Mark Rosset is officially retiring!

Rosa Luxembourg
10-25-2005, 04:12 PM
Good luck to him in his "new" life ;)

10-25-2005, 04:19 PM
Is Marc or Mark ?

10-25-2005, 04:23 PM
Didn't he already retire last year?:scratch:

Rosa Luxembourg
10-25-2005, 04:27 PM
Didn't he already retire last year?:scratch:

Not sure, but there is a news flash in Reuters today.

10-25-2005, 04:31 PM
ahh, I see;)

Sugar Kane
10-25-2005, 04:39 PM
It's Marc ;)

10-25-2005, 06:55 PM
Marc plays doubles with Wrawrinka in Basel tonight, which is his last tournament of his career.

Marc will be missed :(

10-25-2005, 07:00 PM
Marc :sad: :(
been a great long career

10-25-2005, 08:46 PM
marc!!! :sad:

10-25-2005, 08:54 PM
so strange every time i read his name i think of that swiss air disaster... good luck markie! you always made me laught. to bad i never saw him at his peak!

Doris Loeffel
10-25-2005, 11:35 PM
Yeap he got lucky there.

Too bad that there weren't more people staying for that very last match of Marc Rosset he would have deserved a greater public. We for sure did all we could to cheer our swiss guys on but unfortunately with not much luck. They lost to Berdych/Novak 6:3 6:3

Marc all the best for whatever you'll do in the future!!

Action Jackson
10-26-2005, 04:36 AM

Rebel without a court as Rosset hangs up racket
2005-10-25 15:33:56 GMT (Reuters)

By Mark Ledsom

BASEL, Switzerland, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Former Olympic gold medallist Marc Rosset is putting an end to his turbulent tennis career after 17 years on the professional circuit.

The 35-year-old Genevan will retire following this week's Swiss Indoors tournament where he is playing doubles.

"I actually made the decision a few months ago," Rosset told Reuters on Tuesday.

"I was still playing (on the Challenger circuit) at the start of the year, but then I had a tough time with the death of a friend and a few other problems, so I decided I wouldn't play again.

"Some friends talked me into playing one more time in Basel and, although I'm not fond of people making a fuss over me, I thought 'why not?'"


Rosset won 15 singles and eight doubles titles in his career, reached the semi-finals of the French Open in 1996 and won the doubles there in 1992.

He played on the Swiss team that lost the 1992 Davis Cup final to the United States -- despite Rosset's impressive singles victory over then-world number one Jim Courier.

Four years later, Rosset made the final of the Hopman Cup -- partnered by Martina Hingis -- but had to retire when he injured his hand after hitting an advertising board in one of his frequent tantrums.

In 1998 he cheated death when the Swissair flight he was booked on crashed into the Atlantic Ocean killing all on board. Rosset had decided to stay on and practice in New York after losing in the first round of the U.S. Open.

One of the tallest players on Tour at two metres, Rosset will be remembered for his 1992 Olympic gold medal win in Barcelona.

"But, for me, the highlight was reaching the top 10," insisted Rosset, whose ATP ranking peaked at world number nine.

"Barcelona was clearly a superb moment in my life, but being in the top 10 is the sort of thing you dream of when you're a kid."


Arguably his country's most talented male tennis player -- until the arrival of a certain Roger Federer -- Rosset was also a formidable character off the court, variously described by journalists as a rebel, a sulk and an outsider.

"I never considered myself a rebel but I was always shy -- and I think sometimes I tried to over-compensate and start saying things just to get reactions from people," Rosset said on Tuesday. "It wasn't really me, but then that was the image I had for the next 15 years."

Rosset, who has suffered from bouts of depression, said he is spending a lot of time on a Moroccan children's charity and is also planning to open a restaurant in Geneva with Ukrainian former world number four Andrei Medvedev.

Earlier this year Rosset was relieved of his captaincy of the Swiss Davis Cup team, Federer informing him by phone.

"When Roger called to tell me I was no longer captain, I told him what I felt and he apologised for doing it to me," said Rosset. "For sure I was disappointed, but it only amounts to about four or five weeks of the year, which is not what I'm looking for.

"I'm not sure I want to stay so directly involved in tennis, anyway. Maybe I could do something on the organisation side but I don't want to be dealing with players or coaches, or get back into the tennis lifestyle."

Rosset won 433 singles matches on Tour, earning nearly seven million dollars in the process.

Action Jackson
10-26-2005, 01:50 PM
Happy retirement big man.

10-26-2005, 07:22 PM
To summarize Marc:

:lol: :worship: :devil: :rolleyes: :confused: :fiery: :tape:

As far as him retiring... :sad:

10-26-2005, 08:26 PM
it was always tough to watch him moving
he had no good style
good retirement to him

10-26-2005, 08:28 PM
The guy who prevented Arrese to do something nice in his career and who "survived" the NY plane :worship:
If only he'd played decently in Paris vs Stich in 1996 :rolleyes:
All the best for the rest of your life :worship:

10-26-2005, 10:34 PM
Happy retirement time Marc. I got the chance to talk to him a few times when he played the USO tuneup in Long Island during the mid 90's. A very affable guy from what I can tell.

Corey Feldman
10-27-2005, 12:50 AM
Cya Marc, enjoy retirement and cheers for the memories in the 90's .. especially 1992 Olympic and DC Final, '95 Halle final when you saved 7 MP'S v Stich and the '96 french open Semi run.

10-27-2005, 01:27 AM
I think he's been retired for the past 4 or 5 years considering how much his ranking slid.

Action Jackson
10-27-2005, 01:52 AM
I think he's been retired for the past 4 or 5 years considering how much his ranking slide.

Brilliant comment.

Mrs. B
10-27-2005, 07:17 AM
Marc Rosset Is Tall. :)

Jim Jones
10-27-2005, 12:32 PM
If only he'd played decently in Paris vs Stich in 1996
I remember that match. During a contested point where the point had been given to Stich who repeatingly said that the point was Stich's which was originally the case. Rosset wanted the referee to check the mark and it was found out that Rosset had won the point and that Stich knew that. This was after Rosset on at least 2 occasions had given the point to Stich when it was found out that he had won the point.

Action Jackson
11-06-2005, 12:34 PM
Choupi translated this article about Marc Rosset, from the Tribune de Genève, 26 October 2005. It's worth reading.

Adulated and hated at the same time, Rosset says his farewells to tennis.
By Bernard Andrié, published 26 October 2005.

Marc Rosset has decided to enter the ring for the last time at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. After 17 years on the professional tour, he puts an end to the adventure. With a palmares he could make any other Swiss sportsman green with envy. With this Olympic title in 2002 in Barcelona. That nobody will ever take away from him. And that will remain the highest feat of arms of his career.

Marc Rosset hasn't forgotten anything. He had gone to Spain with no great illusions, he came back covered with gold. Hallowed true hero by an entire country which hasn't always cherished him. “I had gone just to see and the events have wonderfully turned out. Thanks to George Deniau, who was coaching the Swiss team”, he remembers.

What is kept in mind from that final which lasted for more than 5 hours under some unhuman heat is the vision of 2 players literally exhausted. The Spaniard Jordi Arrese, though supported by thousands of his country fellows, hoisted the white flag first. “I've lost 3 kgs on that day!”, recalls Marc Rosset.

But the hardest was still to come for the Olympic hero. He certainly wasn't expecting such a welcome in Zurich as well as in Geneva. He was wanted, everywhere. Politicians- always on the look-out and opportunists- were shamelessly taking over his victory. He, who was wishing to celebrate the event among friends and family, it was his luck. He was being introduced to the other side of the coin. He even threw into a bin the bouquet he had just been given, mad with anger.

What is left today from this event? An alley Marc Rosset at the Drizia-Miremont Club, club of his childhood and teenage years. But the Genevan isn't one of those who keep the memory cult alive. Lunatic, the man shows multiple characters. From the brightest to the darkest. With a touching generosity, shouting his mouth off, able of genius, bad language.

But also inclined with messing with a bunch of people: Stéphane Oberer, his 1st coach, Jakob Hlasek, his partner in DC for a long time, Swiss tennis, the Swiss DC team he left from the backdoor, and Roger Federer he had been overcareful with for a long time.

Adulated or hated, Marc Rosset will always be a complex character. And awfully complexed. Under pretty surly appearances, he's hiding treasures of kindness. Given that one takes time to discover them. “When he was a kid, he was funny, absolutely not introvert”, remembers a Genevan player.

Even though their relationship got tense with time passing by, Stéphane Oberer doesn't deny the 12 years he's spent with the troublemaker of Helvetian tennis. “To be sincere, I don't feel like erasing from my mind that time of my life”, says his former coach. “I've gone through fantastic, unbelievable, privileged moments...”
Maybe the nicest tribute of all...

Yesterday night, Marc Rosset, associated to Stanislas Wawrinka, has been...

I don't mean to complain but I'm gonna miss him.

With his queer habit of faking martyr, depression and lack of energy, his way of dragging his spleen on the courts for ages and his claiming his will of quitting with this barbarian and unhuman tennis world, I should've known he'd end up carrying out his threats.

Anyway, you could knock me down with a feather this time. To drop me so off-headedly! Almost without any warning. To be honest, such ungratefulness is killing me. Ok, sometimes I've criticized him a bit. But great compliments or not, I have supported him from the tip of my pencil for years Marc Rosset. Despite his repetitive losses.

So I don't mean to whine about it, but I'm gonna miss the big blond guy. All the more so that after Servette and Marc Roger, it's just getting too much.

True after all. Fed up actually that all the best always leave first. Yes I know, the buffoons are numerous in sport as a whole. But we have to admit that, in Geneva, such champions tend to get very rare. In fact, the only one left is that nice McSornette. To be kept under cloche. Because I'm shaking at the sole thought that Big Mac could also consider leaving me so brutally one day, too used to seeing those hard-working Grenats getting the puck so many times.

Champion's words:

Being DC Captain:
“This job will survive me. I don't need it for a living nor to satisfy my ego, unlike some of my predecessors.” (October 2003)

“Unless somebody has me change my mind before tomorrow morning, I have just played my last tournament in singles... Too much's too much. End of the story.” (after he lost in the 1st rd Wimbledon 2001)

The secret of his longevity:
“A glass of vodka per day...” (Swiss Indoors 2003)

“There, I'm a true star! Unlike those of big tourneys, the organizers are taking such good care of me.” (April 2001)

After-tennis time:
“I don't see myself with obligations, a boss telling me what to do, a suit, a tie...” (2001)

“I just love kids and they give it back to me a hundred times. I must have a Pierre Richard look that makes them laugh.” (2001)

Earned $:
“I've lost in the 1st rd in Barletta. I've earned 260$. Minus 200$ ATP fine, minus the taxes which are taken straight at the source, I've been paid...6 bills of 1$. Only enough to afford a beer and a hotdog at the Verners.” (coming back from Barletta Challenger in 2002)

Feeling down in the dumps:
“May it help me win a match, I'd be ready to run over the Mont Blanc bridge in a string with a feather in the...” (after his 1st rd loss in Miami 2001)

Public image:
“I'd like people to remember me as somebody who can shout his head off but who isn't rude. A man just a bit shy and not really gifted for happiness.” (2002)

“The day I won't bite my nails anymore, I'll stop having stomach pains, I'd better give it all up. I won't be a killer any longer.” (November 1997)

“In a restaurant, if someone nicely smiles at me, I am unable to smile back. So I'm supposed to be haughty.” (1999)