Woodbridge, 34, to retire after Wimbledon


WIMBLEDON, England -- Doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge
will retire at the end of Wimbledon, where he advanced to the
quarterfinals in mixed doubles Wednesday.

Woodbridge has won an Open-era record 83 doubles titles over a
17-year career, including 61 of them -- and the 1996 Olympic gold
medal -- with fellow Australian Mark Woodforde, who retired five
years ago.

"I didn't ... come to this tournament planning to retire,"
Woodbridge said. "But I felt I had so many good, strong memories
here, it was the right place to do it, and the right time in my
career to do it."

Woodbridge, 34, won nine Wimbledon men's doubles titles and has
one mixed championship. He also helped Australia win two Davis Cup
titles, but will not be around for next month's quarterfinal
against Argentina.

Woodbridge also won two singles titles and was ranked as high as
19th in 1997. He's won more than $10 million in his career.

In his mixed doubles match, he and Aussie partner Samantha
Stosur beat Nenad Zimonjic and Katarina Srebotnik 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. In
doubles, Woodbridge and partner Mahesh Bhupathi lost in the second

"The thought [of retirement] and the seed has been planted in
my head for a couple of weeks," Woodbridge said. "I think it
germinated here when I didn't play too well in the [doubles].

"I always had said if I was not winning major tournaments, and
tournaments, that it was time for me to retire. The last six
months, that's the way it's been. I haven't won a tournament since

Woodbridge had plenty of success in the last few years, however.
He won four of his 22 Grand Slam titles in the last three years,
including three straight Wimbledon men's doubles titles heading
into this year's tournament.

Woodbridge retires with three men's doubles titles at both the
Australian and U.S. opens, and one French Open title. He also has
at least one mixed doubles title at each of the Grand Slam events,
including three U.S. Open crowns.