Even though we all somehow expected this it still comes as a great shock to hear that she is actually gone. Very sad for Alicia, and it is a huge loss for Australian tennis, even if she never got back to her best tennis.
I wish Alicia all the best for the future. Hope to see her remain in tennis circles in some ways and keeping happy and healthy :)
Sep 4th, 2008, 11:33 PM
I feel sick, i feel like my guts are dissolving inside me. I feel like my best friend just died. I know though that its the right decision. Its just been such a horrible story every since that loss to Virginie Razzano at Amelia Island in 2005 when the first stages of the virus began. I wish her all the best but its going to take me a while to get over this one. Big big step backwards for Australia this year losing Molik and Pratt, and God knows who else we will lose by the end of the year.
Sep 4th, 2008, 11:40 PM
Who would have thought that the win over Andrea Hlavackova way back in Prague in May would have been her last singles victory.
And i would never have imagined that the win over Kanepi at the AO this year was her last MD win.
It is all very sad. Alicia brought great joy to a large number of people over the years and her heroics at the Australian Open will be remembered for a long time to come. Good luck in your future endeavours and hopefully her plans may include working with Jason Stoltenberg and his squads.
Sep 5th, 2008, 03:17 AM
:sad: no words can decribe how i'm feeling right now :sad:
Sep 5th, 2008, 07:28 AM
She will be missed :sad: she was a wonderful ambassador for Australian Tennis and Sport in general :yeah:
Whatever she does in the future, she will do it with gusto.
Sep 5th, 2008, 11:19 AM
I just heard it now, don't know how i missed, i watched roddick/djokovic today
Very sad :sad: Even if it was expected, the whole downfall to her career was rather depressing and it's a shame it happened.
Thanks Alicia for your career, that '05 Australian Open run. And everything else :worship:
Sep 5th, 2008, 12:03 PM
I thought that she will retire next year in the Australia Open with her public and her fans..
Adios Alicia :hug:
Sep 5th, 2008, 12:49 PM
:sad: Thats too sad., Love you alicia :worship:
Sep 5th, 2008, 01:35 PM
very sad day :sad:
Sep 5th, 2008, 02:17 PM
It's a truly sad day for tennis :sad: I can't say anything else except good luck Alicia in your new life :kiss: you deseve the best.You'll be missed a lot :sobbing:
Sep 5th, 2008, 02:41 PM
I wasn't a Molik fan but i'd still like to congratulate her on all of her achievements in tennis and wish her the best of luck for the future.
Sep 5th, 2008, 03:35 PM
ah how could anyone not be a fan of Alicia? ;)She will be missed on the tour big time
Sep 5th, 2008, 04:31 PM
Sad farewell to Alicia :sad: She & Hewitt were the reasons I started to watch tennis. First saw her play Daniela in the Hopman Cup back in '05. And started watching the AO each year coz of Alicia. She'll be missed, I was a HUGE fan of Alicia's back in '05 & '06. I used to buy the papers each day to see if there were any articles about her lol.
Then the whole scandle thing appeared in the papers about Kuzzy (her dubs partner in '05? pretty sure it was '05) taking drugs & Alicia stuck by her the whole time. :)
I wish her all the best in whatever she does.
Sep 5th, 2008, 06:55 PM
The one, and so far only, time I had lower-level box seats at Arthur Ashe Stadium I saw Alicia play Venus Williams in an early-round US Open night match. Venus won, but Alicia played well. Then in subsequent US Open trips I always made a point to see Alicia play, mostly on outside courts or doubles.
Alicia :hug: Thanks for the memories, summer time won't be the same without you :sobbing:
Sep 8th, 2008, 02:54 AM
im still sad :( but i think ill benefit from not going out of my mind every time she plays...wanting her to win so bad! i just want australia to have another great player again, it was so unfair what happened to alicia.
Sep 8th, 2008, 06:51 AM
aw nice interview, thanks. Will miss her so much :sad:
Sep 8th, 2008, 10:11 PM
Sep 11th, 2008, 12:15 AM
Alicia should do some tennis commentary for an Australian channel. :) I'd love to hear her commetating. Maybe she could take the place of John Newcombe or Roger Rasheed for women's matches. :D Kerryn Pratt, Mark Woodforde, and Alicia Molik commentating would be lots of fun.
Sep 12th, 2008, 03:08 AM
i agree. Can't wait to hear her commentating
Sep 12th, 2008, 10:42 AM
i cant believe it.... im going to miss alicia so much.
she was a charismatic player and an inspirational role model for all tennis players. she is the epitome of good sportsmanship and her smile is as dazzling as her iconic service motion. congratulations alicia, on one of the most successful tennis careers Australia has had in many years. you were the reason i got involved in tennis and im sure you have inspired and motivated a generation of future tennis players in this country and overseas.
your late 2004 / early 2005 run was obviously the highlight of your career and the wta will surely miss you, as will many of the players for i have heard from a former australian player that you are very popular among the other players.
a great player, a great ambassador, a great sport, and a great woman, alicia thanks for all the memories..... good luck with whatever life throws at you from now on.
Sep 13th, 2008, 04:47 PM
goodbye alicia... we will all miss you... you could be the only classic player in the top ten for a while now... australia will misss your incredible raw talent and your class... i believe it will be a long time before australia is represented by a player with the class and dignity in defeat that was displayed by Alicia Molik and all aussie tennis fans are devestated by the cruel twist of fate that bought us to this point at such an early stage in your career... we can only hope Alicia takes over Nicole Pratts commenterry on FOX SPORTS...
Sep 16th, 2008, 05:35 PM
good luck Alicia :D
Sep 24th, 2008, 01:33 AM
Article by Bryanne Stewart;
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour is losing one of their most personable players with the retirement of Australian player Alicia Molik this month. It would be hard to find a more popular professional on the tour than Alicia. In a game full of hardened athletes, Alicia was consistently friendly and represented herself, the game and her country beautifully.
Some might think that Alicia, age 27, is young to retire from the game of tennis but knowing her my whole tennis career, I can see the reasons how she would come to this decision.
Alicia devoted herself to continually improving her game. She had an extremely committed attitude and a single-minded focus but she could also switch off from the game, especially when home in her beloved town of Melbourne. As a fellow Australian player, I know how tough being away from home can be, quite simply it’s so far away from everywhere else - a flight from Europe is over 24 hours In the U.S., an American player can duck home after a first-round loss to refresh and see the family and then fire up for the next week. For an Aussie, trips have to be longer leaving you feeling like a gypsy. When Alicia and I first started out on the WTA Tour, Australia was still a strong country on the tennis scene as there was a gang of players on both the men’s and women’s circuit. This was especially evident at Grand Slams - Australia had so many guys on tour just playing doubles they were always friendly to fellow Aussies and had a more relaxed attitude. Socializing was important back then which helped keep a more well-rounded lifestyle. Nowadays, the women’s tour is a lonely place. I think the rise in ranking and abundance of players from other cultures has changed the dynamic of the tour to more cut throat environment with no fraternizing with the enemy. It is also not the easiest place to meet Mr. Right!
Alicia’s breakthrough came at the end of 2004 when she won three titles and the bronze medal at the Athens Olympics while finishing the season Top 20 for the first time .She continued her winning form at the beginning of 2005 winning Sydney and then reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open - taking out Venus Williams along the way. She also won the Australian Open doubles that year with Svetlana Kuznetsova. Her biggest win since returning from injury was taking the doubles title at the French Open in 2007.
Alicia’s easygoing nature made her the ideal travel companion and I was lucky enough to travel the world with her as one of my best friends. I missed her while she was recovering from the middle ear infection that kept her out of the game for 12 months. Although for the past year I don’t think we were ideal pair as we both were home-sick and dreaming of our next career moves - therefore Alicia decision comes as no surprise. I have so many fond memories of her antics off the court Alicia loves the color red not only in clothes and accessories but good Aussie wines. I am sure she will take advantage of this time to indulge where she couldn’t before. Just quietly, I know the real reason for her sudden retirement from the game, it’s so she can devote her entire time to the bridesmaid’s duties that I have had mapped out for my November wedding! Alicia is loved by the Australian population and I am sure she will be supported in anything she wants to try next.
Sep 24th, 2008, 02:04 AM
Nice words Bryanne :D :yeah:
Sep 26th, 2008, 06:26 AM
Awww, that's so sweet :P
Oct 9th, 2008, 11:42 PM
..........still, I cant believe it:sobbing:
Oct 14th, 2008, 10:58 PM
i misss herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr:(
Dec 22nd, 2008, 09:55 AM
I miss her too. I wish she would surprise us all and come back!