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Magnus Norman Retires

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-28-2004, 06:52 PM
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=sportsNews&storyID=6648223

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's former French Open finalist Magnus Norman announced his retirement Friday, citing a string of injuries for his decision.

"It feels pretty good (to retire)... It's been three years filled with injuries," he said at a news conference held at the Stockholm Open where he has been a spectator.

The 28-year-old lost to Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten after a four-set battle in the French Open final in 2000, his best year when he was ranked second in the world and won five ATP titles.

He won the Rome Masters that year and also reached the Australian Open semifinals, where he lost to Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

For the next three seasons Norman struggled with hip and knee injuries and large parts of those campaigns were written off as he underwent surgery on several occasions.

Although he reached the Tokyo final in 2002 as a qualifier, he never recovered his old form and retires with 12 ATP titles, five of those coming in 1999.

misyou25
10-28-2004, 06:55 PM
:banghead: :bigcry: :crying2: :sad: noooooooooooooooooooooo:sad:

Laury
10-28-2004, 07:08 PM
awww... :awww:
I was still waiting for his comeback, 28 years is not too old to retire :sad:
We´ll miss him!

novanora
10-28-2004, 07:16 PM
:banghead::sad::sad::sad::sad::sad::sad::sad::sad: :sad::banghead:

TheBoiledEgg
10-28-2004, 07:24 PM
sad way to go :sad:
he was never the same again after 2000.

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-28-2004, 07:27 PM
Bad hip problems and Egg was right that was the beginning of the end.

Now he will continue his great work as a commentator and all the best Magnus. He wasn't a favourite of mine, but retiring cause of injury is a painful way to finish.

Purple Rainbow
10-28-2004, 07:27 PM
No one should retire at 28. A shame indeed.
Too bad he couldn't take everything out of his career. All the best for your after-tennis-life!

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-28-2004, 07:31 PM
No one should retire at 28. A shame indeed.
Too bad he couldn't take everything out of his career. All the best for your after-tennis-life!

Ask GWH one of his all-time faves retired at 22, still never recovered.

The worst thing is that he couldn't retire on his terms.

alfonsojose
10-28-2004, 07:31 PM
:bigcry: He was the first tennis player i lusted after. I'll miss his game, his face, his sweaty butt .... Martina, you're a dark angel :(

Bibir
10-28-2004, 07:31 PM
sad story...I remember well his FO final :sad:

the cat
10-28-2004, 07:32 PM
Good luck to Magnus in his retirement. :) But it just doesn't sound right for someone only 28 years old to be retiring. :( He became such a good player in 2000 but then the injuries devastated his fine tennis career. :mad: Atleast Norman can say he gave his career everything he had and was without question a very good tennis player. :D

RonE
10-28-2004, 07:32 PM
That's a shame- unfortunately injuries have been a decisive factor in many a player's decision to reitre. He could still have been a force to be reckoned with had he been fully fit and followed up his fantastic 2000 results. But sadly, thats the way the cookie crumbles.

All the best to Magnus- although I was more or less indifferent to him while he was playing, you don't get to #2 in the world and push Guga to 4 sets in an FO final by fluke. Best of luck in your post-tennis life Magnus :clap2:

maratski
10-28-2004, 07:33 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

I also remember seeing him a lot in 2000. Together with Guga and Marat he made it a great tennis season.

I hope he'll stay involved in tennis and will enjoy his life.

Purple Rainbow
10-28-2004, 07:36 PM
Ask GWH one of his all-time faves retired at 22, still never recovered.

That was Kent Carlsson, right?

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-28-2004, 07:38 PM
That was Kent Carlsson, right?

Did you know that or did you read that in the older person's thread?

Purple Rainbow
10-28-2004, 07:44 PM
Did you know that or did you read that in the older person's thread?

The latter. I checked out this guys results. Won a lot of clay court tournaments before his retirement. Shame he never won RG, ended with a total of 9 titles in just 3 years. 5 of them in 1988, the year of his retirement.

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-28-2004, 07:46 PM
He retired in 1990 actually Rainbow.

It's sad with Norman retiring young, but there has been a precedent among the Swedish players. Borg and Wilander retired young. There was Henrik Sundström a top 10 player for 2 years and took out McEnroe in the Davis Cup final, he got injured and retired very young as well.

jole
10-28-2004, 08:23 PM
Unbelievably unfortunate, but I think we can all see why he did it.

It will be difficult to ever forget the tennis he was playing in 2000.

misyou25
10-28-2004, 08:24 PM
:bigcry: He was the first tennis player i lusted after. I'll miss his game, his face, his sweaty butt .... Martina, you're a dark angel :(
did it start after her relationship????? bad martina!!!!!!!

Roger-No.1
10-28-2004, 08:33 PM
We will miss you Magnus

Buddy
10-28-2004, 08:36 PM
Magnus!! :sad:

I really dislike this year... with so many players retiring...

sol
10-28-2004, 08:42 PM
Magnus :sad: :tears: :sobbing::crying2::bigcry:
We'll miss you! :hug:
Thanks for that amazing 2000 season! :D

Canuck_Chick
10-28-2004, 09:00 PM
:bigcry: Poor Magnus!!!
:hatoff: on a great career and many accomplishments! It sucks that he couldn't end his career on his own terms but I hope that he'll saty invloved in tennis somehow. Maybe he can help the up-and-coming Swedes!! I hope he has a great life and is happy :)!!

tennischick
10-28-2004, 09:35 PM
sad for Magnus and sadder still the implications for Guga...

Tennis Fool
10-28-2004, 09:45 PM
Magnus :bigcry:

We hardly knew ye.

Sommarsverige
10-28-2004, 10:07 PM
Magnus, we will miss you!

I still cannot believe it :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:
Will never forget all your great matches!

All the best, Magnus... ;)

LiZpHaIr
10-28-2004, 11:58 PM
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, What are they feeding you? Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat., It's not your fault. They won't take you to the vet. You're obviously not their favorite pet. Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, It's not your fault.

Neely
10-29-2004, 12:08 AM
Yeah, it's really very sad that somebody like him, such a skillfull and capable player, is forced to retire and end his career :sobbing:

Good luck for him in the future! I hope he can enjoy his life aside from tennis as well and that he doesn't miss his career too much.

BaselineSmash
10-29-2004, 12:21 AM
So many Swedes' careers have been blighted by injury, and have left their heydays behind them at a relatively early age. Magnus Larsson and Thomas Enqvist being two players that come to mind. I regret never getting to see Norman at his best in 2000, and this is a sorry end indeed, although he seems to be at a phase in his life where he is more relieved than saddened to leave the pro tour behind him. "What could have been" seems to be a recurring phrase this season.

-wokkel-
10-29-2004, 12:40 AM
:sad:

Havok
10-29-2004, 12:43 AM
What was the last even Magnus participated in?

Tennis Fool
10-29-2004, 12:49 AM
Some event last year?? that he had to retire due to hip injury (it forced him to have another surgery). He said if he couldn't come back from this one, he would retire.

KFB
10-29-2004, 12:53 AM
Good luck for him.

naiwen
10-29-2004, 01:01 AM
Oh no... poor Magnus :banghead: :banghead:

so sad... :crying2: :bigcry:
:bigcry: :sad:

TennisLurker
10-29-2004, 01:33 AM
Umag (last year) Is the last event I remember him playing in.

naiwen
10-29-2004, 01:42 AM
Shanghai?
He reached QF last year.

WyveN
10-29-2004, 03:43 AM
This is a surprise, I thought he retired years ago.

Domino
10-29-2004, 03:58 AM
This is a surprise, I thought he retired years ago.

Yes, though the bigger surprise was his announcement that he was certainly going to play RG this year.

Yonge
10-29-2004, 06:34 AM
Too young to retire but too injured to play - what a shame.

Anyway, look at his record against Michael Chang: 4-0 :)

2000 Shanghai,China Norman 6 3 6 1
2000 Indian Wells Norman 6 4 6 4
2000 Auckland Norman 3 6 6 3 7 5
1999 Shanghai Norman 0 6 6 4 6 2

Sommarsverige
10-29-2004, 06:57 AM
Shanghai?
He reached QF last year.

Yes, this was the last tournament he was playing!

WyveN
10-29-2004, 06:58 AM
Too young to retire but too injured to play - what a shame.

Anyway, look at his record against Michael Chang: 4-0 :)


I think he has done a few things more memorable then beating old Chang.

J. Corwin
10-29-2004, 07:00 AM
Haven't seen him play but I bid him farewell. :)

naiwen
10-29-2004, 07:40 AM
Is this RG final in 2000?

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2000/20000516/1509a.gif

Sommarsverige
10-29-2004, 08:52 AM
No, this was after Magnus won in Rom 2000!

Action Jackson
10-29-2004, 08:58 AM
Ask GWH one of his all-time faves retired at 22, still never recovered.

The worst thing is that he couldn't retire on his terms.

That was shitty as well, and as you said there has been a history among the Swedes of playing retiring early with injuries. Sundstrom, Carlsson, Norman, Nystrom are examples of that.

It's sad for Magnus, but he hasn't been the same after his RG year of 2000. He wasn't the most gifted player, but he worked very hard on his game and was always training, maybe there was something wrong with the training methods.

Magne time to enjoy life and keep up the role as a commentator for which he is very good and you never know he could Jarkko Nieminen who is trainerless at the moment.

Sommarsverige
10-29-2004, 09:39 AM
Magne time to enjoy life and keep up the role as a commentator for which he is very good and you never know he could Jarkko Nieminen who is trainerless at the moment.[/QUOTE]

Is Jarkko not coached by Fidde Rosengren anymore?
In Madrid, Fidde still was his coach!

Kristen
10-29-2004, 09:52 AM
lol GW... maybe you could persuade the two to team up ;) :lol:

Zetlandsk
10-29-2004, 09:52 AM
[QUOTE=Sommarsverige
Is Jarkko not coached by Fidde Rosengren anymore?
In Madrid, Fidde still was his coach![/QUOTE]

I heard they were going to stop working together, that's probably why that particular comment. Norman has a very good mind, but I am not sure how good a coach he would be.

Zetlandsk
10-29-2004, 09:55 AM
lol GW... maybe you could persuade the two to team up ;) :lol:

I think he is too busy trying to find a current Swede he likes at the moment. :)

Daniel
10-29-2004, 12:24 PM
Magnus :sad:

Mrs. B
10-29-2004, 01:47 PM
Bye bye Magnus... :kiss:

You had a great run in 2000. :yeah:

Raquel
10-29-2004, 02:12 PM
Wilander retired young.
I thought Mats played on until his early thirties and then was suspended for suspected drug use or taking supplements and just didn't return after the suspension?

Anyway good luck Magnus :) I always remember that French Open final, saving 9 match points before Guga eventually won. Such a shame injuries prevented him from going further :sad:

Chris-swede
10-29-2004, 02:26 PM
Mats retired very early and the after a couple of years returned to the pros for a pair of years. Then there was a doping affair together with Novacek and then soon he retired, but i do not know if it was of this!

From me here also: Good luck Magnus Norman! Never forget your tennis, i followed u since you went to the Top 150 in the world!!! :worship:

Roger-No.1
10-29-2004, 06:35 PM
Too young to retire but too injured to play - what a shame.

Why did he have so many injuries?

jeanie_sin
10-29-2004, 06:39 PM
he was my 1st favourite mens' player....after the 2000 RG final :sad:

WorldWar24
10-29-2004, 10:25 PM
Such a huge loss... that took place back in 2000 :sobbing: Have a nice life, Magnus :sad:

It always makes me feel so bad when a player retires, especially when it's an underachiever and injury plagued talent like Norman. Making this decision must be so tough :sobbing:

Vladimir Poutine
10-31-2004, 10:39 AM
All the best in retirement Magnus and it was too bad that injury forced him to retire early.

LiZpHaIr
10-31-2004, 05:05 PM
I hate these threads...so redundant...

Action Jackson
10-31-2004, 05:07 PM
Liz, why are you so brilliant?

amethyst
10-31-2004, 06:25 PM
I was absent for a few days and come back to read this :eek: It´s sad he has to retire after working so hard for his recovery. I will truly miss Magnus, he was a great fighter on the court and a very fair player.