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Article: Edgardo Massa : "The Eternal Comeback" is over, as Yayo retires from tennis

Well there were people wondering what my old username Yayo Massa Skadad meant. Well it means Massa = injured.

I wasn't sure whether to post this here or not, but the odd person might get it. He is the forgotten Argentine and been injured for years, many different ones as well, this gives some background.

Thanks to Em for translating these two articles.

http://www.clarin.com/diario/2007/11/15/deportes/d-06701.htm

Massa, the talent so badly struck by injuries

At the age of 20, he made good progress. Today, at the age of 26, he doesn't want any shocks.

Exactly seven years ago, triumphing at the Ericsson Cup, Edgardo Massa created excitement which, over the years, has been gradually diminishing. Throughout his career, Yayo has had as much talent as he has injuries. Too many for a professional tennis player who had made such good progress. Today, a far cry from those semifinals reached in 2000 - he was only stopped in the semifinals by an exceptional Guillermo Coria - the Formosa native seeks to relaunch his career at the Copa Petrobras, where he yesterday reached the second round after beating American Hugo Armando 6-3 6-3.

"I'm gradually feeling better. I'm happy to be back on court and be able to finish matches," the world number 674 told Clarin at the Vilas Club. Massa, now coached by Francisco Yunis, must hold the world record for longterm injuries. Naming the most recent ones, he mentions: surgery on both shoulders in 2005, hip surgery last year, and a stress fracture in his right hand this season, which sidelined him for almost eight months.

So, what does the blond think of his career at 26? His reply: "I try to say, well, from now on I want to have a normal year. The results will speak for themselves. And if I want to go fishing for a month, I hope it's because I've chosen to do so. I want to be the one who decides to stop, I don't want it to be because of injury."

"It was amazing. If I look back, I feel like killing myself," he says of his past. "Every time I got injured, I tried to be optimistic. I surrendered 100% of my life to tennis. I hope I have a normal year" he adds. "For me, tennis is a job and I try to make it as good as possible. This is a solitary, selfish sport and I try to do my own thing, I don't screw with anything and I try to be as professional as possible", he says, summarising his relationship with tennis.

When asked whether this will be a good chance to get back into the main circuit, Massa says "I hope so. But now I'm taking it match by match, and just thinking of finishing them. I'm starting to feel nervous, not being able to sleep the night before, like what used to happen to me." Towards the end of the interview conducted next to the gym, Clarin asked him what he thought of the controversial issue of betting. And Massa, more serious now, was curt in his reply: "I prefer not to speak about this. I don't want to add more fuel to the fire."

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/deportiva/nota.asp?nota_id=962341

The eternal comeback

Cursed by injuries, Edgardo Massa returned once again to the circuit and hopes this time it's for good

He kept getting injured, and kept coming back. Edgardo Yayo Massa was a member of a golden generation which catapulted players like Nalbandian and Coria. But a career plagued by injuries prevented him from asserting himself on the circuit. Three shoulder operations, one hip operation, multiple joint strains and injuries are part of his unfortunate CV. He's had so many injuries, he's even stopped counting them. But every time life dealt him a blow, he got back up again with strength and dedication.

Now, the strapping 26 year old from Formosa, ranked 674 (he was 91 in 2005), is trying again for the umpteenth time. He came back two months ago in Quito, and yesterday for the first round of the Copa Petrobras (his fourth tournament), at the Vilas Club, defeating American Hugo Armando 6-3 6-3 and hoping for a definitive comeback.

- What goes through your mind when you see how far Nalbandian and Coria have gone?

- I've known them both since we were nine or ten. We travelled a lot together in juniors, we did millions of tours together. I think about everything that happened and can't believe it. It seems like just yesterday, but it's been 15 years.

- How did you overcome so many setbacks?

- It's very difficult. There were days when nothing happened, weeks which never seemed to end. The hardest part is the recovery. I didn't even feel like getting out of bed. All the time I would ask myself what the hell I had done to deserve this.

- What was your worst injury?

- Just after I had got into the top 100, I had two shoulder operations. Another time, at an indoor exhibition, I moved awkwardly and I felt a dreadful pain in my hip, and it was back to the operating theatre. So it makes coming back harder, because when you recover, there are joint injuries, strains. It's like it will never end.

- What motivated you to keep going?

- The support from my family, friends and work group helped me a lot. There's no way in hell I would go out by myself. Now, I have Francisco Yunis, the coach that I want; Dario Lecman, the physical trainer that I want; and Carlos Musis, the manager that I want.

- Did you ever consider yourself to be an ex-player?

- Yes, very often. Many times, I would spend three or four months without touching a racquet. I was a player off and on for a long time. I threatened to quit millions of times, and not as a whinger. I really had a tough time.

- And what did you do when you weren't playing?

- Luckily, I was supported in everything I did. If I decided to study, travel, train, I had support. But in the end, it always ends up getting to you. And I didn't want to feel like I hadn't tried.

- What do you think of the players who are already retiring at your age?

I can perfectly understand their decision. The life of a tennis player is very sacrificed. It's tiring and does your head in.

- What's your next goal?

- I've already taken the first step, which was to hold a racquet again. Now I want to have a good ore-season to be back on the circuit again.

- Is this your last try?

- I don't know. I always say: "This is the last year." I want to stop playing at my own choice and not because of something beyond my control.

Emiliano Massa, another injury victim
Yayo has a tennis playing brother: Emiliano. He was the Orange Bowl champion (2002) and the Roland Garros junior doubles champion (2005 and 2006). He is also troubled by injuries: he is currently recovering from a shoulder operation. "I try to give him advice, but I let him decide what is best for him," says Edgardo.
 

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Re: Article: Edgardo "Yayo" Massa : "The Eternal Comeback "

Thanks for posting this, and also kudos for the translator.

Yayo definitely has the potential for the top 20. Or rather, he would gave got there, if not constantly bothered by injuries. Yet, he managed to get his small successes by his great work and big belief... such as winning challengers, quaterfinal of ATP event etc.

Could you people imagine how it is when you devote your whole life to something and later can't really benefit of it? :sad:

I hope Yayo will yet come back and show 'em all...
 

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He has not played a full season on tour for years. Massa can play on the hardcourts as well and was giving Tursunov a good battle and was up 3-0 in the 3rd set with 2 breaks, but the body gave out.

Always has been solid in build, but he really needs to get as fit as he can be and hopefully he can play without pain for the rest of his career. Then the results will come.
 

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Re: Article: Edgardo "Yayo" Massa : "The Eternal Comeback "

Thanks for posting this.
 

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Ohh his brother is still injury :hug:
 

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Thanks for the article, it was a good read :)

Yayo, it seems that he will never catch a break, i hope he can play at least a full season without injuries :sad:
 

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Re: Article: Edgardo "Yayo" Massa : "The Eternal Comeback "

Great interview and :worship: to Massa for showing such a strong willpower to recover and make a comeback time and time again.
He must have gone through hell and deserves a lot of respect for not giving up.

A tennis career already is limited in time and unfortunately the clock can't be turned back each time a player is out with a bad injury.
His career could have been totally different if it weren't for that :sad:
It just isn't fair but sadly there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Let's hope he can stay injury free now and show his quality as a player again!
 

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Re: Article: Edgardo "Yayo" Massa : "The Eternal Comeback "

There is hope that Yayo can still have a good moment in his career, well Gicquel, Russell and Luczak have had great seasons towards the later years of their career.

Among the other injuries were he had a foot problems as well as the stress fracture of the hand.

In 2005, he was trying to evade a girl playing in a sponsored event and fell on his right shoulder and broke it instantly.
 

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He's not that old yet, so if he's lucky to stay injury free he still can have many years of tennis ahead of him for sure. Most important thing is that the body holds.
 

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Hope he can have a strong 2008 and not spend time doing rehab.
 

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Great interview and :worship: to Massa for showing such a strong willpower to recover and make a comeback time and time again.
He must have gone through hell and deserves a lot of respect for not giving up.

A tennis career already is limited in time and unfortunately the clock can't be turned back each time a player is out with a bad injury.
His career could have been totally different if it weren't for that :sad:
It just isn't fair but sadly there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Let's hope he can stay injury free now and show his quality as a player again!
I agree with everything you said. Better luck in the future, Yayo!
Great translation, Em!!!:worship:
 

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I would feel for him if it wasn't for that fixed match against Dick Norman at Roland Garros last year (1-6, 3-6, 3-6).
 

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I would feel for him if it wasn't for that fixed match against Dick Norman at Roland Garros last year (1-6, 3-6, 3-6).
He could have been injured -- in fact that seems fairly plausible in this context :scratch:
 

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I would feel for him if it wasn't for that fixed match against Dick Norman at Roland Garros last year (1-6, 3-6, 3-6).
No proof that one was fixed. Simple I have done it, seen a guy struggling, told one of my friends to bet against him, it came through as a win. so this player had some physical problem, just help my bet.
 

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He could have been injured -- in fact that seems fairly plausible in this context :scratch:
Well, I happened to watch a large part of the match, and it didn't look like an injury to me. More like a tank. I can obviously not be 100 % sure. By combining the very sizeable pre-match market movements with the display by Massa, I would be very surprised if there wasn't any financial gain for the Argie.
 

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Yayo Massa has retired, not that it's a surprise, due to chronic injuries. He is going to uni in Buenos Aires studying Law and doing some coaching on the side.

It's disappointing that he couldn't retire on his own terms, three shoulder operations, stress fracture in the foot, two hip operations, problem with his hand, plus other ones.

He grew up with Nalbandian and Coria, but wasn't able to play to full potential. It's always better for players to retire on their own terms.

He loves life and I can imagine him becoming a real gordo now that he won't be playing anymore.



Lucky guys Yayo and David

 

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Very unlucky player I guess. But partly might have his own to blame if he acquired severe shoulder and hip injury since these are all outcomes of a forced incorrect open stanced tennis stroke.
 
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