Originally Posted by tacou
tennis is an interesting sport in that you can spend 4-10 years at the upper echelons, and then in a year or two completely fall off the face of the earth and retire in obscurity (I'm thinking Moya, and injured players like Ferrero and Gonzalez).
so, who has the best retirement of all time? I know there are more enlightened historians on this board than me but I've got to go with Pete. Winning a slam in your last match ever is really the only way to go out.
any other contenders?
Steffi Graf was more impressive:
Won FO 1999 beating the #2, #3 and #1 player. The final was voted greatest ever open era women's match by fans shortly after.
Went on to make the Wimbledon final 4 few weeks later.
Had to retire injured in her next and last ever match 4 weeks after that.
Ended her glorious career being #3 in the WTA rankings, highest ranking ever for a retiring player.