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urban
02-08-2006, 06:31 AM
I just read on a German news side (yahoo.de), that Becker and Leconte are planning a comeback at the ATP doubles tour this year. Leconte has told that some journalists at a senior event. Becker's agency gives no comment on the issue. Seems, that ever more oldies are following Mac's footsteps for a comeback.

norcal
02-08-2006, 06:35 AM
Well certainly the tiebreak instead of third set format will benefit the older players. Interesting to see how they do. How fat is Laconte these days? He didn't keep himself fit in his heyday.

urban
02-08-2006, 06:49 AM
Maybe Leconte needs some money for the good Gallic food and wine. Maybe for his new housewife or his earlier wifes. I lost the count on all his wifes, i think once he was married to a women bull-fighter.

Moose Malloy
02-08-2006, 08:12 AM
Pat Cash & Muster played doubles earlier this year(not together). Courier/Agassi teamed up together in Houston last year. This is a great idea, they should give wildcards to any former champ who wants one. Much better than watching doubles specialists who aren't even top 200 in singles play in front of 20 people.

I know Mac will probably play doubles only once, but I wish he would make it a fulltime deal to show how good he really is.

I hope Rafter, Stich, Korda, Forget, Bruguera get in on the action as well.

mr2union
02-08-2006, 01:16 PM
These older players retired because they weren't competitive anymore back then. A decade or two later they re-enter the competition while they haven't gotten younger and their fitness has not improved in the meantime. Logic tells me how bad the games are nowadays, especially doubles. Pick up a nice powerful racket, anyone can be in the game and can win at least in the first few rounds of any tournament.

slice bh compliment
02-08-2006, 08:23 PM
Mac and Stich won the dubs at Wimbledon ('92 I think?).
How cool would it be if they did partner with younger players and played against eachother?
So it's Mac and Bjorkman coming up soon.
Maybe some inter-era national pairings (in the spirit of Ashe and Mac back in the late 70's):
Korda and Berdych,
Stich und Keifer,
Boris und Haas,
Leconte et Llodra,
Goran & Ancic,
Krajicek & Sluiter,
Pete and Donald Young (truly in the spirit of Ashe and McEnroe or Mac and Pete),
Hlasek & Federer,
Cash and the Flipper (kidding),
Wilander & Johansson,
Woodbridge and Arthurs,
Muster und Melzer,
Henman and Murray,
Rusedski and Dancevic (let's face it, Greg is from Canada),
Noah et Gasquet,
Oncins & Kuerten,
Kafelnikov & Safin,
Casal y Nadal, Sanchez y Lopez (if only for the rhyme scheme),
Flach and Acasuso (nice ring to it, even though they're not paisanos)
...

A lot of the above teams couldn't get to 4-all against the Bryans or Knowles and Nestor, but I would buy a ticket.

rfprse
02-08-2006, 08:46 PM
How cool would it be if they did partner with younger players and played against eachother?
So it's Mac and Bjorkman coming up soon.
Maybe some inter-era national pairings (in the spirit of Ashe and Mac back in the late 70's):
That would be cool. Nice list, but if I may, I would like to see Becker & Keifer (to see their "chemistry"), Leconte & Gasquet (they both play similar crazy french style which is enjoyable), Edberg & Johanson (they may give a good fight to the top teams on tour), Cash & Rafter (similar workman style s & v, but so different in personality).

christo
02-08-2006, 09:38 PM
Becker and Kiefer would kill each other