12/5/12 3:47 AM | Johan Lindahl
Juan Ignacio Chela has completed a hat-trick of Argentine tennis retirements for 2012 as he announced the end of his career at age 33.
The world No. 176 joins compatriots Gisela Dulko and Jose Acasuso in retiring after the 2012 season.
Chela, 33, ended with six ATP singles titles and three in doubles, all claimed on his favored clay,
He passed along the news on his Twitter account. The South American reached Grand Slam quarterfinals at the French Open in 2004 and 2011, plus the U.S. Open five years ago. He earned S6.5 million in prize money after 14 years on the circuit.
His highest ranking was 15th, achieved in 2004. "After many years it was time to move to another stage in my life, I am retiring from professional tennis," he said in a tweet.
He ends as the fourth biggest winner form his country in the history of the sport, with his 326 wins trailing Guillermo Vilas, David Nalbandian, and Jose Luis Clerc.
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