Posted March 22, 2012 on AP on Fox
Down to the final seconds of his playing days, former Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzalez gave it is all before calling it a career after 13 years. The Chilean hung on as long as he could before coming up just short against Nicolas Mahut 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (3) at the Sony Ericsson Open on Wednesday night. Gonzales says he would like to be remembered as someone who gave ''100 percent every single time when he went to the court. And, of course, I think is much better to remember as a person than as a tennis player.'' Gonzalez was only able to play four tournaments last year after undergoing right hip surgery in Oct. 2010. His best 2011 result was reaching the third round at Wimbledon. He reached the 2007 Australian Open final, won 11 career singles titles, the 2004 Olympic gold medal in doubles and bronze medal in singles, along with a silver in singles in 2008.

Fernando Gonzalez Calls it a Career

Fernando Gonzalez played the last match of his career on Wednesday evening, losing to to Nicolas Mahut 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(3) in the Sony Ericsson Open night-session opener. He was presented a commemorative frame by ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett, and Sony Ericsson Open Executive Vice President and Tournament Director Adam Barrett. A video tribute with messages goodbyes...
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