Marcelo Ríos playing a 50k Challenger in Columbus, Jan 2019.

Nostradamus

Talk Tennis Guru
#2
For anybody interested in this talented former world number 1, he has requested a wild card to play at a 50k Challenger this Jan in Columbus, OH, at the age of 43.

Cool to hopefully see him again on the courts.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pu...9/challenger-columbus-rivales-chino-rios.html

Says right there that he "wants to feel alive".

Heck yeah.
I think he is making a comeback to win that elusive major that he never won. he is known as the BEST player that has never won a major title.
 

BGod

Hall of Fame
#9
LOL................... Rios blows away all 4 those guys talents put together summed up. Rios is that talented
Right. YE# 2, 9, 10 and 1 Slam run past quarters. ONE. His 3 Masters victories in 98 saw a walkover and Greg Rusedski btw.

Nalbandian
Semifinal at all 4 Slams. YE Top 9 five consecutive years. WTF title.

Soderling
Only man to beat prime Nadal on clay. END.

Todd Martin
Semifinals at 3 Slams, lost to Sampras and Agassi twice each on those runs.

Ferrer maybe not prime but career-wise it's a riot.
 

Nostradamus

Talk Tennis Guru
#10
Right. YE# 2, 9, 10 and 1 Slam run past quarters. ONE. His 3 Masters victories in 98 saw a walkover and Greg Rusedski btw.

Nalbandian
Semifinal at all 4 Slams. YE Top 9 five consecutive years. WTF title.

Soderling
Only man to beat prime Nadal on clay. END.

Todd Martin
Semifinals at 3 Slams, lost to Sampras and Agassi twice each on those runs.

Ferrer maybe not prime but career-wise it's a riot.
he will blow away nalbandian and martin playing 2 on 1. and Soderling might have a chance only cause he has a huge serve. but if he is off he too will get blown away
 
#11
You know, it was just special to watch him play. You could see that he wasn't even trying. Not necessarily a good thing, but hell, watching him on the court was certainly special while I was growing up and I would pay money to see him today.
 
#12
43 is pushing it and looks like he's carrying a ton of unnecessary muscle. and i doubt he's put on any height during his hiatus. clip of him hitting while standing still doesn't say much. racket control though seems to be the last thing to go (mac, fed) though so let's see. reasonable prediction? wins some pretty points but not as many as his opponents.

this somewhat dour forecast coming from a big rios fan btw. although the point above on his overall record is well taken...one slam run past quarterfinals? i didn't remember that, but, yikes. anyway will be cool to see what happens. would be insane if he worked his way into an atp draw.
 

BGod

Hall of Fame
#20
Poor Henman (6 semis, including 4x at W) never gets any credit.
I certainly give him credit but he was the quintessential also-ran, even at lower tier tournaments.

Then you have context.

2004 USO: Hard fought for sure with three 5 setters and two down 1-2 but he faced 2 qualifiers and 4th round opponent retired after winning 4th set.
2004 FO: Came back from 0-2 down twice but really shouldn't have been in that position 1st round opponent and WC in 4th round. Again no seeded players and got 22nd in quarters.
2002 WMB: Real fortunate draw nearly lost in 4th
2001 WMB: Definitely should have beat Goran but I'd favour Rafter in the final
1999 WMB: Pioline in quarters no slouch but marathon match against Courier's last Slam appearance goes 2 ways. Again not a particularly tough draw.
1998 WMB: By far best run. Beat Black, #6 Rafter and #3 Korda. Maybe wins it all if not for Pete.
 
#24
Anyone know what's the deal with Rios?
I don't see him in the draw.
Didnt get a wc into Columbus...I hope he gets it somewhere else. I would love to see this guy play again, even if its futures or against Suresh at the local park.

Lol at all the Rios hate he gets. This guy was world #1, won multiple Masters titles and was one of the most talented players to touch a racquet.

Yes he had a terrible attitude but at least he was himself and didn't pretend to be something he wasn't. Nothing says you can't just enjoy someone's game and not want to be their best friend.
 
#26
I saw a video of the exhibition that he played against Nicolas Lapentti and I wasn't impressed at all by his level of playing, pretty poor for an ex-pro willing to play an official ITF event.

And he looks as arrogant as ever. He was a great player but seems to be a real a****ole, at least in public. Pity.

I was a stringer for one of the tournaments he was in, that was Lyon in 1998. Not the nicest guy that I had ever met.
 
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Devilito

Hall of Fame
#32
maybe his bad attitude is coming back to haunt him.. nobody wants to do him any favors.. if it was any other former #1 player i assume they would get one?
lol no. It's because he'd be lucky to win a strong Open level tournament the way he's playing now. He has zero shot of winning a round at a futures. A challenger would be a complete waste of time for his opponent. That is the real reason why he was denied a wild card.
 

BGod

Hall of Fame
#34
lol no. It's because he'd be lucky to win a strong Open level tournament the way he's playing now. He has zero shot of winning a round at a futures. A challenger would be a complete waste of time for his opponent. That is the real reason why he was denied a wild card.
This Columbus Challenger had de Bakker as the #1 seed (243) and Serdarusic as 10th lost his match. Rios could definetly get a bunch of games off these guys. Common now. I mean, sure maybe a 6-3, 6-2 line but whatever his first match back.
 
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