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Tired Of Travel, Arazi Considers Calling It Quits

TheBoiledEgg
11-04-2004, 05:59 PM
Tired Of Travel, Arazi Considers Calling It Quits


Hicham Arazi By Ronald Green
11/04/2004

Ten months after advancing to the Australian Open quarterfinals, Hicham Arazi may have met his match — monotony. The 31-year-old Arazi is considering calling it quits because he's "bored" with life on the pro tour.

The Moroccan magician, whose sensitive, slight-of-touch shots has made him a fan favorite, is currently ranked 58th and will conclude the season ranked inside the ATP Tour's top 100 for the ninth consecutive season.

"I'm a bit bored (on the circuit) and, when you're bored with work you want to do with passion, you look for something else," Arazi told the daily Al Bayane in comments reprinted by Reuters today.

Since his surge to the Australian Open quarterfinals — his fourth career Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance and first since he reached the final eight at the 2000 Australian Open — Arazi has won just nine matches. He looked listless in a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Max Mirnyi in an opening-round match of the BNP Paribas Masters on Monday in what may well be his farewell performance. While his racquet skills show no signs of eroding at a slight five-foot-nine, 143-pounds, the lefthander has found himself increasingly overpowered by bigger, harder-hitting opponents.

The top-ranked Moroccan, who plans to take a few weeks off before finalizing his decision, said he's leaning toward retiring. Fatigue is a factor — Arazi is tired of traveling around the world on the ATP Tour.

"I'm a bit tired of all this traveling so it's quite possible I'll call it quits." In 1997, Arazi won his lone career championships in his native Casablanca. He was the 2001 Tennis Masters Series-Monte Carlo runner-up to three-time Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten and concluded that season with a career-best year-end rank of No. 25.

A player capable of competing on all surfaces, Arazi advanced to consecutive quarterfinals at Roland Garros in 1997-98. Arazi's ability to alter the pace could confound higher-ranking opponents: he split four career meetings with Andre Agassi and was capable of causing the game's best players fits though he lacked a strong serve and a significant weapon to finish the job off in many cases.

Arazi's quickness, creativity, ability to take the ball early, soft touch, shot-making skill and slight stature often evoked comparisons to another talented left-hander — former No. 1 Marcelo Rios and while Arazi lacked the Chilean's explosiveness, he could be equally volatile on court, but much more personable than Rios off the court. Arazi speaks five languages — Arabic, French, English, Italian and Spanish — and is popular among fellow players.

In 1998, Arazi took a two sets to love lead over defending-champion Patrick Rafter in the opening round of the U.S. Open, but imploded and ultimately succumbed to Rafter in five sets.

TheBoiledEgg
11-04-2004, 06:00 PM
I'll be really sad to see him go
he's always great to watch, when he isnt in "tank mode"


Hicham :( one more yr pls :)

CooCooCachoo
11-04-2004, 06:02 PM
It's best, I think :) He hasn't done well this year. He could be the new Mansour Bahrami on the Delta Tour of Champions :lol:

maratski
11-04-2004, 06:02 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

I hope he just takes some rest and will decide to play in Melbourne. He's gonna be missed a lot by me. :sad: :sad: :sad:

buddyholly
11-04-2004, 06:08 PM
It's best, I think :) He hasn't done well this year. He could be the new Mansour Bahrami on the Delta Tour of Champions :lol:

Arazi could be great on the Senior Tour, but nobody will ever be the new Mansour. He will always be the ''one and only''

alfonsojose
11-04-2004, 06:09 PM
Hicham :hug:

alfonsojose
11-04-2004, 06:11 PM
Arazi could be great on the Senior Tour, but nobody will ever be the new Mansour. He will always be the ''one and only''
Courier will be happy too ;)

Satanic Pasteur
11-04-2004, 06:19 PM
Hicham was a ghost on court monday but Maxim played the best match I've ever seen from him.
Let's hope the lefty will stay on the tour.

Fee
11-04-2004, 06:25 PM
Shame to hear this, but I'm not entirely surprised. Just about every player I've ever spoken to has mentioned the hellacious travel at some point during the conversation. It's not like baseball, no one gets to play 50% of their matches at home.

*Ljubica*
11-04-2004, 06:32 PM
Shame to hear this, but I'm not entirely surprised. Just about every player I've ever spoken to has mentioned the hellacious travel at some point during the conversation. It's not like baseball, no one gets to play 50% of their matches at home.

Absolutely Fee - they all the same thing - and I can quite understand why! I have just completed a (very small) three and a half week "Tour" of Vienna, Madrid, Basel amd Paris, - and despite their geographical proximity to each other, by the time I got home I was surprisingly tired from the travelling, Hotel rooms, living out of suitcases etc. If you multiply that month by 11 months a year - for years - and having to work as well instead of just watch - I can imagine how exhausted they all become.

RPH
11-04-2004, 06:52 PM
Hicham :sad:

Has one of the most attractive games on the tour but this year after the Aussie QF has been disappointing

Amazing that he has only ever won 1 title with all his talent

Morocco tennis is in extreme trouble when he and el Ayanoui who has played 4 tournaments this year and wasn't a top 300 player when I last saw him play retire :bigcry:

Roger-No.1
11-04-2004, 07:25 PM
Good luck Arazi.

Purple Rainbow
11-04-2004, 07:41 PM
Arazi is a great player to watch and will be duly missed if he calls it quits. Think it over well, mate and hopefully we'll see you again in 2005!

Bilbo
11-04-2004, 07:44 PM
El Aynaoui will follow him soon

Pea
11-04-2004, 08:43 PM
Hicham, at least play one more for us fans.;)

Aurora
11-04-2004, 09:43 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad: I'm very very sorry to hear that.

Buddy
11-05-2004, 12:46 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! First it was Coetzer, then it was Rios, then Wayne, then Norman, now him!!! What's wrong with this year!!!??? :sad:

MisterQ
11-05-2004, 01:48 AM
He has such an attractive game, it will be sad to see him go. Hopefully the off-season will reenergize him a bit.

Action Jackson
11-05-2004, 02:25 AM
It would be very sad to see him retire this season and I would love him to play one more season, and I loved watching his game when he decided to play, but hopefully as MrQ said he can find some energy and motivation in the off season, if he can great, if not then enjoy retirement.

Space Cowgirl
11-05-2004, 10:49 AM
I always remember the first time I saw him play, when he beat Philippoussis in the '98 Oz Open, it was a great match. Pity he could never capitalise more on his wonderful talents, though. He's a great entertainer when he's "on it"