Ivanisevic says it's his last Key Biscayne

Updated: March 26, 2004, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE -- Recurring shoulder trouble forced Goran Ivanisevic out of the Nasdaq-100 Open on Friday, and he said he won't return.

"I know that it's my last Key Biscayne for sure," he said.

Ivanisevic retired after losing a set 6-4 to Rafael Nadal. The injury-plagued Croatian has played just nine matches since the beginning of 2003 and has hinted at retiring after one more appearance at Wimbledon, which he won in 2001.

Ivanisevic, who won his first-round match Wednesday, has mounted several comebacks since undergoing shoulder surgery in May 2002. He said he couldn't get loose against Nadal.

"Maybe the nerve is jammed," he said. "It was a heavy arm, bothering me like this before my surgery. It's pretty disappointing."

The ailment is the latest in a series to sideline Ivanisevic at Key Biscayne. A stiff neck forced him to retire from the 1996 final, and last year he withdrew with a sore foot after stepping on a shell while wading in the ocean.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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