September 12, 2014

LONDON (AP) British player Ross Hutchins has announced his retirement from professional tennis, nine months after returning to the court following his recovery from cancer.

Hutchins was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, in December 2012. He was back playing on the doubles circuit this January.

The 29-year-old Hutchins, who won five doubles tournaments on the ATP tour, says in a statement released Friday by the Lawn Tennis Association that ''I feel strong and healthy and I look forward to moving on to the next chapter of my life.''

In March, Hutchins was appointed as the tournament director of the Queen's Club tournament, the traditional warm-up event for Wimbledon.

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