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Martin Verkerk (30) quits

Martin Verkerk quits playing professional tennis. He currently is the number 263 of the world.
2003 and 2004 were his prime years, with of course the final of Ronald Garros (2003) as a highlight.
On Dutch tv he explained that he doesn't believe anymore that it's possible to enter the top 100 again. That's why he doesn't want to invest (time. money) anymore in being a tennis pro. Earlier this year, in july, he got injured again.

Too bad he only managed to do well on the big stage during RG 2003. He was a fun player to watch; expressive, volatile and genuinely amazed when he produced a superb shot.

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He managed to go out in style, with two consecutive 'no shows' in challenger draws last month.

But his come-back this year wasn't a complete failure, at least he tried and he did win a challenger and futures, probably more than most expected.


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At least he won Athens CH. I am so dissapointed in these players that do this. Is it a Benelux thing? Sluiter, Verkerk, Henin, Clijsters, Kremer?

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Well his career virtually finished in the summer of 2004 when he got injured. After that he got other serious problems as well I think (psychological and related effects). His come-back was pretty admirable in the circumstances I think.


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At least he won Athens CH. I am so dissapointed in these players that do this. Is it a Benelux thing? Sluiter, Verkerk, Henin, Clijsters, Kremer?
Why are u disappointed?U can`t comapare Verkerk with Henin or Clijsters.They retired from tennis for different reasons.Verkerk gave all he could but if his injuries kept him out of the tennis circuit there is little he could have done.
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Martin Ververk will always be for me the guy who stopped Coria on clay at Roland Garros, in 2003. It's maybe just a fact but that's how Juanqui won his fluke slam.
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Martin Ververk will always be for me the guy who stopped Coria on clay at Roland Garros, in 2003. It's maybe just a fact but that's how Juanqui won his fluke slam.
How can Ferrero's title have been a fluke? The guy was the most consistent clay player for a very long time and totally deserved that title. I really can't see how it was a fluke.
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How can Ferrero's title have been a fluke? The guy was the most consistent clay player for a very long time and totally deserved that title. I really can't see how it was a fluke.
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Martin Ververk will always be for me the guy who stopped Coria on clay at Roland Garros, in 2003. It's maybe just a fact but that's how Juanqui won his fluke slam.
Agree with Caio_Brasil. Also, Coria had yet to hit his peak. Ferrero dismissed him easily in the Monte Carlo final that year.

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Verkerk only 30 years old... wow!

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I was waiting for his regular comeback to ATP tour.

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Well his career virtually finished in the summer of 2004 when he got injured. After that he got other serious problems as well I think (psychological and related effects). His come-back was pretty admirable in the circumstances I think.
I agree. He worked really hard to try to get back on tour. I admire that work ethic and respect his determination. It's a shame that he didnt make it all the way back, and I'm sure this was a tough decision for him. I wish him all the best as he moves on to a new life.

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Agree with Caio_Brasil. Also, Coria had yet to hit his peak. Ferrero dismissed him easily in the Monte Carlo final that year.
Exactly, Coria managed four games against Ferrero in the MC final, so given the bigger occasion of a Slam final, I doubt the result would have been different, though it would certainly have been more competitive. We know full well which year was Coria's missed opportunity.

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Re: Martin Verkerk (30) quits

I've never been a Verkerk fan, as the guy always seemed to think way too highly of himself, but he was a talented player who I did have respect for. The Roland Garros final was an amazing accomplishment, and I remember following it with awe.

I guess his retirement can be seen as a combination of injury problems and his attitude towards the game; throughout the years it has become clear that he does not consider player Challengers much of a career. Even though this season, when he did play, was actually not that bad, there was never a sign of him making it back to the Top 100, so given that it is a logical choice.

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He managed to succeed on clay with an attacking game style. Kudos to him.
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