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gzhpcu
05-03-2009, 01:00 AM
Before the days of Federer, Marc Rosset was the Swiss hero in tennis. He is best remembered for having won a gold medal in tennis during the 1992 Olympics, beating players like Courier, Ivanisevic, Emilio Sanchez He retired in 2005.

Now the sad part: I saw him playing interclub tennis, in the Junior Vets A division against our club this weekend.

I did not recognize him. Formerly, spindly and lanky, he was massively overweight with a big beer belly. He lost in two sets to an Italian player, losing the final set 6-0. He barely run, made tons of unforced errors.

The owner of a Geneva tennis club payed him a large sum of money to play on the team, and he accepted, knowing that he is totally out of shape. Only 39 years old. Not a professional attitude.:(

gzhpcu
05-03-2009, 02:41 AM
Looking up his results in interclub, and saw that he beat a player ranked R5 in Switzerland (corresponds to a US 3.0) !, 6-4 !, 6-2. He is seriously out of shape...

hoodjem
05-03-2009, 05:40 AM
Ahh, the excellent and tasty Swiss beer. Too much of a temptation.












(Not.)

swedechris
05-03-2009, 11:46 AM
Swiss beer... ? Unknown to me.. school me.












not

Deuce
05-04-2009, 12:41 AM
Interesting, little-known fact about Rosset...

http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/tennis/longterm/1998/usopen/articles/openn4.htm (http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/tennis/longterm/1998/usopen/articles/openn4.htm)

Gaucho Behrend
05-04-2009, 04:42 AM
Rosset is loving life these days, well he is still shattered that Arthurs still isn't as popular as it used to be.

Rosset had some clown losses on the tour.

gpt
05-05-2009, 10:42 PM
I remember Rosset playing the Hopman Cup in the mid nineties. He was partnering Hingis in the deciding mixed against Croatia (Ivanisivic?). 5 all in the third and Rosset punched a advertising sign with his right hand, breaking his finger or something and he couldn't play on. Doh!!!

VGP
05-06-2009, 01:03 PM
Interesting, little-known fact about Rosset...

Not so little known if you know Rosset. I remember that situation. While I was happy for Rosset, I felt for the 229 that lost their lives. I remember images of the burning wreckage....


BTW - I always thought that Jakob Hlasek was the more solid player.

Will never forget the 1992 doubles between JMac/Sampras and Hlasek/Rosset. Excellent match!

nyc
05-06-2009, 02:03 PM
Looking up his results in interclub, and saw that he beat a player ranked R5 in Switzerland (corresponds to a US 3.0) !, 6-4 !, 6-2. He is seriously out of shape...

Hey gzhpcu - I have been curious about corresponding rating between Switzerland and NTRP for a while - where can I look up the corresponding ratings?

thanks

vsbabolat
05-06-2009, 03:16 PM
Not so little known if you know Rosset. I remember that situation. While I was happy for Rosset, I felt for the 229 that lost their lives. I remember images of the burning wreckage....




Pierre Babolat unfortunately was on that flight.

Tshooter
05-07-2009, 04:07 PM
"Interesting, little-known fact about Rosset..."

I think the little-known fact about him is well known.

Deuce
05-07-2009, 07:33 PM
"Interesting, little-known fact about Rosset..."

I think the little-known fact about him is well known.
What is your point, exactly?
Just because a couple of posters here knew about it?

Another fact, by the way, is that many tennis fans know virtually nothing about Rosset - other than perhaps having heard his name a few times here and there.
He wasn't exactly a household name when he was on the tour - except perhaps in his homeland.

So to say that him almost being on that airplane is a little known fact is quite accurate.

Shaolin
05-07-2009, 08:07 PM
Interesting, little-known fact about Rosset...

http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/tennis/longterm/1998/usopen/articles/openn4.htm (http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/tennis/longterm/1998/usopen/articles/openn4.htm)



That flight had an affect on my life. A month earlier I was almost in a crash in an out of control plane. Then there was that flight 111, on which Pierre Babolat died. I was sponsored by Babolat at the time. Additionally, 111 is a weird number that comes up all the time in my life. I havent flown since.

Gaucho Behrend
05-08-2009, 02:21 AM
If anyone that followed Rosset, then they knew about the Swissair disaster, it's not something he talks at all these days.

gzhpcu
05-08-2009, 09:03 AM
Hey gzhpcu - I have been curious about corresponding rating between Switzerland and NTRP for a while - where can I look up the corresponding ratings?

thanks

Here you go:

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/9678/itf.jpg

grizzly4life
05-08-2009, 03:41 PM
it seems someone else posted it....... but marc was booked on swiss air that crashed off nova scotia. must affect u alot.

big serve. very tall guy... all i remember

nyc
05-12-2009, 02:02 PM
Here you go:

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/9678/itf.jpg

sweet, danke vilmal!

Tshooter
05-14-2009, 12:51 AM
"What is your point, exactly?"

I'm unsure why my point would be more clear by repeating it. Nor do I suspect that you will change your view as a result. But here you go:

My point, exactly, is that contrary to your assertion it's actually a well known fact about Rosset. Which, given the incident at issue, I'm surprised you would find surprising.

As for my memory of Rosset, I believe he was ranked within the top 20 for a period.

I seem to recall he had a big forehand which he hit with a big windup in which the elbow went back first (Lendl style) and he'd whip through it with quite a bit of wrist action.

Good serve. So-so backhand. Movement OK for someone his size.

I remember Flt 800 more than his game though. Shocking I know. Given how many world class tennis players miss taking flights that subsequently crash.

Deuce
05-14-2009, 01:41 AM
^ Ok - I get it now... YOU were aware of the SwissAir flight crash, and how it related to Rosset, so it is therefore a well known fact.

All right. Got it....

Moose Malloy
05-14-2009, 09:30 AM
Ok - I get it now... YOU were aware of the SwissAir flight crash, and how it related to Rosset, so it is therefore a well known fact.


This was talked about during the USO TV coverage at the time(CBS & USA), they even had an interview with Rosset about it(think it was with Michael Barkann)

I can't imagine anyone who was a tennis fan in 1998 didn't know about it. I was a bit surprised that you called it a 'little known fact' as well.

here's a nice clip of Rosset winning the '92 Olympic Gold Medal(posted by Gaucho)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJXX3ZRwVGo&feature=channel_page

Deuce
05-14-2009, 09:57 PM
I think, at best, most people 'know' of "that tennis player who was supposed to be on that flight that crashed".