Fernando González called it a career last night at the Sony Ericsson Open and I just wanted to share with you some photos of his last match since it wasn't televised. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric, filled with Chilean chants trying to will Gonzo to win. Unfortunately he didn't, but he gave it his all, and his fans couldn't ask for anything more. By the end of the match he looked tired but content as he took in his final moments on the court. His forehand is one of the best in history and it will be greatly missed. Enjoy!
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(The audio is a little fuzzy, so the transcribed part of this video is below.)
Q. What went into the decision to decide to retire here? Just the hip?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: To retire or retire in Miami?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: Both? To retire? Because, well, in the past year and a half been pretty tough for my career. But anyway, I don't have the energy to get up in the morning, train like I have to train, travel like I have to travel. And I been doing this for many years. If I'm not gonna be 100%, I think I have to do something else.
Q. Do you know what that is?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: I like tennis. I will be around. But, I mean, I have great memories from tennis. I wasn't enjoying as I enjoy in the past. That's why I decide to finish my career.
Q. Are there any particular moments from tonight that you will remember?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: Yeah, at the end, the video was great. I mean, the top players it's not only about tennis. It's also about friends. I mean, we been playing against each other many times, but at the end of the day we are friends. We have a great relationship. Of course, the atmosphere was great. We're really far away from Chile, and there was little flags. There was my family here. I had a lot of friends, and I really enjoyed the moment.
I hate saying goodbye, so see you later Gonzo.. Wishing you the best.