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Category Archives: Fernando Gonzalez
The last of the great fiery giants, Fernando Gonzalez, has retired from professional tennis, widening the gap left by Marat Safin. The owner of one of the most powerful forehands in the game played his final match today in Miami losing to Nicolas Mahut, the Frenchman winning 7-5, 4-6, 7-6.
It can’t have been an easy match for Mahut knowing you’re ending someones career but true to form Fernando went down in style after defending three match points. Unfortunately the match ended on his double fault after years plagued with injury but Fernando seemed to lost in the moment as the crowd went wild to really care how the last point went down. Read more
Given the recent form of some of the higher ranked players (Berdych I’m looking at you here) and the significant number of highly ranked fatigued (Djokovic, Federer, Nadal) and injured players (Simon, Fish) looking at the first round match ups took longer than it normally does. Recently players like Ivan Dodig, Andreas Seppi, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Janko Tipsarevic have stepped up and played some great tennis on grass and should make for an interesting Wimbledon. Read more
Over time we’ve had some pretty good looking tennis players to watch on our screen, both male and female. Sure in the 80′s there were some good looking players we may not have noticed because they had the fluffy hair, scary eyebrows and strange fashion sense but some things get better with age (think George Clooney).
So here’s my top ten men and women of all time .
To all those out there like my mum who harbour a deep unending love for Stefan Edberg… I’m sorry. Read more
Seeing as you guys enjoyed the post 10 Hottest Male Tennis Players so much here’s another one.
In the previous post Tennis Perspective praised the good form and phenomenal bodies of: Fernando Verdasco, Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, Novak Djokovic, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Tommy Robredo, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Haas and Roger Federer.
In no particular order here’s five of some of tennis’ other pretty boys. Read more
Fernando Gonzalez’s return to the ATP circuit after undergoing rehab for tendinitis in his knee and a hip surgery has be abruptly stopped by another knee issue. The Chilean star took to Twitter to tell fans he would be skipping this years Roland Garros.
“Unfortunately today I withdrew myself from Roland Garros, it’s a shame, but I’m doing everything possible to comeback and feel better.”
- Fernando Verdasco beat Frederico Gil 6-1, 7-6 after having a 5-1 lead in the second set. Read more
Of course John McEnroe, who has been accused of having hissy fits to distract his opponent, is in the top spot and watching him go off his brain is kind of like what my dad was like before we removed the insert button from his key board Read more
Fernando Gonzalez, who had been off the tour for some months dealing with chronic tendinitis in his knee (prior to his poor showing in New Haven and New York), has returned to Chile after undergoing surgery on his right hip. The surgery, which was performed in New York on October 4, will sideline the Chilean for at least 6 to 7 months.
Gonzalez spoke to media saying; “I’m currently on crutches, doing lots of exercise with lots of patience. It’s actually not as terrible as I imagined… Doctors assessed that by fixing the hip, the knee will feel the benefits. I have therapy twice a day, and apart form that just I’m resting at home, watching TV, following the news, the miners.”
The good news for Fernando is that his right knee does not require surgery as he first thought.
Fernando Gonzalez has announced he will not be playing Wimbledon this year. Gonzalez has appeared in the last 35 Grand Slams but has struggled recently with tendinitis in both knees. Since the earthquake in his home country of Chile earlier this year Gonzo has struggled to find any real form. When he played the Davis Cup tie against Israel he struggled with his knees and was seen resting court side with two ice packs firmly attached to his knees.
Fernando has struggled with tendinitis since early 2002, with the injury flaring up intermittently as tendinitis tends to do if the irritant is not taken away.
As a result of not defending all of his points after an early drop out in Roland Garros, combined with the loss 90 point from a third round showing at Wimbledon, Gonzalez will begin a slow slide down the rankings as he rehabilitated himself.
What made the tendinitis so bad?I had calcification in both knees. When one hurts you try to compensate with the other. With good work, rest and rehab I will be better.
Some time ago you said that you learned to live with the pain.I’ve had it since the 2002 Australian Open…
So you have dealt with it almost for your whole career?It’s been coming and going. I’ve had good and bad moments. I had a very bad moment in 2003, after that I could recover well but last year at Wimbledon it started all over again and hasn’t stopped since then.
After the defeat in the Roland Garros second round, you will lose important points at the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings. How will you deal with that?I prefer to have a bad ranking and be healthy, rather than get to a ranking that would be tough to maintain without being in optimum physical condition.
With your absence at Wimbledon you will bring to an end a run of 35 successive Grand Slam appearances.Some time ago I realised I have played all the Grand Slams since 2002. I thought about how good it was and I was lucky not to be injured. No I’ll have to miss one. I hope it’s the only one so I can play a lot more.
Next month you will turn 30, you suffer a chronic injury, but you told your Twitter fans that you’re not thinking about retirement.Twitter has been very helpful; it’s my main source for keeping in touch with people. Sometimes the media needs to sell more so they publish information about a possible retirement. But that wasn’t true. Retirement is not in my head. I still have a lot of goals on my career and I have fun playing. I can’t imagine my life without competitive tennis. Retirement is not an issue. They published that without asking me so that bothered me. Thank God there’s Twitter so I could tell people that wasn’t true.
Twitter and your official web site have become a habit now that you have more free time.Social networking is very important. People want and need communication. Everyone is connected by their mobile phones, chat and social networks. Tennis fans feel closer because of that. When you’re constantly talking about what’s going on, what you think, people like that. It’s a spontaneous communication.
How long will your recovery take?The first thing is to feel better, recover from the injuries. The rest will come by itself. I can’t make the mistake of playing 25 tournaments. I’ve always played few tournaments. The important thing is to take it easy and take my rest time seriously; that has always been important in my career.
What’s the positive side of being without competition?The positive thing is that I will have a lot of energy when I come back. I will appreciate more what I have achieved in this sport. When you’re out you feel the passion for the game more. I’ve also done some things that I miss. That gives you energy to keep on playing.