Woke up to some sad Tennis news this morning to see a twitter from the Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) twitter account that Fernando Gonzalez had announced that he was retiring this year. He has asked for a WC in Miami and that will be the last tournament of his career. Even though he's not exactly a clay-courter...I still wish he could stick it out and wrap it up at RG.
OK...I'm a Gonzo fan. I don't want to see him retire at all but I'm not really all that surprised that he is. If I remember right...he has family in Miami and lives there some times so I hope that Miami does extend him a WC.
He didn't win a Slam but he did reach a career-high ranking of 5 in 2007. With 11 Singles Titles and 3 Doubles Titles (the biggest being the Olympics in 2004) he still leaves a mark that will be remembered. The biggest part of his game was always that go for broke huge forehand. To watch that on TV was one thing...to see it in person was another.
I got to see Gonzo at the Los Angeles tourney a few times. It was entertaining and nerve-wracking at the same time. I think one of the best memories of Gonzo's career for me will always be the Athens Olympics.
Here is the link to the article on the ATP site: