“If you don’t have all the facts, you can just judge”

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Swiss tennis player Henri Laaksonen has defended himself amid criticism over his decision to retire during the final of an ATP Challenger event in Hamburg, Germany.

Laaksonen faced compatriot Alexander Ritschard in the final. Ritschard won the first set and was about to serve for the match at 6-5 in the second when Laaksonen gave up.

The 171st-ranked player later said people shouldn’t judge his decision to retire because they don’t have all the facts.

“If you don’t have all the facts, you can just judge. I had them and made the decision,” Laaksonen was quoted as saying by Swiss newspaper “Blick”.

Laaksonen has withdrawn from the ongoing ATP Challenger event in Brest and clarified that he injured his leg midway through the second set against Ritschard.

“I would like not to have to give up and be able to go to Brest too. I injured my leg in the middle of the second set of the final. I didn’t think much about it, but it got worse,” he said. -he declares. Explain.

“I don’t know what happened” – Alexander Ritschard on Henri Laaksonen’s retirement

Henri Laaksonen plays a backhand at The Championships - Wimbledon 2022
Henri Laaksonen plays a backhand at The Championships – Wimbledon 2022

Despite the unusual manner of victory, Alexander Ritschard was thrilled to claim his first career title at Challenger level.

Ritschard said he did not know what had happened to compatriot Henri Laaksonen but hoped he would recover quickly.

“It means a lot. It’s my first Challenger title of the year, in my career actually. It was a tough week. I had a lot of tough games, I played point by point and I succeeded to win today,” said Ritschard. said.

“I don’t know what happened (with Laaksonen). He seemed fine but something seemed to happen towards the end of the second set, something with his leg. I was confident enough to win the game. I hope he recovers quickly,” he added.

The 28-year-old also revealed his aim to finish the year in the top 150.

“As for the standings, I’m hoping to finish the year in the Top 150. I’ll have four or five more Challengers coming up this year and I hope to do well there. I’m looking forward to it, “ he said.

Edited by Nihal Taraporvala

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