Irakli Labadze finishes career and becomes a coach

05-10-2009, 01:13 PM
One of the greatest players of all times (in terms of his size obviously) definitely threw in the towel and has been seen coaching Nikoloz Basilashvili (another Georgian, born in '92, ranked in 800s) at Izmir challenger. According to my reporter who prefers to stay anonymous, Irakli grows his hair and belly, and argues with the umpires from the stands.

All the best on your new path of life :hug:

05-10-2009, 01:20 PM
What the hell was it with this guy? Booze? Food? Laziness?

One good run in IW '04, and some respectable performances in that same year, but faded away quickly. Big time underachiever or too big a lover of life?

05-10-2009, 01:22 PM
Good luck, fixer :yeah:

05-10-2009, 02:13 PM
As if a Georgian player needed any advice on tanking, fixing and being generally obnoxious...

Action Jackson
05-10-2009, 02:16 PM
Labadze, the wayward genius, one of the bad things in tennis was that he and Gabashvili never played Davis Cup together, well more so because of Gabashvili.

Keep on eating and loving life.

05-10-2009, 02:49 PM
I remember Irakly showing "F*ck" to the public and umpire. What a legend :worship:

05-10-2009, 03:05 PM
:bigwave: Iralki. Hopefully he'll be a bit more successful as a coach.

05-10-2009, 03:07 PM
His 2006 Wimbledon run :worship:

What a beatdown on Gaudio! :lol:

05-10-2009, 04:11 PM
This is a true loss to tennis :sad: :lol: One of the funniest characters I have ever seen on court, which reflects both positively and negatively upon him. I would not want him as my coach, but maybe Basilashvili gets something out of it.

05-10-2009, 04:14 PM
He was a character and for all his bad behavior still somehow endeared himself to the spectators.

05-10-2009, 04:34 PM
one fixer gone


05-10-2009, 04:44 PM
one fixer gone

Only the Italians and Argentines left.

05-10-2009, 04:57 PM
do you think it is possible to hire labadze for a week to work on social ettiquette and also pick up the odd tip on how to work the ladies... he would make a great life coach and we all know it... dude is europe's answer to that fly guy snoop dogg... ye-ye-ye, i to tha r to tha a to tha k to tha leeee... you know what i'm talkin bout... yeah... dawg... planet would be a better place inside the world according to irakle...

Fired Up!
05-10-2009, 05:00 PM

But Basilashvili has been having pretty good results for a Georgian lately so he mustn't suck as a coach. :)

05-10-2009, 05:04 PM
this thread needs some pictures of labadze... he is a beautiful beast...

05-10-2009, 05:14 PM
for fast clay

05-10-2009, 05:22 PM
for fast clay

The one on the left was the fit Labadze, the one on the right is the current Labadze. :p

05-10-2009, 05:23 PM
Wasn´t he gay or was it a gosspi from North Ossetia?

05-10-2009, 05:24 PM
Anyone remember the story of him climbing up a pole of some sort? :scratch:
What a character. Can't imagine him being a coach though.

05-10-2009, 05:25 PM
Wasn´t he gay or was it a gosspi from North Ossetia?

According to Russians all Georgians are eventually gay.

05-10-2009, 05:28 PM
Wasn´t he gay or was it a gosspi from North Ossetia?

Action Jackson
05-10-2009, 05:46 PM

05-10-2009, 05:56 PM
the guy has lacked a professional attitude all his career and maybe all his life

05-10-2009, 09:56 PM
Isn't he the player who lost junior wimbledon vs. Federer ages ago??
I will never understand, well I do, but it's an enigma :p why he never really peaked as pro :(

05-10-2009, 10:40 PM

But Basilashvili has been having pretty good results for a Georgian lately so he mustn't suck as a coach. :)

The question is when they started working together. I don't think they've been together very long, so whether the results are attributable to Labadze is debatable.

05-10-2009, 10:42 PM
I just saw his profile on the ATP site and he was only born in 1981 :eek: I didn't actually realize he was THAT young :o

05-10-2009, 10:53 PM
Yep, Vinciguerra who's the same age, is coming back on tour, but some people just cannot be arsed :lol:.

No idea when he started to work with Nikoloz, but for example if it was this April and they were together in Uzbekistan, then Basilashvili played there one SF and one QF - not bad.

05-11-2009, 02:05 AM
This guy's actually a pretty good player lol but never lived up to his potential. Was such a fun player to watch on court, will definitely miss him.