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Enjoy your retirement Jiri Novak

Action Jackson
10-26-2006, 06:58 PM
Jiri Novak has played his last main level ATP event losing to David Ferrer in Basel.

Jiri won 7 singles titles and 18 doubles titles. He came as an alternate in the TMC in Shanghai and won a match and best Slam performance was the AO SF in 2002 losing to Thomas Johansson.

SINGLES CAREER TITLES (7):
1996--Auckland;
1998--Mexico City;
2001--Gstaad, Munich;
2003--Gstaad;
2004--Basel, Tokyo

FINALIST (6):
1996--Mexico City;
2002--Madrid TMS, Vienna
2003--Dubai, Shanghai;
2005--Delray Beach

He will play one more time in Prostejov, but the smiling and cheery Jiri will now drink beer, get fat and stay around with his family.

CooCooCachoo
10-26-2006, 06:58 PM
:sobbing: Jiri.

Will really be missed by me. Great guy and great player, though too often not appreciated by many fans simply because he is not as outspoken.

shotgun
10-26-2006, 07:00 PM
bye bye Jiri :sad:

Naranoc
10-26-2006, 07:01 PM
Hope he relaxes and enjoys his time with his family :hug:

NYCtennisfan
10-26-2006, 07:10 PM
Congrats on a solid career Jiri!

Deathless Mortal
10-26-2006, 07:14 PM
Enjoy! You deserved it. :bigcry:

Adler
10-26-2006, 07:15 PM
Managed to win 4 times against Federer. He''l have sth to tell his grandchildren :)
Anyway, best wishes Jiri

Chris Seahorse
10-26-2006, 07:18 PM
That's a surprise really. After all the effort he made to get back in shape after his injuries earlier in the year it seems a shame to suddenly end it while he was once again playing pretty well but then as a family man I guess it makes sense.

At least by retiring now he finishes still playing well which had he retired at the end of last year wouldn't have been the case.

adee-gee
10-26-2006, 07:25 PM
Did he announce it after the match, or had it been planned for a while and I just hadn't heard it?

R.Federer
10-26-2006, 07:26 PM
Nice classy guy, I can't imagine any player ever had anything negative to say about the quiet Czech

RonE
10-26-2006, 07:28 PM
Goodbye Jiri :sad: :wavey:

vogus
10-26-2006, 07:31 PM
i remember sitting in Armstrong Stadium watching Novak's 5-setter against Sampras in '95 or '96, Jiri must have been 18 or 19 then...

revolution
10-26-2006, 07:36 PM
He was certainly an underrated player and never got the credit he deserved. I remember the British media gave Henman lots of stick after the Olympics for losing to this 'nobody'.

Jiri's had a career many others can only dream of.

Blue Heart24
10-26-2006, 07:39 PM
Jiri :wavey: :wavey: Goodbye! :sad: :sad:

coreyschucky
10-26-2006, 07:46 PM
Bye Jiri, Thanks and Good Luck in your retirement!!!!

AsianSensation
10-26-2006, 08:00 PM
The last guy to beat federer before he went on that incredible finals streak, good luck in your post-career!

GlennMirnyi
10-26-2006, 08:02 PM
I'll miss him. Really. :sad:

Voo de Mar
10-26-2006, 08:14 PM
Los Angeles 2000, Davis Cup, 1st round: Novak - Sampras 7-6(1) 6-3 6-2
Tennis Masters Cup 2002, RR: Novak - Agassi 7-5 6-1
Gstaad 2003, final: Novak - Federer 5-7 6-3 6-3 1-6 6-3
:worship:

Matches to remember ;)

Goodbye Jiri! :wavey:

SwissMister1
10-26-2006, 08:26 PM
He had a good run at the Open this year, a good way to go out.

Wednesday Addams
10-26-2006, 08:33 PM
Enjoy your retirement, Jiri :hug:

*Ljubica*
10-26-2006, 08:52 PM
Jiri is a lovely man and was a very under-rated player. I wish him all the best for the future, and know he will enjoy spending more time with his lovely wife and children. Good Luck Jiri :hug:

Fergie
10-26-2006, 09:01 PM
Goodbye Jiri! :wavey: ... And good luck in your new life :)

Deivid23
10-26-2006, 09:06 PM
Los Angeles 2000, Davis Cup, 1st round: Novak - Sampras 7-6(1) 6-3 6-2
Tennis Masters Cup 2002, RR: Novak - Agassi 7-5 6-1
Gstaad 2003, final: Novak - Federer 5-7 6-3 6-3 1-6 6-3
:worship:

Matches to remember ;)

Goodbye Jiri! :wavey:

Some more matches to remember:

ATP Masters Series, 18-Oct-04, I, Hard , Draw: 48

R32 Haas, Tommy (GER) 26 1-6 4-6

ATP Masters Series, 2-Aug-04, O, Hard , Draw: 64

R64 Safin, Marat (RUS) 14 3-6 0-6

;)

fabolous
10-26-2006, 09:09 PM
goodbye jiri novak and enjoy your retirement.

as rosie said, he was one of the most underrated players, probably because he was a humble and quiet guy and didn't tell everyone how good he was.

tiptop
10-26-2006, 09:50 PM
wow, he has been around for such a long time. have fun...:)

Horatio Caine
10-26-2006, 09:52 PM
Best wishes Jiri :yeah:

mr_burns
10-26-2006, 10:10 PM
Quite a surprise...was in some nice form lately..after an injury caused slump

MisterQ
10-26-2006, 10:12 PM
Best wishes to you, Jiri.

It's too bad he didn't get to play his only TMS final (Madrid 2002) because of injury. :sad:

Godiva
10-27-2006, 12:04 AM
Adios Jiri :( I'll miss your cheery face, what with all the sourpusses we have on the tour now. :(

musefanatic
10-27-2006, 12:06 AM
Best wishes Jiri, hope to see you in the future :) Have a nice life after tennis :)

Sjengster
10-27-2006, 12:11 AM
Farewell Mellow Jiro, you were the best "Mr. Nobody" to ever grace the ATP with your presence.

Sjengster
10-27-2006, 12:13 AM
Some more matches to remember:

ATP Masters Series, 18-Oct-04, I, Hard , Draw: 48

R32 Haas, Tommy (GER) 26 1-6 4-6

ATP Masters Series, 2-Aug-04, O, Hard , Draw: 64

R64 Safin, Marat (RUS) 14 3-6 0-6

;)

It was some betting suspicion you had about him, wasn't it? Any proof of that, or is this one last petty farewell gesture?

Lee
10-27-2006, 12:19 AM
Best of luck, cheery Jiri!

njnetswill
10-27-2006, 12:31 AM
He was playing relatively well since his comeback.

Best wishes Jiri. :wavey:

Corey Feldman
10-27-2006, 12:58 AM
Cya jiri

and another golden oldie is gone.

its.like.that
10-27-2006, 01:12 AM
Nice classy guy, I can't imagine any player ever had anything negative to say about the quiet Czech

besides the fact that he fixed matches :rolleyes:

its.like.that
10-27-2006, 01:15 AM
He had a good run at the Open this year, a good way to go out.

That pic was not from this year.

LaTenista
10-27-2006, 02:26 AM
:yeah: Quite a career from a quiet family guy.

hanabishi
10-27-2006, 03:02 AM
Enjoy your retirement, Mr. Novak! Sad to see a true gentleman in tennis leave the game.

i love paradorn
10-27-2006, 03:08 AM
I don't see any souce online where it says Novak is retiring.

mangoes
10-27-2006, 03:25 AM
Best of Luck, Jiri, in the next chapter of your life.......

Choupi
10-27-2006, 05:43 AM
Hope he enjoys his new life, together with his kids and friends. Thanks for all.

CooCooCachoo
10-27-2006, 06:15 AM
Some more matches to remember:

ATP Masters Series, 18-Oct-04, I, Hard , Draw: 48

R32 Haas, Tommy (GER) 26 1-6 4-6

ATP Masters Series, 2-Aug-04, O, Hard , Draw: 64

R64 Safin, Marat (RUS) 14 3-6 0-6

;)

:retard:

Spit your venom elsewhere.

Deivid23
10-27-2006, 07:04 AM
:retard:

Spit your venom elsewhere.

It´s not my problem you live in Dream Land :retard:

Deivid23
10-27-2006, 07:06 AM
It was some betting suspicion you had about him, wasn't it? Any proof of that, or is this one last petty farewell gesture?

If I had proofs I wouldn´t tell here and even if I did some morons wouldn´t believe it

crazillo
10-27-2006, 08:07 AM
Jiri was overlooked by quite a lot of people and it seems even his retirement is overlooked by quite many guys...

He was no alternate in the Masters Cup at Shanghai, but qualified!! He did stay at the good level until 2004 until the letdown at the beginning of 2005. Then he fought his way back and retires now -- it seems so much work for those few months, but probably he just wanted to enjoy competing once again. I will miss Jiri for his solid game and his passion, at times he was a very great mover, too. :) Jiri :sad:

crazillo
10-27-2006, 08:12 AM
Is there like any tribute for him on the ATP site? Didn't he announce it to them? :eek:

CooCooCachoo
10-27-2006, 08:14 AM
It´s not my problem you live in Dream Land :retard:

It is a thread about a player retiring. Surely he has had bad matches (and quite a lengthy bad period actually), but there is no need to bring it up here for a reason other than being bitter and spiteful.

Nathaliia
10-27-2006, 08:14 AM
Is there like any tribute for him on the ATP site? Didn't he announce it to them? :eek:

Man... come on, this is JIRI NOVAK and not Federer, Nadal, Blake. He also doesn't spread love and bias about the RR form. ATP has most important things to do than care about people like Jiri. Enjoy your retirement Jiri :worship:

CooCooCachoo
10-27-2006, 08:15 AM
Is there like any tribute for him on the ATP site? Didn't he announce it to them? :eek:

It would be fitting if he doesn't get any goodbye. Too nice, not controversial enough :(

~EMiLiTA~
10-27-2006, 08:40 AM
Jiri was a great guy...and a good player in his day too

hope he enjoys his retirement

crazillo
10-27-2006, 08:44 AM
Man... come on, this is JIRI NOVAK and not Federer, Nadal, Blake. He also doesn't spread love and bias about the RR form. ATP has most important things to do than care about people like Jiri. Enjoy your retirement Jiri :worship:

Blake has not achieved as much as Novak yet IMO. ;) Well, the WTA site did those tributes for players of Jiri's achievements last year and I think it would be appropiate to at least write an article on him.

Action Jackson
10-27-2006, 08:47 AM
It would be fitting if he doesn't get any goodbye. Too nice, not controversial enough :(

In a way, but at the same time maybe he couldn't be bothered with it.

Deivid23
10-27-2006, 09:09 AM
It is a thread about a player retiring. Surely he has had bad matches (and quite a lengthy bad period actually), but there is no need to bring it up here for a reason other than being bitter and spiteful.

Get a clue :retard:

aussie_fan
10-27-2006, 09:43 AM
Well Done Jiri on a great career. Will be missed.

Beat
10-27-2006, 09:54 AM
he was loveable and i always enjoyed watching him play:worship:

SINGLES CAREER TITLES (7):
1996--Auckland;
1998--Mexico City;
2001--Gstaad, Munich;
2003--Gstaad;
2004--Basel, Tokyo.

3 of 7 titles he won in switzerland:)

I♥PsY@Mus!c
10-27-2006, 12:17 PM
I always remember he beat Federer in Basel! :worship:
Enjoy the new life,Jiri! :hug:

Neely
10-27-2006, 12:22 PM
byebye, Jiri! :wavey:

Corey Feldman
10-27-2006, 03:03 PM
I always remember he beat Federer in Basel! :worship:Gstaad you mean ?

+alonso
10-27-2006, 06:19 PM
Boo! :sad: I really liked him!

Best of the luck for him! I hope he enjoys his life :hatoff:

alfonsojose
10-27-2006, 07:11 PM
:sad:

Habsudovafan
10-27-2006, 07:26 PM
Jiri goodluck in your after tennis life. We enjoyed your tennis.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
10-28-2006, 03:53 AM
Gstaad you mean ?

Yes,it should be Gstaad.My brain just sticks in "Basel" too much this week. :o

Yonge
10-28-2006, 05:37 AM
Sad to see him go.

galadriel
10-28-2006, 10:45 AM
Farewell Jiri :wavey:

darnyelb
10-28-2006, 01:09 PM
aww, this makes me sad. good luck Jiri Novak.

Daniel
10-29-2006, 09:51 PM
Wishing you the best :wavey:

Super-Fabio
12-04-2006, 02:28 PM
RETIRED CZECH TENNIS STAR JIRI NOVAK LOOKS BACK ON LONG CAREER


Credits: atp-playerzone.com

https://atp-playerzone.com/images/2006/jiri.jpg
[28-11-2006] By Ian Willoughby
A special prize was presented to Jiri Novak on Saturday, at the Golden Canary awards for Czech tennis player of the year. The award was in recognition of all that Novak achieved during a long professional career, which recently came to an end when he played his last tournament, the Swiss Indoors in Basle.
Jiri Novak, photo: CTKNovak, a man for whom family comes first, said he was retiring at 31 to spend more time at home - and because of persistent injuries.
Now he has hung up his racket, the Zlin-born player has had an opportunity to reflect on his career. Looking back, what does Jiri Novak regard as his greatest success?
"It's impossible to say in one sentence, because it includes everything from the tournaments I won at junior level to the Masters Cup, which features the best eight players in the world. 2002, when I reached the Masters and the semi-final of the Australian Open, was probably my best year. That was my happiest period in tennis."
While singles tennis is of course an individual sport, Novak also appreciated any chance to represent the Czech Republic in team competitions.
"I was at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Atlanta and Athens - that really made a deep impression. And the Davis Cup ties I was involved in were really important to me. Relatively speaking, I had a very positive record in the Davis Cup. I really enjoyed team events."
Jiri NovakHowever, despite his own good record, Jiri Novak never got to experience any notable success with the Czech national team.
"I always wanted to win something with the national team - either in the Davis Cup or at the Olympics. That never happened, but I leave with my head held high. I appreciate my career all the more when I think back to the conditions I experienced as a young player, and my first times playing abroad at the age of 15. I don't take it as 'I could have won more'...Thank God what happened, happened. I was fifth in the world - I had a great career."
And finally, what does Jiri Novak think the sport of tennis gave him? And what did it take away?
"It gave me a great general overview - I had to look after myself from a young age, learn a new language...But on the other hand it took away my childhood. Puberty is a time when you want to go out, go to the disco, but I couldn't. That said, I take it positively, I was never a disco type anyway. So I don't see it as me losing something - on the contrary, it just helped me in life."
http://www.radio.cz/en/article/85716

Action Jackson
12-04-2006, 02:30 PM
Time to get fat and enjoy the time with the family.

jazar
12-04-2006, 02:48 PM
a great example of making the most of your talent. i'm sure he will be missed on the tour. and good luck to him in his retirement

Deivid23
12-04-2006, 05:03 PM
I´m sure many punters will indeed miss him