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Veteran Santoro says his time is running out
By Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
Published: March 03, 2008, 00:47


Dubai 2002 Dubai winner Fabrice Santoro hinted that this could well be his swansong season on the ATP Men's Tour.

"I love this game and I am so happy to fight against my opponents, who may be five or 10 or even 15 years younger than me," Santoro told media during the Lacoste press briefing held at the Majlis yesterday.

"It is such a huge pleasure to be just there doing what you are doing and feeling happy about it," added the 35-year-old Frenchman.

Vast experience of being on the tour does have its flip side. "Sometimes it does get tough, but as long as I am positive I don't think there is anything that can stop me from being competitive," Santoro remarked.

He is the oldest player who has been a regular to Dubai since the event started in 1993 - the year he ended as the runner-up. Finally, he won the singles here in 2002.

He has been so faithful to the Dubai tournament that he has even missed out on the French Open once [due to an injury]. "But I have come to Dubai every single year since 1993," he said.

He admitted that with age he was finding it difficult to keep up with the physical demands of the sport.

"The younger players can put in five and six hours of practice every day, but a player my age would find it tough to train one-and-a-half hours twice a day," Santoro said.

"At my age, everything can go down so quickly and I really don't have any idea if I will be back here for 2009.

"I have to work hard and I can promise you that I can trouble a few top players."

http://www.gulfnews.com/sport/Tennis/10194402.html
 

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I love watching him play, I hope he is able to stick it out another year or two.
 

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For purely selfish reasons, I would appreciate more than 12 months notice Fabrice. He may not appear in my signature but I love watching this guy toy with lesser players. Fingers crossed for 2009.
 

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Fabrice was going to Dubai even when it was a shithole :yeah: That's commitment
 

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Well he's up a set against Youzhny who hasn't been playing particulary well, but still that proves he's far from ridiculous against a top 10 player. As long as he keeps enjoying tennis no reason for him to retire
 

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And unfortunately, the ATP website keeps referring to this "Deuce BS", for months now, it's unbelievable they don't check their facts.
He's asked about it *all the time* in interviews and always clearly says he hasn't made his decision yet.
 

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And unfortunately, the ATP website keeps referring to this "Deuce BS", for months now, it's unbelievable they don't check their facts.
He's asked about it *all the time* in interviews and always clearly says he hasn't made his decision yet.
Yep, and he just confirmed that in the oncourt interview after his win over Youzhny.
 

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Obviously at 35 Fabrice doesn't have that much time left. But as long as he is playing well and has no imminent retirement plans I'm happy. Of course at his age it would be silly for him or us to assume he will be back next year. An injury that would put a 25 year old out for 3 months would probably be enough to end Fabrice's career. But if he takes the attitude that he will keep going as long as he can remain competitive, and I do believe that is his thinking, I can't complain in the slightest. Who would have thought 5 or 6 years ago that Fab would still be creating brilliance at 35? Every single additional month we get of Fabrice's play is an unexpected bonus that I for one am grateful for.
 

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He has a lovely game, but of course his time is running out. Still wonderful to see him play and I surely hope many more players will follow his example - play as long as it's fun! :worship:
 

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I think Santoro is wrong here. He could play for another 5 years or so because he's still good enough.

I have the feeling he was talking about Haas :shrug:
 

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I think Santoro is wrong here. He could play for another 5 years or so because he's still good enough.

I have the feeling he was talking about Haas :shrug:
:lol:

It all depends if Santoro WANTS to continue to play or not.
 
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