Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: In Albert Costa's Arms
i think we know that monica is something of an attention-seeker (the autobiography, the traumatic tone to her statements) and a people-pleaser, so i think she will always announce well in advance of when she will retire, to give the chance for fans to bid her farewell, and go out on a big stage e.g. US Open 2004. I think she'll make an announcement at the end of 2003 season, that the 2004 season will be her farewell tour. there's no way monica will just quietly slip away.
i think conchi is also a bit more like a sukova, zvereva, stubbs, raymond, tauziat type. somebody who doesn't make a show of retiring, continuing to play until a late time, even well past best form, but is sort of retired, but then playing some doubles here and there, possibly coaching a la Tarabini.
i say monica will play until end of 2004 unless 2003 is really bad, and conchi will reture around 2004 as well (after olympics) but play occasionally until she's about 33.
You have long been my goal, been my chasing, been my soul. I have hung out on the edge. But I just couldn't let go. There's a time to forgive. There's a time to forget. Close your eyes, get ready, set. Walk me down this fall I'm taking but don't let me go yet. Oh let me go, sweetheart, throw me, around you, like you know me. And remember me too. Remember me too from a dream i had of you. Mary Margaret O'Hara | Dream I Had | Apartment Hunting | 2002.