This Tennis Buzz #4 is all about spanish players: the one who retires, the one who is featured in a charity calendar and the one who wants to conquer the world (again).

Former world number one and 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya has announced his retirement from professional tennis due to a persistent foot injury that sidelined him for the last six months.

“I wanted to say goodbye at one of the big tournaments, the Grand Slams, but that dream wasn’t to be. I am still young for life, but for sport I am already knocking on a bit.”

He won 20 career titles, recorded 24 runner-up finishes and was a member of the winning Davis Cup team who defeated USA in the 2004 final in Seville.

Carlos Moya

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Site: O2 London
Dates: Sunday, November 21 – Sunday, November 28
Surface: Hard
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Singles:

Group A: Rafael Nadal (1), Novak Djokovic (3), Tomas Berdych (6), David Ferrer (7)
Group B: Roger Federer (2), Robin Soderling (4), Andy Murray (5), Andy Roddick (8)

Doubles:

Group A: Bob and Mike Bryan, Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes, Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, and Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner.
Group B: Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach, Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi, and Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman.

You can watch the tournament online on tennistv.com.

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In this Tennis Buzz #3, a look at Soderling and Rafter‘s wins in Bercy and Sydney.

It’s a well deserved victory for Soderling, who defeated Simon, Wawrinka, Roddick, Llodra and Monfils to capture his first Masters 1000 title.

“I don’t have a very good record in finals, and especially here in Paris, but I think a final is that one match you really want to win. I’m really happy that I played well today, and now I’m here winning the title. When I won that last point, I just felt so happy and I felt so relieved. I really wanted to win this match so much.”

Following his win, he reached a career high number 4 ranking.

Robin Soderling

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Site: Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
Dates: Saturday, November 6 – Sunday, November 14
Surface: Hard
Prize Money: € 2,227,500
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The BNP Paribas Masters is the ninth and final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. It’s one of the only Masters neither Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal ever won. Rafa’s best result is a defeat in final in 2007 (beaten by Nalbandian), and Federer surprisingly never did better than the quarterfinals (in 2002, 2003 and 2008).
Although all the big names of tennis won the Paris Bercy Masters (Becker, Edberg, Sampras, Agassi…), Bercy’s tournament has been pretty disappointing in recent years with late withdrawals and top players early exits, like last year’s Federer stunning first round defeat to Julien Benneteau.
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Rafa’s Custom Hoodie

Nike Japan designed a special gift to honor Rafa‘s recent successes and his inaugural trip to Japan. The one-of-a-kind hoodie was inspired by a traditional Japanese jacket called “Suka-Jan,” famous for beautiful embroideries that cover the back.

Rafa's custom hoodie

The four Japanese characters on the back spell out “Raging Bull Attack” – the two on the left for “Raging Bull,” from his nickname, and the two on the right making up a common word historically used when outsiders would attack Japan. It symbolizes Rafa’s historical first visit to the country and the world-class level of physical and mental “attack” he brings to the game of tennis.
Below the Japanese characters is an unmistakable icon of Japan: the sun rising through the clouds above Mount Fuji. It is included as a beautiful reminder of the country.
The “Raging Bull” sits just below Mt. Fuji, adorned in red and purple peonies, with red representing the national color of Japan and purple nobility.

Here’s an up close look at the face of “Raging Bull” and White Snake. The face design was inspired by a Japanese traditional celebration icon called “Shishi-mai” or “Lion Dance” which is used only during happy celebrations in Japan.
The White Snake is a symbol of good luck, so by intertwining the Snake (luck) with the Bull (Rafa), they are bringing good luck to him.

bull

The peony, hand-embroidered in gold thread, that adorns the hood of the jacket represents Rafa’s current status as “King” or Number 1 in tennis.

peony
Source: Nike