Guest of the week: Andre Agassi
This week's guest is seven time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi. The las Vegas native talked to eurosportnews about his new coach Daren Cahill and on how, at 32, he is still motivated to play the game.
INTERVIEW: Andre Agassi
Q: 15 years of career and still on top ?
"I don't know for how much longer so. I think it's important to be healthy and to evolve with the game, as the game changes. For me I've needed to get better as I've been getting older. And I think I have. I've gotten stronger. I've gotten where I move a little better, where I'm playing smarter, where I'm the ball bigger but I'm more patient, so you know, I've tried to improve.
Q: How do you keep your motivation alive ?
"I don't know I think for me it's about challenging myself. It was a challenge when I was a teenager for certain reasons, it's a challenge now for certain reasons. It's my belief that tennis has given me so much, so as long as I can do it, I feel it's my responsibility to try, and this is a journey that's very competitive, challenging to yourself. Everyday I wonder if I can do it again. And everyday I try to answer that question."
Q: What explains your passion for Tennis ?
"I think it's very challenging. It involves everything. You have to be very physically fit. You have to have timing and coordination on both sides of your body. Left, right, up, down, you're trying to play shots. You have to adjust to environments, rainy, cold, heavy, hot, sunny... Elements are very important... Surface... and then you're playing against one other person. And this person changes everything. What I do changes what he does, what he does affects what I do. It's very complex, and I think it's a great sport. "
Q: You are a model for the young generations… How do you handle that ?
"You know I put a lot pressure on myself to compete well and to win, but also, how you go about what you do is very important to me. It's cause I choose that. And if I wasn't in the public eye and didn't play tennis, I still hope I would choose that, to make a difference in a positive way everywhere you go would be ideal. Hopefully, if I'm an example, it's a result of respect first".
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Q. When you've played as few matches as you have over the last two, three months, did you ever lack motivation to go out and practice?
ANDY RODDICK: Motivation? No. I enjoy what I do. I enjoy what I do. You know, I've never been one to, you know, blow off practice or, you know, do anything like that.
You know, I'd be lying if I said I'm looking forward to practicing the next two days as opposed to playing here. That part is gonna suck...(2010 Aegon Championships)