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Enqvist has retired

patrik77
04-20-2006, 06:08 AM
Thomas Enqvist has retired. He decided that after the exhibition tournament in Houston a couple of weeks ago. After all his operations his body can´t take anymore tennis at the high level he wants it to and if he can´t reach the top (because of all the pain) then he rather quits than become a tour journeyman. Always sad when a good player ends his career, 19 titles of which 3 are Masters Series and one GS-final to add to that.

:sad: :sad:

Mimi
04-20-2006, 06:11 AM
:sad:

Carlita
04-20-2006, 06:12 AM
:crying2: oh no..... :crying2:

:hug: all the best to him :hug: I will miss him :hug:

Action Jackson
04-20-2006, 06:30 AM
There is an article in one of the Swedish papers saying that he is a chance that he could be the Swedish DC captain in the future.

He wasn't one of my favourite players, but he has chosen the right time for him to retire after all the injury problems.

http://www.svd.se/dynamiskt/sport/did_12414168.asp

Vad händer nu?
– Jag har levt med tennisen i hela mitt liv så just nu känns det tomt. Kanske vill jag prova något helt nytt eller så vill jag fortsätta inom tennisen, det är svårt att säga innan jag fått lite distans till att jag faktiskt slutat.

What happens now?

"I have lived with tennis my whole life, so now it feels empty. Perhaps, I will do something totally new or continue within tennis, it's difficult to say before I get some perspective that I have really stopped."

I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-20-2006, 06:34 AM
Last time I watched his match was against Robredo in Indian Wells, :sad: it was a toguh and quite good match. :) Anyway,good luck to him in the rest of life.

patrik77
04-20-2006, 06:36 AM
There is an article in one of the Swedish papers saying that he is a chance that he could be the Swedish DC captain in the future.



It´s just the oppinion of the journalist that wrote the article

Action Jackson
04-20-2006, 06:38 AM
It´s just the oppinion of the journalist that wrote the article

I never said I agreed with it, all it said was there was a chance in the future he could be the DC captain. Mats and Jocke can't go on forever sadly.

Rogiman
04-20-2006, 08:08 AM
A little bit sad, but that's what life is like.

An excellent player at his prime, who's achieved a lot (19 titles, AO final, 3 TMS titles, world #4 to name a few) and has always been good sports.

I'm a little surprised how little attention this gets from MTF ladies given the guy's good looks, but good luck to him in his life anyway ;)

OddJob
04-20-2006, 08:25 AM
:sad: Thomas :sad: U'll be missed. :hug:

Leo
04-20-2006, 08:29 AM
Darn, he'll be missed. But it sounds like the right time.

I hope he comes back as DC captain.

Kristen
04-20-2006, 08:32 AM
:hug: Best of luck in non-tennisy things, Tompa.
I liked him, not as much as some, so will miss having him around.

mr_burns
04-20-2006, 08:44 AM
really das, but no surprise...

liked his game

almouchie
04-20-2006, 09:19 AM
a great player & even better human being
a great career by any standards
best of luck to him after tennis
I watched him in his prime, a very unorthdox player that had reasonable success
farewell Thomas :)

Neely
04-20-2006, 10:35 AM
Thanks for information. I already wondered what was happening and going on with him...

GermanBoy
04-20-2006, 10:37 AM
:eek: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Corey Feldman
04-20-2006, 10:55 AM
what a time to go, he was Tied-1st in the world with Nadal on the Rafabastard ATP Rankings.

but Cya Enqvist, cheers for some great tennis memories, late 90's especially :wavey:

Alek
04-20-2006, 11:09 AM
:sobbing:

jrm
04-20-2006, 11:46 AM
Really should have won that Aussie open final against Kafelnikov :sad:

gusman890
04-20-2006, 11:46 AM
sounds like a great man and a great player as well.

all the best of luck to him in the future ! :)

alfonsojose
04-20-2006, 12:02 PM
:sad: Tompa :wavey:

TheBoiledEgg
04-20-2006, 12:04 PM
Tompa :sad: :( :(
one of my favs......... sad to see his career dwindle away in last 2 yrs :( :(

he had a good career but often ruined by injury :( :(

indoors of the best ever :D

rrfnpump
04-20-2006, 12:05 PM
:sobbing: :crying2: :tears:

you had a nice career

rrfnpump
04-20-2006, 12:06 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2006/enqvist_retires.asp

keqtqiadv
04-20-2006, 12:07 PM
:sad:

star
04-20-2006, 01:03 PM
:sad: Even though I knew it was coming. :(

:hatoff: Thanks for all the wonderful memories, Tompa! :bigclap:

JeNn
04-20-2006, 01:06 PM
The 1999 Aus Open should have been his :sad:

Ales_Alessandra
04-20-2006, 01:16 PM
:eek: :sad:
Best whishes to him and all his long time fans!! :hug:
Good luck in the future! :)

marcelwks
04-20-2006, 01:51 PM
My first favourite player :sad:

Good Luck in life after tennis :)

Nymeria
04-20-2006, 01:53 PM
:sad: but good luck in future :yeah:

He was one of my first favorite players...

tangerine_dream
04-20-2006, 02:21 PM
Good bye and good luck, Thomas. Hope to see you as the Swedish DC captain one day. :hatoff:

Enqvist won 19 ATP titles but no Grand Slams
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Thomas Enqvist is retiring from tennis after 19 ATP titles and a Grand Slam final, he told a Swedish newspaper for a story published Thursday.

The 32-year-old Swede said he can no longer take the physical strain of playing.

"It feels sad but unfortunately my body can't take top level competition anymore," Enqvist told Stockholm newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Enqvist made his professional debut in 1989 and won his first ATP title two years later. He won the Davis Cup with Sweden in 1997 and reached the Australian Open final in 1999, losing to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in four sets. His No. 4 ranking that year was the highest of his career.

Last year, he finished outside the top 100 for the first time since 1991, and is currently ranked 224th.

Enqvist said repeated injuries throughout his career had taken their toll.

"I have had a total of six operations, and of course all the injuries have been difficult setbacks, but at the same time I have to try to look a the positive side in that I have had a very long career despite the injuries," Enqvist said.

He made the decision to quit after an exhibition tournament earlier this year.

"I'd manage to get along OK, but I'm not interested in that," he said. "My driving force has been the feeling of being able to win tournaments, and since my body no longer has what it takes, there was no choice."

oneandonlyhsn
04-20-2006, 02:23 PM
Thomas :sobbing:

Aleksa's Laydee
04-20-2006, 03:07 PM
Tompa :sad: :sad: :sad: Thanks for the memories, i'll miss you!

jmgsdoubsprtnr
04-20-2006, 04:30 PM
:sad: as many know, he was my favorite player... i'm just glad i got to see him play live once in my life. good luck in normal life tompa! :hug:

*Viva Chile*
04-20-2006, 04:31 PM
:sad:

NATAS81
04-20-2006, 04:32 PM
Tompa :sad:

Shadow
04-20-2006, 04:55 PM
:sad: :sad:

good luck and all the best in life, Thomas.

NINA_BCN
04-20-2006, 04:57 PM
:sad:

smucav
04-20-2006, 05:37 PM
http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=15142&bannerregion=

Enqvist Retires
By Tennis Week
04/20/2006

He was often as vocal as a mime playing solitary charades in a sound-proof booth, but the blast of the ball erupting off the strings of Thomas Enqvist's racquet was one of the most explosive sounds in tennis. Today, the 32-year-old Swede announced his plans to retire from tennis, concluding a 16-year career that saw him claim 19 tournament titles, including three Masters Series crowns, and reach the 1999 Australian Open final.

Enqvist, who ranks fourth behind Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander on the all-time list of Swedish tournament title holders, said his body can no longer bear the burden of playing professional tennis.

"It feels sad, but unfortunately my body can't take top level competition anymore,'" Enqvist told Stockholm newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in comments reprinted by the Associated Press.

The Stockholm native has undergone a series of surgeries in recent years, including multiple surgeries on his shoulder and foot, in an effort to regain his health.

"I have had a total of six operations, and of course all the injuries have been difficult setbacks, but at the same time I have to try to look a the positive side in that I have had a very long career despite the injuries," Enqvist said.

Enqvist enjoyed some of his greatest success in Stockholm, winning his home tournament three times (1995, 1996 and 1999) and on the indoor hard court of Marseille where he won the Open 13 title three times, claiming his last career title at the 2002 Marseille tournament. Known for his flat, fearsome, forehand, Enqvist could hit almost anyone off the court when he was on his game. He split his 10 career meetings with Andre Agassi, was 3-0 lifetime against compatriot Stefan Edberg, 3-1 against Roger Federer and owned career victories over Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marat Safin and Andy Roddick.

The world's top-ranked junior in 1991, Enqvist won the Australian Open and Wimbledon junior championships and won his first professional title a year later. He won five tournament titles in 1995 and three championships in 1999 when he reached a career-high rank of No. 4 and advanced to the Australian Open final, falling to Kafelnikov, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6. Enqvist registered a 15-11 record in Davis Cup competition and was a member of the 1996 Swedish Davis Cup runner-up squad and the 1997 team that won the Davis Cup championship.

Injuries prevented Enqvist from playing on the ATP Tour this season as his ranking dropped to No. 224. His last appearance in the main draw of a Tour-level tournament was last October when he fell to Mario Ancic in the second round of Lyon. Enqvist said his inability to compete for titles contribute to his decision to call it quits.

"I'd manage to get along OK, but I'm not interested in that,'" Enqvist said. "My driving force has been the feeling of being able to win tournaments, and since my body no longer has what it takes, there was no choice."

He was a member of the year-end top 10 on four different occasion and concluded his career graciously giving thanks to his supporters.

"I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years. There are many persons who have meant very much to me," Enqvist said. "I’ve been living with tennis all my life so right now it feels empty. Maybe I will try something completely different or I will continue within tennis. It’s tough to say until I’ve got some perspective on the fact that I’ve actually quit."

ianbez7
04-20-2006, 07:25 PM
He was a joy to watch and a true gentleman and a scholar! He will be missed. :worship:

stebs
04-20-2006, 07:26 PM
All the best to a great player and a great guy. :wavey:

Nathaliia
04-20-2006, 07:33 PM
Tompa will be missed.

However as a Rios die-hard fan, I will never scratch him fully from my black list :angel:

GermanBoy
04-20-2006, 07:40 PM
"It feels sad but unfortunately my body can't take top level competition anymore," Enqvist told Stockholm newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.


:lick: :lick: :lick: :lick: :lick: :p

Pea
04-21-2006, 12:53 AM
You had a great run, Tompa! Enjoy life outside of tennis!

TULY
04-21-2006, 05:53 AM
I will miss him for sure...
all the best Tommy!

Maxpowers
04-21-2006, 01:53 PM
I enjoyed watching him play, he had many great matches and was fantastic player.

vogus
04-21-2006, 02:14 PM
i thought Thomas Enquist had retired like 4 years ago. He hasn't done shit on the tour in a long time.

SwissMister1
04-21-2006, 05:12 PM
He did try to stick it out quite a while with an awkward looking serve after he hurt his shoulder. In his prime though he was a great player who I really enjoyed watching.

Alexiana
04-21-2006, 05:17 PM
he will be missed :sad: One of the Swedes I really liked. Such a nice person :) I always liked him and his game. Godd luck from now on Tompa :)

Kristen
04-22-2006, 03:11 AM
i thought Thomas Enquist had retired like 4 years ago. He hasn't done shit on the tour in a long time.
How kind of you to say :hatoff:

lavar78
04-22-2006, 06:59 PM
The 1999 Aus Open should have been his :sad:
No, it shouldn't have. The Y-Man earned that one.

Happy trails, Enqvist!

jole
04-22-2006, 07:45 PM
Never really was a fan, but I wish him luck with his future endeavors. :)

almouchie
04-22-2006, 09:48 PM
any special pictures from Thomas's fanz

Sommarsverige
04-22-2006, 10:43 PM
Even if this came surely not very unexpected, I am sad to hear it now anyway :sad: :sad: :sad:

Tompa was always one of my favourite players and I had hoped so much, that he would give himself a last chance to play on a high level again. It is sad to hear now that it did not work :(

I wish him all the best for his life after tennis and I am very sure we will hear about him again, hopefully he will do something in the Swedish tennis!

Wannabeknowitall
04-22-2006, 10:56 PM
I will miss Enqvist. Mary Carillo called him a strapping looking lad.
At his prime even with his unorthodox but very cute serve, he had the perfect psychique for a tennis player.
It's hard to see players you happen to grow up with retire but it's always good to see it happen before their ranking becomes an utter embarassment.

bad gambler
04-23-2006, 12:17 AM
Enjoy retirement Indoor Prince

Ays25
04-23-2006, 12:34 AM
at least he was better than federer :)
3-1 head to head record

Saturn66
04-23-2006, 01:28 AM
I'll miss Enqvist for sure.

enqvistfan
04-24-2006, 06:58 PM
So sad, that Thomas has to retire, but he made a great carrier, won 19 ATP Titles. I'm very proud to be one of his fan. Thanks to him I met many people who became friends. Unfortunately, we expected the retirement. It's life, a new life begins for him. I wish him all the best in his new life !!

We'll always remember you Thomas :hug:

I hope to see him on the Senior Tour, I'll be there for sure :hug: :hug:

Daniel
04-26-2006, 01:45 AM
Thomas :wavey:

good luck :kiss: