Corretja retires officially

09-20-2006, 04:40 PM

Alex has decided to retire definitely and will announce his decision on friday or saturday in Santander during Davis cup tie where he will be as TV commentator and will receive a tribute too .

Unluckily in the last years Alex has been fighting against a serious eye problem and after two surgeries he hasn't been able to recover enough sight to play again .

He has only recovered the 50% of the sight of his lefty eye and Alex says : " it's enough to make a normal life but not to play tennis as a pro " . Corretja adds : " The doctor told me to try it and train , and though physically I have kept fit , the best for me is to give up because I haven't fully recovered the sight and also my tennis level is very far from what I would like "

09-20-2006, 04:42 PM

09-20-2006, 04:47 PM
Geez only 50 percent of his left eye? Eck. All the best, Alex!!! May you have a happy life with your wife and beautiful children!:worship:

Thanks for all the memories!:sad:

Action Jackson
09-20-2006, 04:48 PM
It was always on the cards and I thought he was delaying the inevitable and it was good to see him around at the Aus Open as a commentator.

He made the most of his game and deserved to win a RG title and 1999 was his year to do it, but not everythin works the way it should.

Very well spoken guy and had a great career. He should be leading the ATP and not Mr Disney.

09-20-2006, 04:53 PM
bye bye Alex, thanks for all
The bronze medal in Sydney 00 OG, Davis Cup and the Masters-Cup will make us to remember you forever
that victory against Sampras in DC in USA on grass was simply :worship:

and as a commentator is the best in years on spanish tv, very funny to listen him!
hope Santander will pay a nice tribute!!!!!!!!

09-20-2006, 04:58 PM
Good luck in the future Alex.

Although retirement was probably due anyway, it's sad to see him forced into retirement by a poor recovery. :(

He did have an excellent career and participated in some unforgettable matches.

09-20-2006, 05:02 PM
Good luck in life to Alex. He does have a beautiful family.

It is a pity that one of the first images that comes to mind is the loss in USO against the puking Pete.

09-20-2006, 05:05 PM
:sad: sad way to go out.

09-20-2006, 05:06 PM
he was one of my favourite players, after goran of course.
Alex was great not only on clay but also on all other surfaces
it was a big victory against sampras in 2002, form 0:2 down, it was amazing

09-20-2006, 05:10 PM
:awww: Alex
This reminds me of the retirement of Albert Costa not long ago...They are good friends.
:worship: Alex!

09-20-2006, 05:11 PM

09-20-2006, 06:21 PM
Good Luck Alex!

09-20-2006, 06:21 PM
He was a great player, and will be missed!

09-20-2006, 06:27 PM
I figured as much...he will be always be known as great player and very nice guy, though

09-20-2006, 06:28 PM
Good luck Alex and thanks for all :)

09-20-2006, 06:38 PM

great memories

I remember him jumping the net to hug Carretero after he won the Hamburg final

09-20-2006, 07:46 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

:crying2: :hysteric: :crying2: :hysteric: :crying2:

I never had the chance to see Alex play a match live... :sad:

09-20-2006, 08:33 PM
Bye Alex! It was nice to meet you in 2003 in Stuttgart. :wavey:

09-20-2006, 08:46 PM
Alex:sad: Have a good life:hug:

09-20-2006, 08:51 PM
Aww poor Alex :sad: :sad: Hope he has a great future with his family :)

09-20-2006, 08:53 PM
Alex :smooch:

Thanks for the memories :)

09-20-2006, 08:54 PM
His hairy chest and sexy face will be missed :drool:

09-20-2006, 09:17 PM
Where have all the good guys gone :sad:

09-20-2006, 10:25 PM
His hairy chest and sexy face will be missed :drool:I always thought he was the best looking man in tennis. :cool:

09-20-2006, 10:34 PM
Farewell of a classact, we will be lucky to have him as a tennis commentator, hopefully for many years

09-20-2006, 11:03 PM
Was a huge fan; am sad to see him go, though he has been done for some time now.

Another of the really good guys in the sport. I suffered some heartbreakers with him in the late 90s. Wish he could have gotten that RG, but still a great career. Glad to hear he's still around the tennis circuit, tennis needs more guys like him.

09-20-2006, 11:12 PM
what a gentlemen and a great player

alex :worship: :worship: :worship:

09-20-2006, 11:33 PM
Corretja long time did not play anymore
but now the great old Spaniards retired now with Corretja and Costa :sad:

Have luck in other live, Alex! :worship:
you gave good matches and were interesting! :yeah:

*Viva Chile*
09-21-2006, 12:34 AM

It is sad, but since it discovered that his eye problem has no solution, the retirement was inevitable, soon or later.

I really liked him in the past, thanks for all Alex, and the best for you in your life with your beautiful family :hug:

Corey Feldman
09-21-2006, 01:42 AM
Cya 1998 Masters Cup champion.

09-21-2006, 02:30 AM
I always thought he was the best looking man in tennis. :cool:

definitely the best-looking Spanish player! ;)

leng jai
09-21-2006, 03:06 AM
Well there goes another awesome single handed backhand

09-21-2006, 03:29 AM
I'm very sad to hear this :sobbing:
He hasn't been playing much recently and i missed him, but i wanted to believe he could or would make a comeback.

Good luck to him in whatever he decides to do after retirement :)

09-21-2006, 04:02 AM

09-21-2006, 11:58 AM
So i can officially retire from this board - my baby has call it a day :sad: :sad: :sad:

Good luck in the future Alex:hug:

09-21-2006, 03:47 PM
Thanks for all Alex :hug:
Have a great life with your wife and children!

09-21-2006, 03:56 PM
Good luck in the future Alex and thanks for the memories :sad:

09-21-2006, 04:03 PM
Thanks for all Alex :hug:
Have a great life with your wife and children!

And a big hug to his fans on MTF because you guys are great ;) :hug:

09-21-2006, 04:19 PM
And a big hug to his fans on MTF because you guys are great ;) :hug:

:kiss: :hug:

09-21-2006, 07:34 PM
Hat off and a bow for the expected but still sad departure to a player who's tennis and gentlemen's style I always appreciated very much. So long Alex, a kiss to you like you gave to the net judge in one of those many memorable RG matches.


09-21-2006, 10:29 PM
So sorry to hear about Corretjas eye injury :sad:
One of the most popular players of the tour is going to retire.
Good luck for your life after your career, Alex :)

09-22-2006, 02:24 AM
:sad: :sad:

09-22-2006, 03:42 AM
It was bound to happen soon, and now that it's official I'm really saddened by it. I'll miss the guy big-time and wish him luck in his future. I'm just glad he carved out a great career for himself, even if he never won a major. Truly one of the nicest, most rootable players I've ever had the pleasure of watching.

09-23-2006, 09:02 AM
Alex :sad: :sad:

Action Jackson
09-23-2006, 09:20 AM

09-23-2006, 03:01 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

:crying2: :hysteric: :crying2: :hysteric: :crying2:

I never had the chance to see Alex play a match live... :sad:

For me only once....he played doubles with Costa at Cincy a few years ago. Liked him instantly!

Best of luck to him in his new career.

09-23-2006, 04:27 PM
It is always sad to confirm the departure of such a class act. Have a great life Alex.

09-23-2006, 07:41 PM
So sorry Alex did not win the FO in at least one of his two finals. His victory in the Masters finals, coming from two sets down against Moya, was fabulous. He was also an outstanding Davis Cup competitor. He had a wonderful all court game, just lacked enough power to win some Majors. Good luck with the eye problem Alex, sorry to see you go!

09-26-2006, 02:02 AM
Adios Alex :wavey: :kiss: :hug:

guy in sf
09-29-2006, 05:01 AM
Very classy person and handsome guy!