Marc Rosset

Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by gzhpcu, May 3, 2009.

  1. gzhpcu

    gzhpcu Professional

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2005
    Messages:
    1,019
    Location:
    Switzerland
    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.:(
     
    #1
  2. gzhpcu

    gzhpcu Professional

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2005
    Messages:
    1,019
    Location:
    Switzerland
    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...
     
    #2
  3. hoodjem

    hoodjem G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2007
    Messages:
    12,769
    Location:
    Bierlandt
    Ahh, the excellent and tasty Swiss beer. Too much of a temptation.












    (Not.)
     
    #3
  4. swedechris

    swedechris Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2004
    Messages:
    1,072
    Swiss beer... ? Unknown to me.. school me.












    not
     
    #4
  5. Deuce

    Deuce Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2004
    Messages:
    5,270
    Location:
    A not so parallel universe...
    #5
  6. Gaucho Behrend

    Gaucho Behrend New User

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    68
    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.
     
    #6
  7. gpt

    gpt Professional

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2009
    Messages:
    880
    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!!!
     
    #7
  8. VGP

    VGP Legend

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2005
    Messages:
    6,311
    Location:
    Location: Location
    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!
     
    #8
  9. nyc

    nyc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    1,532
    Location:
    SoCal
    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
     
    #9
  10. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    8,880
    Pierre Babolat unfortunately was on that flight.
     
    #10
  11. Tshooter

    Tshooter Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2007
    Messages:
    2,231
    "Interesting, little-known fact about Rosset..."

    I think the little-known fact about him is well known.
     
    #11
  12. Deuce

    Deuce Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2004
    Messages:
    5,270
    Location:
    A not so parallel universe...
    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.
     
    #12
  13. Shaolin

    Shaolin Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Messages:
    4,186
    Location:
    Kansas


    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.
     
    #13
  14. Gaucho Behrend

    Gaucho Behrend New User

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    68
    If anyone that followed Rosset, then they knew about the Swissair disaster, it's not something he talks at all these days.
     
    #14
  15. gzhpcu

    gzhpcu Professional

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2005
    Messages:
    1,019
    Location:
    Switzerland
    Here you go:

    [​IMG]
     
    #15
  16. grizzly4life

    grizzly4life Professional

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,057
    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
     
    #16
  17. nyc

    nyc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    1,532
    Location:
    SoCal
    sweet, danke vilmal!
     
    #17
  18. Tshooter

    Tshooter Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2007
    Messages:
    2,231
    "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.
     
    #18
  19. Deuce

    Deuce Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2004
    Messages:
    5,270
    Location:
    A not so parallel universe...
    ^ 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....
     
    #19
  20. Moose Malloy

    Moose Malloy Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2005
    Messages:
    7,924
    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
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2009
    #20
  21. Deuce

    Deuce Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2004
    Messages:
    5,270
    Location:
    A not so parallel universe...
    I think, at best, most people 'know' of "that tennis player who was supposed to be on that flight that crashed".
     
    #21

Share This Page