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Or if your fave is retired, were you okay with it?

There are many different ways of how players end their careers:

1. "Waking up one morning and realising you are done with tennis." Well that's what many players say when asked about how they will retire. Her game might still be top-notch but the motivation is gone.
Example: Steffi Graf.
2. Pregnancy, causing a sudden retirement as well.
Example: Lindsay Davenport.
3. Farewell season. Player is usually still competitive but no longer at the very top of the game and realises it's time to go with dignity.
Example: Chris Evert.
4. Career fizzling out. Player keeps playing despite being past her prime. Her results get worse and worse and she moves out of the spotlight. Either she's still motivated but can't get her game together anymore, or she's going through the motions and losing interest (because of marriage etc.).
Examples: Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Irina Spirlea.
5. Semi-retirement. Usually done by slightly lesser players or doubles experts. Retiring from singles but still playing doubles.
Example: Lori McNeil. :eek: (and many others that I can't think of right now)
6. Multiple retirements. Players retire but come back a few years later.
Examples: Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis.
7. Chronic injury trouble.
Examples: Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati.

Which one do you like best? :)
 

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Yup, but no one ever does this. :p
Robot Pete :eek:

Lina retired thru getting married then pregnancy,
plus injuries and illness combined :sobbing: :sad: plus a role in TV.
 

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I'd like my favorite to be at top or at least near the top of her game...

And of course I hope that they will be happy. :)

Steffi's quote was great at her retirement. :yeah:

I don't think she should've retired yet at that point, she was still playing extremely well.
 

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Steffi's was great a french open and a wimbledon final-if i could change one thing it would be that final-then she could have gone out with the french and wim-but alas it wasn't to be-but a slam and slam final-bloody fantastic :)
 

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any retirement is good if it can still provoke a last tear-jerk.
 

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I'd pick a long career that gradually fizzles out. Nothing demostrates a player's passion for the game more than when they are prepared to keep going even when they are past their best. That is the sign of a warrior, and the sign of someone who loves to play and refuses to give up. I want to see my favorite players battle to get every last win they are capable of. To me there is no more gallent way to finish ones career. I am reminded of a great quote from the movie "Mr Smith Goes to Washington"; "The only causes worth fighting for are the lost causes." When a player is prepared to fight against injuries and aging and younger opponents just to stay in the game, that takes guts. I have warmed to many veteran player over the years who just refused to call it a day even when all common sense should have told them their best days were over.
 

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Definitely NOT No 7 which must be terribly frustrating.

Going out with a win in a Slam is obviously great, but you're nevertheless left with the feeling that if you are still that good you might have won even more if you've kept on playing.

I'm glad that Hingis is back, but she will never know what she might have won in the years when she wasn't playing, so No 6 is not the best choice IMO.

No 3 is best. You've gotten everything out of your career you could. You don't have to worry about what could have been if you would have kept on playing just a bit longer because you're slipping, yet you didn't stick around up to a point where you were only a shadow of your former self (like in option No 4).
 

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My fave played her last match against the player I dislike the most, any questions? :sad:
 

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I would like my favourite player to retire, achieving everything she's wanted to. If that means retiring as a slam winniner then all the better!
 

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IMO, Steffi Graf had the best retirement ever.. a slam title, another final, #3 ranking. So I'd like my other favs Mary and Justine to have a similer retirement, at the top of their game.

Of the list, I'd choose either #1 or #3. Evert's retirement was very classy!
 
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