Cedric Pioline announced his retire today after he played and lost the double final at bercy.he and Guga lost 6-3 7-6 to Santoro/escude and he announced in his speech that it was the last match of his career.
Pioline announces retirement
France's Cedric Pioline announced his retirement from professional tennis on Sunday after losing in the doubles final at the Paris Masters with Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten.
Pioline, 33, who turned professional in 1989, won five career titles and reached the U.S. Open final in 1993 and the Wimbledon final four years later -- losing to American Pete Sampras on both occasions.
He reached a career high ranking of fifth in 2000, the year that he achieved his best ever result by winning the Masters Series event in Monte Carlo.
Last year he teamed up with Fabrice Santoro in the Davis Cup final against Australia in Melbourne, beating Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter, to give France a crucial 2-1 lead as they claimed their ninth title. He was also part of the successful 1996 Davis Cup team.
Pioline just failed to go out on a real high when he and Kuerten lost to French Davis Cup duo Fabrice Santoro and Nicolas Escude 6-3 7-6.
i saw Pioline play at the USO a few years ago. he took Greg Rusedski to a thrilling five setter. i enjoyed every moment supporting him and was thrilled when he won the match. goodbye Cedric. it was nice while it lasted...
On Sunday, following the BNP Paribas Masters doubles final, longtime tennis veteran Cedric Pioline, 33, announced his retirement from competitive tennis on court in front of the Parisian fans. Pioline, who together with partner Gustavo Kuerten lost to France's Nicolas Escude and Fabrice Santoro in straight sets, said the time was right to make this decision.
"Yesterday, I told myself it would be a good opportunity to [retire] here in Paris and to do it in Bercy," said Pioline. "Win or lose I had a good week with Guga. It was nice to end this way against two friends instead of against two players that I don't know. For the past two weeks I've been thinking about this. Now that I am not as competitive, I felt it didn't make sense for me to travel and play qualifying at small tournaments."
Pioline is probably best remembered for reaching the singles finals at both the 1993 US Open and 1997 Wimbledon, losing to Pete Sampras both times. He also collected one Tennis Masters Series title during his career (2000 Monte Carlo), and played on two Davis Cup-winning French teams in 1996 and 2001.
During a decade in which men's tennis moved more towards a power game, Pioline remained a player who relied on touch and feel to win matches. In May 2000, he reached a career-high of fifth in the ATP Rankings. And by reaching the doubles final in Paris, Pioline proved he could still play with the world's best until the very end.
"It was a little difficult to stay focused on what I had to do in this match, but I think we played a good match," he said. "And it was also exciting for me playing, knowing I was going to do this." Pioline said he has no immediate plans for his future.
For me, its very fitting that he retire after his match w/ Guga. The 1st time I ever saw both these guys was in that '99 USO match and i still watch it from time to time. Thank you for that very memorable day.
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