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Karsten "Katze" Braasch Retires From Professional Tennis!

JMG
11-23-2005, 09:07 PM
After 18 years on the tour he will end his career. One reason was that it wasn't always fun anymore - 20 players refused to play doubles with him in Wimbledon. He still had to play this year to get the ATP-pension.

Next year he only want to play in a 2.Bundesliga team and in the future he wants to become a coach. The article also says that he already has some offers from top 100 players.

Braasch rocks! :rocker2:

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Karsten Braasch beendet Karriere
Am Ende des Jahres ist international Schluss
HalleWestfalen. Einer der schillernsten Persönlichkeiten der deutschen Tennisszene verabschiedet sich. Der aus dem westfälischen Marl stammende Karsten Braasch wird sich am Ende der Saison nach 18 Jahren Profitennis von der Tour verabschieden. Der heute 38-Jährige war stets ein Mann des offenen Wortes, hat einige nationalen und internationale Turniererfolgen auszuweisen, doch in der Erinnerung er wird allen auf Grund seiner unorthodoxen Spielweise bleiben. Insbesondere sein Aufschlag, den er in einer Art Korkenzieherbewegung ausführt, wurde zu seinem Markenzeichen. Über diesen sagte Braasch einmal selbst: „Wenn ich das im Fernsehen sehe, muss ich lachen.“

Sein bestes Jahr auf der ATP-Tour erlebte „Katze“, wie der Westfale auf Grund seiner Geschmeidigkeit genannt wird, im Jahr 1994. Der 38. Platz der ATP-Weltrangliste war seine beste Einzelnotierung, drei Jahre später führte in die ATP auf Rang 36 der Doppelweltrangliste. Als der Davis Cup im Jahr 1994 seine zweite Runde gegen Spanien in HalleWestfalen austrug, stand Braasch erfolgreich auf dem ostwestfälischen Rasen an der Seite des deutschen Wimbledonsiegers Michael Stich. Und er trug zum Gewinn des deutschen Teams beim ARAG World Team Cup (1994) im Düsseldorfer Rochusclub bei. Seine größten Erfolge feierte Braasch im Doppel, errang insgesamt sechs Turniersiege, und seit dem Jahr 2000 trat er ausschließlich in diesem Wettbewerb noch an. Mit zunehmenden Alter war es für den Linkshänder zugleich auch schwerer geworden, passende Partner zu finden. Für Wimbledon sagten ihm gleich 20 Profis ab und er zog nun die Konsequenz:. „Darauf habe ich jetzt keinen Bock mehr“, sagte Braasch, der letztlich nur noch so lange spielte, bis er in den Genuß der ATP-Rente kam.

Ab dem 49. Lebensjahr erhalten ehemalige Tour-Profis nach einem komplizierten Schlüssel Rentenzahlungen, wobei die genaue Summe noch unklar ist. Mit Braasch verliert das Profitennis eine Persönlichkeit, die auch immer für einen Spruch und Spaß zu haben war. So ist sein erfolgreiches Showmatch am Rande der Australian Open in Melbourne gegen die Williams-Schwestern noch heute in guter Erinnerung, denn Serena holte ein, Venus im zweiten Satz zwei Spiele gegen „Katze“. Sein anschließender Kommentar: „Die achtzehn Löcher Golf, die ich vorher gespielt habe, waren anstrengender.“ Den Schläger endgültig in die Ecke stellen will er aber noch nicht ganz, denn im nächsten Jahr folgt noch ein weiteres Gastspiel beim TC Blau-Weiss Berlin in der 2. Tennis-Bundesliga. Danach strebt Karsten Braasch eine Trainerlaufbahn an und er hat bereits die ersten Anfragen von Top-100-Spielern vorliegen.
http://www.tennisbundesliga.de/seiten/aktuelles/info/2005/info11_16_05.hml.html
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ae wowww
11-23-2005, 09:10 PM
:eek: Sorry to see you go Karsten! Absolute legend :D Great athlete.. I'm not sure I understand the refusal thing? Great he has had coaching offers, I look forward to that. GO KB!

Chloe le Bopper
11-23-2005, 09:12 PM
20 players turned him down?!?! Did they not realize that they were in the presence of a legend?!

Blasphemous.

DrJules
11-23-2005, 09:17 PM
When is the list of 20 going to be named and shamed. :eek:

George_Hanson
11-23-2005, 09:18 PM
I remember Karsten smoking a cigarette during the break. He's been my fav ever since

athie
11-23-2005, 09:30 PM
Braasch rocks! :rocker2:
Yeah he's brilliant :) really sad to hear this - Katze.... :hug: Nice to hear he's going down the coaching road.

federerfan7465
11-23-2005, 11:02 PM
he's the guy who destroyed Venus and Serena Willaima right? And smoked in between points.

he's the man

Domino
11-23-2005, 11:32 PM
Somebody please commemorate this with a clip of his serve

its.like.that
11-23-2005, 11:47 PM
:D

NyGeL
11-24-2005, 02:16 AM
I don't know why I don't know him :(

jole
11-24-2005, 03:06 AM
Katze forever! :D

http://www.tennis-ontheline.com/pics/04uso/04uskb03.jpghttp://www.sportregio.de/redaktion/images/20050291.jpghttp://www.tenniswizard.com/dynamic/images/player_photos/Karsten_Braasch.jpg

Action Jackson
11-24-2005, 03:19 AM
:worship: Braasch

What a serve, the wrap around glasses, the beard, the cigarettes, hanging at casino before early matches the next morning and all the dinks at the net.

I agree with the people who said those players should be named and shamed for refusing to play doubles with him.

Braasch took the piss out of the Williams sisters after he just came back from tennis after being out for 6 months. He played on court 12 with no linesmen or other officials and whilst they were playing at top capacity, Braasch was very relaxed and taking it easy. smoking at the change of ends and laughing with the crowd.

*Ljubica*
11-24-2005, 06:21 AM
I remember Karsten smoking a cigarette during the break. He's been my fav ever since

I remember that - and as a fellow smoker I've had a soft spot for him ever since :p Happy retirement Karsten - and yes - NAME AND SHAME the 20 now!!!

Hagar
11-24-2005, 08:55 AM
I took some pics of him at Sydney and the Australian Open 2003.
He was really a cool guy. :cool:
Only cigar smoking player on the ATP, I reckon.

Shame on those who turned them down. They should have felt honoured.

galadriel
11-24-2005, 10:52 AM
Bye Bye Karsten :sad:

almouchie
11-24-2005, 10:53 AM
whats the ATP pesion? what do average players get when they retire

Neely
11-24-2005, 12:21 PM
A funny guy retires, but I think it's the right moment for him as it became more and more difficult with him to have success lately.

BTW, I thought that Braasch won against both Serena and Venus 6-1 (article says it was 1 and 2)

whats the ATP pesion? what do average players get when they retire
Yeah, that would be interesting to know. I never heard any concrete numbers about that.

DrJules
11-24-2005, 12:26 PM
A funny guy retires, but I think it's the right moment for him as it became more and more difficult with him to have success lately.

BTW, I thought that Braasch won against both Serena and Venus 6-1 (article says it was 1 and 2)


Yeah, that would be interesting to know. I never heard any concrete numbers about that.


Did he take a cigarette break when the Wiliams sisters won 3 games.

Action Jackson
11-24-2005, 12:35 PM
A funny guy retires, but I think it's the right moment for him as it became more and more difficult with him to have success lately.

BTW, I thought that Braasch won against both Serena and Venus 6-1 (article says it was 1 and 2)


Yeah, that would be interesting to know. I never heard any concrete numbers about that.

It was 1 and 2, considering Katze wrote the article.


http://observer.guardian.co.uk/osm/story/0,6903,543962,00.html

How to... beat both Williams sisters in one afternoon

Karsten Braasch is the German tennis player who did just that in 1998

Sunday September 2, 2001

It was the 1998 Australian Open and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, had seen some of the male players practising. On the basis of what they saw, they were convinced that they could beat a man ranked around 200 in the world and wanted to set up a game. At the time I was ranked 203 so the men's tour manager mentioned the possibility of a challenge to me, thinking that I was the perfect candidate. I didn't take much persuading, it seemed like a fun thing to do.

My advice if you're ever in a position to play a match of this nature is be patient - don't be annoyed or surprised if your match against the Williams sisters is cancelled, as they both have very busy schedules. My game against them had to be re-organised at least a couple of times.

Preparation is crucial. Remember that a game like this is light-hearted - taking it too seriously would be a mistake. My training regime consisted of a leisurely round of golf in the morning followed by a couple of shandies. I turned up on court feeling suitably laid-back.

My first game of the afternoon, just a one-set match, was against Serena. A hint: try and play your match somewhere quiet, where you're not going to be pestered by big crowds or lots of press - we were out on one of the back courts at Melbourne Park, No 17 I think it was. I felt so relaxed that I didn't even warm up properly. We started playing and I raced into a 5-0 lead.

At this point Venus turned up to watch. She had just finished a press conference after a quarter-final loss against Lindsey Davenport. In the end I won my game against Serena 6-1 but by the time we were at the net shaking hands, Venus was on court, ready to have a go against me as well. The game against Venus was very similar. I ended up winning 6-2.

Both sisters are great tennis players and hit the ball extremely well. However, if you've been playing on the men's tour there are certain shots you can play that are going to put them in difficulty. Try and put a lot spin on the ball - I was hitting the ball with a degree of spin they don't face week-in, week-out. Another key is to chase down every shot. In our match, they were putting shots into the corners that on the women's tour would be winners but I was able to return them.

In the end I won, but neither myself, nor Venus or Serena took the game too seriously - we were just having a bit of fun.

Apparently, after the game, Serena and Venus immediately told the press they wanted to challenge a male player again. This time they revised the ranking of the man they wanted to face, to 350 in the world. I informed the journalist who told me this that in the next week I was set to lose a lot of ATP points and drop down to 350 in the rankings. I told him that if Venus and Serena waited just one week they could challenge me all over again!

That never came about, but when I saw Venus a few months later at the French Open she came up to me with a big smile on her face and said, 'You know that thing in Australia - it never happened!'

Neely
11-24-2005, 12:42 PM
Yes, then it must be 1 & 2. That's for making it clear and posting the additional article, George.

Action Jackson
11-24-2005, 12:43 PM
Yes, then it must be 1 & 2. That's for making it clear and posting the additional article, George.

I wish I had a video camera for this match. I was too busy laughing, the Williams sisters were huffing and puffing and Katze was taking the mickey, they couldn't handle his serve.

mr_burns
11-24-2005, 02:31 PM
I understand these 20 players. It's Wimbledon, so you want to play with a partner how is in form
His time is over a long time

wcr
11-24-2005, 03:28 PM
Thanks for the great articles. Karsten Braasch. What a character. May the road rise up to meet him everywhere he goes.

KarstenBraasch#1
11-24-2005, 05:22 PM
:sad: :(

I'm not too shocked though. He has played very little this year which was a bit surprising considering that he had a very good 2004 (better than 2003 actually) with reaching the quarters at RG and some other nice results.
So I figured that he played less either because of injury or lack of partners, and obviously it was the latter. Pretty sad that he couldn't find anyone to play with at Wimbledon.
I hope that I can see him play once more at the DM in December or in the Bundesliga next year. :)

ae wowww
11-24-2005, 08:46 PM
I remember that - and as a fellow smoker I've had a soft spot for him ever since :p Happy retirement Karsten - and yes - NAME AND SHAME the 20 now!!!

:rolleyes:

It just gets worse and worse.

joeb_uk
11-24-2005, 08:51 PM
:rolleyes:

It just gets worse and worse.
I guess you mean the amount of smokers? :mad: - Well thats all I could take from your post?

ae wowww
11-24-2005, 09:26 PM
I guess you mean the amount of smokers? :mad: - Well thats all I could take from your post?

Yes, I cannot believe Rosie is a smoker as well as all her other traits. It seems she also believes herself to be comparable to KB!

Chloe le Bopper
11-24-2005, 11:28 PM
You know, I have history with Rosie here myself, but I fail to see how her being a smoker is relevant to, you know, anything. While I find the habit a bit gross myself, I'm sure that I eat things that other people would find gross. Different strokes, yo.

Sjengster
11-24-2005, 11:49 PM
You know, I have history with Rosie here myself, but I fail to see how her being a smoker is relevant to, you know, anything. While I find the habit a bit gross myself, I'm sure that I eat things that other people would find gross. Different strokes, yo.

I'm curious, I have a fairly wide tolerance for food, what kind of thing could you possibly eat that others would find gross?

CooCooCachoo
11-25-2005, 08:40 AM
Bye :bigwave:

I wouldn't have wanted to play doubles with him either, unless you just want a quick loss and a low paycheck.

Keep on smoking, Karsten :smoke:

KarstenBraasch#1
11-25-2005, 04:42 PM
I wouldn't have wanted to play doubles with him either, unless you just want a quick loss and a low paycheck.
:rolleyes: Just because he once lost playing with your beloved Tommy R. (who's not exactly a doubles expert).

CooCooCachoo
11-25-2005, 05:44 PM
:rolleyes: Just because he once lost playing with your beloved Tommy R. (who's not exactly a doubles expert).

The last few years, he hasn't exactly been that successful ;) So that is why he was rejected that many times.

I am not saying he's not amusing to watch; he is. Even in his match with Tommy (and yes, he played like crap - Tommy was the better doubles player there by far), he was fun to watch :p

KarstenBraasch#1
11-25-2005, 06:12 PM
The last few years, he hasn't exactly been that successful ;) So that is why he was rejected that many times.
Depends what you consider to be "successful".
In 2002 he won two ATP titles.
2003 wasn't good but he stayed in top 100.
In 2004 he improved again, reaching the 3rd round at AO and the quarterfinal at RG, and finishing the year as no.66.

Not too bad IMO.

Action Jackson
12-29-2006, 03:07 PM
Katze forever! :D

http://www.tennis-ontheline.com/pics/04uso/04uskb03.jpghttp://www.sportregio.de/redaktion/images/20050291.jpghttp://www.tenniswizard.com/dynamic/images/player_photos/Karsten_Braasch.jpg

:worship: :worship: :worship:

Never forgotten.

rod99
12-30-2006, 04:41 AM
smoking.....what an idiot.

Action Jackson
11-18-2007, 02:05 PM
smoking.....what an idiot.

Smoking hasn't stopped Ferrer from making the top 5.

Naide
11-18-2007, 02:07 PM
Karsten my love :inlove:

Action Jackson
02-25-2008, 02:58 AM
Here is the great serve.

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ClaudiuS
02-25-2008, 03:00 AM
That serve will always be remembered

Prost Karsten! :drink:

TMJordan
02-25-2008, 04:02 AM
He was a legend of the game :tears:

ChinoRios4Ever
02-25-2008, 04:45 AM
Bye Karsten :worship: :smoke:

Kolya
02-25-2008, 06:10 AM
The man who showed the Williams sisters what real tennis is :yeah:

Bilbo
02-25-2008, 06:24 AM
Braasch :worship: :yeah:

One of my all-time favorites :sad:

Bad Religion
02-25-2008, 07:03 AM
Hall of fame material

Burrow
02-25-2008, 02:38 PM
I would have refused to play with this mungrel of a man too. :)

frenchie
02-25-2008, 02:59 PM
Braasch, the only male player ever (with Justine Henin:devil:) to beat the Williams sisters

:wavey:

rocketassist
02-25-2008, 05:01 PM
Legend. :yeah:

ufokart
02-25-2008, 05:04 PM
Karsten :worship:

Action Jackson
02-26-2008, 01:25 AM
Yes, the 3rd best German player of all time.

SwiSha
02-26-2008, 01:49 AM
legende

Action Jackson
02-26-2008, 02:04 AM
Braasch and Tomas Behrend, that would have been a quality doubles team, the huge grunt of Behrend and the finesse of Braasch.

boughtmypoints
02-26-2008, 02:56 AM
Karsten was coaching the last time I saw him which must have been in 2006 at Halle.

I don't think it's important to know who the 20 are : the number quoted is just a measure of the frustration Braasch was going through. For doubles players ranked outside the top 50 or so, it can be a weekly dose of humiliation as they try to find a higher ranked player to sign in with and make the cut. That said, players will do each other favors if they sense a future pay back; obviously Karsten had used up all his currency.

The sad reality is that once you drop off the tour events, you cannot avoid losing money as a doubles player playing Challengers.

I almost got to play Braasch ... my partner failed to sign the ALT list in time, but Karsten was unfailingly friendly anytime, any place I spoke to him on the tour.

I hope you got your pension!

*Viva Chile*
02-26-2008, 03:01 AM
Bye Karsten :worship: :smoke:



Felipe: :secret: He retired in 2005 :lol:

ChinoRios4Ever
02-26-2008, 03:04 AM
Felipe: :secret: He retired in 2005 :lol:

anyway :worship:

Action Jackson
02-27-2008, 04:40 AM
I almost got to play Braasch ... my partner failed to sign the ALT list in time, but Karsten was unfailingly friendly anytime, any place I spoke to him on the tour.

I hope you got your pension!

Good to hear that he was friendly to you. I mean the glasses, the serve, the dinks and chips, don't see many of that anymore and Santoro will be gone soon.

Action Jackson
08-08-2008, 11:10 AM
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fast_clay
08-08-2008, 11:28 AM
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yes... oh yes...

Karsten 'the Real Deal' Braasch...!




f*****g legend...

Eden
12-19-2010, 02:13 PM
There is an interview with Karsten in the recent edition of the German tennismagazine. I thought to translate it for those of you who are interested:


What is currently doing… Karsten Braasch?

Corkscrew-serve, magical shots, cigarettes during the toilet break: The unconventional professional with the big glasses retired in 2005.

Interview by Tim Böseler

Mr. Braasch, you sound very relaxed. Where do we reach you at the moment?

Right now I’m sitting on my couch in Ratingen and smoke a cigarette.

The classical cigarette at the end of a working day?

Well, I don’t have that much to do at the moment. After my career I tried three times to work as coach but I got pranked three times by my partners, the last time in autumn. I’m too good-natured for this job.

Are you looking for a new coaching job?

Yes. Tennis is my passion. I don’t want to work for any village team though and prefer to stay in professional sport.

You were born in 1967 like Thomas Muster. Muster is now active on the tour again. Would this be an option for you?

Never ever! I find it silly what Muster is doing. He is just too bad.

Which highlights cross your mind when you look back on your career?

My Davis Cup debut against Spain 1994 in Halle. I’m a Westphalia so it was a home match for me. I got nominated for the doubles. That was extremely exciting. In 1995 I had the honor to open the Wimbledon tournament against Pete Sampras on the Centre Court. I played a good match. Unfortunately I had to serve against the sun at 6:7 7:6 and 4:5. Suddenly I wasn’t able to hit a volley anymore. From then on he just roll over me and paid me the biggest compliment of my career afterwards.

What did he say?

To play against Braasch would be worse as to have pains in the ass.

A hint to your weird game.

What do you mean with weird? I didn’t have the weapons as the other players and had to think about something else. To vary more, to play stops and to come up with surprising shots.

Which victory was your biggest one?

When I beat Ivan Lendl 1994 in Hamburg. At that time nobody in Germany knew me. Afterwards the tennis fans knew my name. The people liked me because I played unusual tennis.

The corkscrew-serve was your trademark. Did you ever want to change it?

No, why? It was very effective. I had to laugh myself though when I saw my serve for the first time on video when I was 14 years old. Until then I thought I would serve normal.

Second trademark was the cigarette.

I always smoked, even when I was a professional. It had to be at least 10 a day and I never managed to smoke less.

How did it work when you had to be on the court for several hours?

That was a problem. When I was for the first time ever in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament in 1992 at the Australian Open I didn’t know how I should survive 5 sets. So I asked the chief umpire if I could smoke during the changeover. But I wasn’t allowed to do. Then I had to play 5 sets against Jacco Eltingh and after the 4th set on my way to the toilets smoked a cigarette with pleasure.

Where does your nickname “Katze” (“Cat”) come from?

That was during an indoor tournament in the 80ies. My opponent was a clumsy oaf and I supple as always. Then somebody said I would move like a cat.

Are you still active catlike today?

I don’t play that much and am a little rusty. But with a bit practicing it would be enough for the Williams Sisters.

Certinfy
12-19-2010, 02:15 PM
:haha: At the Muster bit :haha:

Action Jackson
12-19-2010, 08:55 PM
Hahahahaha, what a legend.

fabolous
12-19-2010, 09:22 PM
Right now I’m sitting on my couch in Ratingen and smoke a cigarette.
i cracked up after his first answer :worship:

scarecrows
12-19-2010, 09:38 PM
great last reply