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El Aynaoui really close to his best at 36!!

pete25
04-19-2007, 09:23 PM
Very very impressive !
Doha: he def. Johansson 7/6 7/6 and loses to Ljubo 6/3 6-4.
Dubai: he loses to Davydenko: 6/7 7/5 7/5 !!
Oujda future: title won so easily !!
Davis Cup: 2 straight sets wins against Denmark:)
Napoli CH 100 K (clay): def. Voinea, Kubot, Gulbis and Cuevas before losing to Starace in the final :clap:
Casablanca CH (clay): def. Zverev: 7/6 6/2 and loses to Dlhouhy 6/2 7/6 :o
Marrakech CH 100 K (clay): in the semis now after destroying C. Rochus:
6/0 6/2, Tipsarevic: 6/1 6/4 and Vanek 6/2 6/3.
Too impressive especially in his service games.
Really convincing concerning his physical conditions :worship:
Before Marrakech, he was 167 th in the Rankings.
Plus he has a WC for the Casablanca ATP Event next week.
He can do some collateral damage ! Go Younes and why not the main draw in the french (probable for me :) )

R.Federer
04-19-2007, 09:26 PM
He is 36? A longer career than Andre's, who would have thought?

SwiSha
04-19-2007, 09:40 PM
Younes is a legend

Horatio Caine
04-19-2007, 09:56 PM
I love watching this man play :rocker: Was a pleasure seeing what he was capable of in Doha earlier this year.

An ambassador for the sport :yeah:

JBdV
04-19-2007, 10:34 PM
Younes :worship:

jazar
04-19-2007, 10:35 PM
he has always had such a fantastic fluid backhand

Burrow
04-19-2007, 11:04 PM
he is the man!!!!

Jimnik
04-19-2007, 11:05 PM
I believe he is, has and always will play purely for the fun of the game. Such a joy to watch. :worship:

Kitty de Sade
04-19-2007, 11:08 PM
He's wonderful- good to hear news on him. Please add more if you find it! :)

Merton
04-20-2007, 02:23 AM
One of the great guys, I hope he enjoys himself.

Kolya
04-20-2007, 02:28 AM
Keep on playing Younes.

azza
04-20-2007, 04:54 AM
36!:eek: i thought he was in his early 30's!

GlennMirnyi
04-20-2007, 04:55 AM
Younes is the man, such a good player and a great persona. :hatoff:

Bilbo
04-20-2007, 04:57 AM
this younes is good

GlennMirnyi
04-20-2007, 05:01 AM
this younes is good

I bet this one takes your grandma to a third set TB, eh? ;)

mandoura
04-20-2007, 06:26 AM
I believe he is, has and always will play purely for the fun of the game. Such a joy to watch. :worship:

Yup, my feelings exactly.

Bibberz
04-20-2007, 06:48 AM
He's the man. I'd love to see him play Guga. Two of the most endearing players of all time right there.

Action Jackson
04-20-2007, 07:14 AM
Younes has missed a total of 4 years in his career through injury and also wasn't sure whether he would make it as a pro at all, he has done very well considering all the setbacks, but that hasn't got him down at all.

cobalt60
04-20-2007, 01:34 PM
Not only fun to watch play and in practice but truly one of the nicest players to his fans. :worship: He definitely needs to stay around the international scene even after he retires in some sort of ambassador role.

Forehander
04-20-2007, 01:53 PM
he had a good match against roddick in australian open =D I loved it, i was one of the crowd there.

cobalt60
04-20-2007, 01:57 PM
he had a good match against roddick in australian open =D I loved it, i was one of the crowd there.

A very very long match. :p

Voo de Mar
04-20-2007, 02:24 PM
Yeah, a man from my avatar :rocker:

Voo de Mar
04-20-2007, 02:24 PM
___________

pete25
04-20-2007, 08:45 PM
Well Younes continues his good run in the 100 K Marrakech Challenger. He qualified for the final thanks to another easy win against Troicki: 6-4 6-2.
He's playing Peter Luczak tomorrow in the final. Go Younes !

MisterQ
04-20-2007, 11:18 PM
The man of vowels continues to impress. :yeah:

safinaferrero
04-20-2007, 11:22 PM
sir Youneca allah ihanek!!!!!!

pete25
04-21-2007, 09:54 AM
El Aynaoui's final in Moroccan television (RTM) at 16h30 european time.

SwiSha
04-21-2007, 10:20 AM
he should handle Luczak as well

vamos Younes you legend

Experimentee
04-21-2007, 01:05 PM
Good luck Younes, you can get back in the top 50 again! :yeah:

SwiSha
04-21-2007, 05:19 PM
6-2 6-4 Younes

well done my man

pete25
04-21-2007, 05:41 PM
Congrats Younes. Now teach them a lesson in the Casablanca ATP Event.
Good luck champion :)

Bilbo
04-21-2007, 06:10 PM
Younes :yeah:

Voo de Mar
04-21-2007, 06:26 PM
:banana: Younes has already won 14 Challengers in career:

93 - Porto
94 - Agadir
95 - Geneva & Syracuse
97 - Guadalajara
98 - Ulm, Contrexville, Schevenningen, Szczecin, Oporto & Buenos Aires
99 - Ulm & Caracas
07 - Marrakech

pete25
04-21-2007, 07:52 PM
plus 5 ATP Titles:
1999: Amsterdam;
2001: Bucarest;
2002: Doha, Casablanca and Munich.

Wow his last challenger victory goes back 8 years ago !!!!
It could be fantastic if he wins the ATP Title in Casablanca next week!

Greg-Pete fan
04-21-2007, 08:11 PM
El Aynaoui achievements during Grand Slam tournaments:

QF at Australian Open (2000,2003)
4R at Roland Garros (1995,2000)
QF at U.S. Open (2002,2003)

Chris Seahorse
04-21-2007, 10:37 PM
Great thread this. Nice to list Younes's biggest achievements. The Grand Slam Quarterfinals, the tournament wins etc.

Here is something else. This is a list all the matches Younes played between October 28th 2003 and May 3rd 2005. You will notice that Younes did not have a great deal of success during this period. Infact, due mostly to injuries, worst of which was to his ankle, Younes El Aynaoui did not win a single match in this period of 18+ months.

Take a real good look at this list of defeats, because it says more about Younes El Aynaoui than any of his victories. It is a pretty disheartening list actually. 13 matches played over 18 months. All loses. Injuries preventing Younes from playing anymore than those matches. Of those 13 matches three he was unable to complete, 4 others he failed to win more than 3 games.

Okay now, put yourself in Younes's place as of the beginning of May 2005. You are almost 34 years old. You have not won a match of any kind in the last 18 months. You have suffered a severe ankle injury as well as futher setbacks resulting in intermittent time off the tour. And in all this time there has hardly been a glimmer of hope for better things to come. Indeed your last match was a poor 6-0 6-2 defeat to Filipo Volandri.

What would you do? I think it is fair to say at least 999 out of a thousand would recognize at their age having suffered so many injuries continuing to play tennis professionally was futile. It had been fun, you had a great career made a decent amount of money and now it was time to think of what else to do with ones life. I know that is what I would have decided. Actually I would almost certainly have decided that considerably before May 2005.

Younes El Aynaoui however is made of much sterner stuff. He is that one guy in a thousand who against all common sense, when everything looked against him refused to quit the game he loved. Now almost two years from the bleak situation of May 2005, Younes is back playing the kind of tennis it shouldn't really be possible for a man of his age to be playing. Incredibly he now threatens to once again return to being among the top 100 elite tennis players. One can tell alot by what a person achieves but how a person handles the tough times and overcomes them says even more. If there is a current tennis player with a bigger heart and more courage I don't know him.

Paris 28.10.2003
Hicham Arazi def. Younes El Aynaoui 4-6 6-3 1-2 ret.

Doha 06.01.2004
(WC)Nicolas Escude def. (6)Younes El Aynaoui 6-3 6-0

Australian Open 19.01.2004
Galo Blanco def. (18)Younes El Aynaoui 4-1 ret.

Cincinnati 03.08.2004
(5) Tim Henman def. Younes El Aynaoui 6-1 6-0

Athens Olympics 16.08.2004
Dominik Hrbaty def. Younes El Aynaoui 6-3 6-4

U.S. Open 30.08.2004
(21)Taylor Dent def. Younes El Aynaoui 6-1 2-1 ret.

Dubai 21.02.2005
Rainer Schuettler def. Younes El Aynaoui 6-0 6-1

Miami 23.03.2005
Irakli Labadze def. Younes El Aynaoui 6-4 1-6 6-1

Casablanca 05.04.2005
(2)Filippo Volandri def. (WC)Younes El Aynaoui 6-3 7-6(5)

Monte Carlo 12.04.2005
Albert Montanes def. Younes El Aynaoui 6-1 6-3

Barcelona 19.04.2005
Alberto Martin def. Younes El Aynaoui 6-4 6-3

Davis Cup, Group 1, 2R, ITA-MAR 25.04.2005
Filippo Volandri def. Younes El Aynaoui 6-2 6-4 6-1

Rome 03.05.2005
Filippo Volandri def. Younes El Aynaoui 6-0 6-2

cobalt60
04-22-2007, 02:06 AM
To reply to Chris :yeah: It is nice to see a thread like this on GM, isn't it?
I would not expect anything less from him at this point. Afterall, he had a late and a hard start in pro tennis too. And when he does retire I bet he will do it with grace and class.

wcr
04-22-2007, 02:58 AM
A few years back when he was crowding 75 years of age, Alan Greenspan reported that at his current rate of improvement, he would be ready for the tour at age 100.

This is great news for El Aynaoui who is making top progress at age 36.

Chris Seahorse
04-22-2007, 03:40 AM
To reply to Chris :yeah: It is nice to see a thread like this on GM, isn't it?
I would not expect anything less from him at this point. Afterall, he had a late and a hard start in pro tennis too. And when he does retire I bet he will do it with grace and class.

Well it sure beats threads speculating on whether or not Gasquet is gay or stating the doubles players suck anyway. :lol:

pete25
04-22-2007, 08:08 PM
Great post (the long one) Chris !
Well I guess you already know that Younes was a Top 50 player in 1994 !!!

pete25
04-22-2007, 08:22 PM
And that a bad injury unabled him to play in 1996 and 1997. His 1st comeback was in May or June 1998 when he was the king of clay challengers with 7 titles and an 8-6 fifth set win in the final of the kind of masters cup against Jim Courier !!!!!!!!!

Vass
04-22-2007, 09:53 PM
No. this is not even close to his best, unfortunately. But it's hard not to support him.

Chris Seahorse
04-22-2007, 10:08 PM
And that a bad injury unabled him to play in 1996 and 1997. His 1st comeback was in May or June 1998 when he was the king of clay challengers with 7 titles and an 8-6 fifth set win in the final of the kind of masters cup against Jim Courier !!!!!!!!!

Sure, Younes has had to come back from serious injury several times. But to come back from injury at 27 is one thing. To start a comeback at 34 after 18 months like he had that is something else. His 1st tour level tournament was in Morocco 17 years ago by the way.

BlakeorHenman
04-22-2007, 11:46 PM
Not to take away from his achievements, but losing in straight sets to Dlouhy is definitely not a sign that he is even near his best - which is arguably the marathon with Roddick at the Aus Open in '03.

Chris Seahorse
04-23-2007, 12:27 AM
Not to take away from his achievements, but losing in straight sets to Dlouhy is definitely not a sign that he is even near his best - which is arguably the marathon with Roddick at the Aus Open in '03.

Ok the thread creator exaggerated a bit. Younes is also 4 and a half months from actually being 36 too. But he does look likely to be spending his 36th birthday in the world's top 100, and how many 36 year olds can you name in the top 100. :)

almouchie
04-23-2007, 09:04 AM
great to know he is playing
& doing well too
he is always a joy to watch
should play RG main draw
a threat no less