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Michel Kratochvil announces his retirement

maldini
10-24-2007, 01:59 PM
Here the text from SF (Swiss television):

Rücktritt von Michel Kratochvil
Michel Kratochvil hat am Rande der Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel den Rücktritt vom Spitzensport erklärt. Der 28-jährige Berner erlitt letzte Woche beim Challenger-Turnier in Andrézieux (Fr) erneut eine Verletzung im linken Knie.

In den ersten Tagen nach der Verletzung habe er gehofft, es handle sich "nur" um einen Kreuzbandriss. "Es hat sich aber herausgestellt, dass es eine Knorpelabsplitterung ist, die wieder eine mehrmonatige Pause nach sich zieht", sagte Kratochvil. Die Operation findet im November in Bern statt. Es wird der sechste Eingriff sein, den Kratochvil seit 2003 im linken Knie über sich ergehen lassen muss.

Während über zweieinhalb Jahren haben Verletzungen und Krankheiten den früheren Eishockey-U18-Internationalen von den Courts ferngehalten. In diesem Jahr hat Kratochvil den Versuch unternommen, den Anschluss nochmals zu schaffen. Auf der ATP-Tour hat er die Qualifikation nie überstanden; das beste Resultat war der Vorstoss in die Viertelfinals beim Challenger-Turnier von New Orleans im September.

Kratochvils Palmarès ist weniger umfangreich als seine Gesundheitsbulletins. Im Zenit seiner Karriere war er im Juli 2002 aber immerhin die Nummer 35 der Welt gewesen und somit nach Heinz Günthardt, Claudio Mezzadri, Jakob Hlasek, Marc Rosset und Roger Federer der sechste Schweizer, der in die Top 40 vorstiess. Kurz zuvor hatte er in Wimbledon die Achtelfinals erreicht und war dort knapp und in fünf Sätzen an Tim Henman gescheitert. Einen Titel auf der ATP-Tour hat Kratochvil nie gewonnen, 2001 stand er in Schanghai und in Tokio im Final.



briefly in English:
Kratochvil announced in Basel his retirement because he's suffering from another knee injury since Andrezieux. It would again have lasted several months until he would have been able to play again. He will be operated in November, his sixth operation on the left knee since 2003 :sad:


Farewell Michel and good luck for the rest of your life :wavey:

keqtqiadv
10-24-2007, 02:01 PM
:tears: :sad:

Kolya
10-24-2007, 02:06 PM
Its a great shame, when I saw him coming up the rankings, I thought he could have been a very good player.

Just shows how unlucky some people are.

R.Federer
10-24-2007, 02:48 PM
Auf Wiedershen.....

CooCooCachoo
10-24-2007, 02:51 PM
Oh no :sobbing: :sad: :sobbing:

Michel :sobbing: :hug:

I was so happy he came back this year, and I am grateful that I got to see him play again at Wimbledon against Marc López. This is really horrible for the guy :hug: :sad:

Good luck in your life after tennis, Michel :wavey:

adee-gee
10-24-2007, 02:56 PM
Sad news for Switzerland, Stan the man is left to carry their hopes on his own for the next few years.

All the best in your post-tennis life :)

scarecrows
10-24-2007, 03:34 PM
so unlucky, he tried many times to come back but not meant to be

LeChuck
10-24-2007, 03:43 PM
He was a runner-up at 2 events in 3 weeks, at Shanghai and Tokyo, in 2001, and it was a shame that he couldn't win an ATP Title. He reached the last 16 at Wimbledon in 2002, and during his 4th round match he was leading Henman by 2 sets to 1 at one stage I think.
Good luck to Michel with his life beyond tennis.

Voo de Mar
10-24-2007, 04:06 PM
It's sad that a player who is only 28 must have retired from tennis :(

scoobs
10-24-2007, 04:15 PM
Sad news for him and best wishes in his post-tennis career.

Wasn't he the next Federer before Federer came along?

Goes to show that for all the Federers and Nadals who make it, there's a bunch who get injured, get unlucky, and never manage it.

Fee
10-24-2007, 06:45 PM
This is sad. I kept hoping he would come back from all those injuries, he seemed so stylish. :sad:

Jelena
10-26-2007, 06:17 PM
:sad: I will always remember him as the only swiss I know who speaks such a good German (and I mean German German) that you could put him into Hamburg and wouldn't perceive he's actually Swiss. But don't put him with Swiss people! :bolt: (Interpreters, where are you?? :angel:)

Lee
10-26-2007, 06:33 PM
:sad: :sad: Michel.

Action Jackson
10-28-2007, 04:40 AM
All the best in retirement Michel, too bad serious injuries prevented him from achieving to the best of his abilities.