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When/If Agassi Retires

I probably wont be interested in watching mens tennis anymore. After Pete retired it was really sad and if he does I probably wont be able to watch tennis. Hes like my favorite tennis player and this was probably his last Australian Open because of his little bow to the crowd. I really dont like any of the new players coming up, so thats probably why.
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Re: When/If Agassi Retires

Well then you were never a mens tennis fan in the first place, so meh.

I haven't been into the sport long enough to have a favourite who is going to retire soon... but when it happens, I do hope they can go out like Andre is going to.... assuming he doesn't stick a round another 10 years and go out like Chang

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I'll be even happier

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Re: When/If Agassi Retires

well he is a true champion....i be happy for him....its time to move on, he can't be playing tennis forever, mayb coaching...there is nothing to be sad about....he will retire with his head high afterall he won all 4GS!!!

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It will upset me a bit, like it did with Sampras. But at the end of the day, he has had an amazing career so it wont be that bad. But him and Rafter really got me into tennis and I'm not particularly looking forward to when he retires.

So lets hope he stays around for a while yet.
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I probably wont be interested in watching mens tennis anymore. After Pete retired it was really sad and if he does I probably wont be able to watch tennis. Hes like my favorite tennis player and this was probably his last Australian Open because of his little bow to the crowd. I really dont like any of the new players coming up, so thats probably why.
I know where ur coming from. For me the women’s game has never been the same since Steffi retired. I still watch it occasionally but I don’t have the same enthusiasm or interest as I did when she played. Thankfully I still like a few of the men Safin being one of them so my interest will carry on but I will be sad.
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I personally think Andre should retire this year, because, in my opinion, there is nothing worse than seeing a great player and champion begin to slip down the rankings and lose to people that they would never have lost to a few years ago. I am not an Agassi fan, but can accept that he was one of the greatest players of his generation, - if he retired now he would go out at the top with his pride and dignity intact, unlike people like Chang and Kafelnikov who carried on playing far too long and were often humiliated on court in their later years. Sampras had the right idea - winning a slam and never playing again - you can't go out on more of a "high" than that - good for him!

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I personally think Andre should retire this year, because, in my opinion, there is nothing worse than seeing a great player and champion begin to slip down the rankings and lose to people that they would never have lost to a few years ago.
I think you are being a bit hard on Andre here. He is not the number 1 in the world but he is hardly slipping down the rankings into the 30s or 40s, he is still top 5. Remember about 5/6 years ago when he slipped down to the 120's and was playing Challengers? That was when he was really losing to players he would have beaten easily years before. By your logic that is when he should have retired because he was way down the ranks and losing to not so great players. Instead he came back and won 5 Slams since then. Also he is losing to quality players, not just anyone. He lost to Federer at the Masters Cup, Ferrero at the US Open, and Safin, who had just beaten No.1 Roddick, at the Australian.

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I am not an Agassi fan, but can accept that he was one of the greatest players of his generation, - if he retired now he would go out at the top with his pride and dignity intact unlike people like Chang and Kafelnikov who carried on playing far too long and were often humiliated on court in their later years.
Andre is a fair bit away from losing his dignity just yet. If he lost in the 1st round of the Australian then maybe I would agree, but he lost in the semis (in only his second event since US Open), a round further than Roddick.

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I really hope Andre comes back next year. It just wouldnt be the same without him. I have other favourties, but dont cheer for them as intensely as i do for Andre.
I dont think he should go out now at all. Hes still top 5 in the world, and had opportunities to beat Safin, who many regard as the best player in the world, in straight sets! It could have just as easily been Andre who won that, and if he did win I'm sure no one would be saying hes over the hill or should retire! If you even saw that match you'd see Andre was playing amazing tennis and more than matching it with Marat. Its an insult to say he's like Chang or Kafelnikov.
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Re: When/If Agassi Retires

To me, it all depends on what satisfies Andre.

If he doesn't want to compete unless he has a good chance to be number one, then he should retire. But, if he only wants to be able to compete at a top 5 level, he should definitely hang around for this season and see what happens. He's still a guy to be feared.
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When or if Agassi retires, he should want to do it, and he should do it on his own terms-like Edberg did.
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Andre is one of the smartest players out there. He will know when to retire. He is still playing an amazing standard of tennis, why should he retire, at the end of the day it is up to him. I agree he should bow out on a high but it doesnt mean now.

I'm with jbone_14 though, tennis will not be the same without him. I stay up all night to watch him, love to see him win. The other players dont interest me either much, at least not in the same way. I'll probably lose interest altogether when he goes.
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Re: Re: When/If Agassi Retires

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I'll be even happier
LOL....sort of harsh, but I agree with it.

I've never really liked him though I respect him due all his accomplishments on and off court; then if he retires, fine.

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Re: When/If Agassi Retires

Knowing that this might be his last season, we should enjoy him as long as we can. I don't see him doing exhibitions or playing in the senior tour.
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