THE INDEPENDENT - 30 August 2000
Ivanisevic contemplates quitting
Goran Ivanisevic, Wimbledon's favourite bridesmaid, is in so much turmoil that he spoke of retiring before next month's Olympic Games in Sydney.
In losing his first round match to Dominik Hrbaty, the 28-year-old Ivanisevic gave an almost perfect example of starting well and falling away. He took the opening set and won only one game thereafter. Hrbaty won, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.
"I don't know how I won the first set," Ivanisevic said. "He missed every shot possible. I am so messed up in my head. I am walking around like a lost boy who in on the court for the first time. I don't have fun playing, I can't motivate myself, my shoulder is killing me and needs an operation, and I've become afraid of flying."
Ivanisevic, three times a runner-up in the Wimbledon men's singles final, is due to compete in his fourth Olympics, representing Croatia in both singles and doubles. "But to fly 18 hours and lose in the first round is no fun," said Ivanisevic, who has won only two matches in nearly five months.
Asked if he was afraid of retiring and then wondering what might have been, Ivanisevic said: "Maybe. You should retire when you make a good result after 12 years on the tour. But if I want to play another two years I will have to have a shoulder operation, and then it would be seven or eight months before I play again. I have to do a lot of thinking and decide what to do."