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tennis_pro 10-03-2012 02:52 PM

Best tournament to retire for the top 4?
 
At first glance, one could think that the best venue to retire (at least for the top 4) is Wimbledon. Then realized that almost none of the all-time greats I can think of ended their careers at the biggest tournament in tennis.

Sampras, Agassi, Roddick (not an all-time but is fresh in memory) all retired at the US Open, Agassi and Roddick announced it before the tournament.

Safin, Edberg retired in Bercy which pretty much means that they retired at the end of the season (Safin had some success in the Paris Masters so more understandably so). Lendl, Mcenroe did as well (not sure about Mc). Connors slugged it out in minor tournament until 1996 when he was 44. Borg virtually retired after 1981 but kept on playing from time to time until 1983 and then came back in the early 90's.

Only Becker said goodbye at Wimbledon (if my memory serves me) which back in 1999.

Looking now at present times we got Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray. Where do you think they should hang up their racquets?

Hood_Man 10-03-2012 03:00 PM

I think Fed will do it at Basel. No sense in him doing it at Wimbledon when he has his own home tournament near the end of the season.

The Bawss 10-03-2012 03:04 PM

For Federer I think Basel is too much of a small tournament for a legend like him to retire at, so Wimbledon is probably the most fitting (also is special as: first slam, 5-slams ina row tie with Borg, 7-slam total tie with Sampras and it's where he broke the weeks at #1 record). Djokovic should retire at the Australian Open, but then again, who retires at the beginning of a season?
Nadal for sure should be the FO or Monaco as they are his pet tournaments.

tennis_pro 10-03-2012 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by The Bawss (Post 6934119)
For Federer I think Basel is too much of a small tournament for a legend like him to retire at, so Wimbledon is probably the most fitting (also is special as: first slam, 5-slams ina row tie with Borg, 7-slam total tie with Sampras and it's where he broke the weeks at #1 record). Djokovic should retire at the Australian Open, but then again, who retires at the beginning of a season?
Nadal for sure should be the FO or Monaco as they are his pet tournaments.

There goes another idea for a thread. Should Federer announce that he's retiring before a particular tournament?

rodrigoamaral 10-03-2012 03:11 PM

I would have to say at the US Open.. NYC= Media central and the last GS of the year..

Prisoner of Birth 10-03-2012 03:17 PM

Federer - I really wish I could witness his retirement NOW (I want him to play for another 5 years, even if he loses every match, but I wish I could see his retirement ceremony, it'll be EPIC) and I'll be disappointed if it happens anywhere other than at Wimbledon (first Slam, 15th Slam to overtake Sampras, and possibly his last Slam as well).

Nadal - No question, has to be at the French Open. I'm just hoping he gets the chance to retire on his own terms.

Djokovic - No idea. I doubt he'd want to retire at the Australian Open, even considering his success there. But if he wins 2 more AOs and becomes the leading AO winner, it'd probably be most fitting he retires there.

Murray - Wimbledon, obviously. Only guy in the top 4 lucky enough to have a Slam in his own Country (of Citizenship). He may even have won a Wimbledon by that time. Either way, he's got that win over Federer which won him the Olympic Gold. Very fitting.

Prisoner of Birth 10-03-2012 03:18 PM

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Originally Posted by tennis_pro (Post 6934121)
There goes another idea for a thread. Should Federer announce that he's retiring before a particular tournament?

That's his choice, it'll be okay either way. But he must announce it before his last match (if he knows for sure which that is).

pound cat 10-03-2012 03:24 PM

Federer will retire in Dubai. Then he will have juat a 5 minute drive to his Dubai residence.

AnotherTennisProdigy 10-03-2012 03:34 PM

Federer- Wimbledon for poetic reasons, how can it not be this one? It all started on Centre Court so it would make sense to end it there. His upset of Pete that sparked the beginning, his first slam, his 15th slam, it only seems fit that he end there as well.

Nadal- I wouldn't pick the French Open to retire for him, even though its his "pet slam" the French seem to like Federer more than him (a little ironic). Maybe Madrid if they change it back to red clay, I'm sure the king of clay wouldn't want his last match on blue clay. Maybe Monte Carlo?

Djokovic- Australian or US open. His first and best slam is the Aussie and he's had special moments at the USO.

Murray- Wimbledon, where else? Best way to close the career of Great Britain's hero, chaser of the constantly mentioned Fred Perry of 1936.

vive le beau jeu ! 10-03-2012 03:38 PM

wimbledon 2012 would be perfect for the nadal.
time to focus on poker or golf...

smoledman 10-03-2012 03:41 PM

The World should build a special 1-million seat stadium in the clouds. There Roger Federer shall play his final tournament.

smoledman 10-03-2012 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by pound cat (Post 6934161)
Federer will retire in Dubai. Then he will have juat a 5 minute drive to his Dubai residence.

Yes then Federer can drive his stable of sports cars(Mercedes, Aston Martin) to his hearts content on very straight freeways with no speed limits. Enjoy the VIP lifestyle 24/7, waited on by the Dubai slave class. How could it get any better?

Hood_Man 10-03-2012 03:45 PM

I understand the enormous significance of Wimbledon to Federer and his career, but considering it's in the middle of the season, don't you guys think he'd want to carry on just a few months more? Hang up his racquet in Basel in front of his home crowd, where almost every single person in the arena would be one of his countrymen and cheering for him alone?

He's enormously popular at Wimbledon, of course he is, but the crowd could never be as supportive as one made up of people from his home town.

His last Wimbledon will be a tearjerking moment for sure, but Britain is still a foreign country to him.

Prisoner of Birth 10-03-2012 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Hood_Man (Post 6934211)
I understand the enormous significance of Wimbledon to Federer and his career, but considering it's in the middle of the season, don't you guys think he'd want to carry on just a few months more? Hang up his racquet in Basel in front of his home crowd, where almost every single person in the arena would be one of his countrymen and cheering for him alone?

He's enormously popular at Wimbledon, of course he is, but the crowd could never be as supportive as one made up of people from his home town.

His last Wimbledon will be a tearjerking moment for sure, but Britain is still a foreign country to him.

Not disputing for one second that he'll have better support at Basel. But it just feels too small a place for such a grand occasion. It will get nowhere near the same attention or coverage as it would if it happened at Wimbledon. I'm sure Federer would like to play his last competitive match at home but the draw of playing at "the biggest stage in the World" will be too much to resist even for him. The Wimbledon Center Court is literally the home of Tennis. It'd be just as special for Federer to retire there as it would be for it to have housed Federer's final competitive match.

Zarfot Z 10-03-2012 04:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Prisoner of Birth (Post 6934223)
Not disputing for one second that he'll have better support at Basel. But it just feels too small a place for such a grand occasion. It will get nowhere near the same attention or coverage as it would if it happened at Wimbledon. I'm sure Federer would like to play his last competitive match at home but the draw of playing at "the biggest stage in the World" will be too much to resist even for him. The Wimbledon Center Court is literally the home of Tennis. It'd be just as special for Federer to retire there as it would be for it to have housed Federer's final competitive match.

Exactly the reason why Federer should retire at Basel. He gets to preserve his status as the most humble tennis player of all time.

jaggy 10-03-2012 04:05 PM

Cincy should be the climax for all the greats

Prisoner of Birth 10-03-2012 04:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Zarfot Z (Post 6934236)
Exactly the reason why Federer should retire at Basel. He gets to preserve his status as the most humble tennis player of all time.

Federer is many things but humble he's not.

Hood_Man 10-03-2012 04:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Prisoner of Birth (Post 6934223)
Not disputing for one second that he'll have better support at Basel. But it just feels too small a place for such a grand occasion. It will get nowhere near the same attention or coverage as it would if it happened at Wimbledon. I'm sure Federer would like to play his last competitive match at home but the draw of playing at "the biggest stage in the World" will be too much to resist even for him. The Wimbledon Center Court is literally the home of Tennis. It'd be just as special for Federer to retire there as it would be for it to have housed Federer's final competitive match.

He could do both. His last Wimbledon won't end with a handshake at the net, there'll be plenty of clapping and cheering from the crowd followed by an interview with Sue Barker. It'll be a huge occasion.

And then he gets to do the same thing in Basel :)

Zarfot Z 10-03-2012 04:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Prisoner of Birth (Post 6934241)
Federer is many things but humble he's not.

The media and general population seem to think so, and I have a feeling Fed likes it that way.

Prisoner of Birth 10-03-2012 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Zarfot Z (Post 6934244)
The media and general population seem to think so, and I have a feeling Fed likes it that way.

The media likes him and writes he's humble. The general population is ignorant in general. Federer sure likes it that way but that won't change a thing. Even the most humble player will want a big ceremony if they've had Federer's career.


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