At 32, Tomas Berdych has played his last Davis Cup tie.
“I reached the point when it’s impossible for me to perform at the highest level without proper rest,” Berdych wrote in a statement. “I must think of my physical abilities and try to save some energy in order to continue in my career.”
Berdych played 29 ties – every year from 2003 to 2014, and then 2016. The extra-draining part was how often he also was counted on in doubles, where he went 21-2.
The Czechs won it in 2012 and 2013. But they’re relegated down to the zonal competition for 2018.