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After 18 years on the tour he will end his career. One reason was that it wasn't always fun anymore - 20 players refused to play doubles with him in Wimbledon. He still had to play this year to get the ATP-pension.

Next year he only want to play in a 2.Bundesliga team and in the future he wants to become a coach. The article also says that he already has some offers from top 100 players.

Braasch rocks! :rocker2:

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Karsten Braasch beendet Karriere
Am Ende des Jahres ist international Schluss
HalleWestfalen. Einer der schillernsten Persönlichkeiten der deutschen Tennisszene verabschiedet sich. Der aus dem westfälischen Marl stammende Karsten Braasch wird sich am Ende der Saison nach 18 Jahren Profitennis von der Tour verabschieden. Der heute 38-Jährige war stets ein Mann des offenen Wortes, hat einige nationalen und internationale Turniererfolgen auszuweisen, doch in der Erinnerung er wird allen auf Grund seiner unorthodoxen Spielweise bleiben. Insbesondere sein Aufschlag, den er in einer Art Korkenzieherbewegung ausführt, wurde zu seinem Markenzeichen. Über diesen sagte Braasch einmal selbst: „Wenn ich das im Fernsehen sehe, muss ich lachen.“

Sein bestes Jahr auf der ATP-Tour erlebte „Katze“, wie der Westfale auf Grund seiner Geschmeidigkeit genannt wird, im Jahr 1994. Der 38. Platz der ATP-Weltrangliste war seine beste Einzelnotierung, drei Jahre später führte in die ATP auf Rang 36 der Doppelweltrangliste. Als der Davis Cup im Jahr 1994 seine zweite Runde gegen Spanien in HalleWestfalen austrug, stand Braasch erfolgreich auf dem ostwestfälischen Rasen an der Seite des deutschen Wimbledonsiegers Michael Stich. Und er trug zum Gewinn des deutschen Teams beim ARAG World Team Cup (1994) im Düsseldorfer Rochusclub bei. Seine größten Erfolge feierte Braasch im Doppel, errang insgesamt sechs Turniersiege, und seit dem Jahr 2000 trat er ausschließlich in diesem Wettbewerb noch an. Mit zunehmenden Alter war es für den Linkshänder zugleich auch schwerer geworden, passende Partner zu finden. Für Wimbledon sagten ihm gleich 20 Profis ab und er zog nun die Konsequenz:. „Darauf habe ich jetzt keinen Bock mehr“, sagte Braasch, der letztlich nur noch so lange spielte, bis er in den Genuß der ATP-Rente kam.

Ab dem 49. Lebensjahr erhalten ehemalige Tour-Profis nach einem komplizierten Schlüssel Rentenzahlungen, wobei die genaue Summe noch unklar ist. Mit Braasch verliert das Profitennis eine Persönlichkeit, die auch immer für einen Spruch und Spaß zu haben war. So ist sein erfolgreiches Showmatch am Rande der Australian Open in Melbourne gegen die Williams-Schwestern noch heute in guter Erinnerung, denn Serena holte ein, Venus im zweiten Satz zwei Spiele gegen „Katze“. Sein anschließender Kommentar: „Die achtzehn Löcher Golf, die ich vorher gespielt habe, waren anstrengender.“ Den Schläger endgültig in die Ecke stellen will er aber noch nicht ganz, denn im nächsten Jahr folgt noch ein weiteres Gastspiel beim TC Blau-Weiss Berlin in der 2. Tennis-Bundesliga. Danach strebt Karsten Braasch eine Trainerlaufbahn an und er hat bereits die ersten Anfragen von Top-100-Spielern vorliegen.
http://www.tennisbundesliga.de/seiten/aktuelles/info/2005/info11_16_05.hml.html
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:eek: Sorry to see you go Karsten! Absolute legend :D Great athlete.. I'm not sure I understand the refusal thing? Great he has had coaching offers, I look forward to that. GO KB!
 

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When is the list of 20 going to be named and shamed. :eek:
 

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I don't know why I don't know him :(
 

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:worship: Braasch

What a serve, the wrap around glasses, the beard, the cigarettes, hanging at casino before early matches the next morning and all the dinks at the net.

I agree with the people who said those players should be named and shamed for refusing to play doubles with him.

Braasch took the piss out of the Williams sisters after he just came back from tennis after being out for 6 months. He played on court 12 with no linesmen or other officials and whilst they were playing at top capacity, Braasch was very relaxed and taking it easy. smoking at the change of ends and laughing with the crowd.
 

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George_Hanson said:
I remember Karsten smoking a cigarette during the break. He's been my fav ever since
I remember that - and as a fellow smoker I've had a soft spot for him ever since :p Happy retirement Karsten - and yes - NAME AND SHAME the 20 now!!!
 

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I took some pics of him at Sydney and the Australian Open 2003.
He was really a cool guy. :cool:
Only cigar smoking player on the ATP, I reckon.

Shame on those who turned them down. They should have felt honoured.
 

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A funny guy retires, but I think it's the right moment for him as it became more and more difficult with him to have success lately.

BTW, I thought that Braasch won against both Serena and Venus 6-1 (article says it was 1 and 2)

almouchie said:
whats the ATP pesion? what do average players get when they retire
Yeah, that would be interesting to know. I never heard any concrete numbers about that.
 

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A funny guy retires, but I think it's the right moment for him as it became more and more difficult with him to have success lately.

BTW, I thought that Braasch won against both Serena and Venus 6-1 (article says it was 1 and 2)


Yeah, that would be interesting to know. I never heard any concrete numbers about that.

Did he take a cigarette break when the Wiliams sisters won 3 games.
 

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Neely said:
A funny guy retires, but I think it's the right moment for him as it became more and more difficult with him to have success lately.

BTW, I thought that Braasch won against both Serena and Venus 6-1 (article says it was 1 and 2)


Yeah, that would be interesting to know. I never heard any concrete numbers about that.
It was 1 and 2, considering Katze wrote the article.


http://observer.guardian.co.uk/osm/story/0,6903,543962,00.html

How to... beat both Williams sisters in one afternoon

Karsten Braasch is the German tennis player who did just that in 1998

Sunday September 2, 2001


It was the 1998 Australian Open and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, had seen some of the male players practising. On the basis of what they saw, they were convinced that they could beat a man ranked around 200 in the world and wanted to set up a game. At the time I was ranked 203 so the men's tour manager mentioned the possibility of a challenge to me, thinking that I was the perfect candidate. I didn't take much persuading, it seemed like a fun thing to do.

My advice if you're ever in a position to play a match of this nature is be patient - don't be annoyed or surprised if your match against the Williams sisters is cancelled, as they both have very busy schedules. My game against them had to be re-organised at least a couple of times.

Preparation is crucial. Remember that a game like this is light-hearted - taking it too seriously would be a mistake. My training regime consisted of a leisurely round of golf in the morning followed by a couple of shandies. I turned up on court feeling suitably laid-back.

My first game of the afternoon, just a one-set match, was against Serena. A hint: try and play your match somewhere quiet, where you're not going to be pestered by big crowds or lots of press - we were out on one of the back courts at Melbourne Park, No 17 I think it was. I felt so relaxed that I didn't even warm up properly. We started playing and I raced into a 5-0 lead.

At this point Venus turned up to watch. She had just finished a press conference after a quarter-final loss against Lindsey Davenport. In the end I won my game against Serena 6-1 but by the time we were at the net shaking hands, Venus was on court, ready to have a go against me as well. The game against Venus was very similar. I ended up winning 6-2.

Both sisters are great tennis players and hit the ball extremely well. However, if you've been playing on the men's tour there are certain shots you can play that are going to put them in difficulty. Try and put a lot spin on the ball - I was hitting the ball with a degree of spin they don't face week-in, week-out. Another key is to chase down every shot. In our match, they were putting shots into the corners that on the women's tour would be winners but I was able to return them.

In the end I won, but neither myself, nor Venus or Serena took the game too seriously - we were just having a bit of fun.

Apparently, after the game, Serena and Venus immediately told the press they wanted to challenge a male player again. This time they revised the ranking of the man they wanted to face, to 350 in the world. I informed the journalist who told me this that in the next week I was set to lose a lot of ATP points and drop down to 350 in the rankings. I told him that if Venus and Serena waited just one week they could challenge me all over again!

That never came about, but when I saw Venus a few months later at the French Open she came up to me with a big smile on her face and said, 'You know that thing in Australia - it never happened!'
 

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Yes, then it must be 1 & 2. That's for making it clear and posting the additional article, George.
 
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