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Lopez 06-23-2008 04:09 PM

Jonas Bjorkman announces retirement
 
From the Eurosport website:


Doubles specialist Jonas Bjorkman announced he will retire from professional tennis at the end of the season.

"I've been reflecting on my professional career and I have decided that this will be my last Wimbledon," the Swede said.

"I have been blessed with a long and successful career and I look forward to another great experience here at Wimbledon, for my last time as a competitor.

"I also look forward to the rest of my 2008 season, which hopefully will include the Olympic Games in Beijing. It would be the most incredible way to finish my career if I could win a medal for Sweden.

"At the age of 36 I now feel it is time to begin the next chapter of my life, being at home with my family and pursuing other interests."

The Monte-Carlo based Bjorkman reached a career-high fourth in the world in singles and two years ago he reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon before falling to eventual champion Roger Federer.

However, it has been on the doubles circuit that he has enjoyed the most success.

He captured nine grand slam doubles titles and has been ranked number one in doubles. He also helped Sweden win the Davis Cup.

"It has been a fantastic journey starting with my first satellites in 1990 and my debut on the ATP Tour in 1993, a journey that has given me unforgettable moments, great victories, amazing experiences, so much knowledge and wonderful friendships on and off the court," Bjorkman said.

http://eurosport.yahoo.com/23062008/...etirement.html


He is a fun player, wish him well. Though it probably is his time to quit, it's sad to see him leave the tour.

gusman890 06-23-2008 04:11 PM

Re: Jonas Bjorkman announces retirement
 
Jonas :sad:

He was a class act. He will be missed for sure.

dam0dred 06-23-2008 04:22 PM

Re: Jonas Bjorkman announces retirement
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by gusman890 (Post 7230536)
Jonas :sad:

He was a class act. He will be missed for sure.

Jonas. :sad:

Dimitra 06-23-2008 04:25 PM

Re: Jonas Bjorkman announces retirement
 
:sad: Very sad news.

Lee 06-23-2008 04:58 PM

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All the best Jonas!

Voo de Mar 06-23-2008 05:00 PM

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I think it's the right decision, amazing career I'll prepare a nice statistical thread for him at the end of the year :)

luzkoz 06-23-2008 05:01 PM

Re: Jonas Bjorkman announces retirement
 
He is/was a very likable player.
I'll miss him :sad:

Blue Heart24 06-23-2008 05:02 PM

Re: Jonas Bjorkman announces retirement
 
Good luck to him for the rest of the year,hope he'll have some good results.

Björki 06-23-2008 05:03 PM

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:sad:

all the best to him and his lovely family :)

Dupuis2006 06-23-2008 05:04 PM

Re: Jonas Bjorkman announces retirement
 
:eek::sad:

shotgun 06-23-2008 05:28 PM

Re: Jonas Bjorkman announces retirement
 
Definitely the right time to retire from his singles career, as he was sustaining a good ranking thanks to his results on grass mostly (and his fourth round run at RG last year), and he's starting to struggle to win matches even on this surface.

He could easily play doubles for a few more years at the top, but I suppose that the motivation isn't enough.

Shabazza 06-23-2008 05:39 PM

Re: Jonas Bjorkman announces retirement
 
Another one leaving from the first generation I started watching from when they were still teens. Santoro will soon follow, probably (along with Hrbaty). :sad:
He was such a fun player to watch and his impersonations were great (long before Djokovic came onto the scene). :yeah:
All the best for the rest of his last season and his post-career life. :bowdown:

Mateya 06-23-2008 05:43 PM

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Jonas, you legend :hug: :hug: :wavey:

Volcanic Tennis 06-23-2008 05:52 PM

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Jonas :awww:
You are one of my idols, truly, and have inspired me a lot :) I hope you find all that you desire to in your life beyond tennis.
A legend :worship: I'm so glad I got to see him play last summer and that I got a picture with him:)

Bascule 06-23-2008 05:56 PM

Re: Jonas Bjorkman announces retirement
 
Well...it was about the time. :retard:
Anyway...always sad occasion. :sad:


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