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Post by laverfan Thu 11 Oct 2012, 8:26 pm

Rainer Schuettler, the 2003 Australian Open finalist, has retired from tennis after a 17-year professional career, which provided him with "wonderful experiences and great friendships".

Kiefer retired earlier. Marcel-Stebe and Petzschner will keep the flag flying.

Sad to see him go, but life and Tennis will go on.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/10/Features/Schuettler-Retires.aspx

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Post by carrieg4 Thu 11 Oct 2012, 8:29 pm

Always a shame to see a player retire, sounds like a wise decision given his recent injury issues though.

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Post by lydian Thu 11 Oct 2012, 8:45 pm

Cant say I remember this guy much...wore his baseball cap backwards as all German players seem to do since Koellerer in the 90s.
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Post by laverfan Thu 11 Oct 2012, 9:36 pm

Some good matches on grass and the AO finals. Was as high as #5 in ATP in 2004.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Sc/R/Rainer-Schuettler.aspx?t=pa&y=0&m=s&e=540#

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Post by Josiah Maiestas Thu 11 Oct 2012, 9:44 pm

A real good player. With him you couldn't tell what pace you were gonna get, different type of player to the ball bashers, won a lot of points at the net if I remember correctly.
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Post by The Special Juan Thu 11 Oct 2012, 11:46 pm

I've not seen him in years which made me think he'd retired ages ago. At 36 it's hardly a surprise (although Tommy Haas is still going strong at 34!!). However, apparently he now coaches Sergiy Stakhovsky.
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Post by sirfredperry Fri 12 Oct 2012, 7:34 am

Hıs career should be an ınspıratıon to all. He had an amazıng record of ımprovıng hıs rankıng every year for somethıng lıke about seven seasons.
It led to hıs havıng one great season when he reached a Slam fınal and got well ınsıde the top 10. He absolutely made the most of what he had.

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Post by lydian Fri 12 Oct 2012, 10:54 am

He still is the last German - male or female - to reach a slam final at AO03...so nearly a decade since a German achieved that feat. Infact they've only had 2 finalists since 1996!

He was flexible across surfaces and a model professional but only really had the one good year - 2003 (...those transitional years again...) where he finished in top ten. Outside of that he never finished in the top 30.

Incidentally, a similar player and career to compatriot Nicolas Keifer (albeit I think Keifer was more talented).
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