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Greg Rusedski planning a comeback to the ATP! (Except not)

adee-gee
01-24-2009, 12:15 AM
:eek:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7847927.stm

Former British number one Greg Rusedski is planning a comeback at the age of 35 after almost two years in retirement.

Rusedski is believed to be asking for wildcards into several ATP tournaments next month to get back into contention.

But he will not be considered for Britain's Davis Cup team for their next match against Ukraine in March.

"We talked about it and I thought about it and I called him up the next day and told him this was not the right time," GB captain John Lloyd told BBC Sport.

"I thanked him for desperately wanting to do it but I felt it was the time to move on with younger players."

Since retiring from tennis in April 2007, Rusedski has taken up a role at the Lawn Tennis Association to help identify and develop talented youngsters.

The Canadian-born former US Open finalist had dismissed rumours of a Davis Cup comeback in September.

But while Rusedski is said to be disappointed over his snub, Lloyd offered the big-serving left-hander encouraging signs for future Davis Cup matches.

"If he was still willing to play tournaments and play enough matches then maybe we could talk again," said Lloyd.

"You know what you're going to get with Greg, someone who's going to fight 110% for every point."
He's nuts :lol: on the plus side, at least it means us Brits won't have to listen to him commentate :banana:

Seriously though, it's a bold move. Good luck Greg :hatoff:

TMJordan
01-24-2009, 12:18 AM
The GOAT is coming back.

Vamos.

Andi-M
01-24-2009, 12:18 AM
Its not April 1st already is it?

ORGASMATRON
01-24-2009, 12:19 AM
:haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::h aha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::hah a::haha::haha::haha:
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahhahahah

Henry Chinaski
01-24-2009, 12:20 AM
the big-chinned tool might get a wc into surbiton qualies if he's lucky

Nathaliia
01-24-2009, 12:22 AM
Maybe he'll share the watch with Gooch and Boggo if fast clay is generous enough.

octatennis
01-24-2009, 12:25 AM
there you have your serve and volley again... are you fuckinn happy now?

Regenbogen
01-24-2009, 12:29 AM
oh god why :help: I wish players who retire would just stay retired.

crouching
01-24-2009, 12:31 AM
Yay! Our favourite clay god is back in action!

l_mac
01-24-2009, 12:33 AM
:eek:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7847927.stm


He's nuts :lol: on the plus side, at least it means us Brits won't have to listen to him commentate :banana:


This is a huge plus in my eyes!

:bounce: :bounce:

Good Luck Greg!!!

Ivanatis
01-24-2009, 12:35 AM
:eek:

KarlyM
01-24-2009, 12:52 AM
http://smilies.vidahost.com/contrib/tweetz/bigeek.gif

If this is actually for real, I hope he can really play and not make an a$$ out of himself. :scratch: Best of luck to him. :)

Allegretto
01-24-2009, 12:57 AM
He must have been watching Santoro's matches.

GlennMirnyi
01-24-2009, 01:07 AM
Boredo-killa is back. :D

philosophicalarf
01-24-2009, 01:17 AM
Yurrrgh, what a douchebag. He seriously thinks his all-serve/no-groundshots style will work on today's slower courts?

Arkulari
01-24-2009, 01:21 AM
people like DEL POTRO will slaughter him, don't ask what would the big four do :unsure: :lol:

Clydey
01-24-2009, 01:22 AM
This should resurrect tennis from the dead. My only concern is the size of Greg's chin. Running is difficult for him these days, what with his chin scraping the floor.

habibko
01-24-2009, 01:26 AM
is this for real? :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: sounds too surreal :confused:

Arkulari
01-24-2009, 01:28 AM
this sounds like Borg's wooden racquet comeback :haha: :haha:

Voo de Mar
01-24-2009, 01:42 AM
:o Rusedski was one of my faves but I don't think it's a wise decision.

Dupuis2006
01-24-2009, 01:44 AM
:eek:
Which Tournaments?

JimmyV
01-24-2009, 02:51 AM
This is sure to end well....

Lee
01-24-2009, 02:54 AM
Thanks but no thanks :p

green25814
01-24-2009, 03:01 AM
Thank god hes off the commentary :lol:

Mimi
01-24-2009, 03:15 AM
hahaha, my dear friend, Sampras was not Greg's nemesis, Greg was Sampras's piegons, he always beat Greg, Greg only beat him in the bullshit talk department :lol::nerner:
maybe hes arch nemesis sampras will be back also.

Voo de Mar
01-24-2009, 03:18 AM
hahaha, my dear friend, Sampras was not Greg's nemesis, Greg was Sampras's piegons, he always beat Greg, Greg only beat him in the bullshit talk department :lol::nerner:

Beat him also in Paris' final, and it was the best match in Rusedski's career, the only time when offensive backhand was working well ;)

ChinoRios4Ever
01-24-2009, 03:19 AM
:silly: :crazy: :wazzup:

Baghdatis#1
01-24-2009, 03:21 AM
:eek:

philosophicalarf
01-24-2009, 03:23 AM
Beat him also in Paris' final, and it was the best match in Rusedski's career, the only time when offensive backhand was working well ;)

Sampras vs Rusedski on a Gerflor court? Arrrrrgh. That's like Karlovic vs Roddick at Queens a few years back: unwatchable. Almost as boring as NFL.

Mimi
01-24-2009, 03:51 AM
well, it was because Pete ate too much big macs on that day, his belly went wronog ;) :p

Beat him also in Paris' final, and it was the best match in Rusedski's career, the only time when offensive backhand was working well ;)

AlexNYR
01-24-2009, 04:01 AM
is he coming back with wooden racquets?

dam0dred
01-24-2009, 05:04 AM
Mid life crisis.

This is sure to end up being very embarrassing for him.

Cricketics
01-24-2009, 05:07 AM
hey adee-gee aka thread starter, i noticed you have Sania Mirza as your signature picture.

by any chance, are you an Indian tennis fan? or is it that you like Sania Mirza

haven't found a single Indian on this tennis board yet.

Cricketics
01-24-2009, 05:08 AM
O by the way @ topic, I think Henman/Rusedski will give a good fight to Bryan Brothers.. wat say??;)

Horatio Caine
01-24-2009, 05:57 AM
He must have been watching Santoro's matches.

In all seriousness, I think it is exactly that.

Not sure what he hopes to achieve by this...how does he expect anyone to give him a WC (over a much younger, full-time pro), for starters?

However, I do feel that he could still help us out in Davis Cup...not necessarily in singles, but if his touch is still there, he could still be dangerous in doubles.

iSzavay.
01-24-2009, 06:04 AM
:cool: but dumb :p

stuey87
01-24-2009, 09:01 PM
This looks entirely DC motivated and, sad as it is, I think (on fastish indoor surfaces anyway) Greg would be our best 2nd singles player at the moment.
The problem is Lloyd's made it clear he'll have to have played a good number of ATP tournaments before being considered again which surely won't happen before March. He'd need wildcards for, say, Zagreb, San Jose and Delray Beach and need to do well with all those chances (surely too large an ask).

And after March Greg even having the slimmest of chances of being picked would be entirely draw dependent. Any away tie would likely mean clay anyway to try and neutralise Murray so Greg would miss out.

I admire him for wanting to help out the GB Davis Cup cause all the same. :yeah:

PiggyGotRoasted
01-24-2009, 09:07 PM
Partnership of greg/hutchings could be good.

Certinfy
01-24-2009, 09:24 PM
Would be quite awesome :)

sammy01
01-24-2009, 09:45 PM
well at least it will keep him out of the british eurosport studio as a 'special' guest, well on the monday anyway untill he loses in the tournament hes playing that week :tape:

Sofonda Cox
01-24-2009, 09:49 PM
:speakles:

scoobs
02-17-2009, 10:50 AM
Rusedski has reportedly shelved his plans for a comeback - apparently largely because John Lloyd didn't run into his arms when he made the offer.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/17022009/58/davis-cup-rusedski-abandons-comeback-plans.html

Bernard Black
02-17-2009, 11:29 AM
Pretty stupid if he seriously thought his form in an exhibition was any sort of indication of how he'd fair back on the main tour.

Can't blame him for missing the game though after devoting most of his life to it, I'm sure all retired players go through similar feelings.

HattonWBA
02-17-2009, 01:07 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7894557.stm

Correct decision in my opinion

Kolya
02-17-2009, 01:09 PM
Thank God.

TMJordan
02-17-2009, 01:12 PM
:sad:

Henry Chinaski
02-17-2009, 01:18 PM
Steve Brierly in the Guardianm who makes no attempt here to conceal his contempt for The Chin says pretty explicitly that Andy Murray didn't want him back:

Greg Rusedski, for all his smiles, was never much liked on the tennis circuit. It was sad, and not a little pathetic, to see him trying to resurrect his career at the age of 35, only to fail before his quest had even begun. Anybody, other than a sycophant, who he hadlistened to before suggesting a comeback this year would have told him bluntly that in a time of recession and cutbacks nobody is interested in a British has-been, even if he did once – and it was nearly 12 years ago – reach the final of the US Open.

Wild cards – a free entry into a tournament – are doled out at the discretion of those running the shows. Rusedski, who could not qualify any other way, did not seem to realise, or was in denial, that he upset so many of them during his playing days that hardly one, unless it was a minor event in Ukraine, would pick up the phone and offer him a place. And that includes tournaments in Britain, most particularly Queen's.

He has always been an opportunist, and nobody can blame him for that, but to suppose he could get into the British Davis Cup squad, who play Ukraine next month, was never a starter. There are clear logistical reasons, namely that under the 2009 Davis Cup doping regulations, players have to serve a three-month notice period, and be part of the testing, before they are free to play.

But more to the point, nobody wanted Rusedski in the team, least of all Andy Murray. True there is currently a dearth of British male players, with matters so bad that John Lloyd, Britain's Davis Cup captain, has been persuaded to concoct a ridiculous play-off system to decide who should fill the second singles place.

Lloyd, who lives in California, should know by now who might be up for the task. That's an intrinsic part of his job, or so you might imagine. After all, he has nothing much else to do, other than keep Murray sweet of course.

Rusedski, like all ageing players, lives in a world where his body remains forever 28. He could barely move when he played in the oldies exhibition at the Albert Hall, so why on earth should he suppose he could play Davis Cup tennis? It's pure ego.

But egos have their day. Murray has remained extremely polite in public, limiting himself to saying that when he retires he will stay retired. Behind the scenes he made it absolutely clear that if Rusedski were ever to be considered for a recall then the LTA could forget about him playing. End of story.

The comeback was never realistic, Greg. This time, your country (no, not Canada) doesn't want you.

greg must've denied him an interview some time

HattonWBA
02-17-2009, 01:24 PM
Yh really glad he is not coming back

Bernard Black
02-17-2009, 01:27 PM
Steve Brierly in the Guardianm who makes no attempt here to conceal his contempt for The Chin says pretty explicitly that Andy Murray didn't want him back:



greg must've denied him an interview some time

Can't believe that guy is allowed to write for the Guardian, such opinionated rubbish belongs in the tabloids. Saying that though, the article is extremely funny :worship:

Serenidad
02-17-2009, 04:39 PM
He must be broke.

GlennMirnyi
02-17-2009, 04:57 PM
Funny that the writer calls Rusedski's comeback attempt the work of a huge ego but doesn't apply the same reasoning to Murray's behind-the-scenes work to keep Rusedski out of the team.

Hank777
03-11-2009, 12:43 AM
Though I know there was a Murray thread partially covering this...

I am amazed to find out that after RUSEDSKI's unexpected "comeback announcement" he's been having a hard time to get any wild cards.

I am no fan of RUSEDSKI, but I don't have anything against him (although his game is very one sided and limited...) I do think it's kind odd however... he's struggling from the get-go?

Sure give other players a chance at a Wild card, and if GREG wants to be back, maybe he should "earn some points" in the Challengers first...

As far as Murray's attitude is concerned; he has been somewhat "too outspoken" imho...

What are your thoughts on it folkz ?

rocketassist
03-11-2009, 01:11 AM
He's not coming back now.

fast_clay
03-11-2009, 01:37 AM
sorry hank... rusedski was paid a handsome sum of money by three broadcasting networks to stay in retirement...

Corey Feldman
03-11-2009, 03:27 AM
the funny thing was his ego thinking he'd get WC's into events


:lol:

Snowwy
03-11-2009, 04:49 AM
Sad thing is he's still probably England's second best player.

name_change
03-11-2009, 07:49 AM
He's too pathetic to get any wild cards.

Jōris
03-11-2009, 10:55 AM
Sad thing is he's still probably England's second best player.

:lol:

JolánGagó
03-11-2009, 11:03 AM
Who cares.

Horatio Caine
03-11-2009, 11:07 AM
Not coming back now.

And why are you surprised that he couldn't get WCs? Not only will the game have been passing him by in his absence, but also the man is 34/35 years old...tournaments are generally looking to give their WC to young, up-and-coming players with a potentially good future in the game. Alternatively, they will usually support their own, struggling players - and in 80% of cases, such players could have a good few years left in the game.

jazar
03-11-2009, 02:56 PM
if greg had played DC we would have won 5-0 (despite the fact that he wouldnt have played in all 5 rubbers)

McAlistar
03-11-2009, 06:38 PM
I wouldnt have minded Greg coming back more to get him off the sky sports panel than anything else.

PiggyGotRoasted
03-11-2009, 10:48 PM
Why shouldnt he have, if that is what he wanted to do then thats his decision not anyone elses. Lloyd should have put him in the dc play off, then that would have shown either he is still our second best player like some people say or he should stay in retirment because he lost every match.

Corey Feldman
03-12-2009, 12:24 AM
I wouldnt have minded Greg coming back more to get him off the sky sports panel than anything else.:lol:

in that case, Peter Fleming can make a comeback too

McAlistar
03-12-2009, 01:17 AM
I think as an actual commenatator a parrot would be more effective than Fleming, after every good shot he just says "oh yesss"

Hank777
03-12-2009, 11:33 PM
the funny thing was his ego thinking he'd get WC's into events
I will say this ... Indeed if he does NOT get WC's (which is basiscally the case as it is), and he chooses not to go through some challengers, than that's NO real motivation for a comeback. I mean you gotta put in the work if you really want it.

Seems more like a luxury thing now, especially if it's true about him being paid to stay with the BBC and he accepts, than I dunno what he's doing! :eek:

Frankly I would like seing him back on the courts, but only if TRULY motivated.

... oh and maybe this time he can HIT A BACKHAND ... instead of slicing & dicing ;)

bjurra
03-12-2009, 11:42 PM
if greg had played DC we would have won 5-0 (despite the fact that he wouldnt have played in all 5 rubbers)

If Greg had played, GB would have lost 0-6. :D

adee-gee
03-13-2009, 12:35 AM
Sad thing is he's still probably England's second best player.
No, he's still England's best player. He's Britain's second best player.

:D

HattonWBA
03-13-2009, 03:36 PM
GB might aswell of played him in davis cup to be honest

McAlistar
03-13-2009, 04:12 PM
I reckon the MTF Davis Cup team could take the GB team at the moment ;)

Hank777
03-16-2009, 01:24 AM
Just too curious for my own good, but... what GREG's status now??
Is he still looking for WC's ? Is he playing any events ?

scoobs
03-16-2009, 01:29 AM
Greg has reconfirmed his retirement - he is "never coming back"

His words.

ORGASMATRON
03-16-2009, 01:31 AM
So he decided against the comeback? Maybe he read MTF and wisened up?

scoobs
03-16-2009, 01:34 AM
He discovered nobody at all was clamouring for his return, not even John Lloyd, so he sulked off again.

ORGASMATRON
03-16-2009, 01:34 AM
Greg has reconfirmed his retirement - he is "never coming back"

His words.

Why not Greg? Stop being such a pansy will ya?

Andi-M
03-16-2009, 01:38 AM
His groundshots particulary his BH were poor. Dont think he hit a flat BH his whole career. I am glad he came to his senses his weak groundies would get punished by any guy in top 200.

And he's not THAT bad at commentary, Castle is worse.

Hank777
03-27-2009, 02:24 AM
Sheeezzz, that's really stupid, if he wants to return, why doesn't he ?!
Regardless of what you think of GREG, if he wants a comeback (and risk getting is ass whipped) I'd respect that !

Quitting cuz no-one gives him a WC ... that's WEAK, go EARN IT GREG, there's no easy way... :confused:

TennisViewer531
03-27-2009, 03:35 AM
Maybe he should compete at the Outback Champions series instead. Is he qualified?