November 25, 2005

Tennis pro Costa puts retirement on hold

MADRID (Reuters) - Former French Open champion Albert Costa
has decided to postpone his retirement and continue on the
tennis circuit for another year.

"I still feel like a tennis player and want to carry on
playing as long as I keep getting invitations to play in
tournaments," the 30-year-old Spaniard was quoted as saying by
sports daily Marca on Friday.

"I've decided to carry on for at least another year. I want
to say goodbye gradually and not all of a sudden."

Costa, who was part of Spain's Davis Cup winning team in
2000 and won at Roland Garros in 2003, had said he was
considering retirement after his first-round exit in last
month's Madrid Masters Series.