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."
Yuppers I read that as well, nice to see she wants to put something back into the game as well ;)
Mar 4th, 2006, 03:07 AM
Rita :sad: I'll miss you :hug: But congrats for the baby! :D
Mar 4th, 2006, 09:55 AM
that's sad :sad:
Mar 4th, 2006, 09:58 AM
Bye Rita!!! And congrats for the baby :wavey:
Mar 4th, 2006, 11:37 AM
that's sad that she was injured during her last yr, but she was a great player!
Mar 4th, 2006, 01:54 PM
Congrats Rita on the baby!
You will be missed!
Mar 4th, 2006, 03:21 PM
Ciao, bella. :kiss:
Mar 4th, 2006, 03:42 PM
Rita :sad: :sad: - 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 :sad:
Congrats on the baby :) :) and to her husband :)
Mar 4th, 2006, 03:42 PM
have a good retirement Rita :smooch:
Mar 4th, 2006, 03:45 PM
Awww!! Good Luck to her and congrats on the baby :p I always thought she had a nice game, but was never aggressive enough on the court.
Mar 4th, 2006, 04:12 PM
very stylish player, lovely one-handed backhand, moved well.
hope she enjoys her new family life and that we'll still hear from her.
Mar 4th, 2006, 05:40 PM
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Mar 4th, 2006, 06:43 PM
Bye bye lovely Rita... :sad:
Mar 4th, 2006, 06:45 PM
Goodbye Rita I hope you enjoy your life :sad:
Mar 4th, 2006, 07:19 PM
she used to annoy power players it was always fun watching Grande play. She came so close to beating Capriati during one of the Aus opens Capriati went on to win. That slice was awesome. AVE Rita Grande
Seem like in Italy its the 'changing of the gurards' - out witht he old and in with the new. :sad:
Mar 5th, 2006, 02:16 AM
:cool: Hope she will have a good life in Naples! :D
Mar 5th, 2006, 05:59 PM
Well I need to say i didn't especially like her, but she always was a show and entertaining to watch. Blowing kisses at the opponent, yelling fiesty come ons, she knew how to mentally affect who she faced!
Mar 5th, 2006, 06:10 PM
Mar 5th, 2006, 07:40 PM
Rita retires....and ...no one really cares.
Sorry, but Rita Grande ????