Ashley Harkleroad retires

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Kevin Patrick, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. Kevin Patrick

    Kevin Patrick Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    just read this, anyone know more?

    Alex Bogomolov, the 21-year-old from south Miami, was quietly married to onetime tennis glamour player Ashley Harkleroad in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Dec. 4. They'll live in Georgia.

    It was a marriage they were intent on since early in the year, though many advised them they were too young and that it would hold back their tennis careers. That won't be a problem for Harkleroad, 19. She has quit the WTA Tour.,0,3581737.column?coll=sfla-sports-tennis
  2. Datacipher

    Datacipher Banned

    Apr 13, 2004
    Good luck to them.
  3. RickN

    RickN Rookie

    Feb 19, 2004
    Vancouver, BC
    I doubt many people will miss her on the court. Her results weren't good. Bogomolov isn't good either. I remembered reading an article about him and all he kept saying was that tennis has lot of groupies like other sports and that it was so easy to get girls.
  4. bigserving

    bigserving Hall of Fame

    Mar 25, 2004
    She seemed like the heir apparent for American women for a while. It seemed like the last couple of years she got way out of shape.

    I think that he is one of the best dressed players on the tour. He sports some fly Adidas gear. His on court behavior in the Challengers that I have seen is like Gimelstob lite, not impressive.

    I read somewhere in the last year or so where she said they were going to get married but not any time soon. I wonder if it was a shotgun wedding?
  5. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Feb 22, 2004
    Shotgun wedding? Do they still have those? That's a blast from the past, so to speak.
  6. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

    Feb 11, 2004
    I believe now they call them "I'll pop a cap in your ass ceremonies". I know some guys from Nooga who hit with her when she was younger and said she was the real thing.
  7. Andy Zarzuela

    Andy Zarzuela Professional

    Feb 21, 2004
    I hate that. She had some good results. She had some the most surprising upsets in 2003. Beat Shaughnessy 6-2,6-2, then Bovina 6-2,6-2, then Hantuchova 6-2,6-1. Those results were from PURE BELIEF and consistantcy. I think that ever since Sharapova came into the limelight and overshadowed her caused her to loose interest in the game. Plus a new fiance doesn't help either. BTW, I was thinking that since Alex B. and Anna K. were such good friends that Anna and Ashley could get some hitting practice from each other. Anna could learn to play consistant players, while Ashley could learn to play aggressive players. It seems like some of my favorites always have some sort of decline. Nowdays, Venus is struggling some, Anna K is indefinite, Ashley is finished, my girl Chanda always has knee trouble, etc. Well, it's their life and I'd give anything to see Venus Williams at her best, Anna Kournikova being competitive again , Chanda's smart play back into action and what have you. Tennis has some good berths that always have some sort of decline, which is sad you see faces come and go each day on tour.
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  8. Craig Sheppard

    Craig Sheppard Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    It is pretty sad. After working so hard to get onto the tour, only to give it up. Hope she realizes what she's throwing away. Only a handful of people in the world have her talent.

  9. Deuce

    Deuce Banned

    Feb 13, 2004
    A not so parallel universe...
    Sadly, I think the percentage is rather high that she one day (in the not very distant future) finds herself with no husband, and no tennis career. Such is often the fate of the young when they make rash decisions.

    Sounds like another kid so eager to 'prove' her independence that she's forcing decisions that she should be taking more time to contemplate.
  10. ragnaROK

    ragnaROK Professional

    May 31, 2004
    Guess Bolliteri was right when he said Harkelroad was cooked and finished like a year ago.
  11. Fee

    Fee Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    In front of my computer, obviously
    I think she has had a pesky, chronic elbow injury for about two years that never really seemed to heal. Maybe it was easy for her to walk away from it all if she is in a lot of pain.
  12. david aames

    david aames Professional

    Feb 20, 2004
    When you realize you have no shot at being top 10/20 while exposing your body to the stress of the pro tour, it's only fair to comtemplate early retirement. Wouldn't you prefer to use that Nike money and go to college instead of ending up a journeyman with nothing but a little cash to show for? She already have the memories.
  13. davey25

    davey25 Banned

    Oct 5, 2004
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    She wasnt really that talented. There is alot to be proud of being a solid journeywoman on tour, but I guess that was not for her. That is all she would have been, and that is still an impressive feat but perhaps she saw herself being a top player, and she clearly did not have the weapons to be that.

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