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Santoro to play AO

Doomach777
01-06-2010, 07:36 PM
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 12:52 AM
Santoro to play Australian Open

Tom Tebbutt

After recently indicating that he would indeed retire as he announced after his last tournament in Paris in November, it now appears that Fabrice Santoro will play the Australian Open beginning on January 18.

The Frenchman, 37, has apparently been practising at Roland Garros in Paris and will travel to Melbourne to extend his record total of Grand Slam tournaments played to 70.

It will also permit him to be able to have played in four different decades – his first Grand Slam event was at the French Open in 1989.

Santoro’s name is still on the entry list for the Australian Open, and he remains in the ATP rankings at No. 68.

Marat Safin, who retired after the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris in November, requested that his name be removed from the rankings and it is no longer on the weekly list published by the ATP.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/match-tough/santoro-to-play-australian-open/article1420407/

Snowwy
01-06-2010, 07:36 PM
Good choice.

Tommy_Vercetti
01-06-2010, 07:37 PM
What a shock.

n8
01-06-2010, 07:40 PM
I knew it! Who could resist creating such a record - one which may never be broken.

luxsword
01-06-2010, 07:42 PM
It's soooo dumb. :(

TennisOnWood
01-06-2010, 07:44 PM
Great news.. Magician is back :worship:

Har-Tru
01-06-2010, 07:46 PM
:bounce: :woohoo: :banana:

n8
01-06-2010, 07:53 PM
That was a short retirement. He really should have thought about this before announcing his retirement. I mean all the retirement specials are now going to be incomplete.

JMG
01-06-2010, 08:21 PM
I hope he really plays there to prove me right. :yeah: After the AO he could join the seniors tour or at least play some exhibitions with old men. His clownish playing style would be perfect for this. Maybe doubles exhibitions with Bahrami, Nastase etc. :yeah:

RickDaStick
01-06-2010, 08:26 PM
what a shocker! just go away already santoro

Dupuis2006
01-06-2010, 08:27 PM
:eek: :eek:

so cool!! Surely he'll play French Open as well!

Puschkin
01-06-2010, 08:29 PM
I like Fabrice, but I consider this idea outright stupid.

Henry Chinaski
01-06-2010, 08:32 PM
no one saw this coming

Tommy_Vercetti
01-06-2010, 08:35 PM
He might also be the first man to fake retirement in three different decades. He was hinting towards retirement in the late 90's. Then pretty much every year since then. Did he have a retirement ceremony last year at AO? I can't remember. He's had more than one at some of the tournaments.

Horatio Caine
01-06-2010, 08:50 PM
He might also be the first man to fake retirement in three different decades. He was hinting towards retirement in the late 90's. Then pretty much every year since then. Did he have a retirement ceremony last year at AO? I can't remember. He's had more than one at some of the tournaments.

:lol:


I knew it! Who could resist creating such a record - one which may never be broken.

Considering the nature of the current game, I think it is a record that will NEVER be broken. It would take an exceptional athlete to break it, as there isn't as much concern for career longevity these days.

It would be a highly impressive record, which in some way makes up for the fact that he will only be making up the numbers in the main draw...not sure if even King Oscar would be the perfect draw for him.

Truc
01-06-2010, 08:54 PM
It's an open secret that he's been practicing to play there.
But he hasn't confirmed it yet, he still says he hasn't taken a decision, he might change his mind if he doesn't feel competitive enough.
Did he have a retirement ceremony last year at AO? I can't remember. He's had more than one at some of the tournaments.Yes, there was a little ceremony for his last match in Melbourne after his loss to Roddick, with champagne to celebrate the great moment, etc.

Edit:
http://monimag.eu/upload/354/santoro.jpg (http://monimag.eu)
I remember Roddick also paying tribute to him after the match.

bad gambler
01-06-2010, 08:54 PM
what a shocker! just go away already santoro

:lol:

szelesvigyor
01-06-2010, 09:10 PM
im so happy about it. he deserves to say goodbye in a big stadium after a big match against a huge crowd which can be seen on tvs, because in the bercy no tv channel showed it. so in this way everybody can say goodbye to him through the tv.

simplet
01-06-2010, 09:13 PM
Let the old man have his fun. At least he's earned his place with his ranking, he's not asking for wild-card everywhere only to get crushed in the first round.

Ivanatis
01-06-2010, 09:17 PM
FABulous:)

JMG
01-06-2010, 09:18 PM
You basically have to be under-age and play a Slam in a year 20x9, if you want to have a chance to achieve the same. So if Tomic plays the Australian Open in the age of 37 in 2030, he can do it.

KarlyM
01-06-2010, 09:49 PM
Shocking. :lol:
I hope Fab draws a player he can beat in the 1st Round. :yeah:

Sofonda Cox
01-06-2010, 09:52 PM
At least he will be remembered by some, for something.

Tommy_Vercetti
01-06-2010, 10:29 PM
To me it's the same as Gordie Howe. You should play because you can compete. Not just to set some record.

Fee
01-06-2010, 10:33 PM
Where are all the calendar purists screaming that 2010 is not the first year of a new decade but the last year of the current decade?

Time Violation
01-06-2010, 10:55 PM
^^Nobody likes geeks. :p

jmsx521
01-06-2010, 11:04 PM
I knew it too. It appears pros are doing that on purpose nowadays. It's a marketing move; they announce "retirement" and start collecting all kinds of retirement gifts and $$$ from here and there... and then un-retire and continue with their normal business.

Goldenoldie
01-06-2010, 11:09 PM
To me it's the same as Gordie Howe. You should play because you can compete. Not just to set some record.

He can compete. He's still ranked in the top 100 so he has as much right to enter, and as much chance of reaching the 2nd or 3rd round as any youngster with a similar ranking.

Good luck to him.

RIboy
01-06-2010, 11:10 PM
Cmon man, i hope he draws Nadal in 1st round and lose 6:1 6:0 6:0

freeandlonely
01-06-2010, 11:36 PM
What? Now I hate him more.

chowdahead25
01-06-2010, 11:57 PM
Yessssssssssss!

UsD.AnDreS
01-06-2010, 11:58 PM
To be honest I had no doubt about that. It just couldn't end with a 1st round match on Sunday,without TV coverage as've been already mentioned.In 2009 he had reached the 3rd round playing against tough guys,played 20 years on tour,his ranking allows him to play without any WC's,he can set such a nice record...so why not.I think he'll try as hard as possible to be competitive in his last tourney(surely if it happens)

Bargearse
01-07-2010, 12:03 AM
I love Santoro's game & think if he's still enjoying himself and is relatively competitive he should keep playing. It just annoys me that players 'retire' and then come back. If in doubt they shouldn't make anything official.

Roddickominator
01-07-2010, 12:26 AM
Expected. The guy should just never retire....the fans love him and he always puts on a show.

sammy01
01-07-2010, 12:36 AM
well if hes ranked high enough to get in directly and wants to play it, why not?

Tommy_Vercetti
01-07-2010, 02:15 AM
I don't know. If Andy Roddick told people he was retiring and then came back after spending a year getting press coverage and ceremonies after each match, do you think people would be applauding him? And Santro was hinting or not denying his retirement for a decade, I guess because of the extra press coverage he got.

jmsx521
01-07-2010, 03:34 AM
For future retirement announcements, I suggest players say something like "I will be leaving the tour for uncertain amount of time. This time will enable me to consider if I will continue, or leave the tour. I will not announce 'I am retiring' because if one day I decide to come-back, I would feel I have deceived and mislead many people with my decision."

gulzhan
01-07-2010, 03:35 AM
:lol:

FedererBulgaria
01-07-2010, 07:14 AM
:p

JoshDragon
01-07-2010, 07:26 AM
That's great. I wish he'd win, even though he has no chance.

Wojtek
01-07-2010, 07:27 AM
No, he will be on eurosport again :sad:

TheMightyFed
01-07-2010, 07:50 AM
He wanted to retire in Paris but then a journalist came up and told him he could set the 4-decade record. He made up his mind and decided to play. No big deal. Santoro likes tennis history and records, he's in a position to leave a mark. Let's have some respect for a guy who can play slams in 4 decades, it takes some dedication to the game.

Commander Data
01-07-2010, 08:46 AM
bring on another Fed-Santoro battle. ;-)

sher_rafavsroger
01-07-2010, 09:01 AM
this man keeps on surprising me.
IMO, if you say you`re going to retire, retire!! if you cant pull yourself away from the game because you love it too much, than dont say you`re going to retire, simple as that!

FairWeatherFan
01-07-2010, 10:33 AM
Henin, Clijsters and Hingis have all done the 'unretire' thing so why not Santoro too who is a far more entertaining player than those clowns?

Chiakifug
01-07-2010, 10:45 AM
Yes! One more chance to see him!

Start da Game
01-07-2010, 12:43 PM
stfu and gtfo from the tour, santoro........

ReneP
01-07-2010, 12:59 PM
Where are all the calendar purists screaming that 2010 is not the first year of a new decade but the last year of the current decade?That will give Santoro next year a reason to play AO in 2011

TheBoiledEgg
01-07-2010, 01:49 PM
should be made to bring his own champagne to Melbourne this yr.

croat123
01-07-2010, 02:12 PM
someone should tell him the next decade starts in 2011 :p
don't know what i think about this given his "farewell tour" last year where he got special treatment at all of the tournaments.

Truc
01-07-2010, 02:34 PM
This time it's official, he confirmed it today.
He says it doesn't call into question his decision to retire, though.
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2010/20100107_163545_santoro-jouera-a-melbourne.html

Labamba
01-07-2010, 03:30 PM
Fab :yeah: why not if he's fit? 70 slams sounds better than 69 + the four decades record

Santoro trained the latter days at Roland Garros and is said "in form and ready" to play in Australia. "Tennis is my life, my passion. My decision to retire never was for me to put for always my rackets to the shelf. And I will always play, in interclubs, in exhibition, and why not some doubles from time to time, if I have of course the level to do it", he added.

Echoes
01-07-2010, 04:39 PM
Henin, Clijsters and Hingis have all done the 'unretire' thing so why not Santoro too who is a far more entertaining player than those clowns?

Because it makes a clown of him as well. I'm rather disappointed. As someone argued here: if you announce your retirement then retire, though entertaining a player he may have been. When you think of last year's celebration in Melbourne. It's rather pathetic.

He could at least have stuck to doubles like many old timers have done but not singles.

Echoes
01-07-2010, 04:44 PM
And by the way he won't play in 4 different decades unless he continues next years.

1981-1990;1991-2000;2001-2010. That makes 3 ! :p

docking34
01-07-2010, 05:04 PM
fantastic news. hopefully, he will get a good draw and be able to compete very well. will he play at the french too?

stebs
01-07-2010, 06:43 PM
And by the way he won't play in 4 different decades unless he continues next years.

1981-1990;1991-2000;2001-2010. That makes 3 ! :p

But since the names and documentation we give to different periods of times are man made rather than set out by nature, all words in reference to time are human perception. Since that's the case, the uniformed agreement of the masses with regards to discussions about time is as close to truth as we can get. Since that's the case, the century ended a week ago and you should get over it.

:shrug: :p

Doggy
01-07-2010, 09:41 PM
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Ouragan
01-08-2010, 05:11 AM
It's not much of a record because these 4 decades = 22 years really. Kind of lucky to have begun in 1989.

But I'm happy to see him play on, he's still more competetive than most French players.

Ouragan
01-08-2010, 05:12 AM
But since the names and documentation we give to different periods of times are man made rather than set out by nature, all words in reference to time are human perception. Since that's the case, the uniformed agreement of the masses with regards to discussions about time is as close to truth as we can get. Since that's the case, the century ended a week ago and you should get over it.

:shrug: :p

Nah, he's probably still in depression and will remain so until December 31st of this year :rolleyes:

jmf07
01-08-2010, 05:20 AM
Because it makes a clown of him as well. I'm rather disappointed. As someone argued here: if you announce your retirement then retire, though entertaining a player he may have been. When you think of last year's celebration in Melbourne. It's rather pathetic.

He could at least have stuck to doubles like many old timers have done but not singles.

Agreed

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-08-2010, 05:43 AM
I'm honestly sick of this guy, taking a spot in the draw from someone who might've had a chance to maybe do something in the tournament, AGAIN. Hope he gets triple bagelled in the 1st rd and goes home for good.

szelesvigyor
01-08-2010, 07:35 AM
I'm honestly sick of this guy, taking a spot in the draw from someone who might've had a chance to maybe do something in the tournament, AGAIN. Hope he gets triple bagelled in the 1st rd and goes home for good.

what are you talking about? he doesnt take any spot from anybody. he is world no.68. there will be 50 worse players in the draw than him.

guille&tati4life
01-08-2010, 03:12 PM
Fuck off. This old clown should stop pretending to retire. I expect him to be in the draw again next year.