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03-07-2011 06:53 PM
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"Don't cry, we'll always have Bratislava"

By Gordan Gabrovec in Zagreb, 06 Mar 2011

As a German television reporter was still talking about the great five-set victory that Cristopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner pulled off in the doubles, the lights in Dom Sportova were turned off. An announcer in the arena started to speak.

He was racing through a series of sentences like he was in a big hurry. Now and then I would recognize that he mentioned Wimbledon, Davis Cup and Olympics. As he was talking, line judges, ballboys and ballgirls gathered on the court like they would do for a trophy presentation at the end of a tournament. Then the moment came. The announcer raised his voice saying: "Ladies and gentlemen, Marioooo Anciiiiic!"

He was there, waiting to step on the court in his Croatian Davis Cup team white jacket that he wore with so much passion and pride. He started to walk behind the girl who carried a Croatian flag. It was his last victory lane. He walked slowly, like he used to do when he was preparing to serve in a crucial point of the match. This time he neither had racket nor balls in his hands. People clapped and Mario waved.

This didn't last long, not more than a minute, but it seemed like a decade. Many memories about the man in front of me came to my mind.

There he was, in the same hall 12 years ago. He played his first match in Davis Cup. Portuguese Joao Cunha-Silva beat him, but I was charmed with the game of the 15-year-old boy. A few months later he would win his first ITF Futures title, beating Ivo Karlovic in the final. That day "Super Mario" was born, long before he would beat Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon in 2002.

I remembered how he dismantled Tim Henman two years later in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, which was probably his best match ever. I remembered that hot summer night in Athens when we waited until 3am to see Mario and Ivan Ljubicic winning a bronze medal at the Olympics.

There he was, standing in that same white jacket that Ljubicic and he wore on a path to Davis Cup glory in 2005. They achieved a lot together and who knows what else that could have been Mario’s if he was able to stay healthy.

He was always a warrior. In a small circle of people he was known as ‘the young samurai’. So many times we saw him being down-and-out in the match before he would somehow find a way to victory. He never was a quitter until the end when his body betrayed his desire to keep playing.

No one should be forced to leave something that he loves so much. And Mario, oh, how he loves to play tennis. He didn't get a chance to play in a Wimbledon final or beat Andy Roddick, the only man out of today's Top 10 on the ATP rankings that he never beat, not even in junior tournaments.

As pictures on the big screen were showing the greatest moments of his career, sorrow started to kick in. This was one of those moments when we should celebrate and feel sad, when we should cry and smile at the same time.

I stopped for a moment and looked once more at the man in front of me. There he was a 26-year-old tennis star who could no longer play tennis. But he’s a rare player in today’s world with a future career path already planned: he received his law degree a few years back after studying while home recovering from mononucleosis.

And then it came to me. This is not a time to cry. Why would we? We'll always have a Davis Cup victory over Slovak Republic in Bratislava to remember.
03-06-2011 10:42 PM
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Best wishes to my good friend Mario Ancic by Novak Djokovic

Just wanted to wish all the best to my very good friend Mario Ancic, one of my favorite guys on tour. He recently announced his retirement, and it's bad news for our sport because he was always incredible competitor and really hard working guy. He made some incredible achievements in his short career and I can only wish him to be happy and successful in the future, wherever it leads him. We'll miss you!

Pre par dana Mario Ancic je objavio svoje povlacenje iz profesionalnog tenisa. Oduvek je bio sjajan teniser i jedan od mojih omiljenih prijatelja na tour-u. Napravio je neverovatne uspehe u svojoj kratkoj karijeri i steta je za nas sport da izgubi tako sjajnog igraca - vrednog i pozrtvovanog. Zeleo sam samo da mu pozelim sve najbolje u buducnosti i da mu kazem da ce nam svima nedostajati!
02-28-2011 08:14 PM
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coming a bit late around here.... i can't say i wasn't exepcting this but is still so so sad....
Goodbye Mario it was really fun to watch u! and of course i wish him the best luck!
02-25-2011 08:27 PM
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Davis cup never knows, crazier things happened (like Ivanisevic returning to team just for the final in 2005. but didn't play any matches though), but not in the near future i think. He still has back problems and hasn't decided to go on with the operation or try to do conventional therapy. If you mean role like coach i think it's too soon but he can surely help with advices or maybe some training and i think he wouldn't mind that.

Hope to see him atleast on some exibitions if he can in a few years...

And deep inside i still hope on that 1% that he gets well and in like 2 years gets big desire to play again and becomes active for 2-3 more years, would be nice.
02-25-2011 06:53 AM
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Thank you AncicCilic!
There was a little bit of the conference in the news, but they haven't shown much and I didn't know what he was talking about during it. Only saw his beautiful eyes in tears
Hope to see him soon! Or at least one day...
May be he will take some part in Croatian Davis Cup team?
02-24-2011 07:29 AM
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You have one in the "Mario Ancic retires" thread on the general forums.
He was very emotional and said this is the hardest decision in his life and cried most of the speech but said that people who followed him shouldn't be sad since he was always a fighter and gave all he could out there on the court.

With him were head of Croatian tennis who offered him to take over that job when he is ready, and also there was head of Croatian olympic comitee. Part of his conference was in all of the news here.
02-24-2011 06:56 AM
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The hope of seeing him again is officially dead, as I am now

Does anybody have pics from press-conference?
02-22-2011 01:01 PM
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....He is officially retiring....And I'm officially dead
02-21-2011 02:35 AM
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I don't know how depressed i will be if he retires
02-15-2011 11:18 PM
David Ancic
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Mario Is The Best
02-07-2011 04:58 PM
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Mario was watching the final yesterday.
These are from the tournament website.
08-08-2010 12:50 PM
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OMG Mario, I miss you so much,
Glad to see you be healthy, thanks millions for pics
08-08-2010 11:35 AM
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08-08-2010 11:34 AM
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05-18-2010 03:10 PM
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after all the bad luck this happy times look like light years away
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