Chela calls it a career

2:20 PM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela has decided to retire from professional tennis.

The 33-year-old played in 12 career finals on the ATP World Tour and captured six titles, all on clay. He also tallied three doubles titles on his preferred surface.

The lanky 6-foot-3 Chela was a three-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, having reached the round of eight at the 2004 and 2011 French Opens and the 2007 U.S. Open.

Nicknamed "El Flaco" (The Skinny One), Chela reached as high as No. 15 in the world in 2004 and retires with a singles ranking of No. 176 and more than $6.5 million in prize money.

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