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Nico Lapentti retires

Caio_Brasil
01-17-2011, 10:44 PM
Goodbye Nico, will surely be missed. One of my favourite players of all time.

Talented player, such a classy guy, leaves great memories from tennis for me.

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/6484/s1052253.jpg

:wavey:

careergrandslam
01-17-2011, 10:48 PM
i will remember this guy for 2 things.

he was the guy rafa beat to finally get the number 1 ranking in 2008.
he tapped anna kournikova.:worship:

JeffCandoi
01-17-2011, 10:52 PM
i will remember this guy for 2 things.

he was the guy rafa beat to finally get the number 1 ranking in 2008.
he tapped anna kournikova.:worship:

I didnt know this second one :angel:

Experimentee
01-17-2011, 10:54 PM
He was one of my favourite players too :sad:

Good luck Nico in your future life :wavey:

Johnny Groove
01-17-2011, 10:55 PM
Nico, what a legend. King of the long match.

Mahut and Isner ain't close.

Arkulari
01-17-2011, 11:05 PM
The DC monster, he made his country and his family proud over and over again but it was time to let go

Buena suerte Nico, te echaremos de menos :yeah:

Hewitt =Legend
01-17-2011, 11:15 PM
Good luck in life after tennis Nico, you will be missed... one of the best fighters ever to grace a tennis court.

Certinfy
01-17-2011, 11:16 PM
:sad:

Kolya
01-18-2011, 12:45 AM
Always remember his greatest year in 1999. Great player who mixes up his game very well with a lot of different spins.

ExcaliburII
01-18-2011, 12:52 AM
Will still play davis cup probably :yeah:

Sham Kay
01-18-2011, 01:02 AM
.. Is it just me or did you use good riddance in the wrong context?

Anyway, good luck to the guy. Former world number 4 was he? Not sure, but I remember him being pretty high some time ago.

Caio_Brasil
01-18-2011, 01:20 AM
.. Is it just me or did you use good riddance in the wrong context?

Anyway, good luck to the guy. Former world number 4 was he? Not sure, but I remember him being pretty high some time ago.

Maybe... what does it mean exactly? :lol:

He was 6 btw.

rhinooooo
01-18-2011, 01:22 AM
Vamos Nico. One of the smartest players on the tour, great variety, and an awesome fighter. Wish I had the opportunity to watch one of his epic matches live.

Smoke944
01-18-2011, 01:25 AM
Yeah, you used good riddance in the wrong context. It means you didn't like him and are happy to see him go :lol:

Caio_Brasil
01-18-2011, 01:27 AM
Yeah, you used good riddance in the wrong context. It means you didn't like him and are happy to see him go :lol:

Oh, that's so the opposite of this :o just changed to goodbye, seems it can't be wrong this way hehe.

scoobs
01-18-2011, 01:48 AM
Awww he was a fun guy to watch, although pretty quiet in recent years.

Still, you have to love him for leading Ecuador to a Davis Cup win over Great Britain - on grass at Wimbledon :)

Best wishes in retirement Nico.

ShotmaKer
01-18-2011, 02:08 AM
Always a sad day when a legend of Nico's calibre retire.

mayagaller
01-18-2011, 02:23 AM
Not unexpected but still makes me sad/nostalgic.

So long, Nico.

I'll definitely miss his all court game and 'never die' attitude.

GlennMirnyi
01-18-2011, 02:58 AM
Nico what a legend. Sad to see him go. But happy from all the memories.

Here a picture of two legends:
http://images.orkut.com/orkut/photos/OgAAAKNVFVRySSVSQ8qb9ewtAbUEhDqRbWB2xIkbJ_5g0Px5XP 1rsQosuuIYq0nPb_UtrUsi1vohXjLSYKCq406aB6gAm1T1UORs n0aHJC2F4qdREZY4eWd_hpXI.jpg

networthy
01-18-2011, 03:03 AM
What's the source?

GlennMirnyi
01-18-2011, 03:10 AM
What's the source?

Both Nico and Giovanni posted on twitter the news.

Chartreuse
01-18-2011, 03:21 AM
i will remember this guy for 2 things.

he was the guy rafa beat to finally get the number 1 ranking in 2008.
he tapped anna kournikova.:worship:

Nice memories....

Matt H
01-18-2011, 03:29 AM
Nicolas was an easy guy to root for: determined...fluid...handsome...considerate of others...

He was one of my favorites. All the best to Nico in his retirement. :)

careergrandslam
01-18-2011, 03:45 AM
http://www1.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Western+Southern+Financial+Group+Masters+Day+F34IK-hUIF_l.jpg

lapentti was the guy rafa beat to end federer's record streak at world number 1.
i still remember that day like yesterday.
i'll never forget it.

i was so happy that night rafa finally got the number 1 ranking.

lapentti pushed rafa all the way, he made rafa earn it.
thankyou nico.

great memories!

Allez
01-18-2011, 03:47 AM
Appreciating the man for all the wrong if predictable reasons :retard:

The Magician
01-18-2011, 05:10 AM
http://www1.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Western+Southern+Financial+Group+Masters+Day+F34IK-hUIF_l.jpg

lapentti was the guy rafa beat to end federer's record streak at world number 1.
i still remember that day like yesterday.
i'll never forget it.

i was so happy that night rafa finally got the number 1 ranking.

lapentti pushed rafa all the way, he made rafa earn it.
thankyou nico.

great memories!

Can this guy's posts be deleted please? For once make a sensible decision mods :rolleyes:

The Magician
01-18-2011, 05:15 AM
Another legend of the game retires with no replacement. His game was :shrug: but his attitude was :worship:. If the clowns today had half his patriotism and guts Davis cup would be the highlight of the year like it's supposed to be. Reached top 10 on guts, unlike the clowns now who are gifted top 10 spots. He will be missed :sobbing:

KarlyM
01-18-2011, 05:30 AM
It's sad to see him retire. :awww:
Good luck to him for whatever he does in the future. :yeah:

propi
01-18-2011, 05:32 AM
I admit I was never his biggest fan (I like him but not a hardcore fan), but I truly admired what he did for tennis in South America at a time where it lacked the big figures they had latter; along with Guga and the early Argies they encouraged a whole continent to play and I hope it will soon pay the result :yeah:
And great character too, all the Spaniards (who are right now working as commentators) always have great words to praise him :yeah:
It's a great shame that his brother Giovanni doesn't fully develop (apparently he's more talented, or so they said), Ecuador would be delighted to have another top 20 at least :(

GlennMirnyi
01-18-2011, 05:37 AM
Another legend of the game retires with no replacement. His game was :shrug: but his attitude was :worship:. If the clowns today had half his patriotism and guts Davis cup would be the highlight of the year like it's supposed to be. Reached top 10 on guts, unlike the clowns now who are gifted top 10 spots. He will be missed :sobbing:

He was actually very crafty.

maxxo
01-18-2011, 06:50 AM
a guy who used both his brains and balls on the court.

gg nico

networthy
01-18-2011, 10:32 AM
It's a great shame that his brother Giovanni doesn't fully develop (apparently he's more talented, or so they said), Ecuador would be delighted to have another top 20 at least :(

Why is it always the younger brother who is more talented (and yet rarely as accomplished)? :lol:

networthy
01-18-2011, 10:33 AM
Nicolas was an easy guy to root for: determined...fluid...handsome...considerate of others...

I was a big fan of Lapentti but I never understood why so many people (apparently incl. Kournikova) think he's handsome... :confused:

Taz Warrior
01-18-2011, 11:23 AM
All the best to the marathon man in whatever he does now :yeah:

propi
01-18-2011, 11:47 AM
Why is it always the younger brother who is more talented (and yet rarely as accomplished)? :lol:
Well, at least in this case it may not be too hype, if I remember properly Giovanni won some junior Grand slam :p

Jelena
01-18-2011, 12:30 PM
Nico, what a legend. King of the long match.

Mahut and Isner ain't close.
So true. I lost count how many matches he played for hours and hours and hours and I watched it either on tv or lost sleep cause of watching scoreboards.
Good luck in life after tennis Nico, you will be missed... one of the best fighters ever to grace a tennis court.

The DC monster, he made his country and his family proud over and over again but it was time to let go

Buena suerte Nico, te echaremos de menos :yeah:
And he made not only Ecuador and the Lapenttis proud. :D I will miss him loads.
Always a sad day when a legend of Nico's calibre retire.
yeah...
:wavey: I somehow expected it in the last few weeks, but still I'm :sad:. See you Nico!

chalkdust
01-18-2011, 01:03 PM
I was a big fan of Lapentti but I never understood why so many people (apparently incl. Kournikova) think he's handsome... :confused:

Maybe she just liked his personality / sense of humour. Or she could have been drunk. Or he managed to impersonate someone else.

The Magician
01-18-2011, 02:23 PM
He was actually very crafty.

Yeah I didn't mean to make it seem like he was a one dimensional mug. To me he was like Hewitt, Nalbandian, Safin and the other post-Sampras players who played primarily from the baseline but still had the ability to slice, volley, and change gameplans based on the surface and opponent. Basically the opposite of today's mugs :o

RIboy
01-18-2011, 02:26 PM
finally...

rocketassist
01-18-2011, 06:50 PM
Great guy, great player, true entertainer. Good luck in the future Nico :yeah:

Sapeod
01-18-2011, 06:53 PM
Another legend retires.

Santoro, Kiefer...now Lapentti.
Legends are falling one by one. Soon there will be none left :sad: