Should these players retire?

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
Cilic, Del Potro, Wawrinka, and a few others are well past their prime. Watching Cilic today I honestly felt sorry for him. Sure he's still making good money but there's no way any of these 3 are going to win the big titles any longer. I'm certain they love the game, and it's hard to let go but sometimes it is just good sense to know when to say good bye.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Cilic, Del Potro, Wawrinka, and a few others are well past their prime. Watching Cilic today I honestly felt sorry for him. Sure he's still making good money but there's no way any of these 3 are going to win the big titles any longer. I'm certain they love the game, and it's hard to let go but sometimes it is just good sense to know when to say good bye.
You’ve answered your own question. They’re not going to retire while still earning good money.
 

D-Lite

Professional
I think Cilic and Wawrinka are still both very capable of having another hot run of form, even if the past couple of years haven't made that totally apparent. I mean, all it takes is a couple of seeds to get knocked out early and draws open up massively. Look at the situation with Federer now, he was looking like a big fixture for Wimbledon and now it appears he will be coming back around the grass season. If this doesn't go to plan, he may not perform to the level we expect at Wimbledon, and given Cilic can play well there and Wawrinka is missing that sole slam, they will believe that given the right time anything can happen (I'm just using Federer as an example - no bias or shade intended). These 2 are back on tour full time now, so they'll be looking to get back to as close to top form as possible and start getting some consistency back. Obviously as and when the 'Next Gen' truly mature into their games and mental toughness hardens, this could become more tricky, but for now all the Next Gen are vulnerable especially when high pressure matches later in slams are encountered.
del Potro's issue is for him and his team to realistically pursue - if it were not possible for him to rehab and compete again, I'm sure he would retire. I believe he will do everything and more to make this his last significant injury and try and get a couple of years with quality form (and hopefully results) in before he retires. At this stage, I can't see him playing more than 2 or 3 more seasons, but we will have to see. Similar for Murray - perhaps he will be content to transition to doubles, even for a year or 2, but actually I think he will be aiming for another 2 or 3 more seasons with injuries not being such a factor.
 
Cilic is the 10th all-time leader in prize money and Wawrinka is the 6th, do you think these guys have real incentive to slow down right now? Also consider the fact that they're still relatively competitive and they don't have much incentive to stop at the moment.
 

onyxrose81

Hall of Fame
Cilic and Wawrinka are just...I don't even know how to explain them.

Del Potro should absolutely retire. He's never going to be able to consistently play and he's way too injured. Murray is the same; that hip is never going to be well enough for him to play singles and he jeopardized his chances of playing doubles as well.
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
IMO, neither Cilic nor Del Potro can have a big win again. I'd be shocked if they did. Wawrinka could win a 500 but a Masters or anything else is a stretch. His consistency has never been the same. I've always enjoyed him through the years but his best days are gone.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Why would you feel sorry for a guy who made 4.1 million dollars last year? Jimmy Connors knew he couldn't win big titles after the age of 33-34. but kept playing until he was 40 for myriad reasons (love of the game was one). You've also repeatedly called for Federer to retire. Why not allow these guys to play as long as they want to? :unsure: If the rationale to retire is not winning big titles, then every player should hang it up outside of the big 3, since nobody else (aside from Stan, Muzz and Cilic) have won a slam in the last 11 years. Cilic's won a slam and made two slam semis two years ago, which is better than anything the next gen has been able to do.
 

Third Serve

G.O.A.T.
Stan is currently ranked 16 in the world (and he had a solid shot at the top 10 at the AO). I think he'll hang around for a little while longer. Not sure about the others.
 

Roddick85

Hall of Fame
I think Stan still has a chance to win if the stars align. He's probably even more inconsistent then he was prior to knee surgery but then again he's always been a streaky type of player, so you never know. He had some solid showings at the FO & USO last year so I'm not sure you can totally rule him out just yet. With Del Potro, as much as I'd love to see him back I just wonder if it's worth it for him anymore given it could impact his long-term health, same with Murray.
 

r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
Cilic, Del Potro, Wawrinka, and a few others are well past their prime. Watching Cilic today I honestly felt sorry for him. Sure he's still making good money but there's no way any of these 3 are going to win the big titles any longer. I'm certain they love the game, and it's hard to let go but sometimes it is just good sense to know when to say good bye.
I don’t see nadal on your list?

@vive le beau jeu !
 
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