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Martin Verkerk (30) quits

tennistard
12-08-2008, 08:44 PM
Martin Verkerk quits playing professional tennis. He currently is the number 263 of the world.
2003 and 2004 were his prime years, with of course the final of Ronald Garros (2003) as a highlight.
On Dutch tv he explained that he doesn't believe anymore that it's possible to enter the top 100 again. That's why he doesn't want to invest (time. money) anymore in being a tennis pro. Earlier this year, in july, he got injured again.

Too bad he only managed to do well on the big stage during RG 2003. He was a fun player to watch; expressive, volatile and genuinely amazed when he produced a superb shot.

TankingTheSet
12-08-2008, 08:49 PM
He managed to go out in style, with two consecutive 'no shows' in challenger draws last month. :lol:

But his come-back this year wasn't a complete failure, at least he tried and he did win a challenger and futures, probably more than most expected.

Baghdatis#1
12-08-2008, 08:56 PM
At least he won Athens CH. I am so dissapointed in these players that do this. Is it a Benelux thing? Sluiter, Verkerk, Henin, Clijsters, Kremer?

TankingTheSet
12-08-2008, 09:01 PM
Well his career virtually finished in the summer of 2004 when he got injured. After that he got other serious problems as well I think (psychological and related effects). His come-back was pretty admirable in the circumstances I think.

iriraz
12-08-2008, 09:18 PM
At least he won Athens CH. I am so dissapointed in these players that do this. Is it a Benelux thing? Sluiter, Verkerk, Henin, Clijsters, Kremer?

Why are u disappointed?U can`t comapare Verkerk with Henin or Clijsters.They retired from tennis for different reasons.Verkerk gave all he could but if his injuries kept him out of the tennis circuit there is little he could have done.

Julio
12-08-2008, 10:49 PM
Martin Ververk will always be for me the guy who stopped Coria on clay at Roland Garros, in 2003. It's maybe just a fact but that's how Juanqui won his fluke slam.

Caio_Brasil
12-08-2008, 11:06 PM
Martin Ververk will always be for me the guy who stopped Coria on clay at Roland Garros, in 2003. It's maybe just a fact but that's how Juanqui won his fluke slam.

How can Ferrero's title have been a fluke? The guy was the most consistent clay player for a very long time and totally deserved that title. I really can't see how it was a fluke.

New Balls Please
12-08-2008, 11:48 PM
How can Ferrero's title have been a fluke? The guy was the most consistent clay player for a very long time and totally deserved that title. I really can't see how it was a fluke.

Martin Ververk will always be for me the guy who stopped Coria on clay at Roland Garros, in 2003. It's maybe just a fact but that's how Juanqui won his fluke slam.

Agree with Caio_Brasil. Also, Coria had yet to hit his peak. Ferrero dismissed him easily in the Monte Carlo final that year.

Kolya
12-09-2008, 01:55 AM
Verkerk only 30 years old... wow!

Voo de Mar
12-09-2008, 02:40 AM
:( I was waiting for his regular comeback to ATP tour.

Fee
12-09-2008, 02:45 AM
Well his career virtually finished in the summer of 2004 when he got injured. After that he got other serious problems as well I think (psychological and related effects). His come-back was pretty admirable in the circumstances I think.

I agree. He worked really hard to try to get back on tour. I admire that work ethic and respect his determination. It's a shame that he didnt make it all the way back, and I'm sure this was a tough decision for him. I wish him all the best as he moves on to a new life.

alfonsojose
12-09-2008, 03:24 AM
The Coria curse :lol:

Sjengster
12-09-2008, 04:36 AM
Agree with Caio_Brasil. Also, Coria had yet to hit his peak. Ferrero dismissed him easily in the Monte Carlo final that year.

Exactly, Coria managed four games against Ferrero in the MC final, so given the bigger occasion of a Slam final, I doubt the result would have been different, though it would certainly have been more competitive. We know full well which year was Coria's missed opportunity.

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2008, 06:55 AM
I've never been a Verkerk fan, as the guy always seemed to think way too highly of himself, but he was a talented player who I did have respect for. The Roland Garros final was an amazing accomplishment, and I remember following it with awe.

I guess his retirement can be seen as a combination of injury problems and his attitude towards the game; throughout the years it has become clear that he does not consider player Challengers much of a career. Even though this season, when he did play, was actually not that bad, there was never a sign of him making it back to the Top 100, so given that it is a logical choice.

FairWeatherFan
12-09-2008, 08:43 AM
He managed to succeed on clay with an attacking game style. Kudos to him.

GlennMirnyi
12-09-2008, 10:59 AM
How can Ferrero's title have been a fluke? The guy was the most consistent clay player for a very long time and totally deserved that title. I really can't see how it was a fluke.

Then maybe you need some glasses? :confused:

Ferrero Forever
12-09-2008, 11:24 AM
Then maybe you need some glasses? :confused:

I think you're the one who needs glasses. You can't possibly say JC's title was a fluke if he got to world number 1, won a grand slam and got to the finals of another grand slam in the same year. Theres no way anyway can deny JC's achievements that year.

Iván
12-09-2008, 12:00 PM
Thank Fuck

Caio_Brasil
12-09-2008, 06:39 PM
Then maybe you need some glasses? :confused:

2000

ESP V RUS QF, Malaga, Spain
DC , 7-Apr-00, O, Clay , Draw: 6

RR Kafelnikov, Yevgeny (RUS) N/A 6-2 6-2 6-2 Stats
RR Safin, Marat (RUS) N/A 6-0 6-3 Stats

Barcelona, Spain
CS , 24-Apr-00, O, Clay , Draw: 56

R64 Escude, Nicolas (FRA) 19 6-4 7-5 Stats
R32 Vicente, Fernando (ESP) 31 7-6(3) 6-2 Stats
R16 Santoro, Fabrice (FRA) 30 6-3 4-6 6-0 Stats
Q Rios, Marcelo (CHI) 13 6-3 6-4 Stats
S Moya, Carlos (ESP) 39 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 Stats
F Safin, Marat (RUS) 35 3-6 3-6 4-6 Stats

Roland Garros, France
GS , 29-May-00, O, Clay , Draw: 128

R128 Golmard, Jerome (FRA) 79 6-4 6-3 6-2 Stats
R64 Dosedel, Slava (CZE) 55 1-6 2-6 6-2 6-4 6-4 Stats
R32 Puerta, Mariano (ARG) 26 6-2 3-2 RET Stats
R16 Philippoussis, Mark (AUS) 25 6-2 6-2 3-6 6-3 Stats
Q Corretja, Alex (ESP) 10 6-4 6-4 6-2 Stats
S Kuerten, Gustavo (BRA) 5 5-7 6-4 6-2 4-6 3-6 Stats

AUS V ESP F, Barcelona
DC , 8-Dec-00, I, Clay , Draw: 4

RR Rafter, Patrick (AUS) N/A 6-7(4) 7-6(2) 6-2 3-1 RET Stats
RR Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS) N/A 6-2 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 Stats

2001

Estoril, Portugal
WS , 9-Apr-01, O, Clay , Draw: 32

R32 Levy, Harel (ISR) 52 6-3 7-6(2) Stats
R16 Dosedel, Slava (CZE) 89 6-3 6-0 Stats
Q Montanes, Albert (ESP) 167 6-2 6-4 Stats
S Portas, Albert (ESP) 57 6-3 6-1 Stats
W Mantilla, Felix (ESP) 105 7-6(3) 4-6 6-3 Stats

Barcelona, Spain
CS , 23-Apr-01, O, Clay , Draw: 56

R64 Bye
R32 Voinea, Adrian (ROU) 138 7-6(6) 6-7(5) 7-5 Stats
R16 Costa, Albert (ESP) 40 6-4 3-6 6-3 Stats
Q Mantilla, Felix (ESP) 86 1-6 6-4 6-1 Stats
S Kratochvil, Michel (SUI) 77 7-5 6-2 Stats
W Moya, Carlos (ESP) 24 4-6 7-5 6-3 3-6 7-5 Stats

ATP Masters Series Rome, Italy
SU , 7-May-01, O, Clay , Draw: 64

R64 Schalken, Sjeng (NED) 30 6-3 7-5 Stats
R32 Rios, Marcelo (CHI) 27 6-1 6-3 Stats
R16 Boutter, Julien (FRA) 82 6-3 6-2 Stats
Q Ferreira, Wayne (RSA) 19 6-0 6-2 Stats
S Lapentti, Nicolas (ECU) 41 6-3 6-3 Stats
W Kuerten, Gustavo (BRA) 1 3-6 6-1 2-6 6-4 6-2 Stats

ATP Masters Series Hamburg, Germany
SU , 14-May-01, O, Clay , Draw: 64

R64 Bruguera, Sergi (ESP) 68 3-6 6-1 6-4 Stats
R32 Levy, Harel (ISR) 39 7-6(5) 6-3 Stats
R16 Lapentti, Nicolas (ECU) 27 6-4 6-3 Stats
Q Johansson, Thomas (SWE) 23 6-2 6-2 Stats
S Costa, Albert (ESP) 53 6-1 6-2 Stats
F Portas, Albert (ESP) 42 6-4 2-6 6-0 6-7(5) 5-7 Stats

Roland Garros, France
GS , 28-May-01, O, Clay , Draw: 128

R128 Koubek, Stefan (AUT) 77 6-2 6-2 6-3 Stats
R64 Ondruska, Marcos (RSA) 220 6-2 6-2 6-0 Stats
R32 Diaz, Jacobo (ESP) 79 6-1 6-7(2) 6-1 6-2 Stats
R16 Enqvist, Thomas (SWE) 14 6-2 6-4 6-2 Stats
Q Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS) 6 6-4 6-2 6-1 Stats
S Kuerten, Gustavo (BRA) 1 4-6 4-6 3-6 Stats

2002

ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo, Monaco
SU , 15-Apr-02, O, Clay , Draw: 64

R64 Portas, Albert (ESP) 27 6-2 6-2 Stats
R32 Mantilla, Felix (ESP) 43 6-1 3-6 7-6(3) Stats
R16 Rios, Marcelo (CHI) 23 6-0 2-0 RET Stats
Q Haas, Tommy (GER) 7 6-3 6-1 Stats
S Grosjean, Sebastien (FRA) 8 6-3 1-6 6-0 Stats
W Moya, Carlos (ESP) 26 7-5 6-3 6-4 Stats

Roland Garros, France
GS , 27-May-02, O, Clay , Draw: 128

R128 Lisnard, Jean-Rene (MON) 135 6-1 7-6(1) 6-3 Stats
R64 Coutelot, Nicolas (FRA) 87 6-2 5-7 1-6 6-2 6-0 Stats
R32 Coria, Guillermo (ARG) 147 6-2 6-3 6-3 Stats
R16 Gaudio, Gaston (ARG) 34 6-7(3) 6-1 6-7(5) 6-2 6-4 Stats
Q Agassi, Andre (USA) 4 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3 Stats
S Safin, Marat (RUS) 2 6-3 6-2 6-4 Stats
F Costa, Albert (ESP) 22 1-6 0-6 6-4 3-6 Stats

2003

ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo, Monaco
SU , 14-Apr-03, O, Clay , Draw: 64

R64 Arthurs, Wayne (AUS) 50 6-4 6-1 Stats
R32 Mantilla, Felix (ESP) 47 3-6 6-2 7-5 Stats
R16 Gaudio, Gaston (ARG) 20 3-6 7-5 6-2 Stats
Q Martin, Alberto (ESP) 65 6-0 6-2 Stats
S Spadea, Vincent (USA) 39 6-3 6-4 Stats
W Coria, Guillermo (ARG) 26 6-2 6-2 Stats

Valencia, Spain
WS , 28-Apr-03, O, Clay , Draw: 32

R32 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo (ESP) 334 6-4 6-4 Stats
R16 Portas, Albert (ESP) 85 6-4 6-4 Stats
Q Calleri, Agustin (ARG) 28 6-3 6-4 Stats
S Saretta, Flavio (BRA) 80 7-6(3) 6-2 Stats
W Rochus, Christophe (BEL) 134 6-2 6-4 Stats

ATP Masters Series Rome, Italy
SU , 5-May-03, O, Clay , Draw: 64

R64 Philippoussis, Mark (AUS) 62 7-6(3) 6-4 Stats
R32 Corretja, Alex (ESP) 17 6-4 6-4 Stats
R16 Gaudio, Gaston (ARG) 34 5-7 6-0 6-2 Stats
Q Schuettler, Rainer (GER) 13 6-4 6-4 Stats
S Federer, Roger (SUI) 5 4-6 2-4 RET Stats

Roland Garros, France
GS , 26-May-03, O, Clay , Draw: 128

R128 Kratochvil, Michel (SUI) 85 7-5 7-5 6-4 Stats
R64 Massu, Nicolas (CHI) 84 6-2 3-0 RET Stats
R32 Henman, Tim (GBR) 28 4-6 6-2 6-4 6-2 Stats
R16 Mantilla, Felix (ESP) 21 6-2 6-1 6-1 Stats
Q Gonzalez, Fernando (CHI) 20 6-1 3-6 6-1 5-7 6-4 Stats
S Costa, Albert (ESP) 9 6-3 7-6(5) 6-4 Stats
W Verkerk, Martin (NED) 46 6-1 6-3 6-2 Stats

Maybe you are the one who need to wear glasses :confused:

Machiavelli
12-09-2008, 06:53 PM
Was never really fond ov Verkerk, hope he cures his injuries and enjoys life after tennis, but i doubt he will be missed, one fluke run out of nowhere.....

Bilbo
12-09-2008, 07:10 PM
big serve

Frederick16
12-09-2008, 07:20 PM
wont miss him at all. one of the most annoying players i can remember. his career stats explains his cocky attitude and his high self asteem Singles Record:
59 - 70

Singles Titles:
2
Doubles Record:
24 - 37

Doubles Titles:
0

Wojtek
12-10-2008, 07:42 AM
sad news i like him :sad:

scoobs
12-10-2008, 02:57 PM
No real surprise, as his comeback didn't seem to be making much progress in getting back to ATP level.

Best wishes to him for the future.

Bilbo
12-10-2008, 03:03 PM
wont miss him at all. one of the most annoying players i can remember. his career stats explains his cocky attitude and his high self asteem Singles Record:
59 - 70

Singles Titles:
2
Doubles Record:
24 - 37

Doubles Titles:
0

the stats show you that his RG run was just a fluke

bjurra
12-10-2008, 03:52 PM
Big baby-faced baby with a big grin and a big serve.

The Tennis Guru
12-11-2008, 12:24 PM
His pathetic protected ranking comeback last year made me laugh many times. I watched the first match in Rotterdam and seldom have I seen a player so unfit on the main tour level. The guy wouldn't have won many matches on the Futures level in that form and yet he was trying his luck on the ATP level. Embarrasing. However, to his credit, he managed to do a lot better than expected this year.

Neely
12-11-2008, 04:56 PM
I liked his play and style of shotmaking a lot, I hoped all the time he would make a somewhat consistent return.