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Should have Agassi retired before ?

Even if he can still have a great run at the USO, it will be very difficult for Andre to win another Grand Slam, given the current competition at the top, and his age...
But with his character and his flamboance, is it possible he leaves the tour quietly ? I don't think so...
When do you think would have been the best moment to retire ?
When he reached the number 1 spot in 2003 becoming the oldest to do so ?
After his last title in Australia ?
After his last title in a TMS in Cincinatti 2004 ?
Never, no need for this guy to retire at the top ?
He will find something else ?
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Re: Should have Agassi retired before ?

i don't think he should retire until he starts to lose to the people he shouldn't or can't compete against the top level players. he's so great for the sport that it would be sad to see him go out on a negative note.

remember how bad pete's final season was before he won the open?

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Re: Should have Agassi retired before ?

Andre should have retired after his last Aussi Open.
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Re: Should have Agassi retired before ?

I'm thinking he should've... what's the last thing he won? i don't even remember. he should've gone along with Petey (sampras) and gone out with a bang. too bad not everyone can have such a fairy-tale ending!

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i don't think he should retire until he starts to lose to the people he shouldn't or can't compete against the top level players. he's so great for the sport that it would be sad to see him go out on a negative note.

remember how bad pete's final season was before he won the open?
well said and i agree 100%!

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Re: Should have Agassi retired before ?

Why retire when you reach the quarterfinals in Grand Slams? That's better than 120 other players in the draw. I think he should continue as long as he wants to play unless he starts to lose in first or second rounds.
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Re: Should have Agassi retired before ?

As long as Andre is still capable of winning matches, and deserving his place in MD's... it's entirely his decision.
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Even if he can still have a great run at the USO, it will be very difficult for Andre to win another Grand Slam, given the current competition at the top, and his age...
But with his character and his flamboance, is it possible he leaves the tour quietly ? I don't think so...
When do you think would have been the best moment to retire ?
When he reached the number 1 spot in 2003 becoming the oldest to do so ?
After his last title in Australia ?
After his last title in a TMS in Cincinatti 2004 ?
Never, no need for this guy to retire at the top ?
He will find something else ?
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Excellent quote!
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i don't think he should retire until he starts to lose to the people he shouldn't or can't compete against the top level players. he's so great for the sport that it would be sad to see him go out on a negative note.

remember how bad pete's final season was before he won the open?
well said mi amigo. how soon folks forget.

another answer: Baldy should retire the minute players other than Federer have the guts to say in public that he is not a personal threat. so far only Federer has had the balls to do it. the silence among the rest of the tour is deafening. go Agassi!!!!!

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Re: Should have Agassi retired before ?

Maybe Agassi should retire when/if Roddick/Hewitt figures out a way to beat him. When is the last time he lost to those chumps?
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Re: Should have Agassi retired before ?

Agassi still has the game to beat Roddick and Hewitt, the 2nd and 3rd ranked players in the world, why should he retire?
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Re: Should have Agassi retired before ?

Agassi doesn't want to be #3, or #4 when he retires, and disappear quietly. and it doesnt seem to me that "reaching the qf and sf" is going to be a great finish to his career.
he is looking to end the way Pete did. but if there are always going to be 2 or 3 guys who can beat him, what options does he have any more?
give a retirement speech after a4th round defeat at Indian wells? won't happen.
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Re: Should have Agassi retired before ?

IMO, andre should say something like "the AO 2006 is the last tournament i play"
it is his best surface. chances are he will get reasonably deep into the draw.

with a pre-announced buildup, spectators all over the world, at the AO and at tournaments before, will at least get to watch him play his last match, give him a standing ovation, the speeches, and such things. Bow out in style
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Re: Should have Agassi retired before ?

Agassi was asked last week if he would retire if he won another Grand Slam. He said, "I think that would just be more motivation for me to keep going."
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Re: Should have Agassi retired before ?

I think Agassi is ready to win more slams. I base this on the Johansson 51 ace match. And Johannson was hitting the ball huge off both wings aswell. I rate it as Agassi's best performance in 2 years.
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