Ruben Bemelmans announced his tennis retirement yesterday. A career without major highlights, he experienced his heyday especially with the Belgians in the Davis Cup finals. “Playing for your own country is always an honor”, said the proud Bemelmans.
The now 34-year-old tennis player hit the first balls on the tennis court at the age of 4. “I have been in this sport for 30 years, then it is of course difficult to say goodbye to it,” said Bemelmans.
“I actually wanted to finish this year and stop after Australia, but I noticed in recent months that my motivation had run out and that the fun was gone. In consultation with my wife, I decided to end my tennis career .”
He would never become a world champion, but Bemelmans was an established name in the tennis circuit. During his career, he was usually near the top 100 in the world rankings.
Ruben Bemelmans was on the main draw of Wimbledon 7 times.
He was unable to shine with tournament wins or major finals, but qualifying for the 3rd round at Wimbledon in 2017 is one of the highlights of his tennis career. Along the way, he beat current number one in the world Daniil Medvedev, among others, after an exciting five-setter.
Bemelmans also shone with the Belgians at the Davis Cup. In 2015 and 2017 he guided them to the final. “Those were my highlights. Playing for your own country with such an atmosphere is always an honor.”
“As a tennis player you often play alone, which is why I enjoy playing in a team at the Davis Cup,” said Bemelmans. “I am actually very proud of my career. I can look back on it with enormous pride.”
Losing his poulain
Bemelmans may stop as a tennis player, but it is not a definitive farewell to the sport. The Limburger will take care of his fellow provincial Zizou Bergs.
“I’m going to try to make him achieve what I’ve achieved, and even more. I have the experience from my own career, so my goal is to teach the youth what I’ve been through. We started a few weeks ago and have We’ve been through some really good moments.”
Bergs, for example, with the help of his brand new trainer, qualified for Wimbledon after winning the Challenger tournament in Illkey. During his way to the final, Bergs defeated… Ruben Bemelmans.
“It was strange to end my career with the defeat against Zizou, but actually nice to do it against him.” Bemelmans therefore seems to be well suited to his new role as coach.