 3: 6, 4: 6. This burst the dream of a last appearance in the All England Club.
Kohlschreiber announced on Monday after his first-round qualifying match against Frenchman Gregoire Barrere (6-2, 6-2) that he would retire after Wimbledon. “It was a very long journey, I have great memories. Especially here with my greatest success in a Grand Slam,” said Kohlschreiber. In 2012 he had reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
In his professional career (since 2001), Kohlschreiber won eight ATP titles and climbed to 16th place in the world rankings. He was particularly strong at home: he triumphed three times in Munich, once in Halle/Westphalia and once in Düsseldorf. In total, Kohlschreiber earned a good $13.7 million in prize money.