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Should Guga retire?

After two hip surgeries, it appears that Guga is finished. He is one of my all time favorite players, but I fear his two surgeries have effectively ended his career...much like Magnus Norman. Losing to Coria was the latest first round loss...what a shame...what do you think? Retire or challengers? I know that he will soon not receive wild cards and may have to start qualifying for tourneys...
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I think he'll be playing a while longer, but if he hasn't made much headway by this time next year he'll probably retire.

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Re: Should Guga retire?

I do not think so. he should keep trying look at Mariano Puerta Mariano is the best example of a great and difficult comeback
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I feel terrible that injuries have taken away so much from Guga. He is such a good guy and a great talent. If I were him, I would retire, but that is easier said than done.
Perhaps he could somehow continue and improve, but it is so hard when the body fails
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I think it's tragic that Guga is doing do badly - but if he still wants to compete and enjoys what he is doing then that is up to him. He shouldn't retire until he feels it is the right thing for him to do.

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Re: Should Guga retire?

No he shouldn't, if he's still enjoying competing why not? The guy is a legend and deserves better than to be ridiculed because his ranking has slipped so far, as some on here have done.
He's 288 in the world but just a couple of results on HC, because the points down there are so tight, could see him launch his way up.

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No he shouldn't, if he's still enjoying competing why not?
Exactly, if he enjoys it he should keep competing

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Re: Should Guga retire?

What does he say about this?
As a fan you're certainly better informed than we are, I haven't read an interview of Guga for a while. Why doesn't he play a few challengers to get some wins under his belt? And is he completely painfree now?
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Re: Should Guga retire?

I think he should go the challenger route...he must get his confidence back...I will never forget 2001...where he was #1 for basically the whole year...made it to the quarters of the U.S. Open...and then got blasted by that loser Kafelnikov in the quarters...I think that match was the beginning of the end...he played too much hard court tennis up to the Open...and effectively destroyed his long term career...what a shame
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Re: Should Guga retire?

Poor Guga.

I guess as long as he still enjoys competing, he should keep trying
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Re: Should Guga retire?

The real question...is he really enjoying it? It really seems that over the last few years, he has had some real chances to get back into big time tennis...a win over #2 seed Safin at the U.S. Open, a win over Federer at the French last year...and then proceeded to choke in subsequent rounds...One only gets a certain amount of chances to comeback...I fear he has run out of the proverbial nine lives...
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Re: Should Guga retire?

I really hope he won't retire, tennis needs players like him. He's a great player and can come back. It's always sad to see former top players in that situation due to injuries. And, he's not the only player who may end his carreer like that...

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he should play a full year next year, see how he goes before making a decision. But his form does look grim at the moment
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thats up to him really

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Re: Should Guga retire?

Not really. However, he should play some challengers to be back.

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