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Captain Haddock
11-08-2009, 09:59 AM
After his defeat at the Paris indoor against James Blake, he said this would be his last match and gave away his racquets to the crowd. The end of an era...

shaysrebelII
11-08-2009, 10:03 AM
sad to see him go. "The Magician" indeed.

hats off to you Fabrice. You were a fun one to watch.

TennisPassion5
11-08-2009, 10:04 AM
Same him play for the last time at the U.S. Open in losing to J.C.F.....what a guy Santoro was though.

Carsomyr
11-08-2009, 10:04 AM
Possessing probably the most interesting style of play ever, Fabrice Santoro will be missed.

SuperFly
11-08-2009, 10:15 AM
He was truly the GOAT.















of amazing trick shots. Good night, sweet prince. :cry::cry::cry::cry:

icestorm
11-08-2009, 10:37 AM
One of my favorite players of all time. At his best, he made tennis into a pure form of artistic masterpiece.

norbac
11-08-2009, 10:47 AM
I love Fabrice. :( He'll definitely be missed.

0d1n
11-08-2009, 10:54 AM
Yeh, just read this on some news site. Sad to see him go...I wish he could have hanged in there until after the AO...
If he would decide to play the AO that would mean he played at least 1 major in each of four different decades since he started in 1989 as far as I know. Spectacular player to watch @ his best...wow, just WOW :).

Weathered33
11-08-2009, 11:13 AM
what a pusher, glad he's gone.

SuperFly
11-08-2009, 11:17 AM
what a pusher, glad he's gone.

STFU! He regularly created shots with spins we don't even have names for.

Madhoshi22
11-08-2009, 11:31 AM
what a pusher, glad he's gone.

That comment was uncalled for, and shows truly how ignorant you are.

He emulated the simple notion that brains can win over pure braun. He played a style of game that entertained crowds all over the world, and was on a whole 'nother level as a doubles player. You will be sorely missed.

Bonne chance, le magicien.

Cody
11-08-2009, 11:32 AM
That comment was uncalled for, and shows truly how ignorant you are.

He emulated the simple notion that brains can win over pure braun. He played a style of game that entertained crowds all over the world, and was on a whole 'nother level as a doubles player. You will be sorely missed.

Bonne chance, le magicien.

What he said :)

JoshDragon
11-08-2009, 11:55 AM
I'm sad that he's gone. It's really amazing that he was able to last on tour for so long. 20 years.

Serendipitous
11-08-2009, 11:59 AM
what a pusher, glad he's gone.

Shut up.....

bluescreen
11-08-2009, 02:18 PM
this is depressing. he had the most variety of any player i've ever seen. we really need a new player to take up his mantle.

jamesblakefan#1
11-08-2009, 02:22 PM
this is depressing. he had the most variety of any player i've ever seen. we really need a new player to take up his mantle.

http://blog.taragana.com/sports/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/andy-murray.jpg

:lol:

Serendipitous
11-08-2009, 02:23 PM
this is depressing. he had the most variety of any player i've ever seen. we really need a new player to take up his mantle.

http://sharksandbears.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/james-blake.jpg

CCNM
11-08-2009, 02:26 PM
Very sad. I've heard great things about Mr. Santoro. I hope someday I can find a computer that lets me watch Youtube so I can see some of his matches. That was very kind of him to give his racquets to the crowd-I hope they appreciate it. BTW what was his highest ATP ranking?

Mick
11-08-2009, 02:26 PM
well, the guys on the senior tour are now going to have to deal with him :)

watch out, pete sampras.

Max G.
11-08-2009, 02:38 PM
Very sad. I've heard great things about Mr. Santoro. I hope someday I can find a computer that lets me watch Youtube so I can see some of his matches. That was very kind of him to give his racquets to the crowd-I hope they appreciate it. BTW what was his highest ATP ranking?

17 in singles, 6 in doubles.

SuperFly
11-08-2009, 02:45 PM
this is depressing. he had the most variety of any player i've ever seen. we really need a new player to take up his mantle.

http://i11.tinypic.com/5z6kubn.jpg

JoshDragon
11-08-2009, 10:15 PM
http://i11.tinypic.com/5z6kubn.jpg

Not going to happen. Donald may have the talent to be a good player but I don't think he has the mental toughness for it.

LiveForever
11-08-2009, 10:23 PM
this is depressing. he had the most variety of any player i've ever seen. we really need a new player to take up his mantle.

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/06_01/SerenaBigEPA_468x434.jpg

Jimmyk459
11-08-2009, 10:41 PM
someone should post a link for the federer-santoro match during the 2005 us open. Such a great match... ill see if i can find it then post it.

Jimmyk459
11-08-2009, 10:42 PM
download all the .rar files, then click the first one and unzip them.. HERE YOU GO SANTORO FANS!!!!!!!!!!


http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=b641c83925c3b65f91b20cc0d07ba4d20d7e937e 16f4d85a

Jimmyk459
11-08-2009, 10:43 PM
and here is the highlight vid for that match

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=dpe04d5f

Baikalic
11-08-2009, 10:57 PM
All Hail the Magician!
http://blogs.thisismoney.co.uk/.a/6a00d8341c565553ef0120a5347c35970b-800wi

featherlight
11-09-2009, 06:52 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLdF3acC8W4

HoVa
11-09-2009, 09:46 AM
i'm amazed that his style actually made it to beyond top 20 in the WORLD.

imagine how many pure athletes and big bashers he beat everyday to get to that ranking.

ryushen21
11-09-2009, 09:54 AM
I really am gonna miss watching him. Not only did he have a great game with his shots, some of which were just too much at times and you really couldn't believe it, but the mental way he just messed with his opponents. The way he would just kill a hard hit shot with some kind spin generated from seemingly nowhere.

He was absolutely entertaining to watch because you really never knew what to expect.

I will miss seeing him on court.

BMC9670
11-09-2009, 11:09 AM
I watched Santoro with my 7 year old son at the USO this year and the next day while playing, my son tries to hit a two-handed FH slice and asks "how does he do that?"

Probably the most frequently asked question at a Santoro match... Will miss him.

P_Agony
11-09-2009, 11:39 AM
He will be missed. I kinda feel sad right now :-(

jazzyfunkybluesy
11-09-2009, 11:43 AM
Murrays variety is worthy of Santoros successor in my eye.

get it in
11-09-2009, 02:23 PM
well, the guys on the senior tour are now going to have to deal with him :)

watch out, pete sampras.

Appropriate, since Sampras was the first to call him the magician. He will be greatly missed by many. There was an article in Tennis magazine a few months ago about Santoro. It was a good read. He (Santoro) talked about his unorthodox style, someday opening a Tennis museum, spending more time with his daughter, and his favorite matches. Try to find that issue at your local library. I cannot remember the exact month but it was around mid summer.

Au revoir, le megician.

beernutz
11-09-2009, 02:25 PM
what a pusher, glad he's gone.

welcome to Ignore List; pls say hi to other idiots in there.

IvanAndreevich
11-09-2009, 02:39 PM
Murrays variety is worthy of Santoros successor in my eye.

Santoro made TONS of trick shots. Murray doesn't make it entertaining, he just pushes.

veroniquem
11-09-2009, 02:53 PM
Wise decision. He's really not a challenge to anyone on tour anymore.

veroniquem
11-09-2009, 02:58 PM
Santoro made TONS of trick shots. Murray doesn't make it entertaining, he just pushes.
I don't know about entertaining but Murray is 10 times the player Santoro ever was. If Santoro had had a fragment of Murray's talent, he would have won some big titles instead of just amusing the crowds with his (rather inefficient) tricks. Actually Murray in 2009 won as many titles as Santoro did in his entire overstretched career!

vbranis
11-09-2009, 03:02 PM
I think it's safe to say that we will never see another Santoro. His style can't be replicated, Murray isn't even close. He added so much to the game, I always wanted to see him have a real breakthrough result, too bad it never came. He deserved at least 1 GS final or Masters title run.

Tennis will miss him, that's for sure. :(

KoolBeans
11-09-2009, 03:09 PM
I don't know about entertaining but Murray is 10 times the player Santoro ever was. If Santoro had had a fragment of Murray's talent, he would have won some big titles instead of just amusing the crowds with his (rather inefficient) tricks. Actually Murray in 2009 won as many titles as Santoro did in his entire overstretched career!

Why do you even bother posting this rubbish, nobody wants to listen to you talk down at Santoro, He was a good player, entertaining and great for the game. Don't be so classless.

edberg505
11-09-2009, 04:20 PM
what a pusher, glad he's gone.

You mean to tell me that a pusher would smack Sampras around the way he did some times. Hell, he even beat the mighty Sampras 1 and 1. A couple of bread sticks. LOL

SuperFly
11-09-2009, 07:27 PM
All Hail the Magician!
http://blogs.thisismoney.co.uk/.a/6a00d8341c565553ef0120a5347c35970b-800wi

http://i33.tinypic.com/2qle7av.jpg

/obligatory

Kick Serve 14
11-09-2009, 07:31 PM
goodbye fabrice, there will never be another like you. You will truely be missed on the tour, well except for Safin, he's probably jumping for joy right now, even though he's already retired.

zagor
11-09-2009, 10:48 PM
Farewell Magician,say what you wan't about him but he was no doubt a unique player whose love for the game is amazing.

Cody
11-09-2009, 11:22 PM
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a338/bountyhunter28/Harry%20Potter/Harry%20Potter%20and%20the%20Chamber%20of%20Secret s/HarryPottersAlbusDumbledore.jpg
Yawn, what a pusher

Nah, i loved his style and he had a enormous love for the game.

You will be missed.

Long live the magician :)

kishnabe
11-10-2009, 08:33 AM
http://sharksandbears.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/james-blake.jpg

Please don't start a war. I mean this Santoro we are talking about, we need someone who plays tricks?

fps
11-10-2009, 09:04 AM
if you can't even appreciate santoro and his style, his ability to win matches by stealth, strategy and spin in a sea of power tennis, then it is not possible that you truly understand or love the sport.

SuperFly
11-10-2009, 01:46 PM
Please don't start a war. I mean this Santoro we are talking about, we need someone who plays tricks?

It was a joke like the pic of Donald Young, Serena, Murray, etc.

CCNM
11-10-2009, 03:08 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLdF3acC8W4
Beau-tee-ful!!!!! the FULL COURT COVERAGE, INCLUDING COMING TO THE NET. returning a shot while sliding on the knees (what the :shock:)???? Oh man!!! If I wanted to learn how to play I would want to copy Mr. Santoro. I don't think anybody on the tour can play like that (ok maybe Fed). He definitely lived up to his nickname. Have a great retirement Fabrice.

Blinkism
11-10-2009, 03:19 PM
Well, Santoro lost his doubles match today

so he is fully retired from both tours.

Goodbye, Mr. Santoro! :(