Irish Davis Cup player Barry King has announced his retirement at the age of 26.

Having exhausted his financial resources, and with a series of niggling injuries holding him back from progressing further up the rankings, King felt there was little option but to pull to plug on his professional career.

“Having spent nearly three years on the professional circuit and achieved many of goals, I am now eager to resume my business career,” King said.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the professional tour, particularly the time I spent as part of the Irish Davis Cup squad.

“I now look forward to channelling the energy I brought to these matches into new pursuits.

“I will always be passionate about Irish tennis and wish to continue to contribute to this development in any way possible."

The 26-year-old achieved a career-high ranking of 600 in November 2009 and has been a member of the Irish Davis Cup team since 2010.

King was Ireland’s Davis Cup hero in July year when he defeated Anis Ghorbel to win the Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group II play-off against Tunisia on a 3-2 scoreline

Irish Davis Cup captain Garry Cahill expressed his disappointment at the news earlier today, saying: “Barry’s retirement is a huge blow for Irish tennis. Barry has had a really impressive career to date and he is a proven match winner in international competition.

“We acknowledge his enormous talent, and while his retirement is a setback, we understand very well his decision.

“He has been an inspiration for all the junior members of the BNP Paribas National Tennis Academy and we all wish him the very best of luck in his future ventures.”