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Agassi's record in Shanghai is now 0-4. He lost in the first round of an ATP tournament here in 2001 and withdrew from the 2002 Masters Cup, blaming a hip injury, after two losses.

Wang Liqun, deputy director of the organizing committee, told a news conference Tuesday that Agassi should have notified tournament officials before quitting.

"He doesn't want to make any personal comments on Andre Agassi's decision, however he certainly is not appreciative of what he did, and particularly because he actually made the sudden announcement without notifying anyone," an interpreter said of Wang's comments.

Qin Weichang, director of the organizing committee, agreed.

"Frankly, he's extremely popular in Shanghai, particularly among female fans. We, therefore, have already conveyed in talks with the ATP, asking them to convey to Andre Agassi that he needs to probably return this kind of favor, react to this kind of strong passion from the audience and show his professionalism here."

David Higdon, ATP senior vice president, Communications, said Agassi had been an "exemplary" ambassador for tennis.

"He's in obvious pain. We wish he could have hung around, but that was not possible," he said.
I like Agassi but I think the organizers have a point. Just by courtesy, he should have informed the organizers first.
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Re: Shanghai organizers not happy with Agassi

I just read his post match interview and he was asked several times whether he would continue to play and he said no. So was that the first time anyone knew that he would withdraw?
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So the problem is that instead of telling the organizer, he announed it to media first?
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I believe so. I guess that is why the organizers are upset and I think they have a right to do so. I suppose Agassi just decide then and there but I doubt it. He should have inform them first though.
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Masters Cup organisers have slammed Andre Agassi after his withdrawal from the Shanghai tournament.



The former world number one pulled out with an ankle injury following his defeat to Nicolay Davydenko on Monday.

Agassi joins top-five players Andy Roddick, Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt on the sidelines.

"I don't appreciate what Agassi is doing. He made the announcement without telling anyone," said organising committee deputy director Wang Liqun.

"In 2000, when Agassi came for the Heineken Open, he took an early exit in the first round.

"Two years later in the Masters Cup, after two defeats, he cited a hip injury and took off. This year it happened again." Agassi hurt ankle ligaments playing racquetball four weeks ago and did not appear to be fit against Davydenko.
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Re: Shanghai organizers not happy with Agassi

Agassi gets away with his high handed behavior in the States because the ATP/USTA covers for him. The milquetoast response by the ATP rep in this case proves my point.

OTOH there were rumors for days about another pull out which was why Puerta was Shanghai to begin with. Most people thought it was Agassi but it was Nadal. Nadal however seems to have worked with tournament organizers going so far as to see a doctor there as well as his own and the ATP doctor. When the opinions concurred he gave in. The organizers know they lost one of their main draws but Nadal left a good feeling in his departure. Agassi doesn't care what the tournament organizers think and it shows.
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Sure, I can understand the organizers. They have a right to be not happy.

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Re: Shanghai organizers not happy with Agassi

agassi should have not played at all
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Not very pro from Agassi. Don't show up if you can't play... plus the cultural aspect, you don't make a Chinese "lose face" like that, especially if they spend millions building a nice venue for you...
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Yup, the organizers have the right to know first. I don't want to say Agassi is selfish, but he can't just play and quit after loss.

If Agassi and Nadal were not 100% fit, they should have stayed home like Roddick. I understand that nobody wants to get injured, but their withdrawals could ruin this event and decrease the alternates' chances (since it's a RR tournament).
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Re: Shanghai organizers not happy with Agassi

Does anyone here know how long the YEC will be held in Shanghai?

It's a pity that Agassi didn't follow protocol for pulling out of the event. I did not see his match and do not know if his injury was affecting his play. If it was, and the press were asking him about it during a post match interview, then his announcement that he wouldn't play on would seem to be more spontaneous than a slight against tournament officials. So many hurt feelings!

The tournament organizers who expect 100% from players at the end of the season are not paying attention to what the current schedule is doing to the athletes. Their investment in their tournament is their risk. If you're going to put up that kind of moola, you better understand your risk and not whine about it when the situation plays itself out.
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Next year its at Shanghai as well. Not sure about 2007.
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I think that during Agassi's extended vacation he should reconsider whether he should play anymore. I really think that he should give retirement some serious thought because it doesn't seem like he cares for playing anymore. He suffers from ankle injuries and he has to have some medicine injected into his back just to relieve his back pain - to me that is a little bit too much. If he decides to play next year, I hope wins either the RG, Wimbly or the two TMS titles he doesn't have (Hamburg, Monte-Carlo??). Otherwise, I would be sad to see him go, but sometimes retirement is inevitable.

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Does anyone here know how long the YEC will be held in Shanghai?

It's a pity that Agassi didn't follow protocol for pulling out of the event. I did not see his match and do not know if his injury was affecting his play. If it was, and the press were asking him about it during a post match interview, then his announcement that he wouldn't play on would seem to be more spontaneous than a slight against tournament officials. So many hurt feelings!

The tournament organizers who expect 100% from players at the end of the season are not paying attention to what the current schedule is doing to the athletes. Their investment in their tournament is their risk. If you're going to put up that kind of moola, you better understand your risk and not whine about it when the situation plays itself out.
As someone above mentioned Agassi's actions caused the organizer to "lose face", something that is very important in Asian culture. Ugly Americanism has reared its head again.
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The tournament organizers who expect 100% from players at the end of the season are not paying attention to what the current schedule is doing to the athletes. Their investment in their tournament is their risk. If you're going to put up that kind of moola, you better understand your risk and not whine about it when the situation plays itself out.
The funky stuff is that despite all this mess there is no one guy who can say : "OK let's be serious, next year indoor season will start earlier or we cut one tournament, or we impose limited number or exhibitions or small tournies for top players" , or whatever. Nobody can do something about that. This is pure bureaucraty and the stupidest display in sport since last US F1 Grand Prix...

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
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