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SAP OPEN 2005

2005 SAP Open Players

Andre Agassi
James Blake
Gregory Carraz
Kenneth Carlsen
Anthony Dupuis
Thomas Enqvist
Mardy Fish
Robby Ginepri
Tommy Haas
Jan Hernych
Luke Jensen
Murphy Jensen
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Irakli Labadze
Hyung-Taik Lee
Yen-Hsun Lu
Xavier Malisse
Jurgen Melzer
Max Mirnyi
Jarkko Nieminen
Jiri Novak
Bobby Reynolds
Andy Roddick
Cyril Saulnier
Raemon Sluiter
Vince Spadea
Peter Wessels
Donald Young


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Re: SAP OPEN 2005

Agassi rested, ready to go for SAP title
Free of injury, tourney regular seeks sixth title in 13 appearances
Glenn Dickey, Chronicle Staff Writer

Sunday, January 30, 2005


That hardy perennial, Andre Agassi, will be making his 13th appearance in the Barry MacKay tournament, which is now known as the SAP Open, and he will be well-rested.

"After we got back from the Australian Open, our children (son, Jaden Gil, 3, and daughter, Jaz Elle, 1) slept for 13 hours straight," said Agassi, on a conference call from Las Vegas. "It was divine intervention. Steffi and I finally checked on them to make sure they were still alive."

Agassi, who sustained a hip injury just before the Australian Open, lost in straight sets in the quarterfinals to Roger Federer, the No. 1 player in the world, and said after that match, "I would suggest that his future opponents not look to me for advice."

He is feeling better now about his play, though, because he knows it was unrealistic to think he could get further in Australia because of the injury, from which he is now recovered.

"I felt I regrouped from that and gave myself a chance to be at my best," he said. "I felt good about the way I was hitting, the way I was playing for the most part."

Agassi will be going for his sixth title in this tournament, which was in San Francisco when he started but has since moved to San Jose. The tournament runs Feb. 7-13 at HP Pavilion. Agassi's first match will be the feature match at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8.

He will also be part of a tribute to promoter MacKay, who has been running the tournament for 36 years, after that match.

"Barry has always been a first-class person and organizer for the tournament," Agassi said. "Being a great player himself (No. 1 in the world in 1960), he knows what players need to be at their best when they're at a tournament, and he always goes the extra mile for the players."

Agassi has had a remarkable career, 15 times finishing in the top 10. His 59 singles titles are the most among active players and seventh all-time.

He has defied the odds of probability in tennis with his lengthy career, most of it at or near the top. The rule of thumb in tennis is that players can last in that rarefied atmosphere for no more than 10 years, but Agassi is still going strong 19 years after he burst onto the tennis scene as a teenage phenom.

There have been serious bumps in the road since then. He briefly thought of retiring in 1987, when he couldn't get higher than 90 in the rankings. He had a serious wrist injury which required surgery in December 1993.

But nothing has deterred him and, at 34, he is still going strong, though he is taking it one year at a time now. "I'm committed to playing a full year this year," he said. "We'll see after that."

In his early years, Agassi didn't worry much about conditioning, but in the second phase of his career, he has worked very hard on that. Now, observers have said, he is in the best shape of his career.

Still, the biggest part of the battle is mental. Most top players retire because they've had enough. Agassi's wife, Steffi Graf, was an even more accomplished player than Andre, winning 22 Grand Slam titles, but Agassi's attempt to coax her back on the court for mixed doubles at Wimbledon has proved futile.

The flame still burns bright for Agassi, though. Asked if he would retire if he won another Grand Slam, he said, "I think that would just be more motivation for me to keep going.

"It is a big challenge. I think the ability to keep going is a function of both the physical and the mental. I mean, you need your body to be healthy, but you also need that eagerness and discipline of pushing yourself through a lot of days where you, quite frankly, are tired, you're just tired of doing it, you're tired of what you know is in store for you.

"I've never been one to choose the easy road. So, I find that the difficulty in it has to become the motivating factor, the challenge in it has to be what pushes you and motivates you."

Better put the retirement party and gold watch on hold.

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Re: SAP OPEN 2005

When can we see the draw?

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When can we see the draw?
That is all what we know at the moment:

2005 SAP Open Schedule of Play



Round Session Date Time
1st Round #1 Mon. Feb. 7 9:30 am
1st Round #2 Mon. Feb. 7 7 pm
1st Round #3 Tues. Feb. 8 9:30 am
1st Round #4 Tues. Feb. 8 7 pm
Andre Agassi followed by Tommy Haas
2nd Round #5 Wed. Feb. 9 9:30 am
2nd Round #6 Wed. Feb. 9 7 pm
Andy Roddick followed by Mardy Fish
2nd Round #7 Thu. Feb 10 9:30 am
2nd Round #8 Thu. Feb 10 7 pm
Qtr Finals #9 Fri. Feb. 11 11 am
Qtr Finals #10 Fri. Feb. 11 7 pm
Semifinals #11 Sat. Feb. 12 1 pm
Semifinals #12 Sat. Feb. 12 7 pm
Singles Final
Doubles Final #13 Sun. Feb. 13 3 pm
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Andre will be the 2nd seeded?

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Pic of SAP 2003
Andre won it!!!

Go, Andre for SAP 2005!!!

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And Now, Presenting … Andre the Austere
by Joel Drucker


The song is familiar, but the melody remains refreshing. Andre Agassi comes to San Jose next week. Seeking an Open-era record sixth title here (he’s currently tied with John McEnroe), Agassi figures to enjoy one of his favorite courts in the world. “I’ve always the loved the bounce, the feel, the atmosphere of that court,” says Agassi.


Of course at 34, it’s not certain how many more times we’ll have the chance to witness Agassi. In a conference call last week with local media, he admitted that “I’ve committed to a full year, so I’ll see that through.”


The amount of newsprint devoted to Agassi over his nearly 20-year career could probably populate a forest in Oregon. He has traversed so much territory, from the glitzy teen Ivan Lendl called “a haircut and a forehand” to the ups and downs of his early 20s to the man who since 1998 has emerged as a first-rate professional – and since turning 29 in 1999 has snapped up five Grand Slam singles titles. Along the way he’s started a foundation, built a school, married and divorced one teen prodigy and married and raised two children with another.


So given his epic history, what should San Jose fans appreciate most about Agassi?


To me, the greatest thing about Agassi over the last five years has been witnessing a complete pruning. Once upon a time, Agassi’s mix of clothing, hair, jewelry, marketing clutter and even manner made it hard to fathom him as a tennis player. His personality was so often the issue – whatever that term truly means – that it obfuscated his presence as both a tennis player and a human being.


But there’s one thing I’ve come to recognize in Agassi over the years – and it’s something I actually find rather endearing. This is a sensitive young man whose father willed an entire family into this tennis thing. With his ball machines and his passion, Mike Agassi helped make all of his kids fine tennis players – and in the process made them resent him too. Parent-child relations aren’t helped when the dad takes runner-up trophies and dispenses them in garbage cans.


None of the Agassi children took more to the game than the youngest. But Andre was also mercilessly shipped out of his house at age 13 to Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, and while that too made him a better player, it also left him feeling somewhat emotionally-neglected. There is often a look in Agassi’s eyes that is searching not just contact, but a degree of connection. He was a lover long before he was a fighter, a sweet kid from Las Vegas who enjoyed smacking tennis ball. Yes, there is also that facile showman in him, and that too has made me occasionally wonder – just wonder – how sincere he might truly be. But dare I question an athlete who put millions into building an actual school?


And he in turn enjoys the chance to connect with others who enter his orbit. As a pro, first it was the boisterous Bollettieri. Then, the keenly-strategic Brad Gilbert. And now, and probably for the duration of his career, Agassi is profoundly influenced by the career lessons of his wife, Stephanie Graf. So much of Agassi’s early tennis life was marked by the painful credibility gap between expectation and substance. Graf was the complete opposite: pure substance, driven to excel not just in matches but in practice and continually paying the price in her quest to will herself to victory. Even through injuries and emotional travails (like Andre, she too had a father-teacher who, far different than Andre’s dad, became a major nuisance), Graf persevered. As Agassi himself noted when he introduced her into the International Tennis Hall of Fame last summer, "From the roar of voices inside the lines of center court to the quietness of a child's bedroom that generous soul, that unbending strength, that soft spoken integrity has not been shaken. The arena of tennis simply gave you a platform and an opportunity to refine those inner qualities even more. You have always been about the action not about the words.”


Could an aging tennis player dare ask for someone who better understands his late career mindset?


Imagine this conversation:

Agassi: Honey, I need to be in Australia to get ready for the tournament.

Graf: Why aren’t you there yet?


So it is that Agassi now has become all business – and that is the gift that we’ll want to appreciate next week. In the way he walks on the court, in the sharp focus he brings every time he steps into competition, even in his increasingly austere outfits and low-key Aussie coach Darren Cahill, Agassi embodies Graf’s ethos. Seeing him pared down this way makes it that much easier to enjoy his greatest asset: No one in tennis history has ever struck the forehand-backhand combo better than Agassi. The sheer efficiency of his technique is unparalleled. The object of the game is to reduce an opponent’s response time. Typically this is done one or two ways: Hit the ball harder (Pete Sampras) or hit the ball earlier (John McEnroe). Do both and you enter select company – Don Budge, Jimmy Connors, Monica Seles. As a striker of the ball, Agassi sits right atop the mountain. Savor it.
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Nice article! thanks. I love the last paragraph.

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The draw's out. Andre's draw is pretty friendly, I'd say... the draw seems kinda top-heavy.

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2005 SAP Open Schedule of Play
1st Round


Round Session Date Time
1st Round #1 Mon. Feb. 7 9:30 am

1st Round #2 Mon. Feb. 7 7 pm

Jan-Michael Gambill (USA) vs. Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR) followed by,

(WC) Donald Young (USA) vs. Robby Ginepri (USA).



1st Round


#3


Tues. Feb. 8


9:30 am


1st Round #4 Tues. Feb. 8 7 pm

(2) Andre Agassi (USA) vs. (WC) Bobby Renoylds (USA) followed by,

(3) Tommy Haas (GER) vs. Gregory Carraz (FRA).

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1 RODDICK, Andy USA 1 vs.
2 Q

3 GAMBILL, Jan-Michael USA vs
4 LEE, Hyung-Taik KOR

5 GINEPRI, Robby USA vs
6 YOUNG, Donald USA WC

7 ENQVIST, Thomas SWE vs.
8 FISH, Mardy USA 6

9 HAAS, Tommy GER 3 vs.
10 CARRAZ, Gregory FRA

11 Q vs
12 MORRISON, Jeff USA

13 HERNYCH, Jan CZEvs
14 KIM, Kevin USA

15 WESSELS, Peter NED vs
16 MIRNYI, Max BLR 8

17 NOVAK, Jiri CZE 5 vs
18 SAULNIER, Cyril FRA

19 KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER vs
20 Q

21 MOODIE, Wesley RSA vs
22 BLAKE, James USA WC

23 DUPUIS, Antony FRA vs
24 SPADEA, Vincent USA 4

25 MELZER, Jurgen AUT 7 vs
26 Q

27 MALISSE, Xavier BEL vs
28 LU, Yen-Hsun TPE

29 LABADZE, Irakli GEO vs
30 CARLSEN, Kenneth DEN

31 REYNOLDS, Bobby USA WC vs
32 AGASSI, Andre USA 2
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Blake can get hot and be unstoppable, but apart from that no danger in Agassi's half of the draw. And no problem against Roddick in the final.
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Blake can get hot and be unstoppable, but apart from that no danger in Agassi's half of the draw. And no problem against Roddick in the final.
Exactly what I was thinking. Agassi should get to the finals without any trouble besides blake if he is feeling it.
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