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Dec 10th, 2012 02:52 PM
Re: Gisela News, Interviews & Articles

Days after announcing her retirement from professional tennis, Argentina’s Gisela Dulko took some time out to talk to about her long career in which she won a grand slam in doubles and climbed to the top of the doubles rankings alongside Flavia Pennetta.
Some days ago Argentina’s Gisela Dulko (Buenos Aires, 30 January 1985) announced her decision to hank up her racket after after dedicating 20 years to tennis. After an incredible season shared with her doubles partner, Flavia Pennetta, the South American spent some time occupying the no. 1 spot in the doubles rankings. Now she talks exclusively with the Mutua Madrid Open about her plans for the future.

Gisela, you announced your decision to call an end to your long career two days ago. Why have you retired at just 27 years of age?

I made it official two days ago. I haven’t played for a good few months and it is something I had been thinking about since the start of the year. I made the decision because my priorities were elsewhere, I wasn’t 100% focused on tennis anymore. To be a professional sportswoman your sport has to be your number one priority. Tennis was my focus for 15 years, but that is not the case now and I have decided to put an end to it now instead of playing without the same drive as before.

What will be your longstanding memory after 20 years dedicated to tennis?

I will be taking a lot of fond memories with me. Things have gone better for me than I thought they would. Matches, results, tournaments, all the people I have met during all these years on the road…I have so many fond memories.

What will your life be like now without tennis? How do you want to spend your time?

Now I want to be with my family. That’s something that I have wanted to do for a while now. In the past two or three months I have only been travelling to Argentina to visit my family. Apart from that I have been with my husband enjoying time in Valencia, whereas before I wouldn’t have been able to do that with all the touring I had to do. Bit by bit I am getting used to my new life. At the moment I don’t have a work schedule, I am free to do what I want, which is what I was looking for. In the future I’ll definitely do something else as I’m a restless person, but for now I’m just looking to enjoy myself.

The biggest successes of your career have come in doubles alongside your longstanding friend and partner, Flavia Pennetta, with whom you have lifted seven titles. What is Flavia like on and off court?

Flavia had a big impact on my career without a doubt, but the best thing I will take from my time with her is our friendship. We are friends off the court, and to have won so many things together has been incredible for us. We have enjoyed it even more because we are such close friends. In 2010 we decided to play together and that turned out to be better than we ever could have imagined. That was incredible year in which we won more than seven tournaments, including a Masters and then soon after the Australian Open. It was incredible. Reaching number one in the ranking alongside my best friend was unforgettable.

In the middle of an incredible hot streak of victories you reached the final of the 2010 Mutua Madrid Open, but in the end you were beaten by the Williams sisters. What are your outstanding memories of that tournament?

I have great memories of that tournament. I remember the amazing form myself and Falvia were enjoying. We had won in Miami, Stuttgart and Rome, and were coming to Madrid full of confidence. We had a tough match in the first round against Peschke and Srebotnik, who we had beaten in the Stuttgart final. We played really well and made the final, the first time we met the Williams sisters. It was strange because we came into the match having studied them in depth but still lost the opening set in no time. We reacted well and even managed a set ball in the second set but they won out anyway, and I think it was deserved in the end. We left Madrid really happy with ourselves though because it is such a huge tournament and making the final is no easy feat.

You have had plenty of partners in your doubles career: Conchita Martínez Granados, Maria Kirilenko, Patricia Tarabini, Shahar Peer… Is it hard work to find someone you can play alongside on the court?

It is tough, but to be honest I have always felt comfortable with all the people I have played with during my career. I enjoyed some good results as a junior and the three junior grand slams I won were with different partners. With Flavia I found someone who I really clicked with. Together we decided to spend a season playing side-by-side. That was the first time that I had a doubles partner, and it was incredible. If only we had started beforehand!

When you began playing tennis did you ever think that one day you would be part of the world no. 1 pair?

No, never. I decided that I wanted to be a professional tennis player when I was seven years old. All I wanted to do was enjoy myself. I dreamed of playing in the best stadiums in the world against the best players, but I never thought things would go so well.

A few months ago you paired up with fellow Argentine Paola Suarez, one of the best doubles players of all time, to compete in the Olympic Games together. What was that experience like for you?

Paola and I decided to prepare for the Olympics. Unfortunately the results didn’t go our way as we went out in the first round. All the same, it was a fantastic experience. I gave it my best and it was an absolute pleasure to play with Paola.

With you leaving the sport, female tennis in Argentina is now left with some big boots to fill, while the men’s game continues to flourish with 15 players in the world top 200. Why do you think there are less female players emerging from Argentina in the last few years?

Women’s tennis in Argentina is going through a difficult period. At the moment no one knows what is going to happen. A 20 year old by the name of Paula Ormaechea is playing really well at the moment, but apart from her things look a bit uncertain. I hope things work out but lately there haven’t been many players emerging from the woodwork. Now that I am not playing I am going to do what I can to help that trend change.

We have just witnessed a fantastic season on the WTA circuit with Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova all on great form. What are your opinions on the state of female tennis at the moment?

Above all else it’s competitive. Those three have all had an incredible season. They are probably the best in the world at the minute, but there are plenty of talented players out there and I think next year will be even more competitive. However, when Azarenka, Serena Williams and Sharapova are on their game, I still think they are a step above everyone else.

Who did you think of when you were retiring?

Of my father. I lost him when I was 11 but he was with me throughout my career. When I was young he would always come to watch me play. He would always come to watch me train, he would watch me from outside because he didn’t like to be on the court. He was really shy. I have always said that my career was for him. I dedicated it to him and he was the person I thought of when I decided to retire.

What will you miss most about playing?

I will miss the competition in a big way, because tennis is my passion. I will miss my friends, all the people I have gotten to know over the years and who I won’t see as much of now. But I have to look forward. I am starting a new life now though. I am really happy and know I have made the right decision. I am going to miss the sport though, because after 15 years involved with tennis it would be very strange not to.

By Roberto Hernández | Source photo: Mutua Madrid Open
Nov 28th, 2012 12:52 AM
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VERBIER, Switzerland - For years they were inseparable on the WTA, both on and off the court, so what happens when one of them retires? Flavia Pennetta shares her thoughts on Gisela Dulko retiring from professional tennis...

On last week's news of Dulko's retirement...
"She's my best friend and we talked about it a long time before she announced it publicly. I'm happy because Gisela took this decision very seriously. After a great career, she wants to focus her energy on building a family. So this is a new project for her in life, even though tennis will always be in her heart."

On her best on-court moments with Dulko...
"Gisela dedicated a special thank you to me in her announcement, which moved me, because nobody will ever forget the beautiful victories we had together: the Doha Masters in 2010, the Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2011, and when we got to the top of the rankings the same year, too. But above all, we will never forget our friendship, as Gisela said in the announcement!"

On her best off-court moments with Dulko...
"My best off-court memories are all those times we had fun together, when we laughed and rejoiced together for things that happened in our lives. But moreover, my best off-court memories with Gisela are the ones where one of us needed the other's support - we have never neglected our friendship."

On why they got along so well and played so well together...
"A lot of it comes from the fact that we know each other so well personally, in our private lives. We have the same energy and the same character, and we react the same way to things, so we always knew how to motivate each other. Our beautiful friendship had a great influence on our wonderful results."

On whether they will still see each other now that Dulko isn't travelling...
"We are best friends, and even though we will only be seeing each other off the court now, it will be beautiful anyway."

Dulko and Pennetta won 11 WTA doubles titles together, one in 2006 (Bogotá), two in 2009 (Hobart and Bastad), seven in 2010 (Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, Bastad, Montréal, Moscow and the WTA Championships) and one in 2011 (the Australian Open). They reached another six WTA doubles finals together
Nov 18th, 2012 04:09 PM
Chris 84
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she has retired.
the link doesn't work atm, but she confirmed she has retired from tennis via her twitter feed.
Nov 17th, 2012 02:49 AM
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Originally Posted by GoLdEnSeToV View Post
Any news about Gisela? Will she play in 2013 year?
She is going to officially retire any time soon
Nov 17th, 2012 02:47 AM
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Im reading the article posted on page 23. (

Btw Gisela's first coach last name is Czerner and it's "Billy", not "Willy Serner"

Here's his twitter account:
He is current coach of Ana Sofía Sánchez and Daniela Schippers
Nov 4th, 2012 12:17 PM
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She didnt say anything official about tennis in TW.
Oct 30th, 2012 01:07 PM
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Any news about Gisela? Will she play in 2013 year?
Oct 16th, 2012 12:45 AM
Re: Gisela News, Interviews & Articles en el número 34 sale entrevista a Gisela sobre su Academia y no habla del retiro... solo de su nuevo proyecto

espero les guste
Oct 10th, 2012 03:35 PM
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no lo vi! hablo de su retiro?
Oct 9th, 2012 03:19 PM
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Gisela estuvo ayer en PuraQuimica programa especial,desde el teatro NiniMarshall en Tigre, hay alguna que otra foto en el ciber espacio.
Apr 25th, 2012 01:31 PM
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Tengo entendido que gisela es una de las caras de la nueva campaña de lenceria de la marca Selú, en la pagina de la marca aparece gisela junto a otras dos mujeres, pero por el momento no vi ninguna foto de ella, alguien sabe si esto es verdad???? en dicha pagina solo figuran fotos de julieta ortega (actriz), de gisela y la otra mujer no... veremos
Apr 2nd, 2012 04:20 PM
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Gisela Dulko: Cuando la tenista da paso a la mujer

26.03.2012 | Por Nelson Da Silva

Con motivo de la cobertura del Sony Ericsson Open, el Master Tenis de Key Biscayne, decidimos entrevistar a la mejor jugadora argentina de la actualidad. Gisela Dulko, campeona mundial de dobles en el 2010 junto a la italiana Flavia Pennetta, no solo despliega belleza y simpatía dentro de las canchas. Fuera de ellas es donde Gisela, de jóvenes 27 años, y casada con el jugador de la Roma Fernando Gago, nos demuestra su mejor retrato. Un retrato que la pinta no solo como una jugadora bien argentina y pasional, sino como una mujer muy simpática, sincera, respetuosa de su público y de la prensa, plena de sueños e ilusiones. Ganar una medalla dorada en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012 junto a su nueva y actual compañera del circuito Paola Suárez, es uno de ellos. El más importante sin embargo es formar una familia junto a su amado esposo, tener muchos hijos, vivir una vida tranquila, y si es en Buenos Aires, mejor, y para que la felicidad sea completa deberán estar acompañados de todos sus queridos perros.

- Más allá de los últimos resultados, hoy por hoy, cuál es la principal motivación para seguir jugando?
“La principal motivación es que lo sigo disfrutando, me gusta mucho lo que hago y es mi prioridad número uno, como lo es en mi vida desde ya hace varios años. Me gusta la competencia, me gustan los viajes y estar en estos torneos tan importantes me motiva mucho tanto en singles como en dobles. Ahora no estoy teniendo una buena racha. Es difícil pero bueno estos momentos suelen ocurrir y uno tiene que estar bien, estar tranquila. Por mi parte me siento tranquila porque estoy trabajando y haciendo las cosas bien. Hay que seguir positivo porque trabajando bien estas malas rachas pasan y de un momento a otro pueden cambiar y comenzar a llegar los buenos resultados”.

- Si bien a las claras tu carrera como doblista ha sido más brillante, como singlista has tenido muy buenos resultados con grandes triunfos ante jugadoras de la talla de María Sharapova en Wimbledon, de Justine Henin en Indian Wells. Crees que una vez que pase esta mala racha podes volver a jugarle de igual a igual a las mejores del mundo?
Sí, sí, seguro que sí, como lo he hecho. Justamente hablaba de ello con mi hermano—Alejandro, su hermano es su coach—no hablábamos solo de este partido—en referencia al disputado en la primera ronda del Sony Ericsson Open donde cayera ante Sofía Arvidsson—sino del momento porque en Indian Wells me toco con Sharapova y es como que no puedo jugar, no puedo soltarme y dar mi mejor tenis. Está claro que no le voy a ganar, o sería muy difícil porque María esta en un momento bárbaro, esta 2 del mundo, pero sentía que con mi tenis en su plenitud podría hacerle otro partido, jugarle de igual a igual. Lo he demostrado anteriormente y sé que lo puedo hacer, que voy a volver a mi mejor nivel”.

- Qué cosas han cambiado en tu vida—en Julio del 2011 contrajo matrimonio con el jugador del A.S. Roma, Fernando Gago—desde el punto de vista de lo estrictamente profesional. El hecho de haberte casado influye en tu tiempo, dedicación para tu otro Amor que es el tenis?
“Lo que cambio es que lógicamente extraño más estar en mi casa, tengo más ganas de estar con mi marido pero bueno, yo mi calendario no lo cambié. Esta es mi séptima semana afuera, ya llevo bastante tiempo fuera de casa. Bueno, trato de seguir haciendo las cosas como las hacía anteriormente y lo único que cambio en mi vida es que tengo a mi marido a mi lado, que me apoya y que está en todo momento. En realidad en cuanto a mi tenis nada ha cambiado…Quizás debería hacer giras más cortas (risas)…Eso sería muy positivo …”(más risas).

- Los juegos olímpicos son una motivación extra? (Intentará representar a la Argentina en los Juegos de Londres 2012 junto a Paola Suárez su pareja de dobles desde hace 5 torneos, quien ha regresado al circuito después de su retiro hace más de cuatro años).
Sí, sí, sin dudas—sus afirmaciones son enfáticas y demuestran su pasión por el tenis y por defender los colores de nuestro país—Creo que para este año mi mayor motivación son los Juegos Olímpicos. Con el hecho de que Paola haya aceptado volver jugar es una motivación extra. Siempre la admiré mucho, fue y es una gran jugadora de tenis. Hoy en día estar compartiendo con ella, estar en una cancha junto a ella esta buenísimo. Lo estamos disfrutando mucho y preparándonos con muchísimas ganas. Ella está haciendo un esfuerzo enorme… Bueno yo también, tuve que dejar de jugar con Flavia—por Pennetta su compañera del circuito y de la vida- y ello significa arriesgar puntos, ranking, pero esto es así y los juegos son la prioridad para nosotras”.

- ¿Cómo ves las chances en esos juegos teniendo en cuenta que Paola estuvo tanto tiempo alejada del circuito y de la competencia?
No es nada fácil, es muy difícil. Ella no sabía cómo le iba a reaccionar su cuerpo. El motor estuvo apagado por más de cuatro años y volver a encenderlo, volver a entrenarlo tan duro no es fácil. Pero bueno,…hoy no me acuerdo cual era la pregunta (Risas, no…carcajadas…)…Hay perdón…(más risas)…(Reitero la pregunta en versión breve): “Ah sí! las chances,…justamente hace un año aquí en Miami le pregunté a Paola que pensaba, que le parecía esto de volver. Y le pregunté porque en ese momento la verdad es que pensaba que jugando con ella teníamos una verdadera oportunidad de lograr una medalla. Aunque también nos puede ir mal y perder en primera ronda. Creo que tenemos una muy buena chance. Nuestro objetivo es llegar clasificadas a las olimpíadas, adquirir un buen ranking para evitar un cruce en primera ronda con cucos como las hermanas Williams u otras parejas preclasificadas. De esa forma sin duda que nuestras chances serían mayores. Vamos muy bien, este es el quinto torneo que jugamos juntas. Paola ya está 150 del mundo y yo estoy 12 así que vamos por buen camino y cada día jugando mejor. Ella agarró rápidamente muy buen ritmo y nos estamos complementando cada vez mejor. Esa es la idea asique estamos muy ilusionadas con los juegos”.

- De ganar una medalla, y ojalá porque ese es el deseo de todos los argentinos, crees que ese sería un hermoso corolario para tu carrera como tenista, y quizás después replantearte seguir jugando en el 2013?
“Por ahora no me he planteado un retiro pero sin dudas que una medalla olímpica sería un sueño cumplido, como la “frutilla” de mi carrera. Habiendo tenido tan buenos resultados en singles—ganó cuatro torneos de la WTA—y habiendo ganado importantes torneos en dobles—como el Abierto de Australia del 2011—Sí sería algo muy lindo porque sería un triunfo por Argentina y no solo por nosotras. La gente te sigue en un Grand Slam, en un Master pero durante los Juegos están muy pendientes y todos te apoyan y quieren que traigas una medalla. Es otra cosa, se disfruta de una manera diferente y ganar una medalla sería inolvidable”.

PING-PONG del Tenis y la Vida
Tu primer coach: “Willy Serner, Guillermo Serner, el cuñado de José Luis Clerc. En la “Horqueta Tenis” en San Isidro. El me enseñó a jugar al tenis…pero mi Papá fue quien me puso por primera vez una raqueta en la mano en el Club de Canotaje de Tigre”.
Tu mejor partido: “Siempre recuerdo uno que le gané a Conchita Martínez en Roland Garrós. Yo estaba como 100 del mundo y ella era Top 10 y jugué bárbaro, me salió todo bien. Ese día jugué impresionante, jugué como nunca, sin errores. Ese partido me quedara para siempre en mi cabeza”.

Tu mejor amiga del circuito: --Sin dudar y con una sonrisa en su boca y brillo en sus ojos nos ofrece una respuesta que la pintan de cuerpo y alma
—“Flavia Pennetta…del circuito y de la vida. Mi mejor amiga”.

Tu lugar en el mundo: -Otra respuesta que no deja dudas acerca de sus amores y de su calidad de persona que van más allá de la figura deportiva
—“Con mi marido, en Roma, junto a él”.

Y en Florida, porque viviste muchos años aquí?
“Sí, viví muchos años, de los 15 a los 19 años. Viví justamente aquí en Key Biscayne. Fue una experiencia que me hizo crecer mucho, que me ayudo…Me gusta aquí, me encanta Key Biscayne, me gusta Miami. Me siento muy cómoda aquí. Hay muchos lugares muy argentinos para ir y disfrutar…pero después de Roma junto a Fernando, mi ciudad es Buenos Aires”.

Tu mejor cualidad:
“Soy muy buena persona. Cuando quiero a alguien le doy todo, sin vueltas”.

Un sueño, un deseo: -Aquí esperábamos alguna respuesta en relación al tenis pero no, Gisela una vez más nos sorprende con su extrema sinceridad y esa personalidad fresca que privilegia otras cosas y que desnudan su nobleza. Su sentir de mujer y su calidad de persona nos responden sin dudar:

“Formar mi familia, tener mis hijos y vivir tranquila -hace una pausa y agrega- Con mis perros, mis hijos y mi marido”.

Feb 17th, 2012 10:47 PM
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Here's a nice article written by the WTA about Paola & Gise
Feb 7th, 2012 11:44 AM
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Great news!
I hope they'll win some tournaments before London
Feb 7th, 2012 02:25 AM
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Interview a Paola! Entre tantas cosas dice que va a estar disponible para la captain de la Fed Cup cuando quiera convocarla!!!
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