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Nicolas Kiefer retires

Montego
12-30-2010, 12:37 AM
Nicolas Kiefer retired.

Former number 4 said, after the birth of his daughter, that life changed for him.
He was often injured in last years and he saw no sense to come back.
Now he will work in tennis and play some football (for Hannover 96, over 32 y).

misty1
12-30-2010, 12:39 AM
to bad but i guess also kind of expected

straitup
12-30-2010, 12:50 AM
I sorta forgot about him, didn't realize that he didn't officially retire before. He made the most of his career

lalaland
12-30-2010, 12:55 AM
Haven't been paying much attention to him lately since he hasn't play much, but he's one of my favorites during his active years. Wish him best of life after tennis.

FlameOn
12-30-2010, 12:55 AM
Kiwi. :hug: Enjoy your life! :D

Pipsy
12-30-2010, 01:02 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdUUx5FdySs :'(

Kiwi retires with 29 career tour-level bagels. So I'm sad he never made it onto my 30-bagels stats thread.

I hope he enjoys retirement though with his young family. A player who perhaps maximised his potential? He achieved a lot in his career. I look forward to Voo's traditional retirement stats!

knight_ley
12-30-2010, 01:05 AM
:sad:

Voo de Mar
12-30-2010, 02:20 AM
I look forward to Voo's traditional retirement stats!

I will try to prepare it in 2010 :D

Björki
12-30-2010, 08:31 AM
:awww:

Jelena
12-30-2010, 08:47 AM
Alles Gute Kiwi!

Tulipe
12-30-2010, 08:50 AM
I wish him a nice retirement, but I won't miss him on tour at all.

JMG
12-30-2010, 09:04 AM
A player who perhaps maximised his potential?

I think no one in Germany would say that. :confused:

Not only on the big stage he underachieved, but also in normal events he missed a lot of titles since 2000 (should have won at least against Spadea, Andreev). The Olympic choke from 6-2 in the tb was also sick and avoiding this choke would have made a big difference for his career achievements.

Caio_Brasil
12-30-2010, 09:08 AM
Well that's sad news to start the tear of tennis. Loved to see him playing.

philosophicalarf
12-30-2010, 09:19 AM
Last decent match I saw from him was US Open 09, gave Nadal a really good scare, but just couldn't keep it up physically.

Certinfy
12-30-2010, 09:23 AM
Didn't expect that, totally forgot about him this year as well :(

Doomach777
12-30-2010, 09:29 AM
Nicolas Kiefer retired.

Former number 4 said, after the birth of his daughter, that life changed for him.
He was often injured in last years and he saw no sense to come back.
Now he will work in tennis and play some football (for Hannover 96, over 32 y).

Kiwi, good luck in RL!

Btw is he really that good football player ? Hannover is solid club!

Montego
12-30-2010, 09:44 AM
My last memory of him is that fancy shirt he played in World Team Cup probably, or Hamburg :confused:

http://cdn0.sbnation.com/imported_assets/232660/kiefer69.jpg

Voo de Mar
12-30-2010, 09:47 AM
My last memory of him is that fancy shirt he played in World Team Cup probably, or Hamburg :confused:



Hamburg 2006 :)

The Magician
12-30-2010, 09:50 AM
He had a beautiful game, but wow what a dick he was :o Still, he will be missed compared to today's bland players who don't even have the balls to throw rackets at each other :lol:

The Hooded Claw
12-30-2010, 10:02 AM
Not only on the big stage he underachieved, but also in normal events he missed a lot of titles since 2000 (should have won at least against Spadea, Andreev). The Olympic choke from 6-2 in the tb was also sick and avoiding this choke would have made a big difference for his career achievements.

Exactly - he really should have won a couple more titles after 2000. I think he lost ten finals after that - the Moscow final against Andreev where he was up a set and 4-0 was a particularly galling defeat.

Always a talented and entertaining player to watch, regardless of opinions on his personality.

Best wishes in your post tennis life Kiwi :wavey:

scoobs
12-30-2010, 10:03 AM
Is there a link to this, a report?

Montego
12-30-2010, 10:11 AM
Is there a link to this, a report?

I couldn't find, but my German friend told me that this was in some German news and I have no reason not to believe him, because he never lies or gives false info :)

Maybe some German could help ?

The Hooded Claw
12-30-2010, 10:19 AM
Is there a link to this, a report?

There was a link provided to a German site in the Kiefer forum.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=10627616&postcount=1049

jonathancrane
12-30-2010, 10:25 AM
Awful personality, great player to watch

I remeber specially his clash against Rusedski on Vienna, epic match

Jelena
12-30-2010, 10:42 AM
Is there a link to this, a report?
I found a link with an interview he gave to the German sports-news-agency. I will translate it later.

NicolasKiefer44
12-30-2010, 10:45 AM
UGH. :sad: I need a hug....please come over to my house now......

Forehander
12-30-2010, 10:51 AM
Will never forget his match against Sebastien Grosjean, whom he called "friend" lol :)

scoobs
12-30-2010, 10:55 AM
UGH. :sad: I need a hug....please come over to my house now......
Sorry darling :hug:

kiwi10is
12-30-2010, 11:23 AM
Is there a link to this, a report?

there is a statement on his website www.nicolaskiefer.de only German though

Allez
12-30-2010, 11:34 AM
His personality mellowed down as he approached old age and the realisation that he just was never going to fulffill his great potential. He became a good guy. I enjoyed his game. I didn't realise he hadn't officially retired. Tommy Haas is now the last link to past German greats. RIP.

Bilbo
12-30-2010, 01:11 PM
Haas should follow him soon

Jelena
12-30-2010, 01:15 PM
Interview in German (http://www.zeit.de/sport-newsticker/2010/12/30/262607xml?page=all)

Once upon a time Nicolas Kiefer was supposed to let the spoiled German tennis fans cheer again. Now the 33-year-old of Holzminden explains in the interview with the German sports news agency (SID) the reasons for his retirement.

SID: After the birth of your daughter in August you said she should see you playing on the court. Why now the retirement?
Nicolas Kiefer: It wasn't an easy decision, because I had a great time. But I do something wholeheartedly or not at all. I'm not a half hearted person. After my injury I would have had to start again really from the beginning, and I don't want that any more.

SID: Did the fact of being a father influence your decision?
NK: It did for sure. I want to see Mabelle in the evenings when she falls asleep and in the mornings when she wakes up. I don't want to miss a step of her development. Since a few days ago she's able to catch her bottle. I want to see those things and not only be told of them.

SID: Aren't you feared you could feel sorry about the decision in six months?
NK: I have a pure conscience and am completely committed to this decision, because I wondered for a long time about it. But at some point you have to say “Ok, that's it.” That's what I did and that's why the topic is closed.

SID: 14 years of professional tennis is a long time. What are the moments you like to remember very much?
NK: “Everything was special, every victory was special. Wimbledon, the ATP-World-Championship in 1999 in my hometown Hannover, the Olympic doubles final in Athens with Rainer Schüttler, the German tournaments. It's a huge pity that, again, a German tournament, namely the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf, had to give up.

SID: And what are the less nice remembrances?
NK: Andre Agassi once said: “If you don't risk enough in tennis you immediately get penalised. That's true, if you draw back you immediately get smacked. Surely I would have liked to win a Grand-Slam, a few more tournaments, but to achieve that I would have had to risk more.

SID: If you could turn back the clock 14 years, would you do everything the same way?
NK: Basically yes. I consider my talent and the possibility to have such an extraordinary life a big present. If I could restart today, I would take better care of my body, do more gymnastics from the beginning and travel already as a young player with a personal fitness coach.

SID: What will you miss the most?
NK: I really don't know what I should miss at all. For sure, at this time of the year I actually never haven't been in Germany, I don't know these temperatures at all. As first I had to buy winter clothes. It's a strange feeling, but not sad. Simply strange.

SID: You aren't a typical couch potato. What will you do in the future?
NK: Surely I won't sit on the couch and twiddle my thumbs. I know tennis the best, that's why I want to stay in tennis in a way. But not as coach, more in a counselling position.

SID: And what does a former high-level-athlete to stay in shape?
NK: I applied at my favourite football (soccer) club Hannover 96 at the team Over 32. They work really professional with coach and assistant coach. But in the common language this team is known as the “veterans”. I hate this expression.

SID: If your daughter says one day she wants to be a tennis professional, what will her father counsel?
NK: She should do what she wants. I will support her all her life, no matter what she wants to do.

Yappa
12-30-2010, 01:49 PM
Well, the way things were going those last months, I can't really say that I am suprised.
Thanks for all the good memories, Kiwi (particularly that Aussie Open run with the racquet flying incident against Grosjean :D ). :yeah: His loss in the Athen's double's final, together with Schuettler, was the worst one I've ever experienced. :sad:
See you. :)

Sapeod
12-30-2010, 03:26 PM
Devastated.

Another one of my favourites retires. Santoro, now Kiefer.
Not many left :sad:
Have a great life, Nicolas :sad:

Nathaliia
12-30-2010, 03:30 PM
Used to be one of my top favourite players :bigcry:

Who else is left there, Nalbandian and Nieminen only, for how long? :sobbing:

tennisfan856
12-30-2010, 04:06 PM
with the crap tennis he's been playing, The real kiefer has been retired for the last 2-3 years.

He was a piece of crap in his prime with his attitude, I won't miss him.

Sofonda Cox
12-30-2010, 04:09 PM
Nooooo he has such nice legs :sad:

Sapeod
12-30-2010, 04:28 PM
Used to be one of my top favourite players :bigcry:

Who else is left there, Nalbandian and Nieminen only, for how long? :sobbing:
Nieminen will last longer than Nalbandian, book it.

tennishero
12-30-2010, 04:37 PM
Devastated.

Another one of my favourites retires. Santoro, now Kiefer.
Not many left :sad:
Have a great life, Nicolas :sad:

:rolleyes: please, u started watching tennis like a year ago.


chau kiefer, had a good career overall.

Sapeod
12-30-2010, 04:40 PM
:rolleyes: please, u started watching tennis like a year ago.


chau kiefer, had a good career overall.
I started watching tennis in 2001/2 :wavey:
Not that you would know or anything, but Kiefer happened to be one of my favourite players, after Federer and Murray.

AlteredEgo
12-30-2010, 05:04 PM
He will be missed.

GlennMirnyi
12-30-2010, 05:06 PM
A shame. Kiefer could certainly play some nice tennis sometimes.

Eden
12-30-2010, 05:51 PM
Thanks for translating the interview for the Non-German speakers Jelena.

It's a demanding task for any player to come back after a really long injury. Kiwi did it in the past, for example after his serious wrist injury. It's understandable that at a certain point in your life you don't want to do it anymore.
He has a family now and a new perspective to life.

Good luck on the way which he will be going on now :yeah:

Allez
12-30-2010, 05:53 PM
Not to go off the topic but are there any indications that Tommy Haas is planning on making a comeback ?

habibko
12-30-2010, 05:55 PM
you will be missed Kiefer :sobbing: he was a joy to watch when on, won't forget him, one of my very top favorite players :sad:

Federerhingis
12-30-2010, 06:06 PM
Kiwi. :hug: Enjoy your life! :D

Kiwi was such a fun player, a hot head but very talented. Unforunately he had to live under the immense pressure of living up to the German legend's legacy like Graf and Becker and his hot temper did not help him during those intense match points or deciding points of the latter stages of the big ones.

tennishero
12-30-2010, 06:16 PM
A shame. Kiefer could certainly play some nice tennis sometimes.

:spit: your....back.

Eden
12-30-2010, 06:30 PM
Not to go off the topic but are there any indications that Tommy Haas is planning on making a comeback ?

At least he is practicing again ;)

http://www.m7dc.de/haas/c/bld/text/i77kv895m_0img2768.jpg

He is listed amongst the players for San Jose in February:

https://sap875.americaneagle.com/2011Players.asp

Roger the Dodger
12-30-2010, 06:37 PM
Good luck, Nicolas. :)

Leo
12-30-2010, 09:44 PM
Ding dong the witch is dead.

Ibracadabra
12-30-2010, 10:25 PM
Now haas needs to retire and then american tennis is dead.

rhinooooo
12-30-2010, 10:30 PM
Great player. One of the best games to watch on tour.

BigJohn
12-30-2010, 10:40 PM
This is not good news.

tennis2018
12-31-2010, 11:31 AM
Makes me feel old....

*Jean*
12-31-2010, 02:56 PM
Nicolas :sad: He'll be missed.
And I had always thought he was gay, I was obviously wrong! :lol:

fran70
12-31-2010, 03:26 PM
He had been struggling with injuries for such a long time and definitely he may had found that it was enough. Under my opinion he achieved good results than his tennis skills. He was a very clever player. All the best for Nicolas on his life after tennis .:yeah:

Mechlan
12-31-2010, 08:43 PM
Temperamental talented player. Enjoyed his shotmaking if not his personality. Best of luck for the future, Nicolas.