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Andrew Ilie

12-10-2004, 05:55 AM
Hi everyone! Just wanted to know if anyone has any info on what Andrew is doing at the moment. I don't remember him retiring from the international circuit, and I haven't seen him on the lists of any challengers..

Thanks! :)

12-10-2004, 09:02 AM
He retired :) I am pretty sure anyway..

:wavey: Welcome to the board :)

12-10-2004, 09:30 AM
I also think he retired :(
He was such a funny guy.

12-12-2004, 05:09 AM
I didnt know he retired :sad: When did this happen?
He was my fave Aussie player, I loved watching him do his crazy stuff on court. I'll miss him a lot :(

12-12-2004, 05:12 AM
Yeh same! He used to be my favourite...I miss him to :sad:

Action Jackson
12-12-2004, 05:18 AM
Ilie is not even ranked anymore and he has had some chronic injury problems from the last thing I heard he has married and is still living in Melbourne and I don't think he will be back on tour.

Sue Ellen
12-12-2004, 11:59 AM
Right now, I think Andrew is taking a bath.............

12-12-2004, 12:16 PM
I am sad that Ilie has retired- he was always fun to watch and was my favourite Australian player too. Congratulations to him on his marriage though - and hope he enjoys his life after retirement.

12-12-2004, 12:29 PM
he retired? ok...I didn't know that...I only knew he got married

ae wowww
12-12-2004, 01:52 PM
Retired?? Really I swear he was not old at all!
I guess Paul Baccanello is his replacement in terms of enthusiasm etc haha.. Didn't Agassi once make a comment about him: something like it's better to watch him, than play him or something similar anyway.

ae wowww
12-12-2004, 01:52 PM
Found this on the Cooke Family Aus Open trip website:

"Watching Andre play Andrew Ilie saw Andrew play the most remarkable first set I have ever seen with Andrew making shots that no one but Ilie would think of hitting. Agassi's game plan was to limit his mistakes and let Ilie play. Ilie took the first set in a tie breaker 7-1 only to realize he could do nothing more and no human was going to continue to play at his intensity for more than one set. Agassi cruised through the next three sets in quick time as Ilie found himself a half step, to a full step, slower and his first service percentages dropping quickly. After the match when Agassi was asked what Ilie could have done different Agassi stated Ilie shouldn't change anything as he is the only person able to do what he can do to make those shots."

ae wowww
12-12-2004, 01:54 PM
Very interesting article I found on CNNSI:

"MELBOURNE, Australia -- The shirt stayed on this time. The matador bows were half-hearted and the fans with their faces painted green and yellow went away disappointed. Andrew Ilie was more Bill Bixby than Lou Ferrigno here Sunday. The 40th-ranked Aussie, whose striptease act and obscene shotmaking ability have made him every bit as much a fan favorite here as Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter, went down in four sets to a poised, business-like Andre Agassi. But if Ilie can continue to generate a fraction of the excitement he did here, men's tennis has an unlikely star on its hands.

Ilie is the rare player one has to see to believe. Listed generously at 5-foot-11 and 172 pounds, he looks like a club pro whose bar tab is included as part of his compensation. He hits the bulk of his shots off his back foot, knows no other target than the lines, and grunts like a sick dog when he flails away. And yet contrary to all outward appearances, he is tennis' answer to the human highlight reel. Since Ilie, 24, broke onto the circuit a few years ago, other players on tour have been crowding around locker-room televisions and even going into the stands to watch his matches. Now the world knows why. "When he's on," says Rafter, "he's the most exciting player you'll see."

For a set and a half Sunday, Ilie was decidedly on. Time and again Agassi would have his man on the run, only to have Ilie unleash a no-way-in-the-world screamer that kissed the line. At one point Ilie hit such a ridiculous backhand winner -- the kind of shots few player would have the stones even to attempt -- that Steffi Graf could only shake her head and smile incredulously. "You think you have him on the defense and it's like he has you right where he wants you," mused Agassi. "That's not easy to make a running, flying backhand up the line on your back foot, open stance, 25 feet down the baseline. That's too good."

Alas, like any athlete who enters "the zone," the prevailing law of averages -- and physics -- dictate that the good times can't last forever. Up a set and a break against Agassi, Ilie came back down to earth. As his thick legs tired, he began spraying balls. The improbable, exhilarating tennis eventually gave way to brutal misses. An hour after looking as though he would join Marat Safin on the sidelines, Agassi prevailed by a score that belied the match's entertainment value, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0, 6-3. Even Agassi came away a fan. "Hey, it's great for the game," said Agassi. "I have to say, it's much more enjoyable watching him than playing against him."

Though he was born in Romania, Ilie is quintessential Aussie insofar as he doesn't take himself seriously. His shirt-ripping routine, which has earned him as much notoriety as his tennis, is done with irony. Even in a fourth-round loss, his spirits were high after the match. Asked afterward whether he might realize better results if he played a tad more conservatively, Ilie smiled. "I actually played twice as steady as I would have other years. It shows I'm maturing." Not too much, we hope. "

Ilie doesn't have his own thread in player forums, does he?

12-12-2004, 06:01 PM
Ilie hasn't played in three years, since around USO '01...

ae wowww
12-12-2004, 06:21 PM
In the infamous words of Billabong:


12-12-2004, 07:16 PM
He sounds cool.

ae wowww
12-12-2004, 07:18 PM
More cool than your mum in a bubble bath under a sun shade, sipping cola being fanned by a hip hop singer.

12-13-2004, 03:25 AM
Ilie hasn't played in three years, since around USO '01...

He played in LA in 2003, lost to Robby Ginepri in about 45 minutes.

12-13-2004, 03:32 AM
I think I remember Ilie... the guy who had an enormous windup before every shot.

12-13-2004, 03:46 AM
For Ilie, that's all folks!

January 15 2003

Andrew Ilie is like the Warner Brothers cartoon character with the amazing party trick, who consumes a cocktail of flammables, tops up with a lit match and promptly explodes. "There's just one problem," bemoans a ghostly voice from beyond, "I can only do it once."

Ilie has actually detonated several times in front of his home audience. His shot-making en-route to the fourth round in Melbourne in 1999 and 2001 defied description - in equal parts good and bad - and his shirt-ripping became as much a feature of week one at the Open as heat policies and Russian skirt lengths.

Now, after the worst year of his professional life, there is concern among those who like their tennis with a zany edge that the Ilie show has been archived. If this bothers him, it does not show. Asked after yesterday's four-set loss to countryman Jaymon Crabb if he rued a particularly Ilie-esque miss on a crucial backhand volley, he replied: "That and a few chances with another girl . . . but you never get them back. It's all right, you know."

Ilie's unique brand of tennis has left such a mark on court one that he might have mounted a case for second billing at its recent baptism. The Andrew Ilie Court in Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park, if you like. A mouthful, sure, but as Crabb admitted yesterday: "It's his court."

Ilie felt "shivers down my spine" when he was introduced on his and Margaret's slab of Rebound Ace yesterday morning, to a reception that must have made Bunbury boy Crabb think he had missed Western Australia's secession. The support remained throughout Ilie's 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 defeat, yet the crowd favourite was strangely muted.

"I was trying to hold it for the back straight, but the back straight sort of never came," Ilie said. He probably meant the home straight, but Ilie and convention rarely cross paths.

Ilie plays with his heart, and almost entirely without his feet. He hits impossible shots and makes ridiculous mistakes inside the same rally, a quirky mix that demands patience from his opponent.

Crabb played the waiting game well, and later made the telling assessment that he tried only "to make him hit that one extra ball every point".

"You can't really get frustrated when he hits four winners and breaks your serve," said Crabb, who served for the match at 5-3, 40-0 in the fourth and watched Ilie peel off five straight winners, each close enough to the line to make Dennis Cometti quiver.

"You have to go and watch him play. He does some silly things out there. He's crazy, yep."

Speaking of the inexplicable, Crabb welcomed the support he receives from mum Elizabeth and dad Bruce, whose rebellion against traditional monikers gave Jaymon a brother Jaxon and sister Jasmon.At least in a sporting sense, the Crabb boys appear to have coped well; Jaxon returns to Claremont this season after time on AFL lists at West Coast and Port Adelaide. The brothers often compare notes, and Jaymon thinks his the easier career path.

"I think he was a bit unlucky at Port, but he still has to rely on the coach. Even if I'm not picked by the selectors, I can still go through qualifying and play."

The 25-year-old did just that to make the field, but thought it fair enough that wildcards went to the new breed of promising Australian juniors. Ilie, a year older and long graduated from the class of tomorrow, wants only to play matches and not become frustrated. Both boxes were ticked yesterday.

He thinks himself about halfway up the hill, and was happy with his form against Crabb, a player with "probably 30 matches, 40 matches in the past six months", a period in which he managed three.

A first-round loss to Spain's Albert Portas in Melbourne last year was followed by a dash to Buenos Aires to join Scott Draper on Davis Cup duty against Argentina, where both were debutants in the absence of a chicken-pocked Lleyton Hewitt and the injured Pat Rafter and Mark Philippoussis. Ilie played five sets, and won only six games.

A stress fracture of the foot then meant three months of inactivity for a man not given to sitting still. Tournament organisers who had previously courted him stopped calling, or blanked him as if he were a stranger. Even with injury protection, a ranking that had peaked at 39 plummeted into the high 400s.

It has all been an education, not least the American challenger circuit he will return to in the coming weeks. He conceded such a comedown was tough, but liberating, too. "I'm thankful that I've been brought back a little bit. I was there - top 50 for a couple of years - but I think it's good to be reminded that you are mortal."

Before taking his leave, Ilie was asked if making 75 unforced errors in a four-set match worried him. "Seventy-five not out, what can you do? It could have been worse - it could have been a hundred."

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12-13-2004, 04:46 AM
I love his attitude. :)

I wonder how good Ilie could have been if he played a little smarter tennis.

12-13-2004, 05:07 AM
I was at that match in 2003 with Crabb. The atmosphere was amazing, Ilie is such a crowd pleaser. Perhaps too much so, he always did a lot of unecessary things just to look flashy and please the crowd. On one point in that match he had an easy mid court put away ball, he got there easily and instead of hitting it for a winner he turned around and hit it through his legs and lost the point! And this was break point too. It drew a huge cheer from the crowd, but didnt do him any favours in terms of the score.

12-13-2004, 05:39 AM
For a little guy, it was amazing how hard Ilie could hit the ball... i once saw him hit a clean forehand return winner off a 135 mph-serve from Bob Voltchkov - it was the hardest i've ever seen anyone hit a tennis ball, ever. There was this tremendous CRACK! and then everybody just kind of stood around, trying to figure out where the ball had gone.