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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 2006, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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Rita Grande Announces Retirement.

Pregnant Grande lays down racket
From correspondents in Naples
March 4, 2006

ITALIAN tennis veteran Rita Grande has announced her retirement from international tennis as she is pregnant and expecting a child in July.

Grande won three WTA tour singles titles and five doubles events during a 15-year career that saw her earn close to 2 million dollars in prize money. Her last tournament was the 2005 US Open where she lost in the first round.

"My dream is to work in tennis in Naples because I have spent too much time a long way away from home and I want to make up for lost time," said Grande.

"I want to make my contribution to finding a top-level female tennis player from this region."


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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 2006, 01:55 AM
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Yuppers I read that as well, nice to see she wants to put something back into the game as well

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Rita I'll miss you But congrats for the baby!

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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 2006, 08:58 AM
I felt suddenly quite wildly happy.
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Bye Rita!!! And congrats for the baby

This can't last. This misery can't last. I must remember that and try to control myself. Nothing lasts really. Neither happiness nor despair. Not even life lasts very long. There'll come a time in the future when I shan't mind about this anymore, when I can look back and say quite peacefully and cheerfully how silly I was. No, no, I don't want that time to come ever. I want to remember every minute, always, always to the end of my days.
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that's sad that she was injured during her last yr, but she was a great player!
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Congrats Rita on the baby!
You will be missed!
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Rita - but was expected ... I saw her in one of her final matches againt Pastikova at the US Open last year where she was so close of winning

Congrats on the baby and to her husband
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have a good retirement Rita

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Awww!! Good Luck to her and congrats on the baby I always thought she had a nice game, but was never aggressive enough on the court.
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very stylish player, lovely one-handed backhand, moved well.
hope she enjoys her new family life and that we'll still hear from her.

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