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Raemon Sluiter picks up racket again

tennistard
11-25-2008, 04:52 PM
Raemon Sluiter (30) is gonna retire from retirement. He retired from professional tennis 9 months ago.
He will anounce it officially tomorrow, wednesday, at a press conference.
Until last week he was the coach of fellow Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker.

CooCooCachoo
11-25-2008, 05:24 PM
Wow, I didn't expect him to come back.

Good luck Raemon :rocker: Great guy, and a great personality on the court too. To be honest, I don't think he'll get much higher than Challenger-level, but I wish him all the best.

Yves.
11-25-2008, 05:25 PM
Come on Raemon! Play in Rotterdam, I might see you there again!

Sunset of Age
11-25-2008, 05:53 PM
Well that surely is unexpected news!

Does anyone know more about why he wants to make a come-back?

DartMarcus
11-25-2008, 05:59 PM
Haven`t seen him playing for couple of years. Great decision to try comeback and good luck Raemon!!!

Horatio Caine
11-25-2008, 06:35 PM
Agree with Martijn...I think he will find it very difficult (more so with the new rankings changes etc) to make any notable impact at the top (e.g. top 100) anymore.

Nevertheless, I wish him all the best...a nice guy, and his "unorthodox" approach makes for interesting viewing. :yeah:

Klaas_nalbandian
11-25-2008, 06:50 PM
Didn't expect it but good luck hopefully he can give us some fine matches, but I doubt if he can make a comeback into the top 100

alfonsojose
11-25-2008, 09:00 PM
The sexiest thing ever to hold a racquet :drool: Come back to me, babe :lick:

fast_clay
11-25-2008, 09:02 PM
nice player...

was at his retirement match in februray... wow... probably go back and see him again... :lol:

TankingTheSet
11-25-2008, 09:08 PM
Someone should post a youtube clip of Sluiter hitting a forehand.

It doesn't look quite like you would expect. ;)

Voo de Mar
11-25-2008, 09:40 PM
I don't like those retirements from retirement ;) Sluiter had a decent farewell after loss in Rotterdam to Llodra.

ryan23
11-25-2008, 09:51 PM
He may aswell put it back down again

Yves.
11-25-2008, 10:00 PM
Someone should post a youtube clip of Sluiter hitting a forehand.

It doesn't look quite like you would expect. ;)

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Nathaliia
11-25-2008, 10:06 PM
I think he just wants to travel around and finds himself competitive enough to hang on challenger tour. Nothing wrong with that.

TankingTheSet
11-25-2008, 10:10 PM
:yeah: Very nice clip Yves. Worthy of tennis technique textbook/course. :lol:

CooCooCachoo
11-26-2008, 07:54 AM
:yeah: Very nice clip Yves. Worthy of tennis technique textbook/course. :lol:

It's not that unusual. There are quite a few players hitting double-handed on both sides. Watching Gambill will give you the same impression.

Scotso
11-26-2008, 08:07 AM
I don't like those retirements from retirement ;) Sluiter had a decent farewell after loss in Rotterdam to Llodra.

Retirements from retirement are my favorite! So many people from the glory days are long gone. :sad: More of them should be encouraged to come back a la Brenda S-M, et. al. :D

TankingTheSet
11-26-2008, 08:37 AM
It's not that unusual. There are quite a few players hitting double-handed on both sides. Watching Gambill will give you the same impression.

I haven't seen much challenger or lower-ranked players, I guess it's more common there. But certainly among say top-80 players that are likely to see on TV it's very rare or almost non-existent. You mentioned Gambill, who has been away from the limelight quite a while, I think his peak was before I came to follow tennis closely so I never saw him play.

Julio
11-26-2008, 09:02 AM
(...) To be honest, I don't think he'll get much higher than Challenger-level... (...)

That's true. :lol:

CooCooCachoo
11-26-2008, 09:54 AM
I haven't seen much challenger or lower-ranked players, I guess it's more common there. But certainly among say top-80 players that are likely to see on TV it's very rare or almost non-existent. You mentioned Gambill, who has been away from the limelight quite a while, I think his peak was before I came to follow tennis closely so I never saw him play.

Gene Mayer (and Monica Seles) used to hit it double-handed as well.

Fabrice Santoro is the most famous player still doing it. Ilija Bozoljac, Julian Knowle, Jeff Coetzee too. And Marion Bartoli, Ayumi Morita, Zi Yan, Arantxa Parra Santonja, Shuai Peng & Aiko Nakamura are some that come to mind on the women's side.

In general, I think it is much more common among Asian players, especially female ones.

Voo de Mar
11-26-2008, 10:02 AM
:yeah: Very nice clip Yves. Worthy of tennis technique textbook/course. :lol:

Very strange grip at the forehand, actually he plays backhand from both sides ;) Gambill has the same technique...

Gambill's backhand from the right side at Australian Open 2004

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=112707&d=1172196698

Gambill's backhand from the left side at Australian Open 2005

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=113014&d=1172229886

Klaas_nalbandian
11-26-2008, 01:12 PM
Raemon experienced that playing tennis is the nicest thing to do. Coaching Thiemo and having a company with John v Lottum was nice but playing tennis is the best.
His girlfriend, olympic gold medal winner in hockey, will join him several times to tournaments which was important in his deciscion.

He will play his first tournament around march so he won't play Rotterdam. He isn't ready for such a level but his goal is to come back in the top 100. Raemon is looking for a tennis coach and hasn't got a timeschedule or something like that. He also needs to lose some weight.

The reason of retiring in the first place were beceause he was fed up with all the travelling and his little niece was very sick. Family issues always affect Raemon