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Andre Withdraws from Tennis Finals

Injured Agassi concerned about player burn-out
Mon Nov 14, 2005 3:03 PM GMT
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By Alastair Himmer

SHANGHAI, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Andre Agassi called for scheduling changes to reduce player burn-out after pulling out of the season-ending Masters Cup with injury on Monday.

The former world number one became the latest big-name casualty in Shanghai, pulling out with an ankle injury shortly after Spain's Rafael Nadal had withdrawn due to a sore foot.

The loss of Agassi and Nadal was a major blow to the $4.45 million event after Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin all pulled out with injuries.

"It's just been terrible this year for the number of players who haven't been ready to play here," said Agassi, who pulled out after losing 6-4 6-2 to Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

"It's probably a sign that things need to change somewhere for guys to feel better about their physical ability to get ready for a tournament this big.

"It's the end of a long year and it's not easy."

The 35-year-old's concerns were echoed by 19-year-old Nadal, who was unable to start his match with Argentina's Gaston Gaudio.

"The calendar is very, very tough," said the French Open champion. "Every player is injured, you know. (Roger) Federer in the last weeks, me...Agassi is injured. Roddick too."

Nadal said he would seek medical advice about possibly cutting back his schedule to avoid burn-out.

"If the doctor says it's safe, I will play the same (number of tournaments) next year," he said. "If he says play less, I will play a little bit less. I want to speak with him."


"MORE VIOLENT"

Agassi acknowledged the game had changed since he beat Sweden's Stefan Edberg to win the season-ending tournament in 1990.

"The physicality of the game (means) it's too difficult for guys to run as hard as they do over and over again," said Agassi, who was appearing in the tournament for a record 13th time.

"The ball's faster, guys are stronger. The movement is much more violent now. This means the potential for more injuries, you know?

"Maybe somewhere, as the athleticism of the game improves, maybe there has to be some adjustments that make it possible for guys to go 100 percent all season."

Agassi added: "Somebody or something has to truly represent the better interest of the sport. It's important for there to be resolve."

The American pointed to Nadal's injury as an example of how much strain the game's punishing schedule was having on players.

"Nadal has raised the bar for how players need to approach this game," said the eight-times grand slam winner. "But he's writing cheques you only hope his body can cash.

"He plays very hard every single point. You hope he can stay healthy but it's a lot of wear and tear."

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UPDATE 1-Agassi and Nadal pull out of season finale
Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:59 PM GMT
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By Alastair Himmer

SHANGHAI, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Former world number one Andre Agassi pulled out of the season-ending Masters Cup with injury on Monday just hours after world number two Rafael Nadal quit the $4.45 million event.

American Agassi withdrew from the Shanghai finale after losing his opening group match to Russia's Nikolay Davydenko 6-4 6-2, citing an injury to his left ankle.

Earlier in the day French Open champion Nadal, who had yet to play a match, pulled out with ligament damage in his left foot.

Agassi badly sprained his ankle playing racquetball four weeks ago and was never in contention against Davydenko.

The withdrawals of Agassi and Nadal are a huge blow for organisers of the lucrative event after Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin all pulled out ahead of the tournament with injuries.

"There's no chance for me to be able to play again," said Agassi, who had not played a match since losing to Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final two months ago.

"It's very dangerous and risky for my future to be ready for anything in the next four or five weeks. It's still very painful and I'm scared to hurt it worse."

Agassi added: "It was a third-degree sprain. All three ligaments were torn. My ankle was swollen and I couldn't walk for 12 days. I tried to rehabilitate quickly but I came here with a very low expectation of being healthy."

Agassi will be replaced in the Gold Group by Chile's Fernando Gonzalez.
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Re: Andre Withdraws from Tennis Finals

How sad! With Andre and Rafa both out, the Gold Group is turning into pretty much a disappointment...
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At least Andre wore a different outfit. I like the shirt.
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At least Andre wore a different outfit. I like the shirt.

this one?



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yes that one
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I really like it too


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and the shorts are also better than the last ones
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and the shorts are also better than the last ones
No offense, but are you like a fashion freak or something?
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it's important how you look on the court and especially Andre, he made fashion in in tennis.
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This was an awful anticlimax. Hopefully the new year in Australia will see AA back to his best. Somebody better bar him from playing racquetball
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it's important how you look on the court and especially Andre, he made fashion in in tennis.
which one for Andre is nicer?





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Re: Andre Withdraws from Tennis Finals

Andre looks better in black and he seems love black nowadays..
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Andre looks better in black and he seems love black nowadays..
we think here, that
Andre looks good in any 'colour' lol...

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nothing beats the old outfits like that yellow one, I still LOVE it
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