Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman retires from tennis

Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden played his final competitive tennis mtach on Friday, losing in a doubles tiebreaker at the Masters Cup.

Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden played his final competitive tennis match Friday, losing in a doubles tiebreaker at the Masters Cup.

Bjorkman and teammate Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe lost in a tiebreaker to the Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, eliminating them from the season-ending event in Shanghai.

"I still think it's great to end my career in the biggest event of the year," said Bjorkman. "I was trying to do everything possible to stay alive [for] one other day, or maybe two. But you can't get everything."

Bjorkman, 36, won three Wimbledon doubles titles with partner Todd Woodbridge of Australia in the 1990s.

He helped Sweden to a Davis Cup title in 1996 and went as high as No. 4 in the singles rankings in his career, reaching Wimbledon and U.S. Open semifinals nearly a decade apart.

"I've been mentally prepared for this because I'm mentally very ready to retire," he said.

"I've been very fortunate to be able to play for so long. It started as my hobby and I've been able to do it for 17 years, which is great. I'm really looking forward for the next step in life."

Bjorkman plans to stay involved with the game as a coach and tennis commentator.

With files from the Associated Press