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Luis (Lucho) Horna announces retirement

Action Jackson
11-13-2009, 01:07 AM
http://www.livinginperu.com/news/10625

Sports | 12 November, 2009 [ 18:13 ]
Peru's tennis player Luis Horna announces his retirement


Horna announced in tears his retirement from tennis.

Luis announced he will retire from professional tennis after the "Challenger of Lima", beggining this coming weekend.

"I've decided to leave professional tennis after the Challenger of Lima," were the first words Horna said at a press conference he called to announce his future at professional tennis and Davis Cup.

"Lucho" was away from courts during several months this season due to a serie of injuries. Recently he had suggested the possibility to going on some more years, but he seemed to need some break.

"I don't say no to Davis Cup. I could be in the future in the team," said Horna, when asked about it, although he didn't specify if his comeback would be as a player or as captain in the national team, which main goal for next year is to get back to Group 1 of the American Zone.

He added that the best moment in his career was at Davis Cup with the Peruvian team. "It was when we took Peru to the World Group," he added.

Horna said that moment was even above the one he lived last year when he won at doubles at Roland Garros.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hl2pwt8gjsxPF3GcAYZkLs8amTAA

Tenista peruano Luis Horna anuncia su retiro del circuito profesional

(AFP) – hace 6 horas

LIMA — El peruano Luis Horna, el mejor tenista de su país en las últimas dos décadas, anunció el jueves entre lágrimas que dejará de jugar en el circuito profesional después de participar en el challenger de Lima que arranca la semana entrante.

"He decidido dejar el tenis profesional después del Challenger de Lima", dijo Horna, de 29 años, durante una conferencia de prensa en la capital peruana.

Horna, ubicado en el puesto 323 de la ATP, no precisó las razones de su decisión en medio de especulaciones de la prensa deportiva por los motivos que determinaron este retiro que coincidían en señalar que el jugador había llegado a su máximo nivel.

"Ha sido una decisión difícil, ha llegado el momento de dar un paso al costado como tenista profesional, han sido 14 años de juego", abundó Horna emocionado mientras pugnaba por contener las lágrimas.

El tenista peruano no descartó jugar por su país en la Copa Davis en caso que fuera necesario, aunque destacó "que es el momento de los jóvenes" en el torneo de la célebre ensaladera. Perú está en la Zona II Americana de la Davis.

Luis Horna alcanzó uno de sus mejores momentos cuando se coronó campeón en dobles de Roland Garros en el 2008, haciendo pareja con el tenista uruguayo Pablo Cuevas.

dijus
11-13-2009, 01:09 AM
such a shame
he will be missed for sure :sad:

out_here_grindin
11-13-2009, 01:12 AM
I always liked Horna. I respect a player who comes from a non-tradional tennis nation. He was a Davis Cup warrior. He was a one-surface guy but still a good player.

Snowwy
11-13-2009, 01:14 AM
Ooh, I had such a pleasant rep for our OP in this thread, but apparently I sent him a nice rep too recently...

I will miss Horna.

malisha
11-13-2009, 01:17 AM
Horna will be missed...big player and DC warrior

one of the best returners in the game

Satanic Pasteur
11-13-2009, 01:22 AM
One less one-handed backhand on the tour:sad:
He was still not so old retiring 10 months short of turning 30.
Was the last guy to beat a slamless Fed...

Action Jackson
11-13-2009, 01:26 AM
The writing was on the wall, when he at the RG qualies this year. He was unable to a break point against Cipolla.

Loved the DC and had 9 wins over players ranked in the top 10. At least he can finish at his home event.

Getta
11-13-2009, 01:56 AM
all the best and see you around Lucho.

ReturnWinner
11-13-2009, 02:02 AM
Good luck in your new life Luis :)He had a good game and is a nice guy too.

roberthenman
11-13-2009, 02:04 AM
great player and people Luchoo

GL in the life :yeah:

Henry Chinaski
11-13-2009, 02:48 AM
"I'm not Gaudio, I'll punch your fucking head in"

ChinoRios4Ever
11-13-2009, 03:18 AM
Chao Lucho :wavey:

n8
11-13-2009, 03:43 AM
I'll remember him as the last player to beat Federer before the Round of 32 in a Grand Slam event.

Snoo Foo
11-13-2009, 03:58 AM
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/01c07BMaEN5Sl/610x.jpg

quiron
11-13-2009, 04:07 AM
Chao Lucho :wavey:

good luck in your life :)

Action Jackson
11-13-2009, 04:11 AM
I'll remember him as the last player to beat Federer before the Round of 16 in a Grand Slam event.

This.

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Now he can spend more time with his family, who he found it very difficult to be away from.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/Little_Luchos.jpg

Snoo Foo
11-13-2009, 04:18 AM
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/2331/hornavolandorg2004ux4.jpg

betowiec
11-13-2009, 04:19 AM
enjoy your life after tennis Luis

Action Jackson
11-13-2009, 04:25 AM
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/GWH2/LuchoandCuevas.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/GWH2/LuchoandCuevas2.jpg

Here is his press conference announcing the retirement.
http://www.juegoaereo.grupoblogperu.com/2009/11/video-luis-horna-anuncia-su-retiro.html

Snoo Foo
11-13-2009, 04:29 AM
http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/8236/12hw8.jpg

Start da Game
11-13-2009, 04:38 AM
isn't he the player who blasted federer out of roland garros in the first round of 2003 edition? goodbye horna.......

Action Jackson
11-13-2009, 04:44 AM
isn't he the player who blasted federer out of roland garros in the first round of 2003 edition? goodbye horna.......

Read the thread that has been mentioned a few times and there is a clip of it as well :)

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/5c04148bd1ea3b2038bddd5c19a7ef5d-ge.jpg

Junkyard Racket
11-13-2009, 05:25 AM
2 career singles titles, 6 doubles including the French Open last year. Good career. :wavey:

Voo de Mar
11-13-2009, 06:16 AM
Time was running fast for him...
I had a possibility to watch from the first row on the stadium one of his biggest wins in career in Sopot against Ferrero. He played that match like every player who is an underdog against much more better should have played - with full risk from first to the last point of the match.

CooCooCachoo
11-13-2009, 07:21 AM
Happy retirement, Luis :yeah:

Deivid23
11-13-2009, 08:11 AM
Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucho, thanks for your tennis, champ

Deivid23
11-13-2009, 08:12 AM
Time was running fast for him...
I had a possibility to watch from the first row on the stadium one of his biggest wins in career in Sopot against Ferrero. He played that match like every player who is an underdog against much more better should have played - with full risk from first to the last point of the match.

Shitty analysis as usual. As if Horna was a chess master ffs :lol:

Deivid23
11-13-2009, 08:19 AM
We need more players like him in tour, he could play awesome shots, he could make the biggest mistakes, couldn´t return a WTA serve at times and he even could harm himself and bleed bc hitting himself with a racket :worship:

SVK
11-13-2009, 08:24 AM
Oh no:sad:

SloKid
11-13-2009, 08:28 AM
Happy retirement, slam champ!

scoobs
11-13-2009, 08:36 AM
Best wishes to him on his retirement.

Montego
11-13-2009, 08:44 AM
Only saw a couple of matches of Horna, but I must say that despite he was dedicated to one surface only - he was definitely not a classical claycourt moonballer. Rather a puncher from the baseline, good game to watch.

Horna/Cuevas doubles win in RG 2008 was one of the most unexpected results for me in the last couple of years.

JolánGagó
11-13-2009, 08:55 AM
All the best for the Peruvian leyenda :worship:

martine2
11-13-2009, 08:57 AM
Another one of my fav players who'll be gone :sad: :sad:
You'll be missed so very much Luchoman...

All the best to him in his life after tennis and hopefully we'll see him again as a coach or the DC Captain one day

Action Jackson
11-13-2009, 09:01 AM
We need more players like him in tour, he could play awesome shots, he could make the biggest mistakes, couldn´t return a WTA serve at times and he even could harm himself and bleed bc hitting himself with a racket :worship:

He was doing that shit before Youzhny, he was so up and down, and didn't have an injury free year from 2004 onwards.

There was the heckler incident at the AO with Mirnyi.

Lucho failed to capitalise on his chances and in the 9th game of the 5th set, there was this pissed Yank who kept heckling Lucho. He finally got the shits after being put off as he was about to serve. It worked as he went over to the umpire and said. "Are you going to get this guy out of the court or not? If not there is going to be a mess." He played another point and lost it and the heckler was it again. "He is still here and you do nothing about it, and if you don't get him out, it will be a big mess, a big mess". Lucho loses focus and serve, then when the match is over, the heckler ran off.

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ExcaliburII
11-13-2009, 09:13 AM
:sad: Big loss for tennis. Great guy, great game :yeah:

Corey Feldman
11-13-2009, 09:27 AM
Cya around Luis

thx for the laughs and the arse kickings handed out to Fed and Henman at French Open were unbeatable tennis on the day.

rhinooooo
11-13-2009, 09:41 AM
Ah man. Shame about all the injuries. Great fun to watch, really entertaining player, with a lot of heart.

Sad that a couple of good characters are leaving the game this week.

shotgun
11-13-2009, 11:11 PM
Best Peruvian player after Yzaga.

fast_clay
11-13-2009, 11:31 PM
cool vids... adios lucho

Burrow
11-13-2009, 11:51 PM
Fucked with injury, unlucky guy, kind of missed seeing him around. Last proper memory is him winning Vina.

malisha
11-14-2009, 12:00 AM
both Lucho and Gordo gone in a same year:sad:

two crazy attacking players with a big game on their good day

Action Jackson
11-14-2009, 12:07 AM
Calleri had a backhand, whereas Lucho had one once every 4 months.

Burrow
11-14-2009, 12:17 AM
Calleri has retired? :sad:

one of my favourites.

Action Jackson
11-14-2009, 12:31 AM
Calleri has retired? :sad:

one of my favourites.

Pretty much retired, he said he will play Buenos Aires and Acapulco next season and then that's it.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/GordobabySaraandLucho.jpg

Burrow
11-14-2009, 12:34 AM
Tennis is useless these days. Calleri's couple of titles don't signal how good the guy could have played.

Action Jackson
11-17-2009, 01:48 AM
Should have the vids up by next week, but would be great if he could do well in his last event.

This is what Gaudio had to say about him, thanks to Vale for the translation.

http://elcomercio.pe/noticia/369321/gaston-gaudio-quiere-despedir-luis-horna-tenis-profesional

GASTON GAUDIO WOULD LIKE TO PLAY WITH LUIS HORNA IN THE LATTER´S FAREWELL TO PROFESSIONAL TENNIS.


The Argentine player is a friend of Lucho´s, and the Peruvian´s victim in Acapulco 2006. Horna has announced that he will retire from tennis after the Lima Challenger.



- “Hey, Lucho”, he says affectionately, feints a hug and strokes his bald pate.
Gastón Gaudio and Luis Horna have been friends ever since the Peruvian started to train in Buenos Aires. The Gato - witness and victim of the Peruvian´s first title (Acapulco 2006) - says that he himself is in the final stages of his career, and that he would like to play with Lucho in his last match as a professional tennis player in the 2009 Lima Challenger.



How do you feel about Horna´s retirement?

- “As a tennis player I regret that Lucho is retiring because we´ve shared almost the whole of our careers, we´ve played against each other, we´ve had our battles, and it will be a great loss for the sport. But as a friend I´m pleased for him if he´s happy, and if he wants to be able to enjoy other things, being with his family, or being in Lima, it´s understandable”.

Do you recall any important duel with him?

- “We have more shared memories as friends than as tennis players. We haven´t played each other more than a couple of times. But we would dine out, for instance. He lived in Buenos Aires a long time because he trained there, and we have shared experiences as friends”.

Would you like to take part in his last match?

- “I´d love to play the final against him, it would be great”. (According to the draw they could face each other in semifinals).

At what stage in your career are you?

- “In the final stages”.

Filo V.
11-17-2009, 02:12 AM
Sad Lucho is retiring, he had a really nice game, good serve, good power, movement, and smart. That return of serve and injuries killed his career upside, but looking at Montanes being between 25-50 I am confident Lucho could be right in that area if he were a little more lucky in his career. Hope he has a great post tennis life with his family, nice guy like him deserves it.

Cannot believe guys like Calleri, Horna, Gaudio, Coria, Moya, Massu etc. are all retiring or on the end of the careers. Seems like just yesterday they were playing each other in the S.A. clay tourneys. That is the thing about this whole tennis thing, one guy leaves, 100 guys right there inching to take that spot.

DJ Soup
11-17-2009, 03:37 AM
man, I really like Lucho. The best for him

Action Jackson
11-18-2009, 02:10 AM
Lucho struggled but he beat Demonliner 3-6 7-6 7-6. He won the last 3 games in a row with 2 breaks.

Nathaliia
11-18-2009, 10:55 AM
Noooooooooo I missed this news!!! Anyone but Lucho!!!!!!!
This tennis is really starting to be a shit game, I don't know what to say... great guy, really skilled player...
and of course a connoisseur of Polish women :( :( he and Kubot played probably the best match in Szczecin Challenger history...

Burrow, ditto about Calleri... hell of a player too...

tennissukz
11-18-2009, 12:55 PM
Sad to see The Oven go. Hope he does well in his last tournament.

Action Jackson
11-19-2009, 01:57 AM
Lucho lost to Aguilar 3-6 6-2 6-4, couldn't hold serve at 5-4 and now it's all over for him.

Snowwy
11-19-2009, 02:34 AM
Too bad.