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Argentine tennis player Juan Ignacio Chela retires

12/3/2012 11:18:00 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Juan Ignacio Chela says he is retiring from professional tennis, leaving with six ATP singles titles and three in doubles - all on clay.

The 33-year-old Argentine has been hinting at retirement for weeks, and he announced it Monday on his Twitter account.

Chela reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals - the French Open in 2004 and 2011, and the U.S. Open in 2007.

Known as ``El Flaco'' (The Skinny One), Chela is retiring with his singles ranking at No. 176 and career earnings of $6.5 million.