John Millman of Australia, who is rated 135 in the ATP rankings, criticized the Italian Tennis Federation for not showing appreciation for Andreas Seppi’s career and for giving him a wild card to play in an Italian ATP tour event.
The Italian Federation can’t grant a wildcard? Pretty terrible, remarked Millman on Twitter about Andreas Seppi. “The guy has had a wonderful career, representing his country at Davis Cups and Olympic Games, and the Italian Federation can’t give a WC?
Instead, Seppi will declare his official retirement from the sport of tennis at a Challenger event held in Ortisei, his hometown. “It’s been a challenging season, particularly in terms of my physical health, with numerous maladies and little consistency.
I’ve decided that the tournament in Ortisei will be my final one as a professional since I understood that my body can no longer support certain efforts “In a post on Instagram, Seppi.
Seppi suffered shame.
The 38-year-old Andreas Seppi explained the Italian Tennis Federation’s justification for not handing him a wild card.
For his final professional tennis match, he said on Instagram, “I would have wanted to play in the Florence or Naples tournament, but sadly the Italian Tennis Federation did not allow me to, citing that “providing a wild card to a retiring player would have been a waste.”
Seppi’s victory over Roger Federer in five sets at the 2015 Australian Open ranks among his finest triumphs. Seppi merely stated that after stunning Federer, he made an effort to play his best tennis. “I simply gave it my best effort, and it was undoubtedly one of my best matches.
I was concentrating on my service games because I didn’t get many opportunities on his, and the tie-break was fantastic, especially the last point, as it wasn’t often that I get to play on center court (Rod Laver Arena).
I don’t know how I hit a winner because I didn’t think I would grab the ball and I thought it was a winner “After defeating Federer, Seppi stated.