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Albert Costa Says Good Bye to the ATP Next Week in Barcelona !!!

Alvarillo
10-12-2005, 02:02 PM
Albert Costa has announced that maybe Madrid AMS will be his last ATP tournament oh his career, he will only play Madrid this year and will think about retirement at the end of the season.
He wants to stay with his family and is difficult to travel around the world every week, he only wants to continue if he finds a good proyect for 2 years, but he doesn't want to play Qualys and now he can't choose tournaments he wants to play ....

Costa, was the 2002 Roland Garros champion and winner of 13 ATP titles:
1995--Kitzbuhel
1996--Bournemouth, Gstaad, San Marino
1997--Barcelona, Marbella
1998--Hamburg, Kitzbuehel
1999--Estoril, Gstaad, Kitzbuhel
2000--Davis Cup
2002--Roland Garros
2005--Doha (Doubles w/Nadal)

Alvarillo
10-12-2005, 02:04 PM
link:
http://www.marca.es/edicion/marca/tenis/masters_series_de_madrid/es/desarrollo/574252.html

Fergie
10-12-2005, 02:04 PM
Albert :sad:

NicoFan
10-12-2005, 02:06 PM
Very sad news...I really like Costa... :sad:

jtipson
10-12-2005, 02:15 PM
I thought this might be it for Albert when he was offered the wildcard. He was rumoured to be thinking of finishing at the end of this year anyway.

keqtqiadv
10-12-2005, 02:17 PM
Costa....

Jimnik
10-12-2005, 02:26 PM
I'll mostly remember Costa for beating JC in 2002 :mad:
First set, 6-1 Costa
Second set, 6-0 Costa :eek: Unbelievable - I remember being just totally shocked
Must have been JC's worst performance of his career. :banghead:

But Albert clearly deserved it that day and held his nerve much better than JC on the big stage. And, to proove his run wasn't a fluke, he reached the semis of RG the following year.

Great player. :worship:

SwissMister1
10-12-2005, 03:14 PM
He already has I think three kids, so I'm not too surprised...good luck to him.

DhammaTiger
10-12-2005, 04:20 PM
Will be sad to see Albert retire. One of the best players on the circuit IMO. With Corretja,Moya and Mantilla was the backbone of the Spanish tennis scene. However, there is life after tennis so, good luck to him and his family.

Horatio Caine
10-12-2005, 06:35 PM
Good luck to Albert and his family for the future... :yeah:

Jogy
10-13-2005, 12:06 AM
Very very sad that Albert ended so struggling like currently :sad:

I wish he continues playing, but if he feels so bad and wants family life he must do it. He has good career to look back!

:worship:

ultraX
10-13-2005, 12:16 AM
that's really sad folks

I really enjoy watching Costa on clay
As a weapon, I love his one-handed backhand

Grinder
10-13-2005, 12:17 AM
Costa is one of my favorite players, his Roland Garros win was no fluke.

I hope he can have a good run at Madrid Masters, thanks for the memories Albert.

Scotso
10-13-2005, 01:10 AM
Costa is one of my favorite players, his Roland Garros win was no fluke.

Erm.

I guess it's sad, but it's kind of overdue... he hasn't played well at all lately.

nkhera1
10-13-2005, 02:02 AM
Erm.

I guess it's sad, but it's kind of overdue... he hasn't played well at all lately.

Yeah, I mean once you lose to Roddick on clay, you kind of know that your career is in trouble. ;)

However I hope for all the best for Costa in the future.

Grinder
10-13-2005, 02:04 AM
Yeah, I mean once you lose to Roddick on clay, you kind of know that your career is in trouble. ;)


I guess Sebastian Grosjean and Olivier Rochus should just hang up their racquets.

Action Jackson
10-13-2005, 08:01 AM
Have a happy retirement Albert, and spend some time with the family and watching games in the Camp Nou.

One of the best players on clay for sure in the mid 90s and it was interesting that when he was one of the RG favourites, he always failed to deliver. Then in 2002 what a great day when he won RG, it was better cause it was unexpected, then fought like such a warrior in 2003 to defend his title and all those 5 setters with Roitman, Stepanek, Lapentti and Robredo. The first 2 should never have gone to 5 sets, if Al was anywhere near form, but those last 2 were fun to watch.

MariaV
10-13-2005, 08:26 AM
I'll miss Big Al. :sad: :worship:

alfonsojose
10-13-2005, 02:48 PM
No more milk shots with Corretja then :drool: :sad:

jole
10-13-2005, 02:53 PM
A real class act, he has a lot to be proud of from his career. Hope life continues to treat him well.

alfonsojose
10-13-2005, 02:58 PM
He has more titles than Tojo . I guess his GS record is better only on RG :scratch:

SwissMister1
10-13-2005, 03:02 PM
No more milk shots with Corretja then :drool: :sad:

:lol:

alfonsojose
10-13-2005, 03:06 PM
:drool: i'd love to be diving under the milk :toothy: SHARK ATTACK

RogiFan88
10-13-2005, 07:17 PM
Adios, Jamon Jabugo!

I regret never having had the opportunity to see Albert be the King of the Mountains in Gstaad and Kitzbuhel. The fact that he won 11 titles on clay before triumphing at RG02 proves that his slam was no fluke -- it was simply the culmination of a good career. Nice also that he won a doubles title on hardcourt w Rafa in Doha05.

All the best, Albert! [if I'm really lucky I just may see him strolling around Pedralbes;)]

I hope Madrid does sth to honour his successes!

Galaxystorm
11-25-2005, 12:04 PM
Finally , Albert has decided to continue : " I've decided to continue at least one more year . I want to say goodbye gradually and not all of a sudden . I still feel a tennis player and will play as long as i receive wild cards . But if any day i fancy to play golf instead of going to practise i will do it "

He has already asked for a wild card at Aus Open : " I know it's difficult to get a positive answer from the organization , i would be very excited about receiving it "

TheMightyFed
11-25-2005, 12:53 PM
Unfortunately they might not give a shit getting Costa in the draw in Melbourne at this stage...

Horatio Caine
11-25-2005, 01:18 PM
Unfortunately they might not give a shit getting Costa in the draw in Melbourne at this stage...

Unfortunately, although it is nice to hear that he is playing one more year, I for one couldn't give a crap whether he is there or not :shrug:

Just a question of how many others share my view :shrug:

Federerthebest
11-25-2005, 01:31 PM
Unfortunately, although it is nice to hear that he is playing one more year, I for one couldn't give a crap whether he is there or not

Just a question of how many others share my view

Agreed. He is simply another anonymous face in the sea of talentless 3rd-world dirtballers; the only difference being that this one managed to fluke a grand-slam.

I certainly hope that the Aus Open does not waste a wildcard on this guy. There are many more promising players to whom the wildcard would be better granted.

avocadoe
11-25-2005, 01:40 PM
I'm glad he is doing it the way he wishes...I know I'll root for him to get a round or two :)

revolution
11-25-2005, 02:38 PM
Good to see he's giving it another go, I liked him and I hope he goes out on a high.

Of course he'll get a WC wherever he won an event, what's his ranking now?

revolution
11-25-2005, 02:41 PM
Yeah, I mean once you lose to Roddick on clay, you kind of know that your career is in trouble. ;)

Not really, more like losing in your second home, on clay, to Vinny Ice.

Hope he comes back and has a good run at RG next year, I'll be rooting for him.

almouchie
11-25-2005, 04:55 PM
i loved Costa, he was one of the great spanish generation along with Brugera & Berasategui.
it was sad watching play bad past two seasons
I think the traveling & training & being away from his family is starting to take a toll on him
want to see him a good farewall from the tour
a great professional & man _ best of luck to him in the future

enqvistfan
11-25-2005, 06:41 PM
Good to see him, one more year. Here's an article :

http://www.latercera.cl/medio/articulo/0,0,3308_5832_173183318,00.html

propi
11-25-2005, 07:48 PM
:bounce:
The man with 2 forehands doesn't retire yet, amazing news :bounce::bounce::bounce:
If only he'd be given those well deserved WCs... but if Bruguera wasn't given one in RG where he was champion twice in a row and finalist another time.. :rolleyes::tape::tape::tape:

Let's hope there's a bit of common sense in the apropriate minds and he gets them starting by Aus Open. After all he's a former top 10 and GS champion, not many people can say so :worship:

Vamos Al :yeah:

Action Jackson
11-26-2005, 03:53 PM
Agreed. He is simply another anonymous face in the sea of talentless 3rd-world dirtballers; the only difference being that this one managed to fluke a grand-slam.

That is one of the greatest analytical pieces ever created and to appear on a tennis forum. Going to print this out and frame this as such excellence needs to be rewarded.

kataanna
11-27-2005, 05:02 PM
I'm glad to hear that he's not retiring yet. He was one of the players, next to Bruguera and Corretja, who inspired me to follow tennis and to become a tennis freak I am right now :) I was just wondering why won't he just focus on doubles, I think he could be quite successful, plus it wouldn't be as tiresome as singles in his age... Well, it's his decision, and I have to respect that...

almouchie
11-27-2005, 05:27 PM
i think FEDERERTHEBEST & his fellow admirer cannt see beyond the swis eye
ALBERT COSTA was no fluke, u just wish u watched him at his best,& if u did & didnt realize his play u need better eyes & brains

Alvarillo
04-21-2006, 11:30 AM
Albert Costa recieves a WC to play ATP Barcelona and announces his retirement from Professional Tennis.
Albert Costa and Conchita Martinez, 2 of the best spanish players ever retires with one week of difference ... :sad:

L James
04-21-2006, 12:09 PM
Well done Albert. One of the good guys.

Pea
04-21-2006, 02:07 PM
I'll definitely miss Albert. Even his big butt.

Have a great life outside of tennis, Albert!

Nathaliia
04-21-2006, 02:09 PM
It was a beautiful career.
And a very cool person.

Good luck in life after (tennis) life.

ClaycourtaZzZz.
04-21-2006, 02:15 PM
You still have fellow Rafa;)

I love to watch Al play, especially that BH is simply class.:sad: Enjoy the life after tennis, you'll be missed:sad:

Jogy
04-21-2006, 02:32 PM
Albert Costa was very cool! :D :worship: Hope he gets great goodbye in Barcelona!
What a great player with beauty play too! Very incredible!! :)

A bit sad he only got one French Open and no other Slams like that.
No other winner in last 15 years was so cool and good like Costa! :D WHAT A FIGHTER :D

I would have liked to see Costa destroying Federer to pieces at French Open :lol: :haha: Sorry best he been allowed to do was in Rome two years ago ripping Federer's ass apart with beauty backhand play and power topspin angles from corner to corner. Normal, you only see Federer on clay so much without idea against Nadal :devil:

Hope he gets happyiness in private life and will get things to do outside of tennis so he is not bored :p

Action Jackson
04-21-2006, 02:36 PM
Perfect place for him to finish up playing and he got his RG win and the 2003 performance was warrior like and all those 5 setters, when he wasn't playing well, but he ground out the victories making the semi finals.

Well for Al plenty of time to watch Barca, hang out with Corretja and be there with this twins.

Rogiman
04-21-2006, 02:45 PM
Fare well Al, it's been an enjoyable ride and I'm glad you had your magical moment in 2002, and followed it with just as impressive a run one year later! ;)

atp_rears
04-21-2006, 02:59 PM
albert - thanks for the great tennis. and for keeping that fit butt in shape and showing it off.

Jelena
04-21-2006, 03:09 PM
Adios Albert! Enjoy life now with your family! It was nice talking to you, when we met... :wavey:

NATAS81
04-21-2006, 03:36 PM
I image something similar for Guga soon.

Sjengster
04-21-2006, 06:44 PM
Ah, Big Al, I hardly knew ye. But that 2003 RG run made me into a fan of yours forever - so many times written off, so many times producing the great comeback, and that moment when he roared and fell to his knees after finishing off Robredo with a drop volley is still my favourite ever winning reaction from any player. In the faintly amazed words of David Mercer a few moments later, "Albert Costa is clinging to this RG title... like gum to the bottom of your foot." It doesn't exactly sound complimentary, but I reckon it should be taken as such.

sonia
04-21-2006, 07:23 PM
Albert :sobbing:

martinatreue
04-21-2006, 07:46 PM
Albert was one of my all time faves. Loved to watch his creative game, his beautiful backhand, all court skills from baseline and net and his sexy bearish body. Big legs, ass, hairy body. :smooch: :devil:

celia
04-22-2006, 01:38 PM
He already has I think three kids, so I'm not too surprised...good luck to him.
already? :eek: didn't he just get married a couple of years ago?

anyway i honestly thought he had retired already.

ae wowww
04-22-2006, 01:41 PM
:worship: Costa :sad:...

almouchie
04-22-2006, 01:56 PM
Albert a great player,
one of the best spanish players on the tour for the past decade
a great person
& has had a respectable successful career
best of luck for him
quite young at 30 to say bye
but it is hard to see that he has to play qualies to enter draw

MisterQ
04-22-2006, 02:18 PM
Have a happy retirement Albert, and spend some time with the family and watching games in the Camp Nou.

One of the best players on clay for sure in the mid 90s and it was interesting that when he was one of the RG favourites, he always failed to deliver. Then in 2002 what a great day when he won RG, it was better cause it was unexpected, then fought like such a warrior in 2003 to defend his title and all those 5 setters with Roitman, Stepanek, Lapentti and Robredo. The first 2 should never have gone to 5 sets, if Al was anywhere near form, but those last 2 were fun to watch.

I remember that --- he fought so hard to defend it! I don't know how he was still standing. :cool:

Raquel
04-22-2006, 03:14 PM
Adios Albert :hug: I remember when I first started watching tennis he was Alberto Costa :)

Albert was always in Bruguera's, and particularly Corretja's, shadow. Corretja had the higher profile results for many years and was always higher up the RG favourites list during in the 1990s. That it was Costa who came through in the end and got the big one was unexpected, but a nice surprise. I hope he wins a couple of rounds in Barcelona.

kataanna
04-23-2006, 08:50 AM
One of the players thanks to whom I became interested in tennis... But you can't play forever so I wish him all the best in his post-professional-tennis-player carreer and I'm glad I had a chance to meet him once in Sopot. Maybe I'll meet him as a coach one day :yeah:
Albert :wavey:

Action Jackson
04-24-2006, 11:55 AM
Vamos Albert

Hope he can take out Vinnay Ice today.

propi
04-24-2006, 12:09 PM
Awww Alberto :sad:
He was my reference during the short period where Spanish tennis hadn't many top players... I love his backhand and I actually think he can play pretty well on hard courts... too bad he "peaked" when monster Muster :(
Have a great time with your girls :wavey:

Experimentee
04-24-2006, 03:02 PM
He was a great player and made the most of his career by winning a Grand Slam, and grabbing his only opportunity when it presented itself. He gained more of my respect when he fought valiantly to defend his title in 2003 even when he was in bad form.

NATAS81
04-24-2006, 04:28 PM
Props to Alb for keeping his head in it. Vinny did not make it easy, but Costa's dream run lives on.

Action Jackson
04-25-2006, 03:56 PM
Al now plays Hrbaty and this one is winnable for him as Hrbaty hasn't been in the best of form recently, it'd be good to see him continue on in the tournament as far as he can go.


http://www.openseatbarcelona.com/photos/06_acosta3.jpg

Action Jackson
04-25-2006, 04:04 PM
http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/mundo-img/20060422a/_archivo55_photo_10_1_1_20060422_ypo05f1.tif.jpg

ChinoRios4Ever
04-25-2006, 04:53 PM
we miss you albert

Daniel
04-26-2006, 01:47 AM
Se lo va a extrañar mucho Costa :wavey:

lucindia
04-26-2006, 12:09 PM
i'm so sad he retires...I used to see him every year at Roland Garros and Bercy, and he was no nice with me!(talking half spanish and english lol)
It will be different without him this year...I cannot even say goodbye:tears:
I'll never forget when he won, i was so happy...and then when he went to see his twin daughters, they are so cute!

I wish him all the best.... :wavey:

Action Jackson
04-26-2006, 01:47 PM
Albert is fighting hard at the moment and he may beat Hrbaty.

http://www.terra.es/addon/img/feed/deportes/20060424/7207c25cd8c47g.jpg

http://www.terra.es/addon/img/feed/deportes/20060424/7207c25eccd5dg.jpg

http://www.terra.es/addon/img/feed/deportes/20060424/7207c25cd9ea4g.jpg

almouchie
04-26-2006, 02:25 PM
Albert Costa def. D. Hrbaty 6/3 7/5
Vamos Albert
are these the clothes (Lacoste) he is wearing in the tournie
first I have seen this pic with his DC crown
great picture