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Andrew Ilie

Hi everyone! Just wanted to know if anyone has any info on what Andrew is doing at the moment. I don't remember him retiring from the international circuit, and I haven't seen him on the lists of any challengers..

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He retired I am pretty sure anyway..

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I also think he retired
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Re: Andrew Ille

I didnt know he retired When did this happen?
He was my fave Aussie player, I loved watching him do his crazy stuff on court. I'll miss him a lot
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Yeh same! He used to be my favourite...I miss him to

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Ilie is not even ranked anymore and he has had some chronic injury problems from the last thing I heard he has married and is still living in Melbourne and I don't think he will be back on tour.

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Right now, I think Andrew is taking a bath.............

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I am sad that Ilie has retired- he was always fun to watch and was my favourite Australian player too. Congratulations to him on his marriage though - and hope he enjoys his life after retirement.

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he retired? ok...I didn't know that...I only knew he got married
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Retired?? Really I swear he was not old at all!
I guess Paul Baccanello is his replacement in terms of enthusiasm etc haha.. Didn't Agassi once make a comment about him: something like it's better to watch him, than play him or something similar anyway.

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Found this on the Cooke Family Aus Open trip website:

"Watching Andre play Andrew Ilie saw Andrew play the most remarkable first set I have ever seen with Andrew making shots that no one but Ilie would think of hitting. Agassi's game plan was to limit his mistakes and let Ilie play. Ilie took the first set in a tie breaker 7-1 only to realize he could do nothing more and no human was going to continue to play at his intensity for more than one set. Agassi cruised through the next three sets in quick time as Ilie found himself a half step, to a full step, slower and his first service percentages dropping quickly. After the match when Agassi was asked what Ilie could have done different Agassi stated Ilie shouldn't change anything as he is the only person able to do what he can do to make those shots."

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Very interesting article I found on CNNSI:

"MELBOURNE, Australia -- The shirt stayed on this time. The matador bows were half-hearted and the fans with their faces painted green and yellow went away disappointed. Andrew Ilie was more Bill Bixby than Lou Ferrigno here Sunday. The 40th-ranked Aussie, whose striptease act and obscene shotmaking ability have made him every bit as much a fan favorite here as Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter, went down in four sets to a poised, business-like Andre Agassi. But if Ilie can continue to generate a fraction of the excitement he did here, men's tennis has an unlikely star on its hands.

Ilie is the rare player one has to see to believe. Listed generously at 5-foot-11 and 172 pounds, he looks like a club pro whose bar tab is included as part of his compensation. He hits the bulk of his shots off his back foot, knows no other target than the lines, and grunts like a sick dog when he flails away. And yet contrary to all outward appearances, he is tennis' answer to the human highlight reel. Since Ilie, 24, broke onto the circuit a few years ago, other players on tour have been crowding around locker-room televisions and even going into the stands to watch his matches. Now the world knows why. "When he's on," says Rafter, "he's the most exciting player you'll see."

For a set and a half Sunday, Ilie was decidedly on. Time and again Agassi would have his man on the run, only to have Ilie unleash a no-way-in-the-world screamer that kissed the line. At one point Ilie hit such a ridiculous backhand winner -- the kind of shots few player would have the stones even to attempt -- that Steffi Graf could only shake her head and smile incredulously. "You think you have him on the defense and it's like he has you right where he wants you," mused Agassi. "That's not easy to make a running, flying backhand up the line on your back foot, open stance, 25 feet down the baseline. That's too good."

Alas, like any athlete who enters "the zone," the prevailing law of averages -- and physics -- dictate that the good times can't last forever. Up a set and a break against Agassi, Ilie came back down to earth. As his thick legs tired, he began spraying balls. The improbable, exhilarating tennis eventually gave way to brutal misses. An hour after looking as though he would join Marat Safin on the sidelines, Agassi prevailed by a score that belied the match's entertainment value, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0, 6-3. Even Agassi came away a fan. "Hey, it's great for the game," said Agassi. "I have to say, it's much more enjoyable watching him than playing against him."

Though he was born in Romania, Ilie is quintessential Aussie insofar as he doesn't take himself seriously. His shirt-ripping routine, which has earned him as much notoriety as his tennis, is done with irony. Even in a fourth-round loss, his spirits were high after the match. Asked afterward whether he might realize better results if he played a tad more conservatively, Ilie smiled. "I actually played twice as steady as I would have other years. It shows I'm maturing." Not too much, we hope. "

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Ilie hasn't played in three years, since around USO '01...
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He sounds cool.
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