Sports Paul Capdeville won in straight sets on the outer courts. Photo: Daniel Boyle

Published on April 23rd, 2014 | by John Lyons

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Capdeville bows out after French Open farewell blow

Paul Capdeville´s tennis career is over after his hopes of playing the French Open qualifiers bit the dust.
The 31-year-old was planning a final farewell tournament, but the list for the qualifiers won´t be given until next week.
That was bad news for Capdeville, who will lose the 80 points that he won by winning the Sao Paulo Challenger a year ago. The knock-on effect of that is that he´s expected to drop to around 365 in the rankings, ruling him out of the Grand Slam.
It means that, barring a dramatic U-turn, Capdeville´s last match as a professional was last week´s defeat to Australia´s James Duckworth in the Santiago Challenger second round.
He said: “I learned that they will publish the entry list later and that they will discount the points that I won in Brazil. It means I have no option to play at Roland Garros. That´s all.”
Capdeville is 246 in the ATP rankings and has just lost the Chilean top spot to Hans Podlipnik (224) after a three-year reign.
He turned pro in 2002, reached a highest ranking of 76 in May 2009 and earned more than US $1million in his career.

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