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Old 10-27-2004, 08:31 AM   #241
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oh....is he blind now
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Old 10-28-2004, 05:20 PM   #242
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I found an article on www.tv4.se... can anyone translate?? Thanks in advance!!

Magnus Norman lägger av

Magnus Norman lägger av med tennisen. Beskedet kom vid en presskonferens under torsdagen.

Norman som nådde final i Franska mästerskapen 2000 har de senaste åren haft stora skadeproblem.

De senaste åren har varit en kamp för att komma tillbaka på tennisbanan. På torsdagen tog den definitivt slut för Magnus Norman.

- Man vet inte vad som kunde hänt annars, det kunde gått riktigt illa i slutändan, säger Norman.

Beskedet var allt annat än oväntat, däremot inte så svårt - eller tungt - som många trott. En bit därifrån förberedde sig Jonas Björkman och Andre Agassi för match i Stockholm Open.

Samtidigt, på ett podium i ett rum i närheten, berättade Norman om sitt beslut.

- Det är ett beslut som känns ganska bra faktiskt. Det har varit tre jobbiga år med skador. Jag har kommit tillbaka men skadan har gjort sig påmind hela tiden, säger Norman.

För Magnus Normans tenniskarriär har de senaste åren handlat mest om rehabilitering och försök till comeback.

För fyra år sedan nådde han sin höjdpunkt i karriären. Det var året då han nådde final i Franska mästerskapen. Där blev det inte seger men väl i fem andra turneringar det året.

Och vid en tidpunkt var han rankad tvåa i världen.

Skadedrabbad

Men framgången hade en baksida, för Magnus Norman har den hetat skador. Precis som hans motståndare i Paris-finalen, Gustavo Kuerten, har han genomgått flera höftoperationer, den senaste i oktober förra året.

Då hade han några veckor tidigare gått till kvartsfinal i Shanghai, det blev också Magnus Normans sista turnering i karriären.

- Jag tog beslutet för tio dagar sedan. Sista röntgen var inte alls så bra och jag tog beslutet i samråd med läkare och min familj. Jag vet hur mycket jag kunde ha plågat mig själv annars för att fortsätta, säger Norman.

Han blir därmed en till i raden av svenska tennisspelare som tvingats ge upp karriären i förtid på grund av skadeproblem.

Inte bitter

Men på torsdagen fanns ingen bitterhet, mera en reflektion över en karriär som ändå blev en av de mesta framgångsrika någonsin bland svenska spelare.

- Jag har många fantastiskt fina minnen. DC-vinsten med Sverige, Paris-finalen, att jag varit rankad så högt som tvåa i världen, att jag fått resa runt i världen.

Vilket är ditt bästa minne?

- Min första ATP-seger i Båstad 1997, det trodde jag aldrig att jag skulle få vara med och vinna en turnering.

Det blev ytterligare elva stycken.

Börjar plugga

Nu flyttar han hem till Stockholm från Monte Carlo för att börja att studera marknadsföring.

Och dörren till tennisvärlden stänger han inte helt.

- Jag skulle gärna vilja jobba med svensk tennis, kanske fungera som mentor för yngre spelare och lära juniorer av de misstag jag gjort, att lyssna på kroppens signaler. Om det är något jag definitivt lärt mig så är det just det.
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Old 10-28-2004, 05:43 PM   #243
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where are the swedes.....
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Old 10-28-2004, 05:44 PM   #244
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no pics in the article?
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Old 10-28-2004, 05:48 PM   #245
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Originally Posted by misyou25
no pics in the article?
unfortunately no pics

I found this on www.reuters.com

Sweden's Former French Open Finalist Norman Retires

By Oliver Grassman
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's former French Open finalist Magnus Norman announced his retirement Friday, citing a string of injuries for his decision.

"It feels pretty good (to retire)... It's been three years filled with injuries," he said at a news conference held at the Stockholm Open where he has been a spectator.

The 28-year-old lost to Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten after a four-set battle in the French Open final in 2000, his best year when he was ranked second in the world and won five ATP titles.

He won the Rome Masters that year and also reached the Australian Open semifinals, where he lost to Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

For the next three seasons Norman struggled with hip and knee injuries and large parts of those campaigns were written off as he underwent surgery on several occasions.

Although he reached the Tokyo final in 2002 as a qualifier, he never recovered his old form and retires with 12 ATP titles, five of those coming in 1999.
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lägger av means to stop i think...... i hope im wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-28-2004, 05:55 PM   #247
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Norman has retired.
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i was right. its terrible
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I am shocked but after getting one on one it was to expect somedays,

Goodbye Magnus Norman, one of my youth idols, a great player!!!

Thanks for the nice years, for your 12 titles and especially the great run at the French Open, where u lost a tough Match against Kuerten.

I wish u a better luck in the future, in the rest of your life!!! Perhaps u can do sth. for swedish tennis!!! They need you!!!

So, thanks for a lot of fun, a lot of hard matches!!!

I raise my hat for u!!!
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Old 10-28-2004, 07:30 PM   #251
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magnus you will be missed!! i wish you could've left the game on a better note, perhaps like pete sampras did, after winning a tournament. i just wish it didn't have to happen like this: because of recurring injuries. i wish you the best of luck in the future. get married, be happy, have lots of gorgeous babies (maybe they can play tennis too )
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I'm sad that Magnus had to end his career because of injuries and at such a young age. He was a great player before his many injuries and has left a lot of memories. I will always remember the FO final. I hope he has a great life and remains happy!!! And hopefully he'll stay involved in tennis somehow
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It´s so sad!!! Bye-bye Magnus and just the best for your future!!!
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After watching Swedish TV the whole evening and talking to friends who went through something similar (thanks Nathalie), I have finally found the way to the Internet.
I still don´t know what to think and cannot believe what has happened this evening! Why?
Magnus has been my favourite player since 1997 (and will always remain my favourite player even in the future )! I have supported him in so many matches and liked him as a great and fair sportsmen and a big tennis player with a great fighting spirit! I was always feeling with him during the matches, because he never gave away a match, even if he was down 0:5.
During such a situation, he also became my favourite player, because 1997 in Båstad he was down 0:5 against Adrian Voinea, but Magnus turned the match, won it and won finally the whole tournament!
For me, this was one of the great Magnus matches, but there have been many, many others!

Today evening, Magnus went to the studio where the Stockholm Open are broadcasted from and first I was just happy to see him on TV again.
But then he said he has taken a decision and this is that he will stop his career. He has taken this decision together with his doctor and his family, and his doctor said that he would risk his future health when he would go on playing tennis on profi niveau. This is the biggest point why Magnus finally decided to give up. But he did not seem to be ledsen at all. He said the last 3 years with injuries have been so terrible for him, and he is happy to stay there and to say that he has decided himself.
Magnus said also, that he will maybe work in the Swedish junior tennis and help the kids to become a good tennis player!

Well, I don´t know what to say more at the moment, just

Magnus, lycka till för framtiden! Tack för några underbar tennisår där så många personer har glädjats med dig och gråtit med dig!
Det är så många underbara minnen och jag hoppas man träffar dig någonstans även i framtiden (kanske i Båstad?)

Well, all you guys, I will translate the article later, guess there will follow more articles in the next days
I really hope this forum will stay alieve even after Magnus now has retired and that his fans don´t forget him!

Thanks for so many wonderful tennis matches and other happenings, Magnus!
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I am so sorry to hear this
Bye bye Magnus.
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