US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24 - MensTennisForums.com

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-14-2005, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Gigan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,861
                     
US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24






__________________________________________________
Andre Agassi forever
Gigan is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 10:11 AM
Registered User
 
suus21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 765
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

I really think he's going to win this tournament!
suus21 is offline  
post #3 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 05:32 PM
Registered User
 
Agassi Fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Hungary
Age: 35
Posts: 2,151
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

Go Andre!

Andre Agassi Steffi Graf Justine Henin


Tennis posters, photos, autograph to sell or swap.
www.gportal.hu/portal/posters
Soccer posters to sell or swap!!
www.gportal.hu/portal/nikesoccer
Agassi Fan is offline  
post #4 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 10:39 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: USA
Age: 28
Posts: 5,383
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2005/717/MDS.pdf << Main Draw


Andre is on the bottom half as second seed. His half looks like cake, only place I see slight trouble is maybe Dent or Blake, other than that, it seems like an excellent draw for him!

Last edited by AgassiDomination; 04-16-2005 at 04:44 AM.
AgassiDomination is offline  
post #5 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Gigan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,861
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

Andre will play vs Tabara in the first round:

31 TABARA, Michal CZE vs.
32 AGASSI, Andre USA WC

never played before:
Agassi, Andre 0-0 Tabara, Michal
__________________________________________________
Andre Agassi forever

Last edited by Gigan; 04-15-2005 at 10:52 PM.
Gigan is offline  
post #6 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Gigan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,861
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

Agassi, Andre 0-0 Tabara, Michal

7 -2005 race pos- 97

155 -2005 race pts- 16

4/29/1970 birth date 8/11/1979

__________________________________________________
Andre Agassi forever
Gigan is offline  
post #7 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Gigan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,861
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

finaly nice draw :

again our friend T. Dent, and then Roddick, i think...


__________________________________________________
Andre Agassi forever
Gigan is offline  
post #8 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 07:24 AM
bad gambler
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

good luck andre
post #9 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 05:35 PM
Registered User
 
Agassi Fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Hungary
Age: 35
Posts: 2,151
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

This is a good draw!
Go Andre!

Andre Agassi Steffi Graf Justine Henin


Tennis posters, photos, autograph to sell or swap.
www.gportal.hu/portal/posters
Soccer posters to sell or swap!!
www.gportal.hu/portal/nikesoccer
Agassi Fan is offline  
post #10 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Gigan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,861
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

April 16, 2005, 11:51PM

Doubles, anyone? Event seeks its perfect pair
High-profile combos the talk of Clay Court

By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

SINGLES TOP SEEDS
Organizers have souped up the doubles field at the Clay Court Championships at Westside, but the singles draw has some punch, too:
1. Andy Roddick
2. Andre Agassi 3. Tommy Haas 4. Nicolas Massu 5. Taylor Dent 6. Sebastien Grosjean 7. Jurgen Melzer 8. Luis Horna



They set the singles draw for the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships on Friday, but, even with Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi and defending champion Tommy Haas entered, everybody wanted to know about doubles.

Such is Agassi's star power. When he convinced Jim Courier, a retired four-time Grand Slam winner, to be his partner next week at Westside Tennis Club, "dubs" was suddenly sharing center stage. The two 34-year-olds with 12 Slams between them will be the featured match at 7 p.m. Monday, no matter whom they face. Getting in the spirit, Roddick called in requesting a doubles wild card, too. He'll be teaming up with a buddy from Austin, Trace Davis.

Throw in the two-time defending Masters Cup champions Bob and Mike Bryan plus the reigning Clay Court champions, James Blake and Mardy Fish, and you have a seriously interesting draw, which won't be set until Sunday.

Westside owner Jim McIngvale, a huge fan of doubles, personally upped the prize money a year ago to match that of singles. Now, McIngvale all but conceded he'll have to reprise his voluntary largess.

"The guys will be disappointed if I don't, I suppose," the Gallery Furniture owner said. "I'll just have to sell some more sofas."

For Courier, it will be his first match of any kind on the ATP Tour since 1999.

In Roddick, Agassi and Haas, the top three singles seeds, the field has all of the former champions since the tournament moved to Houston in 2001.

The fourth seed, Nicolas Massu of Chile, won singles and doubles gold medals at the Athens Olympics. American Taylor Dent, who defaulted last week at the River Oaks International because of a sprained ankle, is the fifth seed.

The No. 1 ITF junior in the world, 15-year-old American Donald Young, received a wild card, as did Blake, who won at River Oaks on Sunday.

Three rounds of qualifying will be held over the weekend and are open to the public.

Agassi meets Michal Tabara of the Czech Republic and Roddick faces one of the four qualifiers in the first round of the $380,000 event. Both matches probably will be Tuesday.

Play starts Monday. There will be back-to-back matches beginning at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily through Saturday. Tickets remain for all sessions.
__________________________________________________
Andre Agassi forever
Gigan is offline  
post #11 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 05:48 PM
Registered User
 
Agassi Fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Hungary
Age: 35
Posts: 2,151
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

And where is the doubles draw?

Andre Agassi Steffi Graf Justine Henin


Tennis posters, photos, autograph to sell or swap.
www.gportal.hu/portal/posters
Soccer posters to sell or swap!!
www.gportal.hu/portal/nikesoccer
Agassi Fan is offline  
post #12 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-17-2005, 01:20 AM
Moderator
 
smucav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 10,049
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

Doubles draw:
Doubles Draw

1R: (WC) AGASSI, Andre USA/COURIER, Jim USA v. GARCIA, Martin ARG/HORNA, Luis PER
smucav is offline  
post #13 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-17-2005, 05:46 AM
Vamos Mandy :)
 
Deboogle!.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Looking for Andy's forehand with Sarah and Re...
Posts: 85,829
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

Agassi gets better with age

Seasoned singles star undergoes a transformation from a carefree youth to a widely respected role model for the sport

By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

In the spring of 1987, a 16-year-old Andre Agassi played for the first time in Houston at River Oaks Country Club.

"I lost first round — three and three," Agassi recalls without a moment's hesitation. "To Peter Lundgren."

The same Peter Lundgren who, many years later, coached Roger Federer to the top and who currently tutors the only player, Marat Safin, to defeat Federer in the last three Grand Slam tournaments. Perhaps there's some meaningful symmetry there, or maybe it's just an oddity, a small-world coincidence.

But what does it say about Agassi, who turns 35 less than a week after what's almost assuredly his last U.S. Clay Court Championships in Houston, that he would remember such an utterly inconsequential match so long ago?

Perhaps Agassi was paying closer attention than we thought.

The wispy teenager with the mullet hairdo that we first encountered had spectacularly precocious tennis skills but seemingly little else to offer, at least outwardly. The son of a floor boss in a Las Vegas casino and, briefly, the brother-in-law of Pancho Gonzalez, who was old enough to be his grandfather, he'd barely made it out of middle school before turning his life's focus to whacking tennis balls. But, on the court, he was hardly driven to succeed. When things went badly, he often just gave up.


Image was a problem
Even when he reached No. 3 in the world at 18, it was hard to take him seriously in the important tournaments. Everything about young Andre screamed superficiality or artificiality, from his flowing highlighted locks to his Day-Glo outfits to his fear of Wimbledon's grass to the spectacularly ill-advised "Image is Everything" marketing campaign foisted upon him by Canon that reinforced suspicions that he lacked character and substance.

One sports columnist in New York used to award "Andres" at year's end. They usually went to chokers and charlatans.

That's the grand irony among the multiple ironies of Agassi's career. Because today, after winning a career Grand Slam, eight majors total, 59 tournaments and 838 matches, he has evolved into the role model for all role models. He is, to the tee, what we wish every athlete would be.

He cares about his sport and the world around him. He's bright, thoughtful, articulate and most generous to good causes that he believes in, particularly education. In his down time, he's a model husband and father.


Game plans differ
Agassi the tennis player possesses a simple game, largely devoid of nuance. His game plan always has been to trump his opponent's serves with better returns, end of story. Agassi the man, however, is remarkably complex, a bowl-legged bundle of disparate passions. And, as for his once-questionable resolve, he's now the consummate battler, conceding nothing to nobody — Federer included — whatever the surface. He's also the most enduring and resilient of athletes, having long since left his peer group behind.

Jim Courier, who thwarted him in the 1991 French Open final and with whom he'll play doubles Monday night, has been retired since the end of 1999. Agassi's arch-rival, Pete Sampras, slipped away in 2002, and Michael Chang walked away from the Tour in 2003. But, if the end is in sight, Agassi chooses not to acknowledge it.

He soldiers onward despite a chronic nerve ailment in his back and, most recently, an excruciatingly sore and swollen left big toe. The condition kept him from the answering the bell at the Pacific Life Open a month ago after 1,092 matches.

"Wear and tear, that's all," he says of the injuries, which haven't prevented him from reaching at least the quarterfinals of all five tournaments he has entered in his 20th season. "The nerve was causing the pain in my hip (which cost him the middle part of the 2004 season, including Wimbledon), but injections — legal injections, I promise — have helped a lot. And the toe's a lot better. It's only 10 percent bigger than it's supposed to be, down from 30 percent."

If Agassi is embarking upon his last Houston appearance, and if the 2005 ATP season amounts to a farewell tour, so be it. But he insists doesn't know yet. The guy his pal Barbra Streisand once called a "Zen master," eliciting twitters, is indeed exactly that, staying calmly in the moment from tournament to tournament.

"I'm coming to play this tournament, to do everything I can to win it," he said. "I'm not thinking about where I want to be in a month, or at the end of the year. I've never thought that way. My approach hasn't changed, only my body — the years have definitely taken a toll. But this sport has given me so much that my hope would be to give back as much as I can for as long as I can. How long I consider it to be something of a useful effort is hard for me to say.


Focused on winning
"I would hope to believe that when I'm playing my best tennis, I can win any match that I'm playing. When I'm convinced that I just can't quite play to (my) standard or do it in a way that I'm proud of, in a way that I've been so used to over the years, then that would be (the end). But I do have a lot of fun out there occasionally."

Two Aprils ago, Agassi re-ascended to No. 1 in the rankings — nearly eight years after his first arrival — because of his Clay Courts performance, making him the oldest player by a long shot to reach the summit. And, to prove that wasn't just a computer glitch, he dethroned Andy Roddick, the young twice-champion who was bound for No. 1 that year, in three sets.

While he comes in this week without a 2005 tournament victory and a ranking of 10th, note that three of his five defeats have been administered by Federer. When Federer defeated him 6-4, 6-3 in the Nasdaq-100 Open semifinals April 1, the score was deemed deceptive. Observers assessed the level of play both ways as borderline brilliant.

But Agassi, in defeat, offered only a disgruntled shrug.

"Wrong person to ask," he replied.

His last of 20 losses to Sampras, whom he would beat 14 times, was the historic four-setter in the 2002 U.S. Open that gave Sampras a record 14 Grand Slams and completed his career. It, too, elicited a similar response. For Andre to give himself high marks in any match, he needs to have won.

Most pundits assumed Agassi would bypass the grueling clay-court circuit to save his legs and focus on Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, the Slams that offer, he concedes, "my best chances." Instead, surprisingly, he came to Houston to toughen himself up on the dirt, having branded his decision a year ago to lie low before the French Open "a terrible call."

He also came to honor Westside owners Jim and Linda McIngvale, who have given significant sums to the charter school he has built in Las Vegas for disadvantaged kids.

"I'm very grateful to Jim and Linda," Agassi said. "I want to support them any way I can after all they've done to support me."


Houston connection
He first met the McIngvales when he participated in a celebrity fundraiser at the club a number of years ago, the event that inspired them to lure the ATP Tour back to Houston. When Agassi reached the semis at Westside in 2002, ultimately losing to Sampras in his first real Houston competition in 15 years, it brought him full circle.

Agassi's place in the history of the game was comfortably secured. He'd won seven of his majors and the career Slam he'd completed at Roland Garros in 1999 put him in august company as one of just five men to accomplish the feat.

If not the greatest player ever, he's arguably the most interesting.

"Andre picks just a few events a year now," Federer said, paying homage before their Nasdaq semifinal. "So you always know you're going to play him when he's at his best."

LA Pics & Reports ~ My New Blog: Adventures of a Picky Foodie! ~ My Travel Blog

to (in no particular order): BryOns | Mandy | MarTy | Isner | Dent | Querrey | Baghdatis | Delic | Oli | N&o | Gasquet | Ferrero | Levine | Malisse | LUX | Melzer | Moya | Nishikori | Haas | Grosjean | Ancic | Mathieu | Calleri | Bolelli | Sela | Blake | more...
Deboogle!. is offline  
post #14 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-17-2005, 02:32 PM
Registered User
 
I♥PsY@Mus!c's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 12,744
                     
Wink Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

Best of luck to you,Andre!

Stan The Paris Man

Cheer for: Wawrinka Murray Ljubicic Gonzalez Mahut Nishikori Soderling Tipsarevic Mathieu Monfils Muller Tsonga Berdych Acasuso O.Rochus Kiefer...
I♥PsY@Mus!c is offline  
post #15 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-18-2005, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Gigan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,861
                     
Re: US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

April 18, 2005, 1:32AM
TENNIS NOTEBOOK
Agassi, Courier do Waylon/Willie act
Old gunslingers join forces for Westside doubles
By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

Andre Agassi and Jim Courier go way back. Way back, which makes their doubles debut tonight all the more special. These famous thirtysomethings have got some serious history between them.

ADVERTISEMENT

Agassi bloomed first, to be sure, but the gap closed quickly.

"We grew up together (in tennis) from 8 years old," Agassi says. "There were a number of years there when I was playing at a much different level than he was and never considered him to be a threat.

"And then, all of a sudden, I played him in Kalamazoo, (Mich., at the U.S. nationals). Boy, he just dropped a match on me that I'll never forget. Then the first time I played him professionally, I realized, 'This guy's the real deal here.' It was pretty clear to me."

It was made all the more clear when Courier, rallying from a two-set deficit in the 1991 French Open final, beat Agassi for his first Grand Slam title. The redhead from Florida would win six of the last seven meetings in their rivalry, although Agassi took the final one in the 1996 Australian Open quarters.

Agassi, 34, had just three Slam titles then to Courier's four. But Courier, who is almost four months Andre's junior, was already fading. It was as far as he would get in any major before opting to retire after the 1999 ATP season, citing burnout.

"Jim had a great work ethic, and he had an ability to punch in the clock every single day," Agassi said. "You know, there's still room for guys on the tour that are just willing to work, and he did it with a fair bit of talent, to say the least."

Agassi was the instigator in this doubles adventure that will pair a pending Hall of Famer — Courier will be inducted in July — with a certain future member of the Hall.

After they defeated Mardy Fish and James Blake, the defending Clay Court champions, in a 7-5 exhibition set before the recent Nasdaq-100 Open, the nagging began.

"Andre's a detail guy," Courier said, "and he's pretty persistent. He had it all mapped out, everything set up. Security clearances, the whole bit. He kept asking me, 'Are you in or out?' He didn't leave me much choice."

Their only experience as a team before the Miami fund-raiser last month was practice matches during their Davis Cup years. But the game plan is in place. Agassi will play the ad court so, Courier said, "he's in charge of all the important points."


That old Baylor (service) line
Baylor's two best players, Benjamin Becker and Benedikt Dorsch, were participating in the River Oaks International, but the Bears stayed undefeated without them and recently won their 46th consecutive match over two seasons.

Under director of tennis operations Matt Knoll, the defending national champions remain atop the Intercollegiate Tennis Association college rankings for the 12th week in a row.

Baylor (24-0, 6-0) swept Texas Tech at Lubbock on Saturday.


Another Houston event?
Jim Courier's acceptance of Andre Agassi's invitation to play with him in Houston could serve a dual purpose.

Could Courier also announce that a Delta Tour of Champions event will be played at Westside in the fall, giving the club an event to replace the Masters Cup, now in Shanghai?

"Can't say yet," Courier said, being coy.

Expect an announcement before the week is out. And chances are it won't be to tell us a deal didn't get done with Jim and Linda McIngvale.

Courier was once the No. 1-ranked player on the 35s tour in 2004 but has participated in just one of the three Delta events this year.


West Point wonders
Three cadets from the Houston area are contributing to Army's women's tennis team, especially Marissa Limsiaco of The Woodlands, who has become the only player in Army history to win more that 100 doubles matches.

Her younger sister, Christine, and fellow freshman Diana Alquero of Sugar Land are also on the team.


Juniors seeds set
The super championship junior half of the Houston Coca-Cola Open tennis tournament begins Thursday at eight sites around the city.

Top seeds in the two draws of the super championship boys 18 singles are Aaron Carpenter of Katy and Zach Nichols of Joshua. No. 1 in the super championship girls 18 singles is Lauren Lui of Houston.
__________________________________________________
Andre Agassi forever
Gigan is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the MensTennisForums.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome