Welcome to Tennis Elbow, the column that appears again on the week that was on the planet of tennis. This week, Charles Blouin-Gascon recaps the legendary profession of Daniel Nestor.
Over the weekend, the logo of Tennis Canada retired.
That’s proper, Daniel Nestor has determined to carry his legendary profession to an in depth. At 46 years outdated and after 29 years spent on the ATP World Tour, the Canadian performed his last match over the weekend, dropping a Davis Cup doubles tie towards the Netherlands by the rating of Four-6, 6-Three, 6-Four and 6-Four.
After the match, the person was understandably dismayed. “It didn’t finish the best way I wished to. Nevertheless it was very particular to finish my profession in Toronto. I used to be very thrilled after I first came upon that this tie was going to be performed right here,” he stated. “I used to be actually trying ahead to this match, it was an essential one for me. I ready properly for it however my stage is simply not adequate anymore.”
That’s proper: the best participant in Canadian tennis historical past referred to as himself out as being not adequate to compete anymore.
You’ll forgive him for talking within the warmth of the second and as we speak, Nestor can probably take solace in a laundry record of accomplishments that will make nearly anybody blush:
-91 profession titles, together with eight Grand Slams and not less than one in 23 seasons in a row;
-One Olympic gold medal;
-Wins in 38 nations and with 43 completely different enjoying companions;
-One in every of solely six gamers with not less than 1,000 profession wins on the ATP.
Daniel Nestor’s legendary profession involves an finish. He completed just about all the pieces within the sport. Most significantly, he made Davis Cup a precedence all through his whole profession. Greater than 50 Davis Cup ties. Corridor of Fame is a positive factor. Congrats, amigo ?
— Tennis Linked (@TennisConnected) September 15, 2018
Lately, Nestor had largely change into a mainstay of Canada Davis Cup doubles, and should you’re in search of all that the native of Toronto has completed on the occasion over time, properly we’ve such an inventory as properly: most Davis Cup wins (48), doubles wins (34), ties performed (52) and years performed (25) in Canadian historical past.
We might name it the tip of an period if Nestor’s profession had solely lasted an period however that’s not doing justice to the person. He turned professional all the best way again in 1991, a part of the technology of Tennis Canada that gave us gamers like Sebastien Lareau and Sebastien LeBlanc. The 2 Sebastiens could be adopted by the technology that gave Canada Frédéric Niemeyer and Frank Dancevic, the latter turning professional in 2003 proper across the time when Nestor was on the peak of his powers as the easiest doubles participant on the planet.
— Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) September 16, 2018
Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic would observe in everybody’s footsteps on the flip of the last decade, and Nestor managed to play with them as properly. He wasn’t the participant he was once ten years earlier when he gained a gold medal on the 2000 Sydney Video games, however he was nonetheless fairly nice.
By then, certainly Nestor was executed or thereabout: he had been enjoying tennis professionally for 20 years on the tour and had gained kind of each single factor he may have ever hoped to win. What else may he do?
Effectively apparently he wished to be there for the brand new youthful Canadian technology, as a result of play on is what Nestor did—for lengthy sufficient to get a great glimpse on the new group of gamers, one headlined by Denis Shapovalov and Félix Auger-Aliassime and one which’s more likely to carry the game to the best heights it’s reached within the nation.
Again in Toronto over the weekend for the Davis Cup, Nestor’s doubles companion had nothing however sort phrases for the person. “It was an honor for me to be on the court docket with him. I actually wished to win this match for him,” Pospisil stated, “however they performed properly and we have been a bit unlucky at occasions. It’s been a enjoyable journey enjoying with Daniel all these years. He turned considered one of my finest associates on tour, so I’ll actually miss him.”
It’s Pospisil who stated the above, however actually it might be any considered one of us Canadians. Goodbye, Mr. Tennis Canada. You’ll be sorely missed, Daniel, however you’re certainly earned the send-off.