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Unhappy Agassi pulls out of Aus Open

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...970701,00.html

The Times January 05, 2006

Frail Agassi is forced into painful decision
By Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent



ANDRE AGASSI has almost certainly played competitive tennis for the last time in the country where success came to him more freely than anywhere. Agassi, 35, announces today that he will not play in the Australian Open, further indication that the wear and tear of the sport bears a heavy burden.
Agassi says that he is less than 100 per cent and therefore cannot give a proper account of himself. The four-times champion in Melbourne — he reached two further semi-finals — has not moved freely since spraining his right ankle in a freak injury picked up playing racketball when passing the time before the Masters Cup in Shanghai in November.



When Agassi showed up in China and gave what his aching body would allow, he was beaten in straight sets by Nikolay Davydenko, of Russia, and criticised by the organisers for telling the media that he had decided to withdraw before informing the tournament. The American may not have got the protocol absolutely right, but at least he showed when he knew he was struggling. He will not make that mistake again.

“Nobody wants to see me go on the court like that,” Agassi said after that defeat. “It’s dangerous and risky for the future as well, because I’m scared of hurting myself even more. I try to make decisions that keep me healthier because of the physicality of the game now.”

As fanatical as Agassi trains and as desperately as he wants to compete, there comes a time when even he has to say no. He played only 51 matches in 2005 but had his fair share of success, reaching the final of the US Open, in which he lost to the mercurial Roger Federer. He also made the final of the Masters Series event in Canada and the semi-finals in Rome.

It was on the red clay that he began to be troubled by the sciatic nerve problem that reduced him to a passenger in the first round of the French Open — where he lost to Jarkko Nieminen, of Finland — and forced his withdrawal from Wimbledon.

The Australians will be desperately disappointed when Agassi’s decision is made public today, and more so when Rafael Nadal, the Spanish world No 2 who was unable to play in the Masters Cup despite making the long trek to Shanghai, announces his withdrawal from next week’s Medibank tournament in Sydney, a decision that puts his participation in the Open in serious doubt.

If Agassi’s loss is not entirely unexpected, Nadal’s would be a bitter pill. The 19-year-old from Majorca proved himself one of the great big-match players last year, winning the same number of titles — 11 — as Federer and breaking through to his first grand-slam triumph, at Roland Garros. But he has been troubled by foot and knee problems since pushing himself to the limit to win the Masters Series title in Madrid in October, when, with the benefit of hindsight, he should have rested.

His possible loss only confirms the absurdity of an 11-month season, the start of which this week meant that players travelled to India, the Middle East and Australia in search of match practice before the first grand-slam of the year, starting in Melbourne on Monday week.

Tim Henman would have preferred more than two matches before that, but a second-round defeat by Tommy Haas, of Germany, in Doha yesterday means that a paucity of competition may be assuaged only by a call to replace Agassi in the eight-man Kooyong Classic from Wednesday.

Henman lost 6-2, 7-6, saving seven match points in the process, but did not look as at ease with his game as he had during his opening-round victory over Richard Gasquet, of France.

It will have lifted a few spirits, however, to see Federer requiring two tie-breaks to defeat Fabrice Santoro, the veteran French bamboozler, but, as usual, the Swiss won.

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What?!? This is bad news... No Maria and now no Andre?

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Well, I don't care about Maria, I am actually doing a happy dance because no maria means more coverage of other matches. But Andre is terrible news . I hope Rafa won't have to pull out too.

Rafa is officially out of Sydney International
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what do you expect? See him playing untill 2019?

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this is the beginning of the end of agassi

he will not last the full season
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Well, I don't care about Maria, I am actually doing a happy dance because no maria means more coverage of other matches. But Andre is terrible news . I hope Rafa won't have to pull out too.

Rafa is officially out of Sydney International
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_yl...v=ap&type=lgns
I'm not crying about Maria either for the same reason - if she plays, ESPN turns into MariaTV. Its more than annoying.

But very sad news about Andre - I know he can't play forever, but I wish he could.

And the Rafa Sydney is bad news too. Not good at all.
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I haven't yet heard anything official about Maria pulling out. I know that she's in doubt with that injury but I would think that there's still a reasonable chance that she'll be playing AO.
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I'm disappointed, but not surprised.
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A non suprising surprise. I thought he'd make the effort. He may be saving it all for the US hardcourt season ending his career at the US Open.
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Re: Agassi pulls out of Aus Open

Andre

I wish it was Serena instead. I saw video of her lose to Dementieva 3 & 1 in Hong Kong the other day. It was painful to watch. I know it was just an Expo, but man she looked awful. And was wearing some gold silk outfit which showed every sweat mark imaginable.

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I wish it was Serena instead. I saw video of her lose to Dementieva 3 & 1 in Hong Kong the other day. It was painful to watch. I know it was just an Expo, but man she looked awful. And was wearing some gold silk outfit which showed every sweat mark imaginable.

The thing is, I'll take Serena anyday over Maria. Plus I really like Serena and I think it is horrible that she isn't committing to her tennis.



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Hope Andre gets better soon.

Btw, Maria's just in doubt for AO but hasn't officially pulled out right?


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That is bad news but to be expected nowadays. I think as someone else pointed out, he will try to retire from tennis in a blaze of glory at the US Open series.

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