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Re: Andre Agassi TV Alert!!!
NEW TV ALERT!!!!
Agassi Biography Subject; Roddick on SportsCentury
Two of America’s best tennis talents, one in the twilight of his career and another at the dawn of his, will be chronicled by major documentaries in the week leading up to the US Open. Andre Agassi, a former World No. 1 and winner of eight Grand Slam titles, will be the subject of an A&E Biography, while Andy Roddick, the defending US Open Champion and the World No. 1 for 2003, will be featured on ESPN’s SportsCentury.
Agassi burst onto the tennis scene in the late 1980s, with long hair and flashy clothes, boasting that he planned to “wake up the country club.” He did that and more, climbing to No. 1 in the world while winning numerous titles. In 1997, the game had escaped him, and he went without a title while falling out of the Top 100. His tennis struggles came at a time when he captured as much attention off the court as on, due in part to his first marriage, to actress Brooke Shields.
Though written off by many, he reemerged two years later, climbing to No. 1 once again in 1999. The one-time “bad-boy” had grown up, and the 34-year-old now serves as an ambassador for the game while still competing successfully on the court. Just over a month after delivering a tearful induction speech for his second wife, Steffi Graf, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Agassi claimed his 59th career title at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati.
A&E’s Biography of Andre Agassi will air at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Tuesday, August 24.
The heir apparent to Agassi for American tennis hopes is young Andy Roddick. A native of Omaha, Neb., Roddick will turn 22-years-old on August 30, the first day of play at the US Open where he will be defending his title. Though not as brash as Agassi was, Roddick turns just as many heads with his flashy style. A gritty, emotional player, Roddick has crossed over into the mainstream American culture thanks to his wit and good looks, hosting Saturday Night Live while being seen on the pages of hundreds of magazines in the past few years.
On the court, Roddick plays hard and fast. Blasting serves at upwards of 150 mph, he obtained the mantel of the future of tennis in American with a stunning win over Pete Sampras at the 2001 NASDAQ-100 Open. He then loudly declared the future is now last summer, going 27-1 during the North American hard court season. His incredible run included four titles (RCA Championships in Indianapolis, Tennis Masters Canada in Montreal, Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati and the US Open) and vaulted him to the top of the ATP rankings, where he would finish the year as the second-youngest No. 1 in history.
ESPN’s SportsCentury of Andy Roddick will debut on ESPN at 3 p.m. (ET/PT) on Friday, August 27. It can also be seen at that time on ESPN-HD, which greatly enhances the tennis viewing experience with its clarity and widescreen format. Roddick’s is just the third SportsCentury to be produced in HD. The program will re-air on Roddick's birthday, Monday, August 30, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on ESPN Classic.
"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."
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