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Alberto Berasategui

Remember Alberto? What happened to him? He stopped in 2000 but he was only 27, was he injured? He won 7 titles in 1994 and reached the French final the same year (beating Pioline, Goran, Wayne and Yevgeny) when he was just 20. After that he won a 6 more titles over 4 years but never got past the 4th round at the French again. He had that weird grip that meant he hit the backhand on the same side of the racquet, as well as being kinda cute! He just sort of disappeared without much news. I am surprised he never did more after his amazing 1994. Does anyone know why he retired so early or where he is now?
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I heard that he works for his parents property management company.
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All I know is that he got married in 1999 and quit tennis a few months later. I am sure there was a baby too - although i'm not 100% I think if I remember correctly he retired due to injury. Its been a while so my memory is mirky. But yeah, shame he didn't do more but what he did was great I'm sure 1994 will go down as his best year of memories - from a professional side of things that is

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thanks for bringing up alberto; i'm new to this forum and i was berasategui's biggest fan when i was 11 years old. i used to try to copy his unorthodox grip (to say the least) but all it did was hurt my wrists. remember he beat agassi over five at the australian? that was such a great achievement, especially as he was always what snobs like to call a 'clay-court specialist'. (hey, playing on grass and indoors is so much simpler; just hit a big serve and you're done). after he got married he slipped down the rankings quite rapidly, he was always around the 13th-18th spot for about 4 years straight, and was always great fun to watch. i miss that li'l guy... and i suppose, he was quite cute, in a funny way.
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All I know is that he got married in 1999 and quit tennis a few months later. I am sure there was a baby too - although i'm not 100% I think if I remember correctly he retired due to injury.
Yes he did retire from injury.

Here's an article on it - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/1318268.stm

Berasategui retires aged 27

Spain's Alberto Berasategui has announced his retirement from professional tennis at the age of just 27.

The clay court specialist and former world number seven won $4.6m over his 10-year career, reaching the 1994 French Open final and winning 14 singles and doubles titles.

The decision comes after a wild card entry at Barcelona last month resulted in a first round defeat.

Berasategui bowed to the inevitable after repetitive injuries kept him from training and a string of young Spanish stars entered the professional circuit
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DiscoCowboy, I definitely do remember that match he played against Andre at the Australian. It was a night match because it was on live here in the morning and he came back from 2 sets down. It was a brilliant fightback and toally unexpected. Glad to hear he is happy these days. He certainly had a lot to be proud of in his career as he was a small guy in tennis terms and he had that exaggerated grip but he really made the most of himself, especially in 1994.
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Alberto also beat Rafter at the Aus Open and he was a friendly and affable personality, and left a mark with that unique forehand.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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I have no idea how he played with that forehand... his wrist must be mutated now, or something.

I saw him play last at '98 US Open, in a pretty ugly match vs. Muster.
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I have no idea how he played with that forehand... his wrist must be mutated now, or something.

I saw him play last at '98 US Open, in a pretty ugly match vs. Muster.
It's not that difficult actually to hit that forehand, the hardest thing is the timing, but once it hits the sweetspot it's so hard for the opponent to read the shot. I remember making a muppet out of Courier in one of their matches, as he couldn't read the shots.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Maybe once you get used to it, it's not so bad... but, I don't know how he got so much racket speed with it.
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Maybe once you get used to it, it's not so bad... but, I don't know how he got so much racket speed with it.
Timing and the wrist snap that went up the back of the ball and he had heavy spin and well as power. It was fun when he killed short balls as the deception made it such a good shot on the clay.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Here's some pictures of him hitting the forehand. It looks so exaggerated but certainly was effective.





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The 3rd and 4th pic make me cringe.
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Thank you for the pics.....Alberto,one of the illest "westerngrippers" ever.....
His grip is too crazy

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