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Mariano Zabaleta retires from tennis

Action Jackson
05-04-2010, 12:45 AM
He had been struggling with injuries for years and Mariano has retired from tennis.

A very likeable individual and besides Tenis Pro, currently he has his own show on ESPN. Had one of the best ever junior records, but the lack of the backhand prevented him from going into the top 20.

He won 3 titles, 2 of them in Bĺstad and no wonder he liked to return there every year. Best Slam result was a QF at the US Open and his best TMS result was finalist in a 5 set classic match where he had match points against Rios in Hamburg.

His best mate Gaudio should be joining him soon in retirement. Hope he does well in his future projects. Only Chela, Gaudio and Puerta are left from that big Argentine generation of players and Puerta is very much past it. Chela will be the last one of those guys to continue.

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Getta
05-04-2010, 12:54 AM
:sad:

Action Jackson
05-04-2010, 12:57 AM
lol, who the hell is that?

Why post in this thread then?

Filo V.
05-04-2010, 12:58 AM
He will be missed on court. I hope he is happy in retirement. I'm going to want to see one of his ESPN shows. Likable and smart fellow from what I have seen and heard. I first heard of him when he started to really put things together more consistently in '03 after bursting on the scene as a top junior, and started to get mentioned a bit more as a clay court threat, and he then suffered niggling/severe injuries and loss of form and dropped. Never could quite gain traction and make a major push to the top 10 I guess, but he was great to watch when healthy.

octatennis
05-04-2010, 01:04 AM
bye negro, buena suerte en tus nuevos planes. fuck those asses!!

Nathaliia
05-04-2010, 01:24 AM
Interesting person, fighting tennis player with some big scores, these new guys aren't like the old ones. Mariano will be missed a lot. And his serve motion with the pant grabbing as well :).

Action Jackson
05-04-2010, 01:26 AM
Don't worry Nathii, Machi Gonzalez does the short tug before he serves.

Nathaliia
05-04-2010, 01:32 AM
Yes, we call Machi "Mariano vol. 2.0" at our Szczecin event. They look very similar as well.

So probably Mariano will do some coaching now?

Caio_Brasil
05-04-2010, 01:33 AM
lol, who the hell is that?

:rolleyes: idiotic post really.

El Negro will be surely missed, but he gave good moments to the tennis fans. Too bad I wasn't such a tennis fan at his prime, but I got to see him personally and playing which was great experience. Also Tenis Pro is one of the best shows ever and much because of him.

Mariano :wavey:

GustavoM_Fan
05-04-2010, 01:34 AM
He will be missed on court. I hope he is happy in retirement. I'm going to want to see one of his ESPN shows. Likable and smart fellow from what I have seen and heard. I first heard of him when he started to really put things together more consistently in '03 after bursting on the scene as a top junior, and started to get mentioned a bit more as a clay court threat, and he then suffered niggling/severe injuries and loss of form and dropped. Never could quite gain traction and make a major push to the top 10 I guess, but he was great to watch when healthy.

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Chau Marianin :sad:



http://www.hablemosdetenis.com/media/2/20070304-Zabaleta%20y%20Diego.jpg
:lol: with Maradona in one of Tenis Pro chapters

Action Jackson
05-04-2010, 01:36 AM
Felipe, thanks for the clips man.

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FiBeR
05-04-2010, 01:37 AM
:spit: he said he retired like a month ago

FiBeR
05-04-2010, 01:40 AM
enjoy your aftertennislife mariano :worship:

:) you will be missed...i remember some amazing matches against moya, including that SF DC match in Malaga where he was 2 sets to love and then injured :sad:

ill always remember him as the one who used to play like 2 metres back from the backcourt :rolls: he would dissappear from the camera at times :p

ChinoRios4Ever
05-04-2010, 01:40 AM
old news, but now it's official, i don't liked him at the start of his "important" carrer (DC 2000 disaster and also a Rios' owner), but i started to like him when i note he's a great person and a showman... :yeah:

Tenis Pro was amazing at his best, the episode in Italy with the shoesmaker was epic and unreal good, also Moya, Monaco and Zabala toying with a young Nadal in PES 2005, pure class tv-show :lol:

he'll have a good life after pro-tennis for sure, cya Negro :wavey:

Action Jackson
05-04-2010, 01:42 AM
Mariano was also involved in the Davis Cup tie where the Chilean crowd went a bit crazy and his dad got hit with a chair.

Action Jackson
05-04-2010, 01:46 AM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/n627340609_1187773_4078.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/n627340609_1187807_8789.jpg

JeffCandoi
05-04-2010, 01:46 AM
a legend :worship: one of first names I heard in tennis :sad:

RogiFan88
05-04-2010, 03:10 AM
;)

Enjoy your life after tennis, Mariano!

Sjengster
05-04-2010, 03:15 AM
First heard of him when he had that US Open QF run out of nowhere back in 2001, taking out notable scalps like Grosjean, Rusedski and Malisse to make the quarters; I particularly remember the Malisse match as Zabaleta thought he had won the final point in the tiebreak and began celebrating, only for the call to be changed and the point replayed. Malisse then squandered his narrow reprieve with an unforced error, and Zaba did the exact same celebration he'd displayed thirty seconds before, as if nothing had happened.

Bad luck with the injuries, particularly the one in 2005 against Ferrer in Monte Carlo when he was in very good form. I'll definitely remember his RG battle with Coria which he stretched to five sets after being down two sets to love and a break, some brilliant tennis from both combined with wonderfully harmonised grunting too.

GustavoM_Fan
05-04-2010, 03:27 AM
Zabala is writing a book right now :lol: to be published soon

Filo V.
05-04-2010, 03:29 AM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/n627340609_1187773_4078.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/n627340609_1187807_8789.jpg

Lucho, Gato and Mariano :worship: Those were some great times, those are 3 guys who I first knew and liked when I got into tennis as a fan. I can't believe these guys from this time period mostly seem to be retired, injured or struggling now, outside of a couple. Times can change so fast in tennis. It's sad but we'll always have their memories on court, and Zaba has his show, so it's good he stays in tennis in some capacity.

Action Jackson
05-04-2010, 03:32 AM
I will upload the Rios/Zabaleta Hamburg highlights eventually.

n8
05-04-2010, 05:11 AM
He had been struggling with injuries for years and Mariano has retired from tennis.

A very likeable individual and besides Tenis Pro, currently he has his own show on ESPN. Had one of the best ever junior records, but the lack of the backhand prevented him from going into the top 20.


I would've thought Zabaleta would have had some time in the top 20, but you're right; he peaked at #21 in April 2000. He's got to be one of the best players ever not the break the top 20.

I remember it took very good players (and often 5 sets) to stop him at Roland Garros between 2000 and 2003:

2000 l. Kafelnikov 2nd round in 5
2001 l. Corretja 1st round in 5
2002 l. Corretja 4th round in 3
2003 l. Coria 4th round in 5

mashamaniac
05-04-2010, 08:34 AM
We'll miss you mariano!! i was always optimistic about a comeback but didn't expect his retirement...

LocoPorElTenis
05-04-2010, 09:49 AM
The end of an era :sad:

Voo de Mar
05-04-2010, 11:27 AM
I'll make a tribute thread next few days.

n8
05-04-2010, 11:29 AM
I'll make a tribute thread next few days.

Looking forward to it!

opeth84
05-04-2010, 11:44 AM
Will be missed. I enjoyed his game. Remember one of his last big runs in Houston in 07 on the green stuff. Enjoy life after tennis :)

Merton
05-04-2010, 12:06 PM
Very likeable fellow and one of the pioneers of a genration of Argentine playes that developed in very tough times, for sure they paid the way for Coria, Nalbandian and then Del Potro. Too bad he suffered from many injuries, he will be missed.

Action Jackson
05-04-2010, 12:11 PM
Lucho, Gato and Mariano :worship: Those were some great times, those are 3 guys who I first knew and liked when I got into tennis as a fan. I can't believe these guys from this time period mostly seem to be retired, injured or struggling now, outside of a couple. Times can change so fast in tennis. It's sad but we'll always have their memories on court, and Zaba has his show, so it's good he stays in tennis in some capacity.

It's part of the evolving nature of the sport. Gaston will be gone this year, but that Argentine generation did a lot of work, too bad they couldn't be rewarded with a Davis Cup.

justClaudia
05-04-2010, 03:58 PM
It's part of the evolving nature of the sport. Gaston will be gone this year, but that Argentine generation did a lot of work, too bad they couldn't be rewarded with a Davis Cup.

what a shame, really.

so frustrating to me personally, all my favorite players are either gone or will be going soon. ugh.

anyway, wishing him all the best. such a great guy.

rocketassist
05-04-2010, 11:44 PM
Zaba was a great guy, and his brand of clay court tennis was very fun to watch- certainly a guy like him would love to be playing his best tennis right now where the clay field is weak.

There was so much quality at RG when he played, it was tough for him to make it deep. As someone has already posted, the draws were very unlucky on him whenever he played there.

The match-up I love is the Henman one- Timmy would beat him on faster surfaces, but on clay Zaba always turned the tables- those last two sets at Rome 2004 against an in-form Henners, were just stunning.

andy neyer
05-05-2010, 12:15 AM
Good for the game.

andy neyer
05-05-2010, 12:17 AM
old news, but now it's official, i don't liked him at the start of his "important" carrer (DC 2000 disaster and also a Rios' owner), but i started to like him when i note he's a great person and a showman... :yeah:

Tenis Pro was amazing at his best, the episode in Italy with the shoesmaker was epic and unreal good, also Moya, Monaco and Zabala toying with a young Nadal in PES 2005, pure class tv-show :lol:

he'll have a good life after pro-tennis for sure, cya Negro :wavey:

Yeah, he was a bit of a showman but I always thought Zabaleta was a bit of a jerk too and I never liked him. I for one won't miss him.

NicoMedellin
05-05-2010, 01:07 AM
what? he was still playing?

GustavoM_Fan
05-05-2010, 06:59 AM
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http://www.yanaoui.com.ar/
Zabala T-shirts company (the name is tribute to Younes El Ainaoui :lol)

Action Jackson
05-05-2010, 02:26 PM
Yeah, he was a bit of a showman but I always thought Zabaleta was a bit of a jerk too and I never liked him. I for one won't miss him.

Stick to the Federer threads :)

Jelena
05-07-2010, 03:54 PM
I'll make a tribute thread next few days.
Please, please please!

Mariano was in the bunch of players I got to know in my first ever live tennis tournament. In fact he got my heart just two mins after I spoke the first time with him. :angel: I already missed him in the year when he took the break to help Gaston come out of his problems and for sure he will be one of my all-time favourites.

:wavey: Mariano! All the best in all your future plans. I will continue praying for you, and thanks for some really great and nerve-cracking matches.

Voo de Mar
05-07-2010, 04:18 PM
Please, please please!



Hehe, I've made already that thread :)

basil333
05-07-2010, 06:13 PM
Cool a tribute thread!

Voo - your other thread is great too.

It looks like Mariano's doing great in his "new" life over on ESPN+ - 2 hours a day 4 days a week... Lucky ESPN+ viewers :)

I somehow dont think he will ever leave the Tennis World - he may have left the Order of Play - but he's not going to leave the Party!

Great threads...