After winning the biggest trophy for his country in 2016,Pico Monaco, now has bid a farewell to his professional tennis career of 14 years. The 33-year-old turned professional in 2002.
In his career, he reached the finals of 21 tournaments, winning 9 of those. In recent times, his best singles performance had been at Shanghai Masters 2010, and at Miami Masters 2012, where he reached the semi-final. He achieved a career high ranking of 10, in 2012, which turned out to be the best season of his career. His ranking paced quite up and down in his career of 14 years, ranging from 85 to 10; he also ended his first professional year, 2003, as world number 470.
He partnered Rafael Nadal in doubles, claimed a title at Qatar Open in 2015 with him, and lost the final to the Italian pair of Potito Starace and Paolo Lorenzi at VTR Open, Chile in 2013. Apart from these, he won 2 more doubles titles.
The team effort from him, along with Federico Delbonis, Leonardo Mayer, and Juan Martin del Potro, made them the Davis Cup 2016 champions, where they had been the finalists for 4 times in the past, namely in 1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
In a very emotional goodbye note, he addressed his friends and fans, that he will miss the courts, but is satisfied with his decision, as he had the chance to work in what he always loved since his childhood.
The 2017 season saw him playing at Indian Wells, and Miami Masters, where he lost in the first round, to Adrian Mannarino and his fellow compatriot, Federico Delbonis respectively. Repeating the same at Houston, he lost to Dustin Brown, and later announced his retirement on 15th May, 2017.