Wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer retires

Dutch footballing legend Johan Cruyff, who has worked with Vergeer through his charitable foundation helping children with disabilities get into sport, was also in Rotterdam and paid tribute to the player.

updated: February 12, 2013 21:43 IST
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Rotterdam, Netherlands: One of the most successful athletes of all time, Dutch wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer, announced her retirement on Tuesday after an astonishing unbroken run of 470 wins spanning more than 10 years.

"A special day: officially stopping tennis," Vergeer, 31, wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Vergeer, who won four Paralympic tennis singles gold medals and three golds in doubles, held a news conference alongside the ATP Rotterdam Open, telling journalists: "It can't get any more beautiful than this."

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