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No1e
10-09-2012, 06:05 AM
After the retirements of Safin (2009) and Roddick (2012), when will this former no. 1 retire?

I seriously do not think Hewitt has any chance to compete with Tsonga, Del Potro, Berdych, Ferrer and the like, let alone the big 4.

I think it is just a matter of time he comes to realize that he is no longer a contender to win a slam, and should just retire.

What do you guys think?

SoBad
10-09-2012, 06:08 AM
I think that Hewitt is much better than Roddick. Better movement, much better backhand, made more money from Yonex, better wife and children, and his career still keeps going while Roddick is long gone from the tennis scene.

The Bawss
10-09-2012, 06:28 AM
Shouldn't be long now, he just got spanked by geriatric doubles specialist Stepanek.

Tammo
10-09-2012, 06:43 AM
Probably AO 13'

PSNELKE
10-09-2012, 08:57 AM
I think it is just a matter of time he comes to realize that he is no longer a contender to win a slam, and should just retire.

What do you guys think?

Lleyton is no idiot. He realized a long time ago that he's no serious slam contender anymore.
He's just playing for the love of the game that's pretty much it.
It ain't the money for sure. I mean the guy got enough money that his grandchildren can live like kings.

3fees
10-09-2012, 09:02 AM
Pro's don't retire-they play the senior circuit or do exhibition matches.

:)

Gonzo_style
10-09-2012, 09:05 AM
On WTF in London :)

MichaelNadal
10-09-2012, 09:29 AM
Probably AO 13'

Yeah or Wimby 13 depending on how much he feels he wants to be around. I'll be sad when he's gone.

rdis10093
10-09-2012, 09:30 AM
on his own terms

Evan77
10-09-2012, 09:37 AM
tough loss to Sexy Radek today. maybe it's time to call it off. Hewitt should keep playing as long as he feels passion for tennis.

jaggy
10-09-2012, 09:55 AM
Kind of like Blake, it's still a pretty good living.

Ronaldo
10-09-2012, 10:04 AM
Hope he does not pull an A-Rod at the AusOpen

Fee
10-09-2012, 11:19 AM
I agree, pretty sure he's holding out to retire at home in January at the AO.

OHBH
10-09-2012, 11:23 AM
Most likely scenario is that Hewitt will play until yet another injury sidelines him. Dude just doesn't know when to hang it up

RF20Lennon
10-09-2012, 11:31 AM
He loves the game let him enjoy!!!

r2473
10-09-2012, 11:37 AM
He loves the game let him enjoy!!!

Exactly.

Jimmy Arias talked about how he regrets retiring too early. He said nothing can take the place of competing at the top level. And he also laughed at his comeback saying that once you retire and get out of playing condition, its nearly impossible to get back. He was saying how he could play one or maybe two good matches, but playing 5-7 (plus qualies) matches in such a short time period was impossible.

Hewitt should retire when he wants to or when they drag him from the court and force him to (ie, his ranking just drops too low and he no longer gets wildcards).

Good on ya Lleyton. Don't listen to these clowns. Keep having fun doing what you love.

Ronaldo
10-09-2012, 11:46 AM
Exactly.

Jimmy Arias talked about how he regrets retiring too early. He said nothing can take the place of competing at the top level. And he also laughed at his comeback saying that once you retire and get out of playing condition, its nearly impossible to get back. He was saying how he could play one or maybe two good matches, but playing 5-7 (plus qualies) matches in such a short time period was impossible.

Hewitt should retire when he wants to or when they drag him from the court and force him to (ie, his ranking just drops too low and he no longer gets wildcards).

Good on ya Lleyton. Don't listen to these clowns. Keep having fun doing what you love.

Come on, he looks like Muscles now.

Mustard
10-09-2012, 11:54 AM
Lleyton Hewitt likes the challenge of trying to win matches, of competing, like Jimmy Connors used to do, so I think Hewitt will carry on for a while yet.

joeri888
10-21-2012, 04:03 AM
If you look at Hewitt's AO, you see what he can still bring. i think it'll take a disappointing AO to make him exit.

3fees
10-21-2012, 09:02 AM
when he no longer wins

dhdriver
10-21-2012, 09:28 AM
When Hewitt does retire I hope he loses in an epic match like when he loss to Nalbandian in the first round of the Aussie open in 2011. Stayed up late watching it.

Duncan Bell
10-21-2012, 09:29 AM
Agree that it'll still be a year or more before he goes. Maybe AOpen 14

Prisoner of Birth
10-21-2012, 01:37 PM
After the retirements of Safin (2009) and Roddick (2012), when will this former no. 1 retire?

I seriously do not think Hewitt has any chance to compete with Tsonga, Del Potro, Berdych, Ferrer and the like, let alone the big 4.

I think it is just a matter of time he comes to realize that he is no longer a contender to win a slam, and should just retire.

What do you guys think?

I think that, you should retire.

Oz_Rocket
10-21-2012, 06:54 PM
I also think he has plenty of unfinished business in Davis Cup. Getting Australia back into the world group will be tough and the rest of our players could do well to take on some of Hewitt's passion for his country and never say die attitude.

1972murat
10-21-2012, 07:21 PM
The guy likes playing the game. And as opposed to Roddick, he seems comfortable with the idea of just "existing" in the tour. And it still is a good living. I think he will play until he physically cannot.

Djoker_69
10-21-2012, 10:45 PM
I think that, you should retire.

I see what you did there :P

Prisoner of Birth
10-21-2012, 10:47 PM
I see what you did there :P

:twisted: .

jokinla
10-21-2012, 11:28 PM
I think that, you should retire.

Thankfully he has.

veritech
10-21-2012, 11:40 PM
i'm guessing his last tournament will be AO 2014.

tacou
10-22-2012, 05:19 AM
I think that Hewitt is much better than Roddick. Better movement, much better backhand, made more money from Yonex, better wife and children, and his career still keeps going while Roddick is long gone from the tennis scene.

Hewitt has been irrelevant for a long, long time. Other than the last year or so, Roddick was as relevant as anyone ranked outside the top 4.

I'd agree in his prime Hewitt was the better player but Roddick's prime was CLEARLY "longer" than Hewitt's.

I get the sense that Hewitt has been really frustrated by injuries lately. If he can stay healthy I wouldn't be surprised if he played all next year and maybe retired at AO 2014...but if injuries pop up again it will be a quiet retirement

Paul Murphy
10-22-2012, 04:39 PM
When he's good and ready.
He's picked up some decent wins lately, including the scalp of a top 10 player.
He's also beaten Raonic, Roddick, Cilic, and Youzhny this year and taken sets off Djokovic.

cork_screw
10-22-2012, 06:31 PM
Don't forget ferrero. He's going to retire after Vienna

Gizo
10-22-2012, 08:06 PM
These threads saying that player x 'should' retire are really stupid. Usually they are started by fans of the top 3/4 players who think that players who are not in regular grand slam contention are irrelevant.

Players should only retire when they feel like it is the right time to do so. If they enjoy competing on the tour they should continue for as long as they want.

Speaking of Ferrero, he will be coaching Almagro in 2013 I believe (and has been coaching him a bit this year as well), so it would be interesting if the final match of his pro career was to come against his current/future pupil at Valencia this Tuesday.

big ted
10-22-2012, 08:15 PM
hewitt reminds me of connors. motivation isnt his problem its injuries and aging and even in the past year he can give pretty much any player trouble when hes healthy. in australia he beat roddick, raonic, and took a set off joker. he went 3 sets with the joker at olympics. got to finals of newport ...etc...etc...

Seth
10-22-2012, 08:53 PM
hewitt reminds me of connors. motivation isnt his problem its injuries and aging and even in the past year he can give pretty much any player trouble when hes healthy. in australia he beat roddick, raonic, and took a set off joker. he went 3 sets with the joker at olympics. got to finals of newport ...etc...etc...

He bent Monaco over a chair today. Nice win.

Zarfot Z
10-22-2012, 11:55 PM
Next year's DC. Australia is obviously trying to squeeze the last out of this veteran.

Paullaconte1
10-23-2012, 03:14 AM
He has just beaten Monaco that is world no.10 in straight sets

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu2-A48DQks

I think we should wait a bit. I hope

6-1 6-3 6-0
10-23-2012, 04:15 AM
Don't forget ferrero. He's going to retire after Vienna

Valencia you mean.

SoBad
10-23-2012, 04:15 PM
Hewitt has been irrelevant for a long, long time. Other than the last year or so, Roddick was as relevant as anyone ranked outside the top 4.

I'd agree in his prime Hewitt was the better player but Roddick's prime was CLEARLY "longer" than Hewitt's.

I get the sense that Hewitt has been really frustrated by injuries lately. If he can stay healthy I wouldn't be surprised if he played all next year and maybe retired at AO 2014...but if injuries pop up again it will be a quiet retirement

Hewitt has already set up a family, while Roddick is still in the sex phase.

Nostradamus
10-23-2012, 04:28 PM
He just beat top BEST version of Monaco. I say still play as long as he is healthy.

Hawkeye7
10-24-2012, 04:29 AM
After the retirements of Safin (2009) and Roddick (2012), when will this former no. 1 retire?

I seriously do not think Hewitt has any chance to compete with Tsonga, Del Potro, Berdych, Ferrer and the like, let alone the big 4.

I think it is just a matter of time he comes to realize that he is no longer a contender to win a slam, and should just retire.

What do you guys think?


He hasn't really been a contender to win slams since 2006, so this statement is idiotic. Let the man do what he loves until he feels ready to give it up.

Marcus2137
10-24-2012, 07:32 AM
He hasn't really been a contender to win slams since 2006, so this statement is idiotic. Let the man do what he loves until he feels ready to give it up.

I agree. If only contenders should continue to play tennis, almost everyone outside the top 4 should retire, haha. Or certainly the top 10-20.

He's still winning matches, he's still making money, if he enjoys playing and wants to do it, I hope he'll stay around as long as possible. There's guys ranked higher than him who often act like they just don't really care or take it seriously and are pretty boring to watch; I'd rather watch a lower ranked guy who seems to love it and try hard until the last point is played.

Boricua
10-24-2012, 09:06 AM
His recent win against Monaco says he has game still. His problem I think is his stamina in Grand Slams. He is running out of gas in the third and fourth sets. He has gained some weight, he should loose maybe 6-8 pounds.

Boricua
10-24-2012, 09:07 AM
I agree. If only contenders should continue to play tennis, almost everyone outside the top 4 should retire, haha. Or certainly the top 10-20.

He's still winning matches, he's still making money, if he enjoys playing and wants to do it, I hope he'll stay around as long as possible. There's guys ranked higher than him who often act like they just don't really care or take it seriously and are pretty boring to watch; I'd rather watch a lower ranked guy who seems to love it and try hard until the last point is played.

Same story with Nalbandian. Both classy tennis players

Boricua
10-24-2012, 09:09 AM
i'm guessing his last tournament will be AO 2014.

I would say A0 15. But, only he knows his plans. Look at Agassi, he played well into his thirties.

Boricua
10-24-2012, 09:11 AM
When he's good and ready.
He's picked up some decent wins lately, including the scalp of a top 10 player.
He's also beaten Raonic, Roddick, Cilic, and Youzhny this year and taken sets off Djokovic.

And Monaco

Gonzalito17
10-24-2012, 09:16 AM
Retire? yeah right. Hewitt is gearing up for one or two last runs at a major. His impressive run at the Olympics this year showed he still can compete at the elite level, just needs some luck and breaks like Gaudio or Sampras in his last US Open. You can never count out a player like Hewitt who has the heart of five lions.

Paul Murphy
10-24-2012, 06:43 PM
And Monaco

Monaco was the top 10 player to whom I was referring in my post - their match had not long finished and I did't want to reveal the result.

Netspirit
10-24-2012, 06:54 PM
I find it painful just to watch the wounded midget play, considering all the surgeries he had to endure.
I used to respect him for his fighting spirit when fighting made sense. Now he just prolongs the agony. Tennis players need to know when to leave with dignity - Roddick and Safin certainly knew.

This applies to Davydenko as well. He should retire in 2013 and not play a sad clown.

Sabratha
10-29-2012, 04:38 AM
I think Hewitt will retire in either 2013 or 2014.

tacou
10-29-2012, 05:21 AM
I find it painful just to watch the wounded midget play, considering all the surgeries he had to endure.
I used to respect him for his fighting spirit when fighting made sense. Now he just prolongs the agony. Tennis players need to know when to leave with dignity - Roddick and Safin certainly knew.

This applies to Davydenko as well. He should retire in 2013 and not play a sad clown.

Hewitt is hardly "undignified" in continuing to play. He's been dealt a lot of injury in the last couple years and wants to play a full season.

morten
10-29-2012, 06:01 AM
His play in Stockholm(i was there) was painful, he played like a tw poster, an average one...

Prisoner of Birth
10-29-2012, 09:43 AM
I find it painful just to watch the wounded midget play, considering all the surgeries he had to endure.
I used to respect him for his fighting spirit when fighting made sense. Now he just prolongs the agony. Tennis players need to know when to leave with dignity - Roddick and Safin certainly knew.

This applies to Davydenko as well. He should retire in 2013 and not play a sad clown.

You know what's painful? Your post.

Sabratha
10-30-2012, 12:13 AM
His play in Stockholm(i was there) was painful, he played like a tw poster, an average one...
Yet he was able to make it to R16 at this year's Australian Open, taking a set off Djokovic.

smoledman
10-30-2012, 12:18 AM
Hewitt will retire in 2013.

morten
10-30-2012, 05:02 AM
Yet he was able to make it to R16 at this year's Australian Open, taking a set off Djokovic.

Yes but that match against Almagro was so poor.. Even his victory against Nieminen which he won was not very good, i am a fan of his btw... i guess he has lost some scrambling abilities as well as there are so many counterpunchers now, that are as good if not better, with more power. I think he would have done better as a counterpuncher in the serve and volley era, atleast he got a few years of it... He is amazing once someone is at the net, a real target player, passing all over the place, great lob of course. A shame tennis has changed so much(s&v gone..) He has a good volley, and i like the way he does not overhit, as many other pros do nowadays. In the Stockholm matches he just suddenly faded in the middle of the rallies, and often hit the middle of the net. He uses low tension btw, 40 lbs.

Sabratha
10-30-2012, 05:16 AM
Yes but that match against Almagro was so poor.. Even his victory against Nieminen which he won was not very good, i am a fan of his btw... i guess he has lost some scrambling abilities as well as there are so many counterpunchers now, that are as good if not better, with more power. I think he would have done better as a counterpuncher in the serve and volley era, atleast he got a few years of it... He is amazing once someone is at the net, a real target player, passing all over the place, great lob of course. A shame tennis has changed so much(s&v gone..) He has a good volley, and i like the way he does not overhit, as many other pros do nowadays. In the Stockholm matches he just suddenly faded in the middle of the rallies, and often hit the middle of the net. He uses low tension btw, 40 lbs.
Hewitt runs out of gas because he's not as fit these days. He's had to deal with surgeries and hasn't really had time to get in shape as he's been basically playing the game as soon as he can. Hewitt has a heart of gold, and he's admirable as he just keeps on getting up after being beaten down by injury.

morten
10-30-2012, 05:34 AM
i agree Sabratha, i wish him all the best.. A great guy.