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2005: End of the road for Agassi?

I agree with this guy in thinking it will be his last year. For real.


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Andre Agassi's decision to forgo Wimbledon was no surprise. It's fairly clear that he has balanced the other things in his life (wife, two children, charities) against the pain of playing and the fact that he has won all four Slams and has nothing left to prove, and arrived at a decision.

That would be to take a final cortisone injection after Wimbledon (the injection 's effect lasts about three months), and that will allow him to play one or two lead-up tournaments to the U.S. Open, where he will play his final event.

It's instructive to repeat Agassi's emotional words about tennis following his first-round loss at the French Open:

"It's what I do until I don't do it anymore. And it's given me a lot. I'll assess the necessary components at the end of the year, but I can't afford to pollute the potential of my winning matches or tournaments with sitting on the fence, with where I am, what I'm doing, why I'm doing it. You know, some things you have to question. Other things you have to not question. You have to just put your head down and work."

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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

yes this is his last season
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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

In a way, yes, this will be a sad moment.

On the other hand, U.S. fans might get to see more foreign players' matches on TV when Agassi's no longer in the draw.
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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

i agree devotee. but it will be a very sad day for me when he retires. sort of the end of an era. gone are the sampras/agassi/chang days. i mean they've been over, but this will sort of seal the deal. there's great new talent, but i grew up watching agassi and his peers. c'est la vie!

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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

It's the circle or life.... la la la la...

If he is able to rebounce this summer and have an ok US Open he might still hang around. He if he's out for the remain of the season, I can see him throwing the towell. It will be very, very hard for him to get back to the top.
It's too bad because he is a legend, and it will take years untill someone like Roger actually becomes a legend.

There is something special about seeing Andre still play. I just wish him the best.

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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

Well, not get too many hopes up but maybe Andre will pull a Lindsay? Last year after her lost at Wimby she basically said this was it, she was going to retire at the end of the year. Then she started playing great, won 3 or 4 titles going into the US Open and became No. 1 in the world again so she decided to keep going.

Honestly at this time last year I thought Agassi's career was about over. When he came to TMS Cincinnati though, he played awesome and served very well, beating Roddick, Moya, and Hewitt to win the title - I feel so lucky I was able to witness it first hand. Definitely the best surprise of the summer.

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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

that will be a sad moment but I think Agassi has prouved to us he's the best athlete ever. I think we'll only see him again @US Open this year and it will probably his last tournament just like Michael Chang has announced his retirement in 2002 after Chang lost in first round to Gonzalez. Damn I still remember of that moment...

before it was Stefan Edberg, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Thomas Muster, Patrick Rafter and Michael Chang.

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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

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In a way, yes, this will be a sad moment.

On the other hand, U.S. fans might get to see more foreign players' matches on TV when Agassi's no longer in the draw.
This is what I'm looking forward to.

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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

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that will be a sad moment but I think Agassi has prouved to us he's the best athlete ever. I think we'll only see him again @US Open this year and it will probably his last tournament just like Michael Chang has announced his retirement in 2002 after Chang lost in first round to Gonzalez. Damn I still remember of that moment...
1. Chang's retirement was in 2003.

2. I agree he won't last much longer. However, i really think he'll be like Chang and do a farewell tour in 2006, except for Roland Garros of course. That way, he can make one final Wimbledon trip.
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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

Where did u hear that Chang will do a farewell tour in 2006??

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2. I agree he won't last much longer. However, i really think he'll be like Chang and do a farewell tour in 2006, except for Roland Garros of course. That way, he can make one final Wimbledon trip.

before it was Stefan Edberg, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Thomas Muster, Patrick Rafter and Michael Chang.

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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

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Where did u hear that Chang will do a farewell tour in 2006??
I meant Chang's farewell tour was in 2003, not in 2002. Agassi's farewell tour is very likely in 2006.
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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

It'll be a shame to see Andre go, but he's played some amazing years of tennis. I just wish him the best in what will most likely be his last few tournaments and hope to see him go out with a bang.

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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

Somehow I think that Agassi will play in next year Australian - his most successful Slam.
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i think he'll just want to win just 1 more title to make it an even 60 and end it on a high note. hopefully, it would be in one of the tournaments he had the most success in - either AO, Miami, Legg Mason, Cincinnati, or even San Jose...

just one more Andre, please...
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Re: 2005: End of the road for Agassi?

Come to think of it, Andre’s won every title worth winning at least once except for Hamburg and Monte Carlo

1. All Slams on 4 different surfaces (hte only man with this record) (the other 4 did the career slam on a predominantly grass court surface back then)
2. 7 out of 9 TMS – Indian Wells, Miami, Rome, Toronto, Cincy, Madrid, and Paris
3. Tennis Masters Cup
4. Olympic Gold
5. Davis Cup

what more has he got to prove?
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