Fernando Gonzalez retires from tennis

CMM

Legend
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His last tournament will be Miami.

http://www.emol.com/noticias/deportes/2012/02/09/525498/fernando-gonzalez-anuncia-que-se-retirara-del-tenis-en-marzo-tras-el-masters-de-miami.html
 
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Crisstti

Legend
That's a pity :(

A couple of months ago there were news that he had announced his retirement... he came out laughing and said it wasn't true. I didn't think then he intended to retired anytime so soon.

Some parts of the article:

"This has been out of respect for my trajectory (in tennis) and because of that I've decided to step to the side and retire from professional tennis. Tennis has given me some incredible experiences, I met many admirable, wonderful people, to the limit experiences".

"I always said I would play until I was 30 years old and in the last few months I wouldn't stop thinking and the concrete decision I made it about three weeks ago. It was very difficult for me to play Viña, but the final decision I made it between 10th and 15th January"

Why did he choose Miami to retire? "Miami is an important tournament for me, there's always many Chileans, I lived there. It's a tournament in which two years ago its director helped me a lot. Plus, I want to say goodbye to my colleges there".

And the future? "I will always be linked to tennis, I'll go on that path, though I will have some more time for myself now".
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Sad to see Gonzo ago. At his best he was always an explosive, dangerous floater of a player but could never get the consistency needed to make it to the very top. He took many top scalps along the way though. According to his Wiki entry:

"Throughout his career, he has defeated many former number-one players, including Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer (all while they held the top spot), Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moyà, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin and Pete Sampras."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_González

I guess reaching the final of the 2007 Australian Open was the pinnacle of his career!
 
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Mainad

Bionic Poster
What will he do ? Will he teach or coach ? maybe he too can teach andy murray his big forehand

I will always remember the lesson in clay court tennis he gave Murray at the 2009 French Open. He was just awesome in that match. Murray did well to get a set off him!
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
Sad to hear this, one of the most entertaining games on tour when he was on, one of the best FHs I've ever seen.

I will always remember the lesson in clay court tennis he gave Murray at the 2009 French Open. He was just awesome in that match. Murray did well to get a set off him!

He also almost came back from 2-0 down to beat Soderling in SF (lead 4-1 in the fifth) and who can forget this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-jThxwUnAs
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
I loved watching him play.....his QF against Nadal at AO 07, SF against Haas and Final against Federer were good too. His match against Soderling in the 09 FO semi.

The battle between prime Ferrero and young Gonzo in 04 FO QF. Tsonga Gonzo US Open match.....Federer Gonzo 07 TMC win.

Hope he can have one good run before he retires.....it would have been awesome had he retired at the Aussie....with all the Chileans going hysteric.
 

Cup8489

G.O.A.T.
Aw dang, and I've just made a character in top spin 2 based off of him too.. looks like that one will be stickin around for a good long while.
 

namelessone

Legend
Damn, he was a great player to watch when on.

It seems like just yesterday he was making AO finals.

He will be missed. Best of luck to him in his future endeavours.
 
very cool player. he did have one of the biggest forehands of all time but also a huge serve which was often overlooked (up to 140 mph).

but of course he also had his weaknesses. not a very good backhand and sometimes too hot headed. he was a streaky player. if his forehand was on fire he could beat anyone even prime fed then had a hard time.

but he would also have very bad days with a ton of errors.

definitely a cool player. very aggressive player in contrast to all those grinders in these days:).
 

Boricua

Hall of Fame
What will he do ? Will he teach or coach ? maybe he too can teach andy murray his big forehand

He should play in the Legends tour. Still young and can play. Would be nice to see him against Safin, Courier and the older guys like Edberg, Mac and even Borg.
 
Good description, although according to *******s, guys like Gonzo were as strong as today's gs regulars...

Sad to see Gonzo ago. At his best he was always an explosive, dangerous floater of a player but could never get the consistency needed to make it to the very top. He took many top scalps along the way though. According to his Wiki entry:

"Throughout his career, he has defeated many former number-one players, including Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer (all while they held the top spot), Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moyà, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin and Pete Sampras."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_González

I guess reaching the final of the 2007 Australian Open was the pinnacle of his career!
 

Seany

Banned
Tennis loses another character from the game...sigh...so few genuinely entertaining guys left, the kinda guys no matter which court or which tournament it was, you would still pay to watch, him and Safin drew in fans like crazy.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Sad. Loved Gonzo (and what a great nickname for a tennis player).

He's one of tennis' character actors. Never the main character, but adds depth and a certain edge to the production and is recognizable.

it was always nice to have him around because he had such an exciting (if at times totally reckless) way of playing, and he could either cause an upset or at least make things uncomfortable for the top guys in a given match. Was never a consistent Slam contender, but it was nice having him around.

When he made his AO final, it looked like maybe he was going to have a little stretch of "elite" level tennis. He had started being more patient and picking his spots to unleash his firepower more, but he never really built on that, and then, of course, he was injured.

Sad to see him go. Congrats on a great career.
 

CCNM

Hall of Fame
Very disappointed to hear this news. I read a story somewhere that said Fernando once rescued an injured dog on the side of a highway. That really endeared me to him. Enjoy your next adventure in life Gonzo! :)
 
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Agassi-Fan

Rookie
That sux he is retiring. I still remember him smashing racquets if he got pissed during a match.

Fun player to watch.
 

Leelord337

Hall of Fame
He was fun to watch, I will have fond memories of him making that amazing run to the final at the Aussie Open a few years back.

Also was lucky enough to watch him play horacio zeballos on clay with the ex gf, not so fond of her though, lol :)
 

jones101

Hall of Fame
Gonzalez was so fun to watch, ill remember his win over Federer in 2007 YEC the most, his FH was absurd that day.

His match with Tsonga at the USO (or AO) was really entertaining too.
 

Andres

G.O.A.T.
He should play in the Legends tour. Still young and can play. Would be nice to see him against Safin, Courier and the older guys like Edberg, Mac and even Borg.
Let's just hope. He retired because of his health (hard to recover from all of those consecutive injuries and surgeries).

It would be awesome to see him in the Legends tour two years from now.
 

pmerk34

Legend
Sad to hear this, one of the most entertaining games on tour when he was on, one of the best FHs I've ever seen.



He also almost came back from 2-0 down to beat Soderling in SF (lead 4-1 in the fifth) and who can forget this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-jThxwUnAs

That was crazy that 5th set. To go up 4-1 Gonzo was blasting 130 mph aces and cruising through his service games in amazingly powerful fashion. I never would have guessed he would ultimately lose that set and the match.
 

TTMR

Hall of Fame
My favourite forehand of all time. Shame that tennis is a sport where the body typically fails you by 30.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Hard worker too. Got a lot out of his game. Hope to see him around the tennis scene in the future.

Great career. 11 titles, at least QFs at all the Slams, including SFs at French Open, and AO final. Olympic gold, silver, and bronze. Wins over a lot of great players. High rank of 5. A couple of YEC apperances.


Would have loved to see him play in the FO final, but he squandered that lead to Soderling in the SFs. Too bad.
 
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