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hoosierbr
05-20-2010, 01:08 PM
Just saw on the French Open website that Sebastien Grosjean announced his retirement today. He will still play doubles w/Gasquet at Roland Garros. He will play through the end of the season.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gZ_X3gLX0Wt0jnxkrj2BrmDWlUIA

bolo
05-20-2010, 01:12 PM
I wish I saw a few more of his matches. Incredibly fast and also had a fast trigger on his forehand.

sdont
05-20-2010, 01:14 PM
I read elsewhere that he would retire only at the end of the season. He still wants to play Wimbledon this year.

bluetrain4
05-20-2010, 01:14 PM
Great player, very fun to watch. Made SFs of 3 of the 4 Slams, and made the year-end-championships one year. Such a great shot maker when he was at his best.

Too bad he let his lead over Clement on the AO semis slip away. I think a Grosjean-Agassi match would have been a lot more interesting.

Anyway, a good guy, who had a solid career, who was very entertaining.

Kudos.

Rhino
05-20-2010, 01:40 PM
That doesn't surprise me. He was having real trouble getting into any decent events. I saw him in Auckland in January. The tournament organizer only accepted Grosjean because Arnaud Clement offered himself as a "package deal" with Grosjean when they had two last minute pull-outs.
Awesome player, sad to see him go.

canuckfan
05-20-2010, 01:43 PM
Great player, very fun to watch. Made SFs of 3 of the 4 Slams, and made the year-end-championships one year. Such a great shot make when he was at his best.

Too bad let his lead over Clement on the AO semis slip away. I think a Grosjean-Agassi match would have been a lot more interesting.

Anyway, a good guy, who had a solid career, who was very entertaining.

Kudos.

Hear, Hear.

Li Ching Yuen
05-20-2010, 01:44 PM
His forehand was one of a kind. Great to watch.

teto29
05-20-2010, 02:28 PM
wow. he will be missed, what a great player he was :(

Mustard
05-20-2010, 02:32 PM
A very good player, dangerous on all surfaces. He'll be missed.

Too bad let his lead over Clement on the AO semis slip away. I think a Grosjean-Agassi match would have been a lot more interesting.

It was a horrible loss for Grosjean. I'm amazed it's not mentioned that often within tennis fandom when it comes to all-time chokes.

pjonesy
05-20-2010, 04:50 PM
Another one of those "short guys" who could play big. Grosjean could move well, had an underrated serve, a consistent 2 HBH and tremendous variety with his forehand. He also hit great on the run, using the "reverse forehand" on a regular basis. Did he have injuries or was he just eclipsed by the current crop of bigger, stronger, younger French players like Monfils, Gasquet, Simon and Tsonga?

malakas
05-20-2010, 04:53 PM
Very sad at this news though expected.I will miss Big John.:(

Another one of those "short guys" who could play big. Grosjean could move well, had an underrated serve, a consistent 2 HBH and tremendous variety with his forehand. He also hit great on the run, using the "reverse forehand" on a regular basis. Did he have injuries or was he just eclipsed by the current crop of bigger, stronger, younger French players like Monfils, Gasquet, Simon and Tsonga?

errr he;s at a retirement age irregardless of any injuries.

Riosfan
05-20-2010, 06:24 PM
Class act, very tough player, just fell short of winning slams in a strong era. Always a gentleman and in his prime a very exciting flashy player with lightning speed.

stanfordtennis alum
05-20-2010, 06:25 PM
he will be greatly missed... great asset to the sport.. wish him all the best

Toxicmilk
05-20-2010, 06:47 PM
dang. he'll be missed.

pjonesy
05-20-2010, 07:36 PM
Very sad at this news though expected.I will miss Big John.:(



errr he;s at a retirement age irregardless of any injuries.

Yeah, I suppose so. Its just that I had not heard anything about him for years.

Elina
05-21-2010, 01:12 AM
This news is no surprise but I will miss Sébastien. :( But he had a great career and I hope he still gets some good results this year before retiring. :)

Cesc Fabregas
05-21-2010, 01:39 AM
Always liked his game, he has smooth strokes and a nice all-court game. Wish him luck for whatever he does in the next phase of his life.

MotherMarjorie
05-21-2010, 01:57 AM
If Mother Marjorie were about 10 years younger, she might have had a school-girl crush on Sebastien. Mother Marjorie just liked the way he moved...hotness! French men gets Mother Marjorie all stirred-up!!!! Who-hoo!

Enjoy retirement, Sebastien. Mother Marjorie will miss you!

babbette
05-21-2010, 02:01 AM
too bad. i liked him.

zagor
05-21-2010, 04:00 AM
Yeah,not surprising given his age and injuries.Will be missed,had a real smooth game and quite a big serve given his height.Was great to watch at Wimbledon.

johnathan smith
05-21-2010, 07:28 AM
And I'm officially getting old.....

Most of the guys that were just starting out when I picked up tennis are beginning to or have already retired:
Grosjean/Rios//Guga/Kafelnikov etc. etc.

Next up.. Moya/Clement/etc. etc.

Late 90's was a great time for tennis IMO.....

protennisfan
05-27-2010, 08:48 PM
Hey Grosjean fans, check out an article about his retirement decision at www.protennisfan.com.

dropshot winner
05-27-2010, 09:06 PM
Shame, if he was a few inches taller he might've won a slam.

Very nice forehand and overall game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qejr9i0oKd8&fmt=18

Kobble
05-28-2010, 12:01 AM
And I'm officially getting old.....

Most of the guys that were just starting out when I picked up tennis are beginning to or have already retired:
Grosjean/Rios//Guga/Kafelnikov etc. etc.

Next up.. Moya/Clement/etc. etc.

Late 90's was a great time for tennis IMO.....Yeah, me too. I picked up tennis in 95'. I remember when Guga, Rios, Grosjean, Safin and many more made their splash. Now, they are all gone. Tennis is so short lived, however. You really have less than a decade in most instances to make a household name for yourself. On top of it all, the last 7 years has flown by faster than any stretch of time I can remember. Damn Bush years were horrible.

Anaconda
05-28-2010, 03:05 AM
Shame, if he was a few inches taller he might've won a slam.

Very nice forehand and overall game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qejr9i0oKd8&fmt=18

Oh so winning slams is all about height then. Hm. Pretty sure Grosjean and Chang are both 5''9. grosjean was a good player, however you could give him 6 more inches and he stil wouldn't have won a slam. Wouldn't have even made a slam final.

Hitman
05-28-2010, 03:07 AM
Always enjoyed watching him play. He should have made the AO final in 2001.

He was good on every surface, and will be missed.

dropshot winner
05-28-2010, 03:09 AM
Oh so winning slams is all about height then. Hm. Pretty sure Grosjean and Chang are both 5''9. grosjean was a good player, however you could give him 6 more inches and he stil wouldn't have won a slam. Wouldn't have even made a slam final.

There won't ever be another Chang, those times are over.

Grosjean reached 4 slam semifinals on 3 different surfaces, so yes I think he could've won a slam if he was taller, it doesn't mean he would've won one for sure but his chances would've been a lot better.

Anaconda
05-28-2010, 03:12 AM
There won't ever be another Chang, those times are over.

Grosjean reached 4 slam semifinals, so yes I think he could've won a slam if he was taller, it doesn't mean he would've won one for sure but his chances would've been a lot better.

But there have been many players who have had the perfect height and even better games than Grosjean who haven't won a slam. I think that might've should be a 'nearly', which translates to......

If Grosjean was taller, he might have 'nearly' won a slam. So no he wouldn't have won a slam. No chance. He didn't have the correct firepower to win at the time when power was everything.

dropshot winner
05-28-2010, 03:15 AM
But there have been many players who have had the perfect height and even better games than Grosjean who haven't won a slam. I think that might've should be a 'nearly', which translates to......

If Grosjean was taller, he might have 'nearly' won a slam. So no he wouldn't have won a slam. No chance. He didn't have the correct firepower to win at the time when power was everything.

You know that how?

With a bigger serve and slightly more power on his groundstrokes (his forehand already was huge for his size) it's well possible that Grosjean would won a slam in the weak field of 2001.

MotherMarjorie
05-28-2010, 03:16 AM
And I'm officially getting old.....

Most of the guys that were just starting out when I picked up tennis are beginning to or have already retired:
Grosjean/Rios//Guga/Kafelnikov etc. etc.

Next up.. Moya/Clement/etc. etc.

Late 90's was a great time for tennis IMO.....
Mother Marjorie thinks you aren't getting old until you can't pick up a racquet. Until then, hit cross-court.:)

Anaconda
05-28-2010, 03:26 AM
You know that how?

With a bigger serve and slightly more power on his groundstrokes (his forehand already was huge for his size) it's well possible that Grosjean would won a slam in the weak field of 2001.

Yes and with Safin's 2H BH, Federer would have won 20 slams already. Quit giving people extra enhanced attributes and then giving them slams.

dropshot winner
05-28-2010, 03:46 AM
Yes and with Safin's 2H BH, Federer would have won 20 slams already. Quit giving people extra enhanced attributes and then giving them slams.

Never gave him a slam. All I did in the first post in this thread was writing "if he was a few inches taller he might've won a slam".

Tennis360
05-28-2010, 09:33 AM
Just saw on the French Open website that Sebastien Grosjean announced his retirement today. He will still play doubles w/Gasquet at Roland Garros. He will play through the end of the season.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gZ_X3gLX0Wt0jnxkrj2BrmDWlUIA

He will be missed for sure.

btw, they withdrew from doubles (citing Gasquet injury)