Tommy Robredo has dropped down in the rankings in small tournaments in recent years and has faced boys who could have been his children (he will be 40 on May 1). Until recently, though, he regretted retiring. In an interview with the Challengers, after a bad defeat to the former top 10, he answered almost the usual question … If I’m still joking, why should I stop? The epidemic and the difficult time of paternity have changed things so much that the Catalan decided to hang his racquet after the tournament in Barcelona, with which he is very attached and which he will play for the wild card. Interviewed by the national newspaper AS, he has some interesting remarks about his career and the world of tennis in general. Here are some quotes.
“I could not have imagined going so far 15 years ago. At that time my colleagues were ‘retired’ long ago, it was difficult to cross 30 years, now many are around 40 years old. Everything has improved: there are physical trainers, doctors … I’ve been taking care of myself for years“
“Why did you retreat today?” Several things are coming together. I no longer feel physically or mentally fit, and then I have a position in the standing. You start to lose and all this weight, the fire goes out. I accepted it was going to happen, but I played because I liked it. ‘Unless I find something that makes me more satisfied, I won’t give it up’, I told myself. The epidemic has accelerated everything. I came home with my daughter, and I didn’t want to get lost because I was out and the first time Dad called me at the tournament, the first crawl, when he was walking … I wanted to say goodbye last year, but I didn’t want to play my last match alone. I wanted to see my father, my mother, my wife and my daughter on the stand, that’s why I came this far. “
“My best time? I can’t find one in particular, but I’d say in 2006 or 2007, when I was fifth or sixth in the world. Ironically, I think today I am a better player than he is, but the misfortune of a tennis player is that at the age of 17 or 18 you start to become a professional and you know nothing about life. As if you were the director of a company and you got hurt and problems from all sides, you had to adapt and do it quickly. And when you’re 30 or 35 years old and retired, you really know the world and you know how to handle the things you gave up in your youth. What would I specifically change? I will do almost everything differently. Less tournaments, I will prepare them better, I will choose this coach, other physiotherapist etc.. I was going to live somewhere else. You learned from that experience, I think the same thing happens in life. “
He has already started a career as a coach: “Now I train a 16-year-old boy and I will lead him, but that does not mean that he is right because what is right for me will not be right. Him. We’ll see. “
According to Robredo, today’s tennis is worse than its golden moments. There’s no nostalgia, he has an explanation for this choice: “I don’t think there’s less talent today than there was a few years ago, isn’t it. If you analyze the best players of today, a large part of them too, in the end you find someone who goes straight to the winner, someone else has more service or plays on the field … Even today there is diversity, but there is a lack of strategy, there are very few tennis players who work on points, who run opponents, who look for weak points. The youngsters hit the winners across the field, Sometimes you think ‘how do they do it’ … I’ve been a warrior since ancient times. I prefer to take risks rather than throw a direct bomb to break the switch. I like tactics, most players use them sparingly and only shoot hard. “
In his words, it is easy to understand who his beloved is today: He has a beautiful hand, he also plays flying and reclaims the field, Citsipus is intelligent, he uses more techniques, he knows how to use them. Rublev, on the other hand, is very tough. Zaverev has talent, but many ups and downs. Cena is a great player, he can reach great heights like Alcaraz. I don’t know if he will be number one, two, seven, but you can see something different in him. All we can do now is not to brand him as the “new Rafa”, but simply to be Alcarez.
On the contrary, there is no harm in staying in Nadal’s shadow: “Jealous of Nadal? Absolutely not. We talk more about tennis after having such a champion in Spain, so more sponsorship, more money and interest যখন when I started, if you were eliminated in the first round of a Grand Slam you would have won 6,000 euros and now it’s 60,000. And thanks to Nadal and Federer, anyone like me can thank themEven if I lost it many times. “
An excellent interview, with a very accurate, very clear and positive tennis player who has reached excellent results over the years. He will end his career by winning 12 tournaments, including the success of Barcelona’s “Godò” in 2004 and the Masters 1000 in Hamburg in 2006. He has reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, US Open and Roland 5 times at Slam. Garros. He missed his sharpness in a Grand Slam, a semifinal, but won the Davis with the Iberian team.