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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Rita Grande has officially retired

Just to let you know that Rita has officially retired.
After struggling with a tennis elbow injury for 2 years her ranking sadly slumped, at this stage in her career it was going to be extremely difficult to regain a high enough ranking to gain automatic entry into top tour events.
I'll miss seeing her smile and sweet personality at tournaments.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 10:23 PM
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Rita's a beautiful woman, physically and otherwise. Ciao, Bella.
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 10:32 PM
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dreadful news not unexpected though...Italy loses Silvia and Rita at the same time, the 2 best players of the last 10 years.....

They have opened the way to the many good players Italy has now, so a big THANK YOU to these ladies that have brought the italian tennis to such a high level, with their game but even more with their talent, professionalism and sweet character... I'll miss them and their tennis so much

Mexico is my house, Italy is my heart....
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 10:35 PM
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Poor Rita, at the moment she has the destinction of being the lowest ranked player with a tour title at 1062

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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 10:54 PM
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So long, Rita!

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 11:08 PM
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Thanks for the memories, Rita! I always liked you. Have a great life!
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 11:11 PM
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arrivederci, Rita.
The few times I saw you play I enjoyed it. Thanks.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 11:14 PM
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why are you all typing to her like she's reading this ?
Rita, i don't even know ya !
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 11:21 PM
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I wish her all the best!!

She was a good player and she would be missed on the tour...

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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 11:22 PM
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Sad it had to end this way for such a great unicyclist

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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 2006, 09:37 AM
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I really liked her. A bit bitchy, but still sweet And a nice player to watch.

All these injuries


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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 2006, 12:29 PM
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Poor Rita. Have nice life though

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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 2006, 12:30 PM
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