1998 French Open champ Moya retires from tennis

Former French Open champion Carlos Moya retired from tennis

Wednesday, ending a 15-year career because of a nagging foot

injury.

The former No. 1 said differing medical opinions on resolving

the lingering right foot injury had left him with little option but

to retire.

”It’s not how I dreamt of ending my career,” the 34-year-old

Spaniard said during an emotional news conference.

Moya said he knew it was time after his last match, a 6-0, 6-2

loss to Benjamin Becker at the Madrid Masters in May.

”I wanted to play the big tournaments and say goodbye, but I

got to the Madrid tournament and I still wasn’t 100 percent, but

motivation pushed me on,” Moya said. ”But I realized with that

match that the moment had arrived.”

Moya won 20 ATP titles, including the 1998 French Open. He lost

to Pete Sampras in the 1997 Australian Open final. His last victory

came in Croatia in 2007.

Moya was also member of Spain’s 2004 Davis Cup-winning team and

he was an early training partner of Rafael Nadal. Both hail from

the island of Mallorca.

Former players Manolo Santana, Albert Costa and Carlos Costa

were all on hand for the announcement.

”I’ll keep on with my gym in Mallorca. I have a sports business

and I’ll dedicate more time to my wife, my daughter and my family

(now),” Moya said of his future. ”I’ll definitely miss tennis,

however.”