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Agassi Fan
07-06-2004, 01:35 PM
Andre Agassi and Rod Laver in Special Doubles Exhibition on Sunday, July 11 :)

Agassi Fan
07-06-2004, 01:36 PM
Agassi hopes to bring love of game to Capitals fansAfter a year of tough breaks, Andre Agassi said he's in the mood for the fun environment World TeamTennis offers. And the Sacramento Capitals offer exactly the distraction he needs to keep his mind off Wimbledon. "I can't help that my thumb and remote control gravitate toward tennis," said Agassi, who dropped out of Wimbledon in mid-June, citing an ongoing hip injury. "It's tough to sit back and watch it. I try to allow my children to distract me as much as possible when I'm not training." And 2-year-old Jaden Gil and 9-month-old Jaz Elle are doing a good job, said Agassi, who will play Wednesday in Sacramento and Friday in Philadelphia during his third year as a marquee player for the Capitals.

karenpoon
07-06-2004, 03:21 PM
Andre & Steffi in new Canon commerical:

From LVRJ:

"Continuing the sports connection, Las Vegas' own tennis-champ sweethearts, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, hit the courts at Palo Verde High School this week for a Canon TV commercial, continuing Agassi's long association with the camera manufacturer. "

Agassi Fan
07-07-2004, 02:02 PM
Thanks, that is a great news! :)

NikeTennis
07-07-2004, 02:20 PM
sweet news...

Agassi Fan
07-11-2004, 06:53 PM
Andre will play on Monday, against Bogomolov Jr.

Go Andre!

Agassi Fan
07-13-2004, 03:41 PM
Agassi shrugs off retirement talkAndre Agassi says he has no intention of leaving the tennis arena after next month's US Open. "I have no plans to retire after the US Open," Agassi said, who at 34 is the oldest player on the ATP Tour."I don't think how to choreograph the end of career." When asked how he would like to be remembered, the eight-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 had an insightful answer. "My mind doesn't think like that," he explained."My mind is always focused on today and what I'm doing tomorrow."Rusty form
Agassi's biggest concern at the moment is to scrape off the rust of a five-week layoff that has seen him lose in the first round in his last three tournaments, including the French Open. After crashing out on the grass at the Queens Club in June, Agassi pulled out of Wimbledon to rest a troublesome right hip, the result of 18 years of court competition. "Time off was necessary for my body, specifically my hip," Agassi said. Agassi gave the healing process the "thumbs up". "It went great considering the other option was to be in pain on the court, moving at 50 percent," he said."Between the clay and the grass, I was 30 per cent the player that I expect myself to be. "I would be grasping at straws to think I could come out and negotiate at Wimbledon. "I made a tough decision but a clear one - to try to get ready for the summer and try to get myself healthy."My body seems to be used to the movements on it. Hopefully, I can play some matches and be ready for the Open." In preparation for the summer season, Agassi played Team Tennis last week for Sacramento.

Agassi Fan
07-13-2004, 03:41 PM
A three-time winner of the Mercedes-Benz Cup and former No. 1, Agassi went into his layoff after losing in the first round of three straight tournaments for the first time since 1997.


"Any match I play is a challenge for me, and an opportunity for me to take a step forward," he said.


Should Agassi win, he will join on joining Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Guillermo Vilas, John McEnroe and Stefan Edberg as the only players to reach the mark

Agassi Fan
07-13-2004, 03:42 PM
Time off was necessary for my body, specifically my hip," he explained.

Agassi gave the healing process two "thumbs up."


"It went great considering the other option was to be in pain on the court, moving at 50 percent," he said. "Between the clay and the grass, I was 30 percent the player that I expect myself to be.


"I would be grasping at straws to think I could come out and negotiate at Wimbledon. I made a tough decision but a clear one - to try to get ready for the summer and try to get myself healthy. My body seems to be used to the movements on it. Hopefully, I can play some matches and be ready for the Open."


In preparation for the summer season, Agassi played Team Tennis last week for Sacramento. This week he is competing at the ATP event in Los Angeles.


"My body is ready to give it a go," Agassi said. "I'm tired of guessing what's in store for me. You have to start somewhere, so I can't think of a better place than right here."


Agassi also will be shooting for a milestone as just the sixth player with 800 victories.

Agassi Fan
07-13-2004, 03:42 PM
Contrary to speculation, the aging Agassi, who has not won a title in 15 months, has no intention of leaving the game after next month's US Open.


"I have no plans to retire after the US Open," said Agassi, who at 34 is the oldest player on the ATP Tour. "I don't think how to choreograph the end of career."


When asked how he would like to be remembered, the eight-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 had an insightful answer.


"My mind doesn't think like that," he explained. "My mind is always focused on today and what I'm doing tomorrow."

tangerine_dream
07-13-2004, 03:54 PM
Here's some news on the Cincy tournament:

Roddick-Federer, Agassi top storylines

By Neil Schmidt
Enquirer staff writer

MASON - The focus of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, which begins Aug.*2, could be on the growing rivalry between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick and the possibility of the world's top two players facing off here.

They represent the new regime that has supplanted the 1990s stars. Yet the sentimental story here could be a farewell to an aging great. Which begs the question: Will Andre Agassi play?

If he does, one won't know for certain until he takes the court here.

"We feel very confident about it," said Perry Rogers, Agassi's business manager. "He's a two-time winner there. He loves it there. Paul Flory puts on a great event .*.*. The plan is a full (summer) schedule, and it's on our schedule."

Monday was the announcement of the tourney's player commitments, and Agassi, 34, is on the list. All of the top 51 players from the rankings list six weeks prior to the tourney - just before Wimbledon - are automatically entered, and only injuries will keep them out.

That's where the concern comes in. Agassi withdrew from Wimbledon, citing a hip injury, and hasn't played since June 8. Last year, he made a surprise withdrawal two days before the Cincinnati event.

Agassi returns today in Los Angeles, opening as the top seed in the Mercedes Benz Cup against Alex Bogomolov Jr. A victory would be the 800th of his career, making him just the sixth man in the Open Era to reach that milestone.

Yet Agassi, who was ranked No.*1 as recently as last season, has been most mortal lately. He has lost his last four matches, his longest losing streak since 1997, and two of those defeats were to unknown qualifiers.

Agassi is now ranked No.*10 and apparently brittle. His statement last year when pulling out of the W & S field said, "At this stage of my career, I have to be selective about the weeks I can compete."

Yet he said at the time that he looked forward to returning in 2004.

That would be welcome news for fans and tourney officials. They got to bid goodbye last year to Michael Chang, but didn't get such a chance with Pete Sampras. An appearance by Agassi, quite possibly his last, would be well-received.

"For what he's done in the game and his popularity, it'd be great," tournament director Bruce Flory said. "In life, you never know when it's your chance to say goodbye."

Agassi is scheduled to play in Indianapolis and Toronto the next two weeks, then come here.

With a 25-10 record and two titles, Agassi leads active players among matches won and played in Cincinnati.

The tournament has awarded two of its four wild cards to Todd Martin and Jan-Michael Gambill. Martin, 34, is another American nearing retirement.

An example of the tourney's depth is that Wimbledon semifinalist Mario Ancic didn't qualify. He's now ranked 27th but wasn't high enough at the cutoff date. He'll be in the qualifier if he doesn't get a wild card. Other wild-card candidates include 2000 winner Thomas Enqvist, Tommy Haas, Greg Rusedski and Thomas Johansson.

Federer and defending champion Roddick have created a buzz the past year with their burgeoning rivalry. They'll likely be the top two seeds here.

Tennis in Mason
Men: Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, Aug.*2-8 (qualifier July 31-Aug.*1).

Women: W&SFG Women's Open, Aug. 16-22 (qualifier Aug. 14-15).

Seniors: W&SFG Senior Championship, July 30-31.

Where: Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.

Tickets/info: 513-651-0303 (www.cincytennis.com) .

squash42
07-13-2004, 09:31 PM
hey Agassi fan

Thanks for all the great news updates on my favorite player :) .
Mr Agassi is the greatest in my book and I love to hear all the news I can.
Where do you get all this info from? do you have a favorite source?
i need to know if Andre will be playing in Toronto this summer in order to book a flight, can you find this info out?

Thanks
Squash42

Agassi Fan
07-14-2004, 03:45 AM
Andre won 6-3, 6-1!!!!!!!!!!

Agassi Fan
07-14-2004, 03:46 AM
I get the infos from Andre's site, and from yahoo. :-)

Agassi Fan
07-14-2004, 03:47 AM
hey Agassi fan

Thanks for all the great news updates on my favorite player :) .
Mr Agassi is the greatest in my book and I love to hear all the news I can.
Where do you get all this info from? do you have a favorite source?
i need to know if Andre will be playing in Toronto this summer in order to book a flight, can you find this info out?

Thanks
Squash42


At ATP Masters Series events, the top 52 players in the world are automatically entered.
Click on name to see a player's profile.

Agassi, Andre (USA)
Arazi, Hicham (MAR)
Bjorkman, Jonas (SWE)
Blake, James (USA)
Calleri, Agustin (ARG)
Chela, Juan Ignacio (ARG)
Clement, Arnaud (FRA)
Coria, Guillermo (ARG)
Dent, Taylor (USA)
El Aynaoui, Younes (MAR)
Federer, Roger (SUI)
Ferrer, David (ESP)
Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP)
Fish, Mardy (USA)
Gaudio, Gaston (ARG)
Ginepri, Robby (USA)
Gonzalez, Fernando (CHI)
Grosjean, Sebastien (FRA)
Haas, Tommy (GER)
Henman, Tim (GBR)
Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS)
Horna, Luis (PER)
Hrbaty, Dominik, (SVK)
Johansson, Joachim (SWE)
Kiefer, Nicolas (GER)
Kuerten, Gustavo (BRA)
Labadze, Irakli (GEO)
Ljubicic, Ivan (CRO)
Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
Malisse, Xavier (BEL)
Massu, Nicolas (CHI)
Melzer, Jurgen (AUT)
Mirnyi, Max (BLR)
Moya, Carlos (ESP)
Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
Nalbandian, David (ARG)
Novak, Jiri (CZE)
Pavel, Andrei (ROM)
Philippoussis, Mark (AUS)
Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
Roddick, Andy (USA)
Safin, Marat (RUS)
Sargisan, Sargis (ARM)
Schalken, Sjeng (NED)
Schuettler, Rainier (GER)
Soderling, Robin (SWE)
Spadea, Vincent (NED)
Srichaphan, Paradorn (THA)
Verdasco, Fernando (ESP)
Youzhny, Mikhail (RUS)
Zabaleta, Mariano (ARG)





YEs, I think Andre will play in Toronto! :)

Steffi
07-14-2004, 04:40 AM
Next is Benneteau! Go Andre!

Steffi
07-14-2004, 05:10 AM
Andre Agassi (news) grabs a piece of cake in honor of his 800th career victory after winning his first-round match against Alex Bogomolov (news) Jr. during the Mercedes-Benz Cup at the Los Angeles Tennis Center in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 13, 2004. Agassi won the match 6-3, 6-1. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040714/capt.camw11007140415.los_angeles_camw110.jpg

karenpoon
07-14-2004, 03:18 PM
Transcript of Andre's speech at HOF:

ANDRE AGASSI TRANSCRIPT
Presenting His Wife, Stefanie Graff,
for International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction
Sunday, July 11, 2004

"I truly consider it a rare honor to stand here today before so many of
you that have done so much for our sport and have meant so much to me
and Stefanie. Looking out across this audience filled with warm friends
and great champions I am overwhelmed with the history and the tradition
of this moment."

"As I attempt to find words worthy to introduce the person that has
changed my life, I realize that the words have yet to be invented that are
large enough, colorful enough or true enough to express the heart and
soul of this woman that I love."

"Stefanie, I wonder what can I possibly say to do justice to the way
you've lived your life and to the lives that you have changed."

"I began several years ago on the small chalkboard sitting in our
kitchen, a tradition that I've carried on every night. At the end of each
day I have picked up the chalk and tried to express the many things you
mean to me. Sometimes just a brief line, sometimes a short story, but
always just the overflow from a grateful heart, and yet after these
months and years of writing to you each night I have never been at a
shortage of ways to reflect the light you've brought into my life. And now how
ironic that in these few short moments I need to capture in words these
things I so deeply appreciate in you. Maybe I can say it to you this
simple way."

"Not long ago we were on the road and I looked out our hotel room
window from the upper floor of a very tall high rise. I could see the
rooftop of an old and beautiful cathedral. It was stunning with its carved
stone and marble - all done so perfectly. I could not believe the work of
art I was seeing and I wondered how many years did they take to create
this and what drove them to be this committed? Then I began to
appreciate something greater. I realized that when this rooftop was built it
was by far the tallest building. In an age long before airplanes or
skyscrapers these artists believed each day as they went about their work
that no human being or one set of eyes would ever see their creation. How
could they not have cut one corner? How could they consider no task
routine? I can only think it came from a place deep inside - the need to
be true to themselves was their reason and their reward."

"All of this has helped me to understand you just a little better,
never needing applause to be your best, only needing to give the best your
soul could give to feel complete."

"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. You have
never defined yourself by what you have achieved, rather you have
achieved by how you define yourself. And even now, it has taken my breath away
to see how you've quietly laid down your racket to pursue love and
motherhood with the same zeal and high standards you have always demanded
of yourself."

"No, no one has ever known you to be infatuated by your own
accomplishments. In fact, as I have often said, anyone who speaks with you will
most likely forget the great things you have done within the first thirty
seconds, but they will feel cared for, their feelings engaged and you
never let go of their heart until they know that they are completely
understood."

"The history books will record for posterity your ability to embrace
and rise above adversity, to play through injury and to win again, and
again and again."

"Far in the future people will analyze and discuss your place as the
greatest of your time. And as those future generations hear of your
strength and dominance they may be tempted to think that they know you, or
the real heart of a giant that beats inside of you. But for those
blessed enough to actually see first hand your quiet humility, to watch you
represent your sport with unmistakable dignity and for those of us who
are even more blessed to be lifted out of ourselves by your laughter, to
be on the receiving end of your always generous heart, we will have
etched forever in us something a statistic could never contain."

"We have been touched deeply by your life. You have made us better and
we will never be the same. Stefanie, you have spent many years of your
life competing, but right here we stand in the ears of your children
and right now in my heart, you have no rival."

"Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the greatest person I have
ever known."

RebelNYC
07-14-2004, 06:25 PM
ANDRE IS THE MAN - NOW AND FOREVER! He is UNIQUE!

Agassi Fan
07-16-2004, 03:56 AM
Andre won 7-6, 6-2. Next is Tommy Haas, oh no, I like Tommy too.

Steffi
07-16-2004, 12:15 PM
I like Tommy too, but I hope Andre will win! :-)

Agassi Fan
07-16-2004, 04:46 PM
Agassi, Andre

Ancic, Mario

Arthurs, Wayne

Ascione, Thierry

Beck, Karol

Benneteau, Julien

Blake, James

Carraz, Gregory

Clement, Arnaud

Dent, Taylor

Dupuis, Antony

Elseneer, Gilles

Enqvist, Thomas

Fish, Mardy

Gambill, Jan-Michael

Ginepri, Robby

Grosjean, Sebastien

Hrbaty, Dominik

Johansson, Joachim
Karlovic, Ivo

Kiefer, Nicolas

Kuerten, Gustavo

Lapentti, Nicolas

Lee, Hyung-Talk

Ljubicic, Ivan

Llodra, Michael

Malisse, Xavier

Matin, Todd

Mirnyi, Max

Roddick, Andy

Salzenstein, Jeff

Santoro, Fabrice

Sargsian, Sargis

Schalken, Sjeng

Soderling, Robin

Spadea, Vincent

Srichaphan, Paradorn


Andre will play next week too! :-)

Agassi Fan
07-18-2004, 10:32 AM
I like Tommy too, but I hope Andre will win! :-)


Andre is out! :-(((((

Agassi Fan
07-18-2004, 10:33 AM
Agassi withdraws from Indianpolis ATP tournament

Sun Jul 18,12:45 AM ET Add Sports - AFP to My Yahoo!



INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, (AFP) - Andre Agassi has withdrawn from the ATP tennis tournament starting here on Monday, saying he wanted to avoid playing too many weeks in a row.


AFP/Getty Images/File Photo



"This is a big disappointment to me, and I apologize to all of those that were looking forward to seeing me play," Agassi said in a conference call from California.


Agassi was ousted in three sets by Tommy Haas from the quarter-finals in Los Angeles on Friday night, and withdrew from Indianapolis on Saturday evening.


"It was a concern of overload and playing too many weeks in a row through an important and big summer," Agassi said.


Agassi was seeded second in Indianapolis, where the top seed is fellow American Andy Roddick.


Agassi, who at 34 is the oldest player on the ATP circuit, had skipped Wimbledon (news - web sites) as part of a five-week layoff to rest a bothersome right hip.


He said in Los Angeles that the hip felt fine, but after playing three matches in the week he felt he ought to scale back his schedule to stay on course to be healthy for the US Open, the final grand slam of the year.


Agassi was expected to return to action at the Canadian Open.

Agassi Fan
07-18-2004, 10:33 AM
Agassi rests weary body

Andre Agassi has withdrawn from this week's RCA Championships in Indianapolis to give his body time to rest for the US Open.
The 34-year-old American said he felt good after three consecutive matches in last week's Mercedes Cup but did not want to over-exert himself.

"It was a concern of overload and playing too many weeks in a row through an important and big summer," he said.

Agassi Fan
07-21-2004, 03:50 PM
Andre will play in Toronto, and in Cincinatti too.
Go Andre!

Agassi Fan
07-22-2004, 09:40 AM
Agassi, Roddick to play AIDS charity match





IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick will play an exhibition match for Elton John's AIDS charity in October at the University of California, Irvine campus.
Hosted by John and Billie Jean King, the 12th annual World Team Tennis All-Star Smash Hits will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the National AIDS Fund. Organizers expect to raise more than $1 million for the two groups.

Besides the Agassi-Roddick match, several other top men and women pros will compete in men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles. The players will form two teams, one captained by John and the other by King. John and King also will play a celebrity doubles match to open the Oct. 11 event at the Bren Center.

Orange County is home to the Newport Beach Breakers of World Team Tennis.

"We are quickly developing a strong following for the Newport Beach Breakers in Southern California and bringing Smash Hits to Orange County gives us another chance to expose more people to our special brand of tennis," said Ilana Kloss, CEO and commissioner of World Team Tennis.

Two years ago, the event was held in Philadelphia, where Agassi defeated Pete Sampras.

Agassi Fan
07-25-2004, 05:52 AM
Andre's first match is against Tommy Haas. :-(
I can't believe it. :-(

Go Andre!

I♥PsY@Mus!c
07-25-2004, 09:45 AM
Yes,can't believe it!!! :sad: Andre,pls beats Hass and takes revenge for defeat last time!!! :rocker: :bounce: :worship:

MisterQ
07-25-2004, 03:50 PM
Andre can beat Tommy --- he nearly did so last time! if he's playing well, Andre's court positioning and aggressive game gives him the advantage in their matches. let's go Andre! :bounce:

superpinkone37
07-26-2004, 07:42 AM
Agassi, Roddick to play AIDS charity match

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick will play an exhibition match for Elton John's AIDS charity in October at the University of California, Irvine campus.
Hosted by John and Billie Jean King, the 12th annual World Team Tennis All-Star Smash Hits will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the National AIDS Fund. Organizers expect to raise more than $1 million for the two groups.

Besides the Agassi-Roddick match, several other top men and women pros will compete in men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles. The players will form two teams, one captained by John and the other by King. John and King also will play a celebrity doubles match to open the Oct. 11 event at the Bren Center.

Orange County is home to the Newport Beach Breakers of World Team Tennis.

"We are quickly developing a strong following for the Newport Beach Breakers in Southern California and bringing Smash Hits to Orange County gives us another chance to expose more people to our special brand of tennis," said Ilana Kloss, CEO and commissioner of World Team Tennis.

Two years ago, the event was held in Philadelphia, where Agassi defeated Pete Sampras.

does anyone know where i can find out more information on this? i would really be interested in going and would appreciate any knowledge about the event...thanks a lot.

Agassi Fan
08-02-2004, 10:43 AM
Andre will play today! I can see it only on scoreboard. :-(((

Agassi Fan
08-03-2004, 09:06 AM
It was disappointing the way a match like that ends, but I was happy with the fact that the way I was playing as the match went on was getting better," said Agassi, 34. "I was starting to let my shots go a little bit more. That's always a good sign for me."

Agassi Fan
08-03-2004, 09:07 AM
Andre won 4-6, 7-6, 4-1

Steffi
08-03-2004, 09:50 AM
next is Carraz or Johansson! Go Andre!

MisterQ
08-03-2004, 05:51 PM
good luck Andre! :bounce:

Gigan
08-05-2004, 01:36 AM
Andre did a good start against T.Johansson...
There is already 6-1..

Go, go Andre!!!

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

sol
08-05-2004, 01:40 AM
Go Agassi!....

Gigan
08-05-2004, 01:53 AM
Second goes harder...But I hope
Andre will win...
Go Andre!!!
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

MisterQ
08-05-2004, 03:33 AM
Agassi def. Johansson 6-1, 3-6, 6-1! :woohoo:

congrats andre :)

sol
08-05-2004, 03:57 AM
Congrats Agassi... Good Luck against Chela tomorrow. :wavey:

Gigan
08-05-2004, 04:51 AM
Yes, it was difficult second...

But Andre won third again with 6-1
Goodluck Andre!

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Gigan
08-05-2004, 10:08 PM
Hi there,
Somebody knows this Site?

_h_ _p://www.agassiopen.com

It's highly recommended../

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Agassi Fan
08-08-2004, 07:29 PM
Hi there,
Somebody knows this Site?

_h_ _p://www.agassiopen.com

It's highly recommended../

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:


HI! Yes, this is Andre's official site. :)

Agassi Fan
08-08-2004, 07:43 PM
In the evening match, a sell out crowd of 10,500 witnessed No. 11 seed Andre Agassi outlast No. 2 Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-7(2), 7-6(2). Roddick was serving at 2-all in the first set when he fell behind 15-40, but after saving two break points to knot the game at deuce, he won the game with a pair of aces. He again faced a pair of break points at 5-all, saving the first with a 126 mph ace up the middle, but Agassi won the next point to hand Roddick his second break of the tournament. Agassi closed out the set with an ace. Neither player had a break chance in the final two sets. Roddick dominated the second set tie-break, 7-2, and closed out the set with a 138 mph ace. In the final set tie-break Agassi raced out to a 5-1 lead and won 7-2.

With the win, Agassi moved into a tie for ninth place in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race. He also has earned at least $200,000 for the week, moving him to 1,083,030 for his career in Cincinnati, making him the third player in the history of the tournament to win over $1 million (Pete Sampras, $1,397,954 and Michael Chang, $1,119,491).

Steffi
08-08-2004, 09:16 PM
Andre won the first set 6-3!

Steffi
08-08-2004, 10:04 PM
Andre def. Hewitt, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 yeah!!!!!!!!!!

This is his 16th Masters Victory!

Gigan
08-08-2004, 10:18 PM
Andre Agassi clinched his first title since Houston 2003.

Andre Clinches 17th ATP Masters Series Shield
Andre Agassi snapped his 16-month title drought and captured a stunning 17th ATP Masters Series shield when he defeated fellow former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the final of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati on Sunday. Agassi, who defeated defending champion Andy Roddick in a third-set tie-break in Saturday's semifinals, defeated Hewitt 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 – his third three-set victory of the week.

Agassi clinched his 59th career singles title and moved to outright ninth position in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race, improving his chances of qualifying for Tennis Masters Cup Houston. He also dispelled talk that, at 34, he could no longer keep pace with the game's younger stars. Saturday review
_h__p://www.cincytennis.com/1009/

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Gigan
08-09-2004, 04:02 AM
"We are pleased to announce that the following players have committed to the 2004 Legg Mason Tennis Classic:

Andre Agassi

Five-time Legg Mason Tennis Classic Champion. Agassi is the fifth player in history to win all four grand slams".


Who knows,
will Andre really participate that comp.?
(Full story here: _h__p://www.leggmasontennisclassic.com/page.aspx?p=players)
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Agassi Fan
08-09-2004, 08:15 AM
http://imgfrm.index.hu/imgfrm/8/9/9/1/BIG_0000058991.jpg

Gigan
08-09-2004, 09:51 PM
Andre is playing in Washington, August 14-22, 2004
Then will be US open!!

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Gigan
08-10-2004, 12:40 AM
Andre again is in the Top ten :
Here are updated scores for August 10, 2004:

Pos. Player Pts.
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1st Federer, R. - 882

2nd Roddick, A. - 597

3rd Coria, G. - 480

4th Moya, C. - 464

5th Hewitt, L. - 401

6th Gaudio, G. - 376

7th Henman, T. - 341

8th Safin, M. - 309

9th Agassi, A. - 283

10th Nalbandian, D. - 253
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See you Andre again at normal for you position 1 !!!



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dgs369
08-10-2004, 12:50 AM
Andre def. Hewitt, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 yeah!!!!!!!!!!

This is his 16th Masters Victory!


I think you need a correction... it's his 17th ATP Masters Shield.

dgs

Gigan
08-10-2004, 02:24 AM
I think you need a correction... it's his 17th ATP Masters Shield.

dgs

Already corrected...

See other post

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Agassi Fan
08-10-2004, 03:30 PM
Washington's draw will post on Saturday.

Go Andre!

Gigan
08-11-2004, 01:49 PM
May be interesting?


"King of the Court
by Kurt Badenhausen | Jul 05 '04


Andre Agassi is nearing the end of his playing days, but marketers remain eager to pay him top dollar.
Andre Agassi burst onto the professional tennis scene at age 16 in 1986, sporting long spiky hair and Nike denim shorts. He quickly became known for his passion and ferocity, fearlessly charging the net and smacking down serves speeding toward him at 130mph.
Eighteen years later Agassi is bald and 34, and his charges to the net aren't quite as ferocious as they used to be. The world's top players are a decade younger than he is. Since miraculously rising to the number one ranking in the world a year ago, he hasn't won a single tournament; after losing in the opening round of three consecutive events, he has dropped to number nine.
Yet off the court, as a celebrity pitchman, Andre Agassi--ranked seventh on FORBES' list of the 50 highest-paid athletes--has never been hotter. In two decades he has reaped $200 million in endorsement deals. This year sponsors will pay him $28 million, the richest year of his career; only Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan will outearn him.
And though he is nearing the end of his career, in the past two years he has landed American Express, Aramis, Genworth and KiaMotors. In November his longtime racquet sponsor, Head, signed him to a lifetime deal. In March he signed a ten-year pact with 24-Hour Fitness, which will open five Andre Agassi fitness centers by year-end; the pay starts at $1.5 million a year.
Agassi is a notable exception to the overall decline of sports-star endorsement deals. A decade ago sneakermakers handed out deals like lollipops, but today the bulk of the money goes to only a few ubiquitous superstars: Woods, Jordan, LeBron James. Ten years ago the best-paid athletes earned half of their income from endorsements; since then the 50 top earners have tripled their pay--with combined earnings of $1.1 billion--but only 40% comes from marketing deals.
Yet the largesse of Agassi's sponsors has little to do with his tenacity at the net. He had a lucrative deal with a nontennis sponsor (Canon) before winning his first Grand Slam event (Wimbledon in 1992). Today's top American tennis star, Andy Roddick, earns only $5 million a year off the court. Pete Sampras won 14 Grand Slam titles to Agassi's 8 and beat Agassi four of the five times they played a Grand Slam final. Yet Sampras' endorsement income peaked at $8 million, less than a third of what Agassi will reap this year.
"Agassi has tremendous personality and charisma--in a sport that wasn't known for those things," says David Carter, founder of Sports Business Group, a marketing firm in Redondo Beach, Calif. "He can speak to a couple of generations of consumers, which gives him a great platform for deals as his career winds down."
Next year Agassi will likely turn in the highest-earning year of his career, boosted by an estimated $40 million he is set to receive in Nike stock, a final balloon payment on a ten-year, $120 million deal. Nike was Agassi's first corporate sponsor, handing him $25,000 in his first year as a pro. Riccardo Colombini, Nike's tennis-marketing chief, says the flashy star helped make the Nike "Swoosh" logo an icon. "He embodies the Nike philosophy of being both irreverent and innovative. He changed the game of tennis and certainly its dress code." But will Nike sign him again when the deal ends next year? The company declines to comment. "

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Agassi Fan
08-11-2004, 02:21 PM
I like all the commercial with Andre and Steffi. :-)

Gigan
08-11-2004, 05:11 PM
I like all the commercial with Andre and Steffi. :-)

Agassi, Graf Join Forces In New Canon Commercial

Photo By Michael Baz By Tennis Week
08/09/2004

Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf formed an endorsement doubles dream team in their entertaining commercial for Genworth. Now the Grand Slam champions are joining forces to teach a tennis fantasy camp — in a new Canon commercial.

Canon has extended its 14-year endorsement deal with Agassi for at least an additional 18 months and signed Graf for a highly-anticipated new commercial campaign that presents the pair conducting a tennis camp for kids with wildly disparate teaching methods according to a published report in the SportsBusiness Journal written by Daniel Kaplan.
Created by Grey Advertising to promote Canon's Rebel line of cameras, the commercial portrays Agassi advocating a rebellious, radical approach to teaching tennis while Graf adheres to traditional tennis instruction. The multi-million dollar ad campaign will begin airing later this month close to the August 30th opening day of the U.S. Open when Canon launches its latest Rebel line of cameras.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
It marks the third television commercial starring the Grand Slam greats. In addition to the Genworth commercial, which also features Taylor Dent and a six-year-old child actor who plays Agassi and Graf's son, Jaden Gil, the couple also appear together in commercials for German communication company Telekom's cellular and online products.
Perry Rogers, Agassi's long-time personal manager and best friend, told the SportsBusiness Journal he expects to announce two new additional commercials featuring the couple in the next six to eight months.
The 34-year-old Agassi's endorsement relationship with Canon began in 1990 when the company played on his charismatic appeal as a long-haired, neon-colored clothed rebel who challenged traditional tennis with its famed "image is everything" tagline. Subsequent commercials featured Agassi with rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Agassi performing a version of tennis paint ball. In the 14 years since his Canon debut, Agassi has matured from the sport's rebel to its voice of reason and Canon has capitalized on the evolution of Agassi's public persona in its new commercial campaign.
"We have seen him evolve to Andre the family man. It is a great opportunity for us to capitalize on that," Rick Booth, director of marketing services/advertising in Canon USA’s consumer imaging group told the SportsBusiness Journal. "For us, the promotion of the Rebel camera (centers) around the families, and the camera fits in perfectly with the life stage Andre is in."

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Gigan
08-14-2004, 03:40 AM
Agassi wins record 17th ATP Masters Series Title in Cincinnati
(article and photo in "Head" site)

HEAD Pro Andre Agassi is at the top of his game, winning his 17th ATP Masters Series title in Cincinnati. No. 11 seed Agassi became the third player in the Open Era to win at least three titles in Cincinnati with a 6:3,3:6,6:2 victory over No. 10 Lleyton Hewitt. Agassi`s impressive title run included wins over No. 4 Carlos Moya, No. 2 and defending champion Andy Roddick and No. 10 Hewitt.

Andre Agassi is currently playing with the HEAD Liquidmetal Radical tennis racquet. Pure Energie - Perfect Power.

"Andre has proven with his latest win that he is still one of the best players on tour," said Robert Marte - EVP Racquet Sports Division HEAD. "We are proud of our partnership with Andre and look forward to the victories ahead of him."

The Cincinnati tournament became Agassi`s 808th professional match victory which moved him into fifth on the career list, past Stefan Edberg. It is the 59th career tilte for Agassi, who is leading title holder among active players. As the oldest player to win a title since Jimmy Connors in 1989, Agassi advanced from number 11 to the number nine position in the 2004 ATP race and is now in second place in the U.S. Open Series.

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Gigan
08-18-2004, 03:54 AM
First round in Legg Mason 2004:

Andre Agassi (USA) def. Paul Goldstein (USA) 6-4, 6-2.

Next will be K. Pless(DEN)
Go Andre!


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Gigan
08-18-2004, 11:37 AM
Agassi Makes Winning Start in Washington
LEGG MASON TENNIS CLASSIC
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
August 17, 2004
Complete story is here: h__p://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2004/washington_tuesday.asp
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Top seed and five-time champion Andre Agassi came back from a 1-3 first set deficit against local wild card Paul Goldstein to record a 6-4, 6-2 victory to reach the second round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic and improve his career record in Washington to 42-10.

Agassi, playing in the tournament for the 15th consecutive year, broke Goldstein in the fifth and seventh games to win the first set. In the second set, Agassi broke in the third and fifth games to close out the match in 67 minutes.

Agassi, a winner in Washington in 1990-91, '95, '98-99 and finalist in 2000, will take on Kristian Pless of Denmark in the second round on Thursday. The 34-year-old, who won the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, has now won his last seven matches on the ATP circuit.

No. 5 seed and 2002 Legg Mason champion James Blake, playing in only his second tournament since May, lost to Adrian Garcia of Chile 6-1, 6-4. Blake injured his head and spine after hitting the net post while practicing in Rome on May 6. He played in Newport last month and lost in the second round. He also was sidelined recently with a shoulder injury and a virus affecting his balance and nervous system.

No. 6 seed Alberto Martin of Spain, playing in his first hard court tournament since March, rallied to defeat South African Wayne Ferreira 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2). Ferreira, a finalist in Washington in 1996, served for the match at 5-4 in the final set but was broken at 0-40 when he committed his fifth double-fault. Martin took control of the tie-break, jumping out to a 3-0 lead before winning 7-2.

No. 7 seed Cyril Saulnier of France defeated countryman and doubles partner Antony Dupuis 6-3, 6-4, to improve his match record to 9-3 since Wimbledon. Saulnier reached the semifinals in Newport and Los Angeles and the third round at ATP Masters Series Toronto. The 29-year-old Frenchman went to a career-best 19-16 on the season.

Unseeded Jan-Michael Gambill improved his career record to 4-2 over Austrian Stefan Koubek as he advanced to the second round with a 7-5, 6-4 victory. Gambill, who was winless (0-3) since reaching the third round at Wimbledon, takes on Gilles Muller of Luxembourg on Thursday.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:
Agassi: "I feel really good, coming in with a lot of confidence. I can't be feeling any better. It was a nice evening for me, Goldie played good game to break me and that got my attention early. I felt like I picked it up after that. I came up with a few good shots and got straight back into it from there.

"After Cincinnati, I feel really good and I'm coming in with a lot of confidence. Every event has elements to get used to and you have to make the right decisions on a heavier, slower court. The title in Cincinnati gives me belief going into the Open. I just want to give myself a chance to play my best tennis when it matters the most."


Go Andre!
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Gigan
08-28-2004, 03:57 PM
Some news on Andre:
Thu Aug 26, 2004
"Looks like Cahill is still in Australia. Andre is now at Flushing
Meadow practising with Andy Roddick. It seems Brad will be
Andre's "coach" until Cahill comes back.

Do you know:

Steffi will be playing at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day, instead of Andre.
Also, Steffi will be playing her first match against Gabriella Sabatini."
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Agassi Fan
08-29-2004, 07:15 PM
Some news on Andre:
Thu Aug 26, 2004
"Looks like Cahill is still in Australia. Andre is now at Flushing
Meadow practising with Andy Roddick. It seems Brad will be
Andre's "coach" until Cahill comes back.

Do you know:

Steffi will be playing at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day, instead of Andre.
Also, Steffi will be playing her first match against Gabriella Sabatini."
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That is a very good news. Steffi is playing again. :-)

What is with Darren?

Gigan
09-01-2004, 04:16 AM
That is a very good news. Steffi is playing again. :-)

What is with Darren?

Everything is OK with Darren!
He is with Andre again.
I have seen him during the first match...

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Agassi Fan
09-01-2004, 04:07 PM
Everything is OK with Darren!
He is with Andre again.
I have seen him during the first match...

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Thanks for the info. :-)

Agassi Fan
09-13-2004, 05:21 PM
Where will play Andre next?

Agassi Fan
09-18-2004, 04:16 PM
Where will play Andre next?

Andre will play next in Madrid! :)

MisterQ
09-18-2004, 09:31 PM
Andre will play next in Madrid! :)

Oh, thanks, glad to hear it! :bounce:

sol
09-18-2004, 09:36 PM
Andre needs that tournament to qualify for Houston. Go Andre! :D

Agassi Fan
09-19-2004, 09:00 AM
Andre needs that tournament to qualify for Houston. Go Andre! :D


YEs. And I hope, he will play in Paris too.
I try to see him live in Paris. :)

Gigan
09-20-2004, 02:37 AM
Yes, Andre will play in Spain:

Go Andre!!!

Entry List

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1 Federer, Roger (SUI) 1
2 Roddick, Andy (USA) 2
3 Coria, Guillermo (ARG) 3
4 Moya, Carlos (ESP) 4
5 Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS) 5
6 Henman, Tim (GBR) 6
7 Agassi, Andre (USA) 7
8 Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP) 8
9 Nalbandian, David (ARG) 9
10 Gaudio, Gaston (ARG) 10
11 Massu, Nicolas (CHI) 11
12 Schuettler, Rainer (GER) 12
13 Grosjean, Sebastien (FRA) 13
14 Safin, Marat (RUS) 14
15 Srichaphan, Paradorn (THA) 15
16 Gonzalez, Fernando (CHI) 16
17 Chela, Juan Ignacio (ARG) 17
18 Pavel, Andrei (ROM) 18
19 Robredo, Tommy (ESP) 19
20 Kiefer, Nicolas (GER) 20
21 Kuerten, Gustavo (BRA) 21
22 Dent, Taylor (USA) 22
23 Hrbaty, Dominik (SVK) 23
24 Spadea, Vincent (USA) 24
25 Ljubicic, Ivan (CRO) 25
26 Novak, Jiri (CZE) 26
27 Schalken, Sjeng (NED) 27
28 Fish, Mardy (USA) 28
29 Ancic, Mario (CRO) 29
30 Johansson, Joachim (SWE) 30
31 Canas, Guillermo (ARG) 31
32 Lopez, Feliciano (ESP) 32
33 Horna, Luis (PER) 33
34 Santoro, Fabrice (FRA) 34
35 Bjorkman, Jonas (SWE) 35
36 Verdasco, Fernando (ESP) 36
37 Mayer, Florian (GER) 37
38 El Aynaoui, Younnes (MOR) @
39 WILD CARD
40 WILD CARD
41 WILD CARD
42 WILD CARD
43 QUALIFIER
44 QUALIFIER
45 QUALIFIER
46 QUALIFIER
47 QUALIFIER
48 QUALIFIER

Alternates
1. Youzhny, Mikhail RUS 38
2. Soderling, Robin SWE 39
3. Melzer, Jurgen AUT 40
4. Arazi, Hicham MAR 41
5. Verkerk, Martin NED 42
6. Malisse, Xavier BEL 43
7. Costa, Albert ESP 44
8. Haas, Tommy GER 45
9. Labadze, Irakli GEO 46
10. Ginepri, Robby USA 47
11. Calleri, Agustin ARG 48
12. Nadal, Rafael ESP 49
13. Andreev, Igor RUS 50
14. Davydenko, Nikolay RUS 51
15. Karlovic, Ivo CRO 52
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Gigan
09-20-2004, 02:44 AM
Then will be Stockholm Open (Sweeden), 25-31 October 2004:

Andy Roddick, USA

Andre Agassi, USA

Andrei Pavel, ROM

Joachim Johansson, SWE
Guillermo Canas, ARG

Feliciano Lopez, ESP

Tommy Haas, GER

Fernando Verdasco, ESP

Robin Söderling, SWE

Martin Verkerk, NED

Jonas Björkman, SWE

Thomas Johansson, SWE

Sjeng Schalken, NED
Agustin Calleri, ARG

Tomas Berdych, CZE
Robby Ginepri, USA

Thomas Enqvist, SWE

Xavier Malisse, BEL

Mark Philippoussis, AUS

Dimitry Tursunov, RUS

Olivier Rochus, BEL

Jarkko Nieminen, FIN

Jan-Michael Gambill, USA

Special Exempt/Direct Acceptance, TBA
Special Exempt/Direct Acceptance, TBA
Wild Card 1, TBA
Wild Card 2, TBA
Wild Card 3, TBA
Qualifyer 1, TBA 25th October 2004
Qualifyer 2, TBA 25th October 2004
Qualifyer 3, TBA 25th October 2004
Qualifyer 4, TBA 25th October 2004


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Gigan
09-20-2004, 02:45 AM
14/09/2004
Roddick joined by Agassi

The World No. 2 Andy Roddick will be joined by another star player in if… Stockholm Open. The former World No. 1, Andre Agassi, has signed up for the 36th occasion of the ATP event in Stockholm.


Among the challengers to the two strong American players we find our two young Swedish hopes, Joachim “Pim-Pim” Johansson and Robin Söderling. Jonas Björkman, Thomas Enqvist and Thomas Johansson, who have five titles between them in Stockholm, all have a direct entry into this year’s event.


- It is nice to see that so many good players want to play in Stockholm. Especially Agassi who pulled out of the tournament with short notice last year, as he became a father earlier than estimated, says tournament director Per Hjertquist. The entry list looks good and the only thing that remains now is to hope that all the players who have entered will be injury free and healthy, Hjertquist concludes.


In addition to the direct entries, four players will be added through qualifying and three players will be handed Wild Cards.

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Agassi Fan
09-20-2004, 09:34 AM
I am happy, that Andre will play in Madrid, and Stockholm.

Where can I see, that he will play in Paris.
On the paris masters site isn't info. There is just the name of the 2003 players. :-(

Gigan
09-21-2004, 04:15 AM
LE SAVIEZ-VOUS ?
Un seul joueur a remporté Roland-Garros et le BNP Paribas Masters : Andre Agassi.

DID YOU KNOW?

Only one player won both the French Open and the BNP Paribas Masters:
Andre Agassi.


Go, go Andre!!!
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Agassi Fan
09-21-2004, 06:37 PM
Andre will play in Paris too. I saw it on the offical website of Paris Masters.

MisterQ
09-21-2004, 08:10 PM
LE SAVIEZ-VOUS ?
Un seul joueur a remporté Roland-Garros et le BNP Paribas Masters : Andre Agassi.

DID YOU KNOW?

Only one player won both the French Open and the BNP Paribas Masters:
Andre Agassi.


Andre is the King of France!!! :lol: ;) :worship:

Gigan
09-22-2004, 04:08 AM
Sure,

For me he is the King of tennis.


But I think he needs to improve his weak
points: first of all - his serve.

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doubleafan
09-22-2004, 06:24 AM
In last years Open - Semis , Agassi was tight against Ferrero and was not bending his knees enough while serving. Then someone from the crowd shouted ''Knees'' . By the time he could correct this , he was 2 sets down :-(
But for this small error , he would have won the open last year. Roddick does not have the game to match Andre . Besides , there was Rain interruption last year after which it was like a new tournament from the Semis on for Andre.

spooky
09-22-2004, 08:50 AM
For me he is the King of tennis.


But I think he needs to improve his weak
points: first of all - his serve.


Yeah, for me Agassi is the King of tennis too. He play the most beautiful tennis I've ever seen.

His serve isn't strong, but it can be very precise.

Agassi Fan
09-22-2004, 10:15 AM
Yeah, for me Agassi is the King of tennis too. He play the most beautiful tennis I've ever seen.

His serve isn't strong, but it can be very precise.

Andre doesn't won the all point with his serve, like Roddick.
Andre is the king of tennis. That's the truth. :)

Gigan
09-23-2004, 05:36 AM
[QUOTE=spooky]

... He play the most beautiful tennis I've ever seen....!!!

QUOTE]

Yeh, that's right!!!!
Andre's tennis is most beautiful!!!


Next is David Nalbandian.
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Steffi
09-23-2004, 09:12 AM
Yes, Andre is teh best! I like Nalbandy too. :-))

MisterQ
09-23-2004, 04:03 PM
Andre's serve will never be a weapon to the extent that Roddick's and Sampras' serves are, but I think he HAS improved the serve in recent years. It has a lot more weight behind it and he gets more free points on it. He trusts his serve enough to go for pretty big serves on big points sometimes. There is still room for improvement, though, I agree...

I also agree with you guys, the way Andre moves and strikes the ball is mesmerizing to watch. :worship:

J. Corwin
09-23-2004, 09:24 PM
Andre is the best! He is still my fave player to watch on court with his game. Never ceases to amaze me. :cool:

Gigan
09-25-2004, 06:57 AM
... I think he needs to improve his weak
points: first of all - his serve.



Fans, did you read Mike Agassi's last interview with Tennis week?
He is also pointing on weak serve of Andre:

Mike Agassi: ... "Andre needs someone to work with him on his serve and with his weakness." (His net game)...

Mike Agassi: I said to (Cahill): "Gilbert didn’t do it (improve Agassi’s serve and net game) and you are not doing it."...

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What I think fans: of course Andre is the best tennis player (everybody knows that) .

But his serves....

Here nothing to do with strength of serving. Andre's serves are enough strong. He is trying to make very fast serves... However he's doing too much faults... (as we have seen, against top players even couple of faults are enough to loose). Serves are not always precision.. And then he is loosing control, and plays nervous... We could see same behavior many times earlier, against P. Sampras, etc.

Andre just needs to improve his serving, to make more stable and precision serves. Otherwise he will loose important matches...

Go Andre, you can do it!
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Golfnduck
09-26-2004, 10:47 PM
I hope that Andre will play Davis Cup in December. I think the team needs him so they can do well on clay. PLEASE ANDRE!!!

Gigan
09-27-2004, 02:01 AM
No retirement yet for Agassi, says Graf
27 September 2004

BERLIN: Former world No 1 Andre Agassi will carry on playing professional tennis for at least another year, says his wife Steffi Graf.
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"He has told me that, after the indoor season, he definitely intended to play for another full year," Graf told reporters in Berlin yesterday.

Many have suggested this year could be Agassi's last on the professional tour, although the 34-year-old American has repeatedly said his plan was to continue playing until he could no longer compete at the top level.

The eight-times grand slam champion reached the semifinals of this year's Australian Open and the quarterfinals of this month's US Open.

Graf, a former world No 1 who retired from competitive tennis in August 1999, was in Berlin to play an exhibition match against Argentine Gabriela Sabatini.

"I haven't been on a court for so long for years and I was a bit nervous," said the 35-year-old after beating her former rival 6-1 7-5.

Sabatini was impressed with the German's performance.

AdvertisementAdvertisement"She can make a comeback straightaway," said the Argentine.

"I can't believe she hasn't played for five years."

Graf's three-year-old son, Jaden Gil, was watching from the stands.

Graf, who won 22 grand slam singles titles, and Agassi were married in October 2001. They also have a daughter, Jaz, who is 11 months old.
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MisterQ
09-27-2004, 03:36 AM
:bounce: :dance: :woohoo:

Another year of tennis for Andre! I had my doubts about this earlier in the year. this is great. :yeah:

AgassiFan
09-27-2004, 04:37 AM
Andre's serve will never be a weapon to the extent that Roddick's and Sampras' serves are, but I think he HAS improved the serve in recent years. It has a lot more weight behind it and he gets more free points on it.

"Free" points are the name of the game. If you have to rely on running passing shots or diving volleys to consistenly win points, I don't care if you're a hybrid of Sampras and Federer, you won't be winning many matches against Top 10 players.

Unfortunately, not only is Andre's serve not a weapon, it's been a downright liability for most of his career. He was serving better this USO and, lo and behold, almost beat Roger Federer.

AgassiFan
09-27-2004, 04:40 AM
Andre also needs a better backhand counter-punch. Coria exposed his backhand big-time during 2003 FO and Ferrero did it later at 2003 USO.

I could live with Andre not having a great serve-volley game. But his backhand needs to be as good as his forehand if he is to be dominating from the baseline.

doubleafan
09-27-2004, 06:46 AM
I think Andre's backhand is as good as it gets. There are so many variations to it. He also uses the slice very well. The back hand is bread and butter for Agassi. He uses it to attack his opponens , open up the court , make them run from coast to coast. He adds a lot of power to it and stays at the backhand end forcing the opponent to change angle and play a low percentage down the line(shorter part of the court) and over the high part of the net. So he is forcing the opponent to do 3 risky things while he himself is playing crosscourt off his strength. This shot is effective on hard courts as the ball skids across. However on Clay , there is more time to defend the backhand and the opponents such as Coria go down the line for a winner.
Even against Federer , he gets into these backhand to backhand exchanges as its Federers weaker shot. He got Federer to make a lot of errors both with backhand and forehand wings. He made Federer hit backhands on the run and almost pulled it off.

Recently I saw a change in tactics against Moya at Cincy. Andre used the backhand to pin Moya to the left of the court with his backhand and just sneaks one down the line for a winner. This was superb stuff and it psychologically demoralizing for the opponent as you are sucessfully attacking his strengths. I have used it in my matches and found them very to be effective.

He just needs to believe in himself while serving during crucial points and he will be ok. He is not able to backpedal after the serve and is caught at awkward length after the server makes the return.

Gigan
09-27-2004, 07:29 AM
He just needs to believe in himself while serving during crucial points and he will be ok. ..

Yeh, I agree.

That's all what he needs!!!

Of course also a good health and more good luck...

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LMAO
09-27-2004, 12:03 PM
Maybe Dre should use the kick-serve less. On the first serve he should always go for the ace. He'd get more free points. He should stop using the kicker on the first serve and flatten it out more.

MisterQ
09-27-2004, 01:07 PM
There was a period last year where Andre's backhand was going cross-court too predictably. He seemed timid about going down the line, even when there was an obvious opening. But as doubleafan mentioned, we have seen some great down-the-line backhands from Andre in the past few months! I agree that this is encouraging.

As for LMAO's point, I think you may be right when he is playing against certain difficult opponents. But for those who don't have dangerous returns, imo AA should keep the classic combination of kick serve out wide followed by a shot into the open court. He has been doing this for years, and people know its coming, yet they still can do nothing about it most of the time... :cool:

Agassi Fan
09-27-2004, 01:18 PM
No retirement yet for Agassi

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former world number one Andre Agassi will carry on playing professional tennis for at least another year, says his wife Steffi Graf.
"He has told me that, after the indoor season, he definitely intended to play for another full year," Graf told reporters in Berlin on Saturday.

Many have suggested this year could be Agassi's last on the professional tour, although the 34-year-old American has repeatedly said his plan was to continue playing until he could no longer compete at the top level.

The eight-times grand slam champion reached the semi-finals of this year's Australian Open and the quarter-finals of this month's U.S. Open.

Graf, a former world number one who retired from competitive tennis in August 1999, was in Berlin to play an exhibition match against Argentine Gabriela Sabatini.

"I haven't been on a court for so long for years and I was a bit nervous," said the 35-year-old after beating her former rival 6-1 7-5.

Sabatini was impressed with the German's performance.

"She can make a comeback straightaway," said the Argentine. "I can't believe she hasn't played for five years."

Graf's three-year-old son, Jaden Gil, was watching from the stands.

Graf, who won 22 grand slam singles titles, and Agassi were married in October 2001. They also have a daughter, Jaz, who is 11 months old.

Steffi
09-27-2004, 07:14 PM
No retirement yet for Agassi

Yes!!!!! Go Andre!!!!! :wavey: :worship:

AGASSI
09-28-2004, 02:23 PM
Maybe Dre should use the kick-serve less. On the first serve he should always go for the ace. He'd get more free points. He should stop using the kicker on the first serve and flatten it out more.

hey everyone,

i am the user called "LMAO" but i've registered again to get this name ("AGASSI")

thank you

kyki84
09-28-2004, 02:53 PM
Agassi Says Secret to Success Is His Wife


The secret to success in life? Easy, says Andre Agassi: Find a wife like Steffi Graf. Agassi has found it trying at times to juggle family life, a demanding tennis schedule and his charity work. He concedes he's thought about retirement for the past five years.

"The first key to a great sense of balance is having a great wife," Agassi said by telephone recently. "Without a support system, it wouldn't be possible."

Agassi and his tennis star-wife are raising two children.

"It's a challenge," Agassi says. "As hard as it is at times, the things that are enjoyable are more enjoyable now."

Agassi, 34, is ranked seventh in the world and has committed to a full tournament schedule next year.

"I think we all need challenges in our life," he said. "Because I'm older ... I have a greater capacity to appreciate the rare moments."

Agassi hosts his ninth annual Grand Slam for Children benefit concert in Las Vegas on Oct. 2. Sponsored by the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, the show will feature Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, John Mayer, Ray Romano and Robin Williams. The concert has raised more than $36 million for charity.

Golfnduck
09-29-2004, 01:43 AM
I wish I could go and see that. Sounds like a really great exhibition.

kyki84
09-30-2004, 12:56 PM
A litlle out of topic, ok a lot out of topic, but i didnt know where to post it so
Recent Interview With Andre in "Gala"
by "Amy Cottrell" <amy.cottrell.Remove.This@[EMAIL PROTECTED] > Dec 7, 2003 at 06:03 PM

"Gala" Magazine
I'm enraptured

Andre Agassi was as radiant as ever, but also looking a little tired
when he was in Munich last week to promote his new fragrance "Aramis
Life." Nothing unusual for a brand new papa. After all, it was only
eight weeks ago that his wife Stefanie Graf brought little daughter
Jaz into the world. But although Agassi hasn't slept through a night
since then, one immediately believes him when he says he is happier
than ever.

Gala: Mr. Agassi, how do you feel as a father of a little daughter?

Agassi: I'm absolutely enraptured. Jaz is a little princess, very
dear.

Gala: And how is your wife doing?

Agassi: Stefanie recovered very well from the birth. She is healthy
and has a lot of power.

Gala: How do you help her out now?

Agassi: I gently rock Jaz to sleep, I change her diaper. It's a
wonderful feeling to hold such a small, fragile being in your arms. My
heart is full of love. I'm having the happiest time of my life.

Gala: That a father is so involved is not to be taken for granted.

Agassi: Stefanie and I try to share the job as much as possible. When
she is caring for Jaz, I play with Jaden and vice versa. That works
very well.

Gala: How tiring is living with the four of you?

Agassi: First I thought that two children were double the work of one.
In reality, it is ten times as much. Steffi and I are under a load of
demands, but also very happy about it.

Gala: Do you two still find occasion for romantic moments as a couple?

Agassi: It's very rare for Stefanie and I to have time completely
alone with each other. But it happens, for example, when Jaden and Jaz
accidentally go to sleep at the same time (laughs). No worries: the
situation will change as soon as Jaz gets a little bit older.

Gala: It doesn't burden your marriage?

Agassi: No. My wife and I have a wonderful, stable relationship, full
of love, understanding, and trust. We can put ourselves aside and
adapt ourselves to family situations.

Gala: Are you considering more children?

Agassi: Having two kids is a lot. Nevertheless I would like more, in
principle. But please don't tell that to Stefanie (laughs).

Gala: You are on the go a lot. Isn't your wife jealous then?

Agassi: No, and she has no reason to be. Steffi knows how much I love
her, that my heart belongs utterly and completely to her and our
children. I don't spend a single second without my family unless it's
absolutely necessary. For example, I could never take a vacation
alone. There would always be the pain of longing in my heart.

Gala: Men with wedding rings are especially sexy for many women ...

Agassi: I impart it quite clearly that I am taken. Stefanie is the
women of my life and that will still be so 50 years from now.

Agassi Fan
10-01-2004, 08:30 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20041001/capt.nvib10310010346.people_hurley_nvib103.jpg

Agassi Fan
10-01-2004, 08:32 AM
Elizabeth Hurley and Andre Agassi attend an event at which Hurley helped throw a swith to turn the Venetian Resort hotel-casino in Las Vegas pink on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004. The event was held to help raise awareness of breast cancer. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

AGASSI
10-01-2004, 08:37 AM
*wonder how many nip slips Dre caught*

Agassi Fan
10-02-2004, 01:02 PM
Andre Agassi's All-Star Grand Slam for Children at the MGM Grand Saturday Night


LAS VEGAS, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation
(AACF) has again assembled a top-notch evening of music and laughter to
benefit at-risk youth. Josh Groban, Faith Hill, John Mayer, Tim McGraw, Ray
Romano and Robin Williams will take the stage Saturday, Oct. 2 at the MGM
Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger and
composer David Foster will return for his ninth year as musical director.
"We are gratified by the continual support we received for The Grand Slam
for Children," said Agassi. "This is a memorable event that is supporting an
important cause, creating opportunities and a brighter future for children in
need."
An annual event, The Grand Slam for Children concert fundraiser presented
by Aramis and Designer Fragrances, benefits the AACF, a nonprofit organization
established in 1994 to assist at-risk youth in Las Vegas, where Agassi was
raised. More than 60,000 guests have attended eight sold-out Grand Slam
events, raising more than $36 million for charity.
"The Grand Slam for Children is an event that I am proud to play a role
in," said Perry Rogers, President Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation. "Each
Year we are overwhelmed by how 'the bar is raised' in terms of donations to
the AACF which brings us closer to our dream of completing the building
process for Andre Agassi College Prepatory Academy, as well as extending our
contributions to the other worthy children's charity that AACF supports."
Specific charities benefiting from the AACF fundraiser are: the Andre
Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a model charter school in West Las Vegas;
Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club; Assistance League of Las Vegas' Operation
School Bell; Boys Hope/Girls Hope of Nevada; Child Haven; Class! Publications;
Cynthia Bunker and Joy McClenahan Memorial Scholarship Fund; I Have A Dream
Foundation; Las Vegas Inner-City Games; Las Vegas Philharmonic's Youth Concert
Series; Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp; YMCA of Southern Nevada.
Since its inception in 1995, the Grand Slam for Children has been
distinguished by its roster of cream-of-the crop entertainers including: Sir
Elton John, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill,
Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Robin Williams, Carlos Santana, Don Henley,
Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, Ray Romano, Jamie Foxx, Jay Leno, Stevie
Nicks, Seal, Tim McGraw, India.Arie, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Dennis
Miller, Brian McKnight, Tears for Fears, LeAnn Rimes, Josh Groban and others.
Tickets priced at $150, $100 and $75, not including applicable service
charges and taxes, are currently on-sale at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box
office. Tickets also will be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations
(Tower Records/WOW!, select Smith's Food and Drug Centers, Robinsons-May
stores and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
To charge by phone with a major credit card, call MGM Grand Reservations at
800-929-1111/702-891-7777 or Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000. Tickets also are
available for purchase at http://www.mgmgrand.com/ or
http://www.ticketmaster.com/.

Gigan
10-05-2004, 07:08 PM
Hi Fans,

Last Andre's video-interview you can watch by this address:

http://msn.foxsports.com/bestdamn

Just choose, click on Andre's video and see...
He said that will play full next year!!!
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
10-05-2004, 09:21 PM
Australian Officials Expect Agassi To Play Oz Open

http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/AgassitrophyLUMAusOpen.jpg
C.Lum/WireImage.com By Richard Pagliaro
10/05/2004

Andre Agassi completed another successful Grand Slam triumph over the weekend and is now reportedly looking forward to his next major challenge — the Australian Open in January.

The eight-time Grand Slam champion, whose Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation hosted the Grand Slam for Children benefit in his native Las Vegas over the weekend, is expected to play the Australian Open in January, Australian Open Chief Executive Paul McNamee announced today. "I saw Andre at the U.S. Open and it was also confirmed recently by Steffi (Graf, Agassi's wife) that Andre would be coming back and going for his fifth Australian Open title," McNamee told the media at a news conference to kick off the countdown to the 2005 Australian Open, which will be contested January 17-30th at Melbourne Park.

The 34-year-old Agassi will be bidding for his fifth career Australian Open crown. Roger Federer is the defending men's champion and Justine Henin-Hardenne is the defending women's champion. A year ago, former No. 1 Marat Safin played with passion and purpose to produce a dramatic 7-6(6), 7-6(6), 5-7, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Agassi in the Australian Open semifinals. Safin snapped Agassi's 26-match winning streak Down Under and became the first man in five years to beat Agassi at Melbourne Park.

Agassi skipped the Australian Open for the first eight years of his career. The first time he showed up in Melbourne, he won the tournament and has taken home the title four times in eight appearances. Critics once dismissed him as more poseur than player, but very few champions have evolved as effectively and aged as gracefully as Agassi in recent years.

Whether you root for him or not, you have to respect the eight-time Grand Slam champion for the effort he exudes and the reverence and respect he brings to a sport he has truly embraced. As Agassi walked off the court after his semifinal setback to Safin, the crowd applauded his effort with a resounding roar that clearly touched him.

"They've been great to me over the years. Just a lot of fun to compete in front of," Agassi said. "And you never know when it's your last, right? So you want to say bye properly."

Agassi, who owns a 44-4 career record at the season's first Grand Slam, apparently plans to take another Australian Open this January.
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Agassi Fan
10-06-2004, 11:43 AM
Go Andre!

Gigan
10-06-2004, 12:59 PM
Yeh,
go Andre!



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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Agassi Fan
10-06-2004, 03:11 PM
I can't wait until the Madrid Masters. :-)

Gigan
10-07-2004, 03:45 PM
I can't wait until the Madrid Masters. :-)

We have to wait (I also want speed up it),
Andre needs to spend time with nice family...

He needs to reconsider his game, to do hard trainnings....
Because he plans to win against all of players!!!

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Agassi Fan
10-07-2004, 03:47 PM
Yes, but everybody is going to play on little tournament too, before the masters. :-(

Agassi Fan
10-10-2004, 03:41 PM
Agassi follows familiar path
Bruce Matthews
07oct04

TENNIS veteran Andre Agassi is expected to follow a familiar preparation by again using Kooyong as his build-up to the Australian Open.

Agassi has won three of his four Australian singles titles after similar success in the eight-man Kooyong Classic.
Tournament promoter Colin Stubs will contact Agassi and his agent in the next two weeks in a bid to confirm the popular American's entry in his field for the 2005 event from January 12-15.

Years of experience has taught Stubs to take nothing for granted and he purposely stays away from Agassi until shortly before he announces his line-up later this month.

The uncertainty was heightened this time by rumours could Agassi may retire after failing to reach a Grand Slam final in a calendar year for the first time since 1998.

Gigan
10-10-2004, 11:28 PM
Everyone against Federer in the Masters Series Madrid

• Hewitt, Roddick, Moya, Agassi, Henman, Ferrero… and all the other best tennis players in the world will try to stop him from October 16th till October 24th at the Rockódromo Madrid Arena in Casa de Campo
• Tickets are already on sale at Halcón Viajes
• Especial promotions for affiliated members in Spain

Madrid, September 18th, 2004 – Can anyone stop Roger Federer? This is the question to be answered by the best tennis players in the world during the Masters Series Madrid (from October 16th till October 24th). The ATP has just announced the entry of Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Carlos Moya, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero and the other 32 best tennis players in the world for the tournament that will take place for third year on a row at the Rockódromo Madrid Arena in Casa de Campo and will give out over 2,5 million euro in prices. Tommy Robredo, Feliciano López and Fernando Verdasco complete the list of Spaniards that have entered the main draw directly.

We all ask ourselves the same question since the ATP confirmed this week that Federer will end up the year being the undisputed Number 1 worldwide. However, what we still do not know is how many records can he add until the end of the year and whether anyone will be able to stop him. The Masters Series Madrid will be a perfect opportunity to do it, as well as to decide the last positions for Houston's Masters Cup, the ATP's ´finale´ of the year.

“For third year on a row, we have the best list that can be offered in an international tennis tournament. Roger Federer has proved to be N.1 this year: the best. He has won 3 Grand Slams (Australia, Wimbledon, US Open), 3 Masters Series (Indian Wells, Hamburg and Toronto), and has shown he can win on any surface. There is no doubt he is a great player. Him being in Madrid when he is most fit brings forward an undeniable favourite. However, considering the players' quality, Hewitt, Moya, Roddick, etc. will be willing to defeat him. Once again, it will be a fabulous tournament”, said proudly Manolo Santana, Director of Masters Series Madrid.

Juan Carlos Ferrero, winner at last year's tournament, will be back at Madrid to defend his title. After an irregular year due to his injuries, Ferrero will try to recuperate the ´feeling´ that to him to win last year before the crowd. Taking into account Carlos Moyá's results this year, he seems to be the Spanish trum card, since he has already achieved 3 titles this year (Masters Series Roma, Acapulco and Chennai) and has been finalist in Sydney and Buenos Aires. Tommy Robredo could be seed and the home players Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano López will certainly have on their side the crowd's support.

Agassi: unknown factor

Andre Agassi, champion at the first Masters de Madrid but an absentee last year due to the birth of his second son, is among this year's participants. “We are really looking forward to having Andre in Madrid again. His victory in Cincinatti's Masters Series and his great performance in the US Open have pushed him way up in the ranking towards qualifying for his fourteenth Masters Cup, but he still needs to assure himself a position through the two Masters Series that are left this year: Madrid y París. So we hope to see him here”, said Santana.

Madrid will be the scenario of the fight for a position in Houston's Masters Cup, where the 8 best world players shall meet. Both Federer, Roddick and Gastón Gaudio (winner at Roland Garros) have assured themselves a position. Guillermo Coria (finalist at Roland Garros and about to recover from an injury), Carlos Moya, Andre Agassi, the British Tim Henman (semifinalist at US Open), the Russian Marat Safin (finalist at the Australian Open), the Frenchman Sebastián Grosjean, the said Tommy Robredo and the Argentinian David Nalbandian have all got posibilites of achieving one of the 5 positions that are still to be decided. Thus, Madrid will be once more a battlefield.

Tickets sales at Halcón Viajes

Tennis lovers can start buying their tickets for the Masters Series Madrid ‘04 at the premises of Halcón Viajes, Spain's sole sales point for the coming 3 years together with Servicaixa. There are all types of prices: from the 5-euro-tickets to watch the "qualies" to the 54-euro-ones to see the finals from a unique seat at the Rockódromo Arena. For further details on tickets visit our official Web site of the tournament (http://www.tennis-masters-madrid.com/); or dial 902-1-TENIS (902-1-83647)

Especial promotions for affiliated members

Masters Series Madrid colaborates with Madrid's tennis federation (Federación de Tenis de Madrid) and the Spanish federation (Real Federación Española de Tenis) to offer a especial price to their affiliates in Spain: 10% discount. All information can be found through “Licencia con Ventaja” available in the official site of FTM (http://www.ftm.es/) and that of the tournament (http://www.tennis-masters-madrid.com/); or by dialing 902-1-TENIS (902-1-83647)


About Masters Series Madrid and the ATP Masters Series

The Masters Series Madrid belongs to the unique elite of the ATP Masters Series, the nine most prestigious tournaments of men's professional tennis circuit that takes place every year. The Series starts in springtime at Indian Wells (California) and moves to Miami, Monte Carlo, Roma, Hamburg, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati, Madrid and Paris throughout the year, ending in Houston with the Tennis Masters Cup, where the best 8 players of the year meet.

The Masters Series Madrid does also benefit of the support of the Town Hall of Madrid, Mercedes-Benz, NH Hoteles, Air Europa, Lacoste, Indesit, ISS, Hugo Boss, Cepsa, Schweppes, Adecco, Mahou, Vocento/ABC and Marca


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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
10-10-2004, 11:30 PM
Andre win Madrid Open 2004!!!!


ENTRIES OF PLAYERS' OFFICIAL LIST (according to Indesit Entry System Ranking August 30th)

1. Federer, Roger (SUI )
2. Roddick, Andy (USA )
3. Coria, Guillermo (ARG)
4. Moya, Carlos (ESP)
5. Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS)
6. Henman, Tim (GBR)
7. Agassi, Andre (USA)
8. Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP)
9. Nalbandian, David (ARG)
10. Gaudio, Gaston (ARG)
11. Massu, Nicolas (CHI )
12. Schuettler, Rainer (GER )
13. Grosjean, Sebastien (FRA )
14. Safin, Marat (RUS )
15. Srichaphan, Paradorn (THA )
16. González, Fernando (CHI )
17. Chela, Juan Ignacio (ARG )
18. Pavel, Andrei (ROM )
19. Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
20. Kiefer, Nicolas (GER)
21. Kuerten, Gustavo (BRA)
22. Dent, Taylor (USA)
23. Hrbaty, Dominik (SVK)
24. Spadea, Vincent (USA)
25. Ljubicic, Ivan (CRO)
26. Novak, Jiri (CZE)
27. Schalken, Sjeng (HOL)
28. Fish, Mardy (USA)
29. Ancic, Mario (CRO)
30. Johansson, Joachim (SWE)
31. Cañas, Guillermo (ARG)
32. López, Feliciano (ESP)
33. Horna, Luis (PER)
34. Santoro, Fabrice (FRA)
35. Bjrokman Jonas (SUE)
36. Verdasco, Fernando (ESP)
37. Mayer, Florian (GER)
38. El Aynaoui, Younes (MAR)
…..
39. SE - ATP
40. WC - MARCA
41. WC
42. WC
43. FASE PREVIA
44. FASE PREVIA
45. FASE PREVIA
46. FASE PREVIA

First ones out of the list:

1. Youzhny, Mikhail (RUS)
2. Soderling, Robin (SUE)
3. Melzer, Juergen (AUT)
4. Arazi, Hicham (MAR)
5. Verkerk, Martin (HOL)
6. Malisse, Xavier (BEL)
7. Costa, Albert (ESP)
8. Haas, Tommy (ALE)
9. Labadze, Irakli (GEO)
10. Ginepri, Robby (USA)
11. Calleri, Agustin (ARG)
12. Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
10-10-2004, 11:49 PM
What is this?
There are two versions of official player's list issued on same
date (30 August) in Madrid's site.

http://www.tennis-masters-madrid.com/eng/players.htm and
http://www.tennis-masters-madrid.com/eng/noticias/p3eng.htm

One is with Coria, second - without.
According to that Andre's Ranking number is changing from 7 to 6.



Which version is correct?
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Agassi Fan
10-11-2004, 07:40 AM
[
Which version is correct?

I like Coria, but I hope, he will not play in Madrid.
Andre's chance is bigger, if Coria can't play this year anymore.

Gigan
10-11-2004, 02:48 PM
[
Which version is correct?

I like Coria, but I hope, he will not play in Madrid.
Andre's chance is bigger, if Coria can't play this year anymore.

Hope Andre will qualify himself, without Coria's situation.
And good health to Coria.


Go Andre, win both masters tournaments and
Masters Cup Heuston 2004!
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever

smucav
10-11-2004, 05:17 PM
Agassi Appears
Although he wasn’t playing in the Esurance Tiburon Challenger, Andre Agassi made a surprise visit to the Tiburon Peninsula Club today, hitting around with main draw player Brian Baker. Many speculated that Agassi was looking for a practice match to tune his game before next week’s Madrid Masters tournament. Not surprisingly, the appearance of the one of the world’s best overshadowed the qualifying tournament, drawing a majority of spectators away from the ongoing competition and back to Tiburon Peninsula Club’s court five, tucked away behind stadium court.
Knowing Agassi’s penchant for hard work, don’t be surprised if he makes his way to the Tiburon Peninsula Club tomorrow in search of hitting partners.
Andre Agassi Makes a Surprise Appearance at The Esurance Tiburon Challenger! (http://www.tiburonpc.org/tpc-cgi-bin/crpt?code=26&report=2004&templ=challenger_page_2004.html&detail=signup.041009.1651.42759)

smucav
10-11-2004, 05:21 PM
Which version is correct?
Neither. The updated entry list was released today (10/11): http://www.tennis-masters-madrid.com/eng/noticias/p5eng.htm

Gigan
10-11-2004, 05:26 PM
Neither. The updated entry list was released today (10/11): http://www.tennis-masters-madrid.com/eng/noticias/p5eng.htm
They updated the site today:

Expected absentees

The ATP has just confirmed that Guillermo Coria, the Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten and the Frenchmen Fabrice Santoro and Sebastien Grosjean will be out of the tournament, as expected. Coria, finalist of the Roland Garros, is recovering from his right shoulder operation to which he was subjected more than one month ago and hopes to take part again in the Tennis Masters Cup. Gustavo Kuerten is also recovering from a hip operation that will keep him out of the circuit until the beginning of next year. And the Frenchmen Grosjean and Santoro have not yet recovered from their injuries.

This has given an opportunity to Mikhail Yozhny, the Swede Robin Soderling, and the Austrian Jurgen Melzer.
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
10-11-2004, 05:29 PM
ENTRIES OF PLAYERS' OFFICIAL LIST (according to Indesit Entry System Ranking 10/11)

1. Federer, Roger (SUI )
2. Roddick, Andy (USA )
3. Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS)
4. Moya, Carlos (ESP)
5. Henman, Tim (GBR)
6. Agassi, Andre (USA)
7. Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP)
8. Nalbandian, David (ARG)
9. Gaudio, Gastón (ARG)
10. Massú, Nicolás (CHI)
11. Schuettler, Rainer (GER)
12. Safin, Marat (RUS)
13. Srichaphan, Paradorn (THA)
14. González, Fernando (CHI)
15. Chela, Juan Ignacio (ARG)
16. Pavel, Andrei (ROM)
17. Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
18. Kiefer, Nicolas (GER)
19. Dent, Taylor (USA)
20. Hrbaty, Dominik (SVK)
21. Spadea, Vincent (USA)
22. Ljubicic, Ivan (CRO)
23. Novak, Jiri (CZE)
24. Schalken, Sjeng (HOL)
25. Fish, Mardy (USA)
26. Ancic, Mario (CRO)
27. Johansson, Joachim (SWE)
28. Cañas, Guillermo (ARG)
29. López, Feliciano (ESP)
30. Horna, Luis (PER)
31. Bjrokman Jonas (SUE)
32. Verdasco, Fernando (ESP)
33. Mayer, Florian (GER)
34. El Aynaoui, Younes (MAR)
35. Youzhny, Mikhail (RUS)
36. Soderling, Robin (SUE)
37. Melzer, Juergen (AUT)
38. Arazi, Hicham (MAR)

…..

39. SE - ATP
40. WC – Rafael Nadal (ESP)
41. WC
42. WC –Marca’s Vote
43. QUALIFYING
44. QUALIFYING
45. QUALIFYING
46. QUALIFYING
47. QUALIFYING
48. QUALIFYING
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
10-11-2004, 05:44 PM
Andre Agassi Makes a Surprise Appearance at The Esurance Tiburon Challenger! (http://www.tiburonpc.org/tpc-cgi-bin/crpt?code=26&report=2004&templ=challenger_page_2004.html&detail=signup.041009.1651.42759)
Thanks smucav...

http://www.tiburonpc.org/tpc_images/esurance_challenger_logo_w.jpg

Andre Agassi Makes a Surprise Appearance at The Esurance Tiburon Challenger!

Agassi Appears

Although he wasn’t playing in the Esurance Tiburon Challenger, Andre Agassi made a surprise visit to the Tiburon Peninsula Club today, hitting around with main draw player Brian Baker. Many speculated that Agassi was looking for a practice match to tune his game before next week’s Madrid Masters tournament. Not surprisingly, the appearance of the one of the world’s best overshadowed the qualifying tournament, drawing a majority of spectators away from the ongoing competition and back to Tiburon Peninsula Club’s court five, tucked away behind stadium court.
Knowing Agassi’s penchant for hard work, don’t be surprised if he makes his way to the Tiburon Peninsula Club tomorrow in search of hitting partners.
Locals
Several local players with Tiburon Peninsula Club connections contested today’s qualifying tournament with mixed results.
Fairfax resident, Pablo Pires de Almeida made it through the first round of qualifying and will take on Nathan Healy of Australia tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Tiburon Peninsula Club’s teaching pros Matt Holt and Dave Allen, along with Marin resident and former world #1 in masters competition, Jeff Greenwald, and Tiburon Peninsula Club member Alex Rosinski, all took to the court in today’s Challenger qualifying tournament. The competition-tuned touring pros proved a little too much for the local boys and, although they gave their opponents a run for their money, none advanced past the first round.

Some Wildcards Announced
Todd Widom, Michael Yani, Alex Kuznestov join Scoville Jenkins as wildcard entries for the Esurance Tiburon Challenger.

Go, Andre!
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Gigan
10-11-2004, 09:51 PM
Pdf file of Main Draw is available here:

http://www.tiburonpc.org/files/26/combo.pdf
(singles and doubles ).

It is not clear yet against whom Andre will play...



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smucav
10-11-2004, 10:59 PM
AA isn't playing the challenger tournament: he was just practicing there Sunday with Brian Baker.

He's in Irvine, CA tonight (Monday 10/11) for the WTT All-Star Smash Hits (http://www.worldteamtennis.com/events/smash.asp) (benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the National AIDS Fund) and will be in Grand Forks, ND tomorrow night (Tuesday 10/12) for the Engelsted Open (http://www.theralph.com/new2/Calendar_Section/events/Engelstad_Open.htm) (benefiting the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation).

Gigan
10-11-2004, 11:15 PM
AA isn't playing the challenger tournament: he was just practicing there Sunday with Brian Baker.

He's in Irvine tonight (Monday 10/11) for the WTT All-Star Smash Hits (http://www.worldteamtennis.com/events/smash.asp) and will be in Grand Forks, ND tomorrow night (Tuesday 10/12) for the Engelsted Open (http://www.theralph.com/new2/Calendar_Section/events/Engelstad_Open.htm).

Thanks for the correction.

You are welcome here, smucav, bring more news on Andre...

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Gigan
10-11-2004, 11:19 PM
Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick Meet in WTT All-Star Smash Hits


http://www.wtt.com/news/images/header_news.gifTennis superstars Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick will make a rare Orange County appearance when they go head-to-head in the featured match of the 12th annual WTT All-Star Smash Hits, presented by ADT Security Services, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, October 11, 2004, at the Bren Center on the University of California Irvine campus....

Complete article in (thanks to smucav) :

http://www.wtt.com/news/news_info.asp?news_id=167

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Gigan
10-11-2004, 11:28 PM
The Engelstad Open

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Tennis superstars Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick
take center court for a “best of 3 sets” exhibition at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Also, tennis veterans Luke and Murphy Jensen will open play against an area doubles team in an 8-game pro set. Presented by Midcontinent Communications.

Event Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Time: 7:30 pm

Go Andre!
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smucav
10-11-2004, 11:31 PM
Just realized the WTT site hasn't been updated recently as some other players (Anna Kournikova, Tracy Austin, Brad Gilbert, & Darren Cahill) were added to the lineup a few weeks ago:
Five sets of tennis, using a modified World TeamTennis (WTT) format, will be played. In addition to sets of men’s singles with Agassi and Roddick, Cahill and Gilbert will pair up with their star pupils for a one-of- kind doubles match. Kournikova and Austin are also scheduled to play in the mixed doubles with Agassi and Roddick. The players will form two teams, with one team captained by Sir Elton John and the other by Billie Jean King. John and King, along with Kournikova and Roddick also plan to participate in a celebrity doubles event to open the evening.
Tennis Legend Tracy Austin to Play WTT All-Star Smash Hits (http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3088715&l_id=&t_id=)

Gigan
10-11-2004, 11:32 PM
The Engelstad Open
About the Athletes


Andre Agassi


Andre, the youngest of 4 children, was deemed a tennis prodigy at age three. By age 13, he was enrolled at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. It was there that he honed his skills. Under the tutelage of Bollettieri, Agassi turned pro at the age of 16 in 1986. He took the tour circuit by storm, with his fluorescent outfits and long hair.
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Agassi entered the 1992 Wimbledon Open, seeded 12th. However, he went on to upset Boris Becker, John McEnroe and Goran Ivanisevic to capture his first Grand Slam title. In 1993 he hired former player Brad Gilbert as his coach for the 1994 season. He eventually became the first unseeded player since 1930 to win the US Open. This success continued on into 1995 where he won the Australian Open and grasped onto the number one spot in the world. 1996 brought him an Olympic gold medal on American soil. By June of 1999, Agassi became only the 5th player in history to win all four Grand Slams and was thus ranked number one in the world once more. In February of 2000, Agassi once again captured the Australian Open. Since then he has continued to remain one of top 5 players in the world.

Andre is married to fellow tennis player Steffi Graf. He is also well known for his numerous appearances in television commercials for Canon, Nike and Schick. Agassi’s career singles record is 801-249, has won 58 singles titles and 1 double title. Total prize money accumulates to $28,618,259. Andre is currently ranked seventeenth in the world.



Andy Roddick

The most promising talent in men's tennis, Andy Roddick stands as the king of the court thanks to a blistering 140 mph serve, natural athleticism and infectious charisma. At only 21, he has become the new face of tennis and looks to make a dent in several all-time records in the years to come.



As a junior, Andy was No. 1 in the U.S. in 1999, and then rose from the sixth spot to the first in the world rankings during the 2000 season. Among the ATP players, he was the youngest in the Top 200, at 18 years old, and then showed flashes of brilliance after winning the junior Australian and U.S. Open that same year. In 2000, Andy turned pro, playing in ATP Entry System events.

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In 2001, his first full season on tour, Roddick built on his strong finish from the year before winning in Atlanta and Houston. By year's end, he was placed in the Top 20, and at just over 19 years old, was, by far, the youngest among the group. The peak of the 2002 season brought more of the same success, as he captured a title in Memphis, before repeating as champion in Houston, beating Pete Sampras in the final. He finished the year in the ATP Top Ten. To cap off his great summer 2003 run under new coach Brad Gilbert (Agassi’s former coach), Roddick blew by the competition at the U.S. Open before winning in straight sets versus top rival Juan Carlos Fererro. The 2003 season was topped off with a Grand Slam win in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Currently ranked second in the world, Roddick is quickly becoming a marquee draw for star-starved tennis fans. His face has adorned the covers Tennis Week, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, the New York Times, USA Today, and People. He was also selected as the Sexiest Athlete by People Magazine’s Sexist Man Alive issue in December of 2003. He is nicknamed “A-Rod” by other players, and “Kid Roddick” by ESPN. Roddick’s professional career review (2001-2004) includes a singles record of 223-71, 15 singles titles, 2 doubles titles, and $6,755,730 in total prize money won.



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Gigan
10-11-2004, 11:49 PM
Just a nice pic

http://www.wtt.com/agassi/images/agassi.jpg

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Gigan
10-12-2004, 03:35 PM
For immediate release

TEAM BILLIE JEAN DEFEATS TEAM ELTON AT 12TH ANNUAL WTT SMASH HITS Two days of events raise more than $1.5 million for Elton John AIDS Foundation


Irvine, Calif. (October 11, 2004) --- Andre Agassi defeated Andy Roddick 5-2 in the final set of singles in front of a capacity crowd of 5,167 at the Bren Center on the University of California Irvine campus to lead Team Billie Jean King to a 17-12 win over Team Elton John at the 12th annual World TeamTennis Smash Hits. The annual charity event, hosted by longtime friends Billie Jean King and Elton John, was part of two days of activities including an Enduring Vision concert with Elton John and live auction that raised more than $1.5 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the National AIDS Fund.

The evening of tennis was capped off by an exciting singles event between Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick. Playing for Team Elton, Roddick won the first set, 5-2. Agassi rebounded in the second set to seal the victory for Team Billie Jean with a 5-2 win.

The festivities began with a celebrity match which paired Sir Elton John and Roddick against Agassi and Anna Kournikova. Kournikova and Agassi outlasted John and Roddick in a tiebreaker, 3-2 (3). Two-time Olympic gold medalist Julie Foudy served as the celebrity ballgirl for the opening match. Prior to the match, King presented Foudy with a shirt signed by all the Smash Hits players.

In other matches Agassi and his coach, Darren Cahill defeated Roddick and his coach Brad Gilbert in men’s doubles action, 5-2. In mixed doubles, Agassi teamed with Kournikova to defeat Roddick and tennis legend Tracy Austin, 5-3. Roddick and Agassi substituted for their coaches Gilbert and Cahill midway through the match.

In addition to contributing their time to the event, many of tennis’ top names also contributed to the final tally by offering one-of-a-kind auction items at Sunday evening’s Enduring Vision event. Lunch with Kournikova sold for $16,000 while Roddick auctioned off two half hour tennis lessons at $20,000 each. King raised nearly $50,000 with donations of her U.S. Open and Wimbledon tickets. The biggest bids of the evening were three private dinners with Elton John at one of his homes for $100,000 each.

Established in 1992, the Elton John AIDS Foundation is an international non-profit organization funding prevention education and direct patient care services for men, women and children living with or at risk of HIV / AIDS. From 1992-2004, the Foundation has funded more than 2,417 in grants in North America. To date, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has distributed over $50 million to fund HIV / AIDS programs around the world. Since its inception, Smash Hits has raised more than $5 million for the Foundation.

ADT Security Services is the presenting sponsor of the 12th annual WTT All-Star Smash Hits. Celebrating its 129th anniversary, ADT Security Services is the largest single provider of electronic security services to more than five million commercial, federal and residential customers throughout the United States. ADT''''s total security solutions include intrusion, fire protection, closed circuit television, access control, critical condition monitoring, electronic article surveillance and integrated systems.

For additional information, please visit the Elton John AIDS Foundation at www.ejaf.org and World TeamTennis at www.wtt.com.

Final Results
Team Billie def. Team Elton, 17-12

*Celebrity match: Andre Agassi/Anna Kournikova def. Elton John/Andy Roddick, 3-2 (3)

Match 1: Men’s Doubles - Agassi/Cahill (Team BJK) def. Roddick/Gilbert (Team Elton), 5-2
Match 2: Mixed Doubles – Agassi/Kournikova/Cahill (Team BJK) def. Roddick/Austin/Gilbert (Team Elton), 5-3
Match 3: Men’s Singles (two sets) – Roddick (Team Elton) def. Agassi (Team BJK), 5-2
Agassi (Team BJK) def. Roddick (Team Elton), 5-2


* results of the celebrity match do not count towards the final team scores.
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Gigan
10-12-2004, 03:44 PM
One pic of this Event:

IRVINE, CA - OCTOBER 11: Tennis player Andre Agassi in action during the 12th Annual World Team Tennis Smash Hits, an annual event benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation, on October 11, 2004 in Irvine, California.

Check also Andre's pics section...

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Agassi Fan
10-12-2004, 05:37 PM
When will play Andre against Roddick?

smucav
10-12-2004, 08:31 PM
When will play Andre against Roddick? Last night (Monday) in Irvine and tonight (Tuesday) in Grand Forks.

spooky
10-12-2004, 09:16 PM
One pic of this Event:

IRVINE, CA - OCTOBER 11: Tennis player Andre Agassi in action during the 12th Annual World Team Tennis Smash Hits, an annual event benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation, on October 11, 2004 in Irvine, California.

Check also Andre's pics section...


Beautiful! :inlove:

Gigan
10-13-2004, 07:51 AM
Posted on Wed, Oct. 13, 2004


Agassi defeats Roddick in exhibition match

Associated Press


GRAND FORKS, N.D. - In an atmosphere that more closely resembled a rock concert, Andre Agassi defeated Andy Roddick 6-4, 7-6, (8-6) in a tennis exhibition at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Tuesday.

Agassi and Roddick exchanged hard shots and quips with each other and a crowd estimated at 8,000.

Despite being 34 years old and near retirement, Agassi is still rated 17th in the world. Roddick, 22, is ranked second in the world. But the veteran made fewer errors and broke Roddick's serve twice to take the match.

Some proceeds from the match will benefit Agassi's tennis school for disadvantaged children.

Most of the crowd was rooting for Agassi, although young women were vocal in their support of Roddick.

The players did some clowning, which included bringing a heckler onto the court for an unsuccessful attempt at returning Roddick's serve. But at the end of each set, the play turned serious.

"It's hard to avoid being competitive," Agassi said. "You always play to beat the other guy."

Roddick labeled his play "here and there," saying he had difficulty adjusting to a fast surface after the two played on a slow surface a night earlier in California.

The two have met in several similar exhibitions. Agassi owns a 5-1 advantage in tournament matches.

Agassi said he was surprised by the turnout of fans in Grand Forks.

"I was hoping tennis wasn't too foreign to the people here," he said. "But their welcoming ovation lifted us up. And they had more tennis knowledge than I thought they'd have."
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Agassi Fan
10-13-2004, 08:39 AM
Yes, Andre def. Roddick, like always. :-)

Agassi Fan
10-13-2004, 09:21 AM
Agassi comes out on top

By Brad E. Schlossman

Herald Staff Writer


It may seem absurd to choose to return Andy Roddick's 150 mph serve.

But when Andre Agassi won the coin toss before Tuesday's match at Ralph Engelstad Arena, he chose to return.

Maybe he knew something about the blue court surface that Roddick didn't. Or maybe he just had that much confidence in his return game.

Either way, Agassi was right. He broke Roddick twice in two sets on his way to a 6-4 7-6(8-6) win in the match dubbed as the Engelstad Open.

"Andy's serve is arguably the best serve the game has ever seen," Agassi said. "It makes me feel that much better when I break it."

The match, which benefited Agassi's children's charity, featured a little bit of everything. The relaxed atmosphere featured quite a bit of dialogue between the players and the crowd and comments to each other.

There also were some serious serves and forehands, as some fans found out first hand

Gigan
10-13-2004, 11:49 AM
Agassi comes out on top

...
"Andy's serve is arguably the best serve the game has ever seen," Agassi said. "It makes me feel that much better when I break it."
...

It's good one!
I like it very much.

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MisterQ
10-13-2004, 12:39 PM
wow, another close one between AR and AA. :)

MisterQ
10-13-2004, 12:55 PM
Here's a nice article:

Grand Forks Herald (http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/sports/9903962.htm)

Gigan
10-13-2004, 01:13 PM
There are few pics of that match:

http://www.grandforks.com/images/grandforks/grandforksherald/9904/98089561640.jpg

http://www.grandforks.com/images/grandforks/grandforksherald/9904/98089581448.jpg

http://www.grandforks.com/images/grandforks/grandforksherald/9904/98089591352.jpg

http://www.grandforks.com/images/grandforks/grandforksherald/9904/98089611160.jpg

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Gigan
10-13-2004, 01:16 PM
It was a good training match for Andre (for Andy - too) before TM Madrid next week?!



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Gigan
10-13-2004, 03:18 PM
Agassi dismisses Davis Cup return


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Andre Agassi will not play for the United States in the Davis Cup final.
The former French Open winner had been tipped to return to the American team because the final against Spain will be played in Seville on clay.

But Agassi said: "I'm growing tired and I have a family. It's time for the young guys who have got the team this far to have the opportunity to win it."

Agassi, 34, has not competed in the Davis Cup since 2000, when he played under captain John McEnroe.


Current US captain Patrick McEnroe is likely to stick with a singles line-up of Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, with Bob and Mike Bryan contesting the doubles. "




Sorry, you will not play there...
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Agassi Fan
10-13-2004, 06:22 PM
[QUOTE=Gigan]It was a good training match for Andre (for Andy - too) before TM Madrid next week?!

Yes, I hope it was a good training match for Andre, and I hope not for Roddick. :D

Gigan
10-14-2004, 12:54 AM
10.13.04

Agassi Gives Back

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Andre Agassi has given nearly 19 years of his life to professional tennis and continues to contribute even more off the court. The eight-time Grand Slam champion is one of 12 familiar faces featured on the new "12 Reasons to Give" celebrity philanthropy calendar produced by The Giving Back Fund.



The 12 Reasons To Give calendar honors 12 generous and diverse high-profile people within professional sports and entertainment who have demonstrated a strong commitment to philanthropy.

The 34-year-old Agassi's commitment to charitable, social and educational causes led him to create the The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, a not-for-profit public charity that provides recreational and educational opportunities for at-risk boys and girls. Agassi's charity, including his annual Grand Slam for Children benefit, has raised more than $40 million, which has helped fund the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy charter school.

Agassi joins Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie, hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons, musician Sting, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio, NBA center Alonzo Mourning, Oscar-nominated actor Edward Norton, musician Sarah McLachlan, 10-time NBA All-Star David Robinson, singer Amy Grant and the late actor/director Christopher Reeve on the the "12 Reasons To Give" calendar.

The celebrity philanthropy calendar, will be available at Amazon.com , Borders, Waldenbooks, and other national retail stores for $19.95. The Picerne Group, an international investment firm based in San Juan Capistrano, California, underwrote production of the calendar. Thanks to their sponsorship, 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be distributed to the 12 charities selected by the honorees.


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Gigan
10-14-2004, 02:38 AM
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13 OCTOBER 2004

Elton John had his work cut out when he gave a live performance in California on Wednesday. Because instead of staging one of his legendary concerts, the 57-year-old took on Andre Agassi and Anna Kournikova in an all-star tennis match.
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The Rocket Man had some capable assistance, in the shape of world number two Andy Roddick, for the doubles clash. But in the end it wasn't enough to stop his opponents from storming to victory. Not even some tactical tips from Wimbledon legend Billy Jean King could help the musician get back in the game.

His defeat may have taken Sir Elton by surprise, because he had been confident of glory before the game began. "Well it's obvious we're going to win tonight," he said. "I lost the last two years, so I've got to put that right."

Some 5,000 fans went along to the University of California campus to see Elton and his friends slug it out. The Smash Hits tennis competition was part of a two-day event staged to raise money for Aids charities. The fundraiser, which also included a concert and an auction, pulled in £800,000 altogether. Three fans paid £55,000 each to have dinner with the singer, while a private lunch with Anna went for £10,000.

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Steffi
10-14-2004, 06:18 PM
Its not a good pics on Elton! :-)

Go Andre in Madrid!!!!!!

Agassi Fan
10-15-2004, 05:26 PM
[QUOTE=Steffi]Its not a good pics on Elton! :-)

I've never seen good pic on Elton.:haha:

Gigan
10-19-2004, 08:59 PM
Agassi returns with a win at Madrid Masters
Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Playing his first tennis since losing to Roger Federer at the U.S. Open last month, Andre Agassi returned to the court Tuesday and posted a straight-set second-round victory over Max Mirnyi at the $3.035 million Masters Series Madrid.

The second-seeded Agassi handled the Belarusian Mirnyi in 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 fashion at Rockodromo. The eight-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 American captured this Madrid event in 2002, while Mirnyi was the 2001 runner-up to Tommy Haas. Agassi topped Czech Jiri Novak in the '02 title match.

The 34-year-old Agassi, now 31-11 for the year, had been idle since losing to the world No. 1 Federer in five sets in the U.S. Open quarterfinals six weeks ago.

Agassi's third-round opponent will be 14th-seeded fellow American Vincent Spadea or rising Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

Agassi's countryman Mardy Fish came up a second-round loser on Day 2, as the Olympic silver medalist, one day after posting a come-from-behind victory over Wimbledon semifinalist Mario Ancic, bowed out against ninth-seeded Romanian Andrei Pavel 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2).

Fourth-seeded Argentine David Nalbandian moved into the third round with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 decision against Swede Robin Soderling, who captured his first-ever ATP title in Lyon just two weeks ago.

A second-round upset came when Frenchman Antony Dupuis drubbed 12th-seeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

In first-round play, Haas humbled Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-4, 6-1, as the talented German seeks a second Madrid title in four years.

American Taylor Dent and surging Argentine Guillermo Canas also posted first- round victories, as Dent dropped Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2 and Canas overcame Dane Kristof Vliegen 5-7, 7-5, 6-1. Canas is fresh off his runner-up finish in Vienna, where he lost to Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in five sets. The hot Canas has won three events and notched a runner-up placement in his last six tournaments.

In other opening-round action, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco vaulted past veteran Swede Jonas Bjorkman 6-1, 6-2; Croat Ivan Ljubicic leveled Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4; and the aforementioned Nadal whipped Italian Davide Sanguinetti 6-2, 6-1.

This week's indoor-hardcourt champ will claim $557,000.



10/19 16:13:16 ET
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Gigan
10-19-2004, 09:00 PM
Masters Series Madrid men's tennis update - October 19
Rockodromo Arena
Madrid, Spain
Total Prize Money: $3.035 million
TUESDAY'S SECOND-ROUND MATCHES
Andre Agassi (2) def. Max Mirnyi, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
David Nalbandian (4) def. Robin Soderling, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
Andrei Pavel (9) def. Mardy Fish, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Antony Dupuis def. Juan Ignacio Chela (12), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3



TUESDAY'S FIRST-ROUND MATCHES
Tommy Haas def. Xavier Malisse, 6-4, 6-1
Taylor Dent def. Mikhail Youzhny, 6-3, 6-2
Fernando Verdasco def. Jonas Bjorkman, 6-1, 6-2
Ivan Ljubicic def. Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 6-4
Rafael Nadal def. Davide Sanguinetti, 6-2, 6-1
Guillermo Canas def. Kristof Vliegen, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
Feliciano Lopez leads Ivo Karlovic, 6-4, 3-3



Notes
Agassi titled here in 2002...Haas beat Mirnyi in the 2001 final...The winner of this indoor-hardcourt event will collect $557,000...Lopez beat Canas in last week's final in Vienna.

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Gigan
10-19-2004, 09:02 PM
Agassi picks up the winning habit

36 minutes ago Top Stories - AFP



MADRID (AFP) - Andre Agassi produced a comprehensive 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 win over Max Mirnyi at the 2.425-million-euro Madrid Masters to mark his return to tennis after five weeks away from the circuit.


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The 34-year-old American, holder of the inaugural 2002 title at the Rockodromo, was making his first appearance on court since losing in the U.S. Open (news - web sites) quarter-finals in September, improved to 4-0 against Belarussian Mirnyi.


The second seed from Las Vegas saved all five break points he faced, and put an end to any upset hopes as he put Mirnyi into a 0-40 deficit for three match points.


Mirnyi saved two, but stretched for a return on the third only to lose his footing and go down in a failed effort.


Agassi moved through after nearly 90 minutes with 27 winners and only 16 unforced errors as he successfully shook the cobwebs out of his classic baseline return game.


"He outplayed me in the first set, but I like the way my game turned out in the second," said the veteran who is 31-11 this season with a title at the last Masters Series at Cincinnati in August.


"I picked it up. It was a difficult match. The first is always tough after being away for five weeks. It's difficult to get a rhythm against him, especially with his serve."


A possible third round opponent is Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal who stampeded over an Italian nearly twice his age Tuesday, ploughing into the second round with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Davide Sanguinetti.


The 32-year-old from Italy never looked a threat against Nadal, the 18-year-old tipped as the next big thing from the Iberian tennis factory.


The 50th-ranked Nadal, who won his first career title over the summer on clay, moved into a match against American 14th seed Vince Spadea as he improved to 29-15 this season.


"It will be a difficult match, but I certainly have to do better than today," said the Spaniard. "But this match has given me confidence.


"I needed to win it after losing my last two."


Nadal is among the biggest of fan favourites at the Rockodromo after his performance in lifting Spain in September's Davis Cup semi-final over France and into a December showdown with the United States in Seville.


German Tommy Haas stretched his 2004 comeback effort, hammering home a 6-4, 6-1 win over Xavier Malisse in the first round.


Haas, winner of two titles this season - the second, in Los Angeles, earning him a dinner with his father's childhood friend, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) - improved to 32-19 this season.


After missing all of 2003 through shoulder surgery, the 26-year-old is steadily climbing the rankings, currently standing 26th.


Other winners included American Taylor Dent who overcame Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2 and Spain's Fernando Verdasco who crushed Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman 6-1, 6-2.
Croatian Ivan Ljubicic ousted Czech teenager Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 and Argentine Guillermo Canas beat Belgian Kristian Vliegen 5-7, 7-5, 6-1.


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spooky
10-20-2004, 12:33 AM
Agassi: “I like the way my game picked up”


Madrid, October 19th 2004 - Interview with Andre Agassi, who won his match against Max Mirnyi by 7-6 (5) and 6-3.

Q. It was a difficult match or in the key moments you were superior to Max Mirnyi?
ANDRE AGASSI: I think it was definitely difficult. It was difficult because the first match is always he has one match he's already played and probably more comfortable. And he plays a type of game that is very difficult. It's tough to get a rhythm. He can go through periods where he serves so well, then if you get a chance, you must do something with it. And he puts a lot of pressure on you.
So I felt good with the way it went. I was pretty lucky in the first set. I think he was outplaying me in the first set and I got fortunate on some big key points. But then I liked the way my game picked up. I started getting more comfortable in the second.

Q. With all these players that couldn't come, was it your mission to come? Do you feel comfortable in a place that you won two years ago, it was a special reason, or just because you want to win in Houston after or what?
ANDRE AGASSI: Every year, every month I have to make decisions based on where I am physically, mentally, what my goals are, where my plans are.
You know, this year, it was very important for me to be here. It's a big tournament, gives me a chance to gain some ground and confidence going into next year. I was very motivated to come here and play.

Q. You look very fit. What have you done since The Open?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, missing Wimbledon was pretty disappointing to me, so I was excited for the summer to hopefully get some good matches and some confidence going, and I did. And I felt like I was playing some of my best tennis at parts of the summer, and I had a good chance at The Open. So I was pretty inspired to keep working and pretty excited to get back on the court again.
So I've been training. You know, this was the time of year where I have my foundation event, my charity, that we raised $6.1 million for the children in Las Vegas.

Q. You've been known occasionally to choreograph the ball kids. How did it go with the models?
ANDRE AGASSI: It was difficult, to say the least, to concentrate on the ball. But I suppose I had an advantage. I'm used to playing with my wife (smiling).

Q. Was there anything that the perfectionist in you didn't like? Was that okay for you? Was it just a gimmick?
ANDRE AGASSI: I suppose I need some time to let it absorb. You know, I think it's important for our sport to understand its product clearly. And I'm not quite convinced it's part of our product.
But the skirts look like they're a little difficult to run in, too. I think they need to be shorter maybe.

Q. I'm from Costa Rica. I'm also the president of the Federation of tennis. We are starting 20 schools. We made a survey. By far you're the most famous player that our kids know. Would you send them a message?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I would just say thank you for all the support, to really continue with the sport of tennis because it's an opportunity to learn a lot about yourself. It teaches you how to problem solve in life. It's a sport that can take you through a lifetime.
It's a great sport, and I hope for everybody in Costa Rica to get the opportunity to enjoy it.

Q. I wonder if you could offer us some thoughts on the kind of paradox which is evident here this week. Obviously, the tournaments want the best players in the world to play, but obviously the individuals have their own schedules, their own agendas. Is there a solution to that in your mind?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I assure you that every top player's agenda is to keep themselves at their best for what is a sport that demands your best so many different times through the year. So I think the reasons for why players aren't here are sufficient. It's an ongoing balancing act to make the best decisions possible for yourself.
You know, I think playing too much is a risk for any player. It's a short career. It's easy to be tempted, if you're not feeling a hundred percent, to still go out there and take your opportunity and show up and try to be at your best. But in the long haul, I think it affects your career. It affects the length of your career, the longevity of it.
I think no matter what you do with the schedule, you're always going to have the issues of just basic health needs and the demands on your body. I mean, when you watch football and somebody's injured like Beckham, for example, you go, "Well, it's okay, it's one of 11 guys. You still have a great team." But in tennis, if one guy's injured, there's nobody there to take his place.
It makes it more apparent for the sport. But it's part of sports.

Q. You've already ruled yourself out for the Davis Cup. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on who might be the favorites going into the final or how the competition is shaping up.
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I think you always have to favor, give an advantage to the home team. And I think going into it, they have so many strong players from Spain, playing on their surface, you have to give them the advantage.
But, you know, I've seen crazier things happen in Davis Cup before. You know, I'll sit back and root for our team very strongly. Us not winning four years ago wasn't the reason why I didn't play. And us winning today can't be the reason why I decide to play. I have to be able to have a clear perspective on what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.
I watch a little bit with envy because it's a place you want to be, but it's not for me at this point in my career.

Q. You just mentioned your foundation. It's something that you've been doing for years. You are helping children not only to play tennis but to develop as human beings. That's because of your personal beliefs or a way of saving taxes? What is it?
ANDRE AGASSI: Actually, tennis is a very small part. I have a program that brings tennis to the inner city. But the bulk of my work is done through education. We've built a college preparatory academy which educates children that don't have that opportunity. It takes children a year to two years behind in school and actually has managed to bring them back to grade level inside a year. We clothe over three thousand children a year.
We help a group called Child Haven, which is a shelter for abused, abandoned kids. I built a school on the premises there so these children can continue their education while they wait for their parents to get out of courts or in jail, drug rehab, whatever it may be.
I think the better question is, you know, "Why not to do it?" Because it's changing lives.

Q. What do you think about the Spanish player Rafael Nadal? We don't know if he's going to be ready to play against you because he's a bit injured, but what do you think about him?
ANDRE AGASSI: He's ready to play against anybody. He's a great talent. Watching him play is a lot of fun. I haven't had the opportunity to play against him or to practice against him. But very strong player.
You never know what somebody's game is like until you play them yourself. I certainly enjoy watching him.

Q. Who is your favorite in the elections in the United States, Kerry or Bush?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, me, I'm voting for Kerry for sure. And I wish everybody would.

Q. You've always been one of the best returners in the game. Guys like Mirnyi or Roddick, have they changed the way you return the ball? Did you have to adapt over the years?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, you have to be more careful because it's more dangerous now. But the ball's coming so fast...
I think one of the things that always has been part of my game is to take the ball early, and I have short swings on the return. So as the speed of the serve has improved and gotten faster, I've managed to be able to still return the way I've always returned.
So my return hasn't changed much, but I think I've had to get stronger to handle the speed more. Physically, I've had to get in better shape, to get quicker, to get stronger.

Gigan
10-20-2004, 03:34 AM
Agassi not sure models as ballboys is good idea
Posted: Tuesday October 19, 2004 8:39PM; Updated: Tuesday October 19, 2004 8:39PM
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Andre Agassi's a bit skeptical about fashion models in skimpy outfits replacing ball boys at the Madrid Masters.

"I suppose I need some time to let it absorb," Agassi said Tuesday after beating Max Mirnyi 7-6 (5), 6-3 at the indoor tournament. "I think it's important for our sport to understand its product clearly. And I'm not quite convinced it's part of our product."

Women in black tank tops and white, knee-length skirts chased errant shots and handed towels to the players. Reportedly paid $1,100 for the week, the women are appearing in one televised match each day.

"It was difficult, to say the least, to concentrate on the ball," Agassi said. "But I suppose I had an advantage. I'm used to playing with my wife" -- Steffi Graf.

"The skirts look like they're a little difficult to run in," Agassi added. "I think they need to be shorter, maybe."

The government's Secretary for Equality, Soledad Murillo, called on tournament organizers to stop using the models, saying Tuesday it portrayed women as "merely objects of decoration and entertainment."
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Agassi Fan
10-20-2004, 10:34 AM
Go Andre!!!!

Gigan
10-20-2004, 01:30 PM
Go Andre!!!!
What you mean?
Go for new model?...
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Agassi Fan
10-20-2004, 03:25 PM
No, I don't like these modells. :-)

Gigan
10-20-2004, 04:39 PM
No, I don't like these modells. :-)
He told - he likes...


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Agassi Fan
10-20-2004, 04:58 PM
He told - he likes...


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Why?

Gigan
10-20-2004, 08:45 PM
Why?

As a normal man he likes everything beautiful..

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spooky
10-20-2004, 09:48 PM
As a normal man he likes everything beautiful..



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'Ball girl models cause outcry

Soledad Murillo, the Secretary for Equality for Spain, has taken exception to Madrid Masters Series organisers employing female models, aged between 19 and 27, as ball girls. Ever former world number one Andre Agassi has expressed misgivings that it wasn't promoting tennis in a great light.

Ms Murillo believes the penultimate Masters Series event of the year, should have employed young tennis fans or local school children.

The Government official insists that the arrival of the models, wearing short skirts and skin-tight black tops, is sexist and unsporting and has sent a protest letter to the tournament director.

The models received only two weeks of training prior to the tournament.

Agassi was less than impressed when the chair umpire has to remind a confused ball-girl to return to the side of the net.

The models are reportedly being paid £600 for the week.

"I think it is important for our sport to understand its product clearly, and I'm not quite convinced this is part of our product," said Agassi.

"It was difficult, to say the least, to concentrate on the ball, but I suppose I had an advantage - I'm used to playing with my wife (Steffi Graf)."'

Gigan
10-21-2004, 01:10 AM
Two pics from Madrid site
for spooky

http://www.tennis-masters-madrid.com/images/home/roddick.jpg


http://www.tennis-masters-madrid.com/eng/images/home/federer.jpg

they show how many guys were beaten by Andre...
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spooky
10-21-2004, 08:04 AM
For me? Thanks :-). I have they but it doesn't matter :P. Now i know why A.R. i R.F. are next to Agassi :D. This is good reason :].

http://www.tennis-masters-madrid.com/eng/images/home/moya.jpg

Agassi Fan
10-22-2004, 08:14 PM
Andre Agassi def Tommy Robredo 6-7, 6-3, 6-2!!!

Gigan
10-23-2004, 12:58 AM
Press Release Source: National Association of State Boards of Education


Andre Agassi Foundation Recognized with National Education Award by State Boards of Education
Friday October 22, 12:42 pm ET


ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Andre Agassi Foundation is being recognized with the national "Friend of Education" award by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) for the Foundation's significant contributions to the education of Nevada's youth.
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"Andre Agassi and his Foundation are working diligently toward the goal of giving every child in Nevada the opportunity to receive a top quality education. We honor Mr. Agassi's leadership in education, his personal commitment to public schools, and his organization's work in improving the lives of young people," said Brenda Welburn, NASBE Executive Director.

The Andre Agassi Foundation has shown systematic leadership, especially with at-risk students, in supplementing public school efforts to provide quality instruction to underserved students. Current activities include the operation of a charter school for at-risk children and the funding of ten non- profit organizations in Las Vegas who provide services for children in need. In 2003, the Agassi College Preparatory High School was recognized by the White House as a national model charter school.

The "Friend of Education" award is given annually to recognize individuals or organizations whose efforts on behalf of education are deemed to be of outstanding benefit to the students in the nation's schools. The award is being presented at NASBE's annual conference in Orlando, Florida on October 23.

NASBE, http://www.nasbe.org, represents America's state and territorial boards of education. Our principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking; advocate equality of access to educational opportunity; promote excellence in the education of all students; and assure responsible lay governance of education.

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Source: National Association of State Boards of Education

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Gigan
10-25-2004, 12:49 PM
October 23, 2004

M. SAFIN/A. Agassi
6-3, 7-6



ANDRE AGASSI

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Andre Agassi, please.

Q. Will you say when Marat is playing as well as that, he's one of
the Top 3 players in the world, as well as Federer and Roddick?

ANDRE AGASSI: I think he has a really big game. His game, when
everything's firing on all cylinders, it's as good as anybody. Can
beat anybody, for sure. You know, he can serve big. He returns
really well both sides. Moves well. He can make it look very easy.

Q. You moved back quite a lot on the return of serve. Was it because
the conditions are very fast here or because you were slow yourself?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, here with the altitude, and then the court
bouncing high, I felt like it was very hard to control the serve
even if I guessed right from up close, because it was jumping. So if
I gave myself more time, I could get into more points. It seemed to
work. I had a number of opportunities in the second set. You know,
just trying to get the point going. Once the point's going, then
it's 50/50, you know. You have to get there as much as possible.

Q. The rallies, he changed the pace on you. You missed a forehand in
the tiebreak. Was it a change of pace that got you? It was a crucial
point halfway through the tiebreak.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, it was a crucial point at 4-All in the tiebreak.
We were going forehand to forehand. It's a delicate sort of line
you're walking out there because you want to sort of stay
aggressively consistent. But when there's a lot of pressure on the
line on a big point, I think it's easy to get tentative. So you try
to sort of make up for that by letting your swing go a little bit,
sort of trying to stay relaxed on the shot. You know, it was just
too big of a swing. The only thing worse than that is to get nervous
and hit it in the net. But somewhere in between was the right shot.
I just missed it. Took a chance. Probably a little too early to go
for that shot.

Q. Despite losing today, are you happy with the way you played
generally? Will you go to Stockholm in sort of good spirits?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, yeah. I feel like the week was a good week. You
know, I came in here without playing in a number of weeks. Never
felt like I quite settled into my best, but was good to get through
a few matches. Today, I got outplayed in the first set. Managed to
sort of hang in there and figure out a way to give myself more
chances than him in the second. Didn't quite just get over that
hump. But, you know, hopefully after a match like this, I can use it
to be better off next time.

Q. I just want to be sure what's next. Stockholm or Paris?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I'm scheduled for Stockholm.

Q. Going back, what have been your impressions of this tournament,
which many people didn't want to come to - or some people didn't
want to come to? What have been your impressions over all?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I've always enjoyed playing here. I had great
success here two years ago. This year was no different. I felt very
comfortable on the court. I think the tournament is run first class.
Everybody's been very helpful, very nice - here at the courts, as
well as the city. So it's a good week.

Q. You are probably the last tennis player with charisma on this
circuit. Do you think it's an end of a generation like you and
Sampras, that gets the crowds all around the world?

ANDRE AGASSI: I don't know about that. I mean, I've been around a
long time. The crowds around the world have had a long time to get
tired of me. You know, give these guys a few years and people will
come to know them very well also.

Q. Apparently there are talks behind the scenes about changing again
the format of the game, like putting tiebreakers instead of third
sets or playing round-robins instead of a normal draw in the Tennis
Masters Series. What is your opinion about that?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I think the game always needs to sort of assess
where it's at, what it can do to be better, whether from a marketing
standpoint or television standpoint. These are all important
elements of the sport. I think it would be a mistake to change sort
of the nature of the competition. It needs to remain a very physical
sport. You know, this sport taxes you mentally, physically,
concentration, athleticism, speed, power. All these are important
elements. Conditioning, stamina, endurance. I think if you remove
some of those main qualities, you're affecting the integrity of it.
To remove third sets would have given Robredo a much better chance
against me yesterday. And I think that's part of the sport that
makes it one against one. But, you know, round-robins, competition
is still the same. You just get a few chances. You get to see a lot
of match-ups, which is also not a bad thing. So I would be open to
hearing anything, but I would have to sort of speak to each one
independently.
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spooky
10-25-2004, 10:19 PM
Safin back to his best

Russia's Marat Safin was back to his best to beat second seed Andre Agassi 6-3 7-6 to set up a championship match with David Nalbandian of Argentina at Madrid Masters. Safin looked focus from the beginning and didn't drop his serve once in the match.

Safin dominated the game from the start, using his strong service and some daring baseline shots to peg back Agassi, who looked tense and tired after a three-set quarter-final battle with Spain's Tommy Robredo.

"It's a long time since I've played as well as that - a really long time," Safin said.

"I knew Agassi would be a little tired after a long match yesterday, so I just concentrated on my serve. I'm really surprised I played so well from the baseline."

The number three seed broke the American six games in and easily held on to his lead to close out the set.

Agassi, Madrid champion in 2002, rarely threatened during the second set, despite the support of a packed crowd. He set up three break points but was unable to convert any of them and struggled to hold on to most of his service games.

He managed to shake off his opponent to claim an early lead in the tie-break but Safin came back to take it 7-4 and complete victory in 94 minutes.

"Safin has a really big game," Agassi said. "When it's firing on all cylinders its as good as anyone's. He can make it look very easy."

Agassi Fan
10-26-2004, 02:13 PM
"Safin has a really big game," Agassi said.

"Safin has a really big serve" Agassi fan said.

spooky
10-26-2004, 08:55 PM
You said the truth Agassi Fan! But spooky says 'Safin has a really big luck'...

Gigan
10-26-2004, 10:25 PM
STOCKHOLM, Oct 26 (Reuters) -
At an age when most professional
tennis players are contemplating retirement or already enjoying the
spoils of a lucrative career, Andre Agassi is still gunning for
bigger and better things.

The 34-year-old says he will not be satisfied by one more grand slam
crown to add to his haul -- he wants to win all four in 2005.

"I'm very clear about the fact that I want to play next year," the
American told a news conference in Sweden a day before his first
round match at the Stockholm Open where he is top seed.

When asked about next year's grand slam events -- the Australian,
French and U.S. Opens plus Wimbledon -- Agassi said he wanted "to
win them again, all of them, that's my goal."

Australia's Rod Laver is the only men's tennis player to have won
all four grand slam tournaments in one year. He did it twice, as an
amateur in 1962 and as a professional in 1969.

Agassi, who is on course to finish 2004 in the top-10 in the world
rankings for the 15th time in his ATP tour career, which began in
1986, has eight Grand Slam titles.

In 1999 Agassi became only the fifth man to win all four grand slam
titles in his career, joining Laver, Fred Perry, Don Budge and Roy
Emerson.

Agassi won Wimbledon in 1992, Australian Open in 1995, 2000, 2001
and 2003, U.S. Open in 1994 and 1999 and French Open in 1999.

Agassi's wife, former women's world number one player Steffi Graf,
won all four grand slam titles, plus Olympic gold, in 1988.
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spooky
10-26-2004, 11:14 PM
It's an olad new, but it is worthy of note.

Posted on Sun, Oct. 17, 2004

Agassi is a hit on area tennis stage

It is about 4 p.m. and the Ralph Engelstad Arena is eerily quiet.

Andre Agassi walks across the makeshift tennis court brought in from Los Angeles without much fanfare. The facility on the University of North Dakota will roar to life during an exhibition between Agassi and Andy Roddick in a matter of hours, but for now it is dimly lit. The mood appears to be a fitting one for Agassi, who just hopped off a plane and looks tired.

Both men played in L.A. the night before and are bound for new destinations shortly after their Grand Forks exhibition, Roddick to Connecticut and Agassi to Madrid, Spain.

Agassi knows he doesn't have to push himself this hard, but tonight's event benefits a school he has established in his hometown of Las Vegas.

"None of it is easy, but it hasn't been over the years," says Agassi of his demanding schedule. "It's a lot of work. Playing a professional sport is a lot of work, but so many people are benefitting from this, so many children."

Agassi answers a variety of questions for 20 minutes, each time looking the inquirer straight in the eye when responding.

As the interview sessions ends, Agassi is treated to a brief tour of the building. He soon reemerges sporting a UND hockey shirt with the number 04 and his name stitched across the back. It is obvious he is finding more energy. He meets local dignitaries and has his picture taken with the UND women's tennis team. He knows he is the center of attention, but it is a role he handles flawlessly.

Some five hours later, Agassi is about to be introduced to the some 8,000 fans inside the arena. The noise is deafening as Agassi runs out through a cloud of fake smoke.

"I didn't know what to expect," Agassi later explains of his journey to a city where hockey is king. "I was impressed. You come out here and you hope that you have an enthusiastic crowd and you hope that tennis isn't too foreign, that they can sort of get into it. Man, they lifted us out there. It was our pleasure to be playing."

Ever the showman, Agassi is at his best when the lights are brightest and he certainly doesn't disappoint on this evening. The 34-year-old looks like a teenager and defeats Roddick in straight sets.

One of his pre-match goals is accomplished.

"Hopefully, it will look easy, because that's what we work so hard to make it look like," Agassi says.

Following the match, Agassi calls the event a "win-win" situation.

"I've always considered this night a win-win for so many of us," he says, "the children who are benefitting from the money raised to the sport of tennis, that literally should have a place in most people's lives. It's a sport that can keep you healthy for a lifetime. It's a sport that the worse you are, the better you need to be at choosing your opponent."

Tennis has always been a way of life for Agassi. It continues to motivate him in ways nothing else can.

"This is a great sport," he says. "It teaches you a lot of things that you can apply in life. There's some problem solving out there and only you can figure it out."

Agassi hit the major scene as a teenager, a long-haired rebel in denim shorts. His game and looks have evolved to where there is no wasted energy and no longer a hairline, although the latter not necessarily by choice.

"If it would grow, I would consider it," Agassi says of the prospect of a full head of hair. "Sometimes life has a way of removing options."

So how does he want to be most remembered when he leaves the game?

"I spend more time thinking about today than I do yesterday or tomorrow," Agassi says. "It takes everything I've got to still be out here competing against the best in the world. The sport has been so good to me. So if I can make a difference, if I can give back to it with everything I've got for the remainder, then I will only have given it a little bit compared to what it has given me."

Agassi knows his career has taken a special path. Gone are contemporaries like Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Todd Martin.

When asked if he is a survivor, Agassi smiles and says, "I'm a thriver. I don't survive. I thrive. I'm privileged to still be doing this after so many years. I think as you get older your capacity for embracing these moments sort of increases. Along with that, so has my passion for the game and my enjoyment of the game. So to still be out there doing it is quite a special thing."

It is closing in on 11 p.m. and the crowd has now left the building, each spectator taking with them something they came to obtain, a glimpse of one of the all-time greats.

As Agassi fields a few last questions, he understands the unique chemistry he shares with his loyal followers.

"I feel more support now than I ever have, there's no question about that," Agassi says. "It's something I certainly appreciate now more than I ever have. It's the combination of two things. It's the crowd appreciating the years that I've been trying to do this, but it's also me appreciating the years I get to do this."

Agassi: Tennis legend Andre Agassi is still one of the top players in the game. He recently played an exhibition in Grand Forks, N.D. to help a school he has established and also to give something back to the sport he loves. "It's a thrill for me to bring this type of tennis to places that don't get that opportunity," Agassi said. "It's a chance for me to grow the game and expose people to a great, great sport."

spooky
10-27-2004, 12:14 AM
That is the full article of Gigan post:

Ageless Agassi

At an age when most professional tennis players are contemplating retirement, Andre Agassi is still gunning for bigger and better things. The 34-year-old says he will not be satisfied by one more grand slam crown to add to his haul -- he wants to win all four in 2005.

http://www.eurosport.com/imgbk/TENNIS/ALL/big_MD-I152855.jpg

"I'm very clear about the fact that I want to play next year," the American told a news conference in Sweden a day before his first round match at the Stockholm Open where he is top seed.

When asked about next year's grand slam events -- the Australian, French and U.S. Opens plus Wimbledon -- Agassi said he wanted "to win them again, all of them, that's my goal."

Joining Rod Laver in the history books as the second men's winner of all four grand slam tournaments in one year, the Australian did it in 1962 and again in 1969, would be an incredible feat however, especially against today's crop of hard-serving youngsters.

"The athletes are getting stronger, bigger, faster, more powerful," Agassi said. "It's a challenge... everybody is fighting to be the best. If you aren't playing your best, you don't win."

The player conceded he was finding it hard at times to motivate himself.

"You don't have the same eagerness you do when you are 18-years-old," said Agassi, who has been ranked world number one for a total of 101 weeks, last in April 2003.

The American who is on course to finish 2004 in the top 10 of the world rankings for the 15th time in his career has eight grand slam titles.

EXCLUSIVE QUINTET

In 1999 Agassi became only the fifth man to win all four grand slam titles in his career, joining Laver, Fred Perry, Don Budge and Roy Emerson.

Agassi won Wimbledon in 1992, the Australian Open in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003, the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1999 and the French Open in 1999.

"I've been lucky for 20 years. I've been very fortunate to be healthy for a long time," he said, adding that he could see both pros and cons in today's hectic, round-the-year tournament schedule.

"The upside is that the standard is always improving. The downside is that you see more injuries and shorter careers."

Agassi turned professional in 1986.

His wife, former women's world number one player Steffi Graf, won all four grand slam titles, plus Olympic gold, in 1988.

Agassi opens his Stockholm campaign against Belgian Kristof Vliegen, a player 12 years his junior.

"I was playing well last week," he said, referring to the Madrid Masters where he reached the semi-finals. "The court is quicker here than in Madrid but the balls are heavier."

Asked what he would do when he ends his career one day, Agassi said: "Get rid of all my suitcases, throw them away... travelling is not so much fun."

"(But) I'll miss the challenging part of it, the pressure you put on yourself to succeed... (that) teaches you to persevere," he said.

[I think that this is very ambitious plan. Is that possible? Yes, because Agassi is the best tennisist ever! So go Andre and just do it!]

Gigan
10-27-2004, 09:44 PM
Sports - AFP


Stockholm family stroll sets the stage for relaxed Agassi win
Sports - AFP



STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A family stroll along the streets of the city helped inspire top seed Andre Agassi to a 6-2, 6-4 opening victory as he made a winning return to the 632,750-euro Stockholm Open after an absence of a decade.


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Agassi, Steffi Graf and the couple's children Jaz and Jaden Gil walked briefly through one of Europe's beauty-spot capitals where Baltic salmon can still be caught off central city bridges.


Resonance from the brief but pleasant outing helped the world number 7 to his quick win over Belgian Kristof Vliegen in the evening.


"We went for a walk with the kids around, and Steffi went to a museum - she told me that I need to go as well," Agassi explained.


"This is literally one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Today the weather was prefect - it's a great place for families and kids."


A chanting enthusiastic crowd of 5,000 packed into the Kungligahallen also worked some magic on the eight-time Grand Slam winner, who last played in Stockholm in 1994 when the event was held at the massive Globen convention hall.


"I enjoyed playing in front of the people," said the popular American, eighth in the race for a place in the eight-man Masters Cup championships next month which ends the ATP season with one week to play.


"I have a feeling of support which seems to grow every year. This is a great place to play," he said of the small hall built by tennis-loving royalty early in the 20th century.


"It's so intimate, it feels special to be here. I love this environment, it couldn't be better."


Agassi had to come back against the 102-ranked Vliegen after losing his lead of a break in the second set.


He immediately pulled back ahead for 5-4 and served out the victory to face a popularity contest Thursday when he tangles in the second round with Swede Jonas Bjorkman.


"That match will be tough," said Agassi, 34-12 on the season with a title in Cincinnati. "He can do everything on the court.


"We haven't played in a long time, he'll have the home court advantage. I'll have to play a good match, he does everything so well."
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Agassi Fan
10-29-2004, 03:48 PM
Andre def. Verdasco 7-6, 6-2:aparty:

spooky
10-30-2004, 10:50 AM
Look at this topic:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=20314&highlight=Agassi

Agassi Fan
10-30-2004, 12:42 PM
Andre def. Tommy Haas 7-6, 7-6. and he is in the final.

Agassi Fan
11-01-2004, 11:27 AM
Andre Agassi, the former world number one, who reached the final of the Stockholm Open on Sunday, has pulled out of the Paris Masters due to a hip injury. As a result, Marat Safin and Tim Henman qualify for the Masters Cup in Houston beginning on 13 November, which you can follow live on Eurosport.


Good bye for Houston too! :-((((

Agassi Fan
11-02-2004, 01:34 PM
Agassi: Tommy ist einer der Besten
31.10.2004

Im Halbfinale von Stockholm gegen Andre Agassi war Endstation – dennoch war Tommy Haas restlos begeistert: "Das war der Hammer. Es hat richtig Spaß gemacht".

Beim 6:7 und 6:7 gegen den Altmeister ging es eng zu. "Es war ein hochklassiges Match mit hervorragendem Tennis. Es hing nur an ein paar ganz engen Punkten." Am Ende musste der 26 Jahre alte Wahl-Amerikaner die sechste Niederlage im neunten Vergleich mit dem 34-Jährigen hinnehmen. Allein in diesem Jahr haben sich Haas und Agassi drei Mal gegenüber gestanden. Aus der Sicht des Jüngeren steht es 1:2.

Doch die für Paris-Bercy geplante Revanche in der zweiten Runde des Masters-Turniers findet nicht statt. Der Spanier Carlos Moya sagte seine Teilnahme wegen Schulterproblemen ab. Für ihn rückt Haas an Position 18 der Setzliste und damit in die andere Hälfte des Tableaus. Nach einem Freilos zum Auftakt trifft er in Runde zwei auf den Franzosen Paul-Henri Mathieu oder einen Qualifikanten.

"Es war ein Jahr über den Erwartungen. Nach 15 Monaten Verletzungspause wollte ich wieder in die Top 100 kommen. Dass ich nun schon wieder zu den ersten 20 gehöre und das Jahr wahrscheinlich als bester Deutscher beende, ist ein Super-Erfolg", sagte der frühere Weltranglisten-Zweite, der nach seinem Comeback im Februar die Turniere in Houston und Los Angeles gewann und mit seinem vierten Halbfinale den verletzten Nicolas Kiefer im Champions Race überholte.

"Beeindruckend" findet der unverwüstliche Agassi diese Leistung nach zwei Schulter-Operationen. "Für mich ist Tommy einer der besten Spieler der Welt." Haas, der mit Agassi, dessen Frau Steffi Graf und den beiden Kindern in Stockholm im selben Hotel wohnte und mit seinem früheren Idol auch zum Abendessen ausging, fühlte sich geehrt. "Andre ist einer, der solche Sachen nicht einfach so dahin sagt", meinte er und gab die Komplimente zurück: "Wenn er weiter so spielt, kann er im kommenden Jahr noch einmal einen großen Titel gewinnen."




Especially the blue part is interesting and I'm trying to translate it for you:


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"It was a year above expectations. After a 15 month injury break I wanted to come back to the top 100. That I'm now among the top 20 already and that I will probably finish the year as the best German player is a big success", said the former number #2 of the world who won the tournaments in Houston and Los Angeles and who overtook the injured Nicolas Kiefer in the Champions Race with this 4th quarterfinal this year.

"Impressive" thinks Andre Agassi about this performance and after this two shoulder surgeries. "For me, Tommy is one of the best players of the world." Haas, who was at the same hotel in Stockholm like Agassi, his wife Steffi Graf and the two children and who was dining with former childhood idol, felt very honoured by this. "Andre is somebody who doesn't say things like this if he didn't really intend to say them", he said and returned the favour: "If Andre continues to play like this next year, he can win once more another big title."

Agassi Fan
11-02-2004, 01:36 PM
My second fav player is Tommy, so I am happy to read this articel. :-)

Agassi Fan
11-02-2004, 04:09 PM
Did you know ?
Andre played five finals in the US Open. He won in 1994 and 1999 against Stich and Martin. In 1990, 1995 and 2002, he was beaten by the same guy : Pete Sampras.

Agassi Fan
11-04-2004, 10:24 AM
This pic was on a poster in a hungarian Sport Magazin.
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Gigan
11-04-2004, 08:37 PM
Andre Agassi Appeals British Tax Bill on Nike, Head Sponsorship
Nov. 4 (Bloomberg)

-- Andre Agassi, the eight-time Grand Slam tennis champion, appealed a London court ruling ordering him to pay U.K. tax on sponsorship money from Nike Inc. and Head NV earned when he plays in Wimbledon and other British tournaments.

Agassi, 34, was ordered in March to pay 27,520.40 pounds ($50,700) in taxes for payments Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike and Rotterdam-based Head made to his company, Agassi Enterprises Inc., for the tax year of 1998 to 1999.

Patrick Way, Agassi's lawyer, said at a hearing today at the Royal Courts of Justice that an American tennis player should not have to pay British taxes on income received from companies with no U.K. tax presence. Agassi uses a Head racquet and Nike shoes and clothing when he plays tournaments.

Agassi, who is married to former tennis star Steffi Graf, has won $29.4 million in prize money in his career, including $1.18 million in 2004, according to the Web site of the Association of Tennis Players.

The case is CH/2003/APP/0693, Andre Agassi and S Robinson (HM Inspector of Taxes.)



To contact the reporter responsible for this story:
Megan Murphy at mmurphy41@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Eamonn Sullivan at esullivan@bloomberg.net
Last Updated: November 4, 2004 11:16 EST
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Gigan
11-05-2004, 01:43 AM
THE TR.net NEWSLETTER:

Art Seitz
Agassi made wrong decision on Davis Cup

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Win against Spain more important than another Slam title
By Matthew Cronin, TR.net
From all reports, Andy Roddick would have willingly taken Andre Agassi back on to the Davis Cup team, even though its second singles player, Mardy Fish, is one of his best friends. That shows just how serious Roddick is about winning the Davis Cup title this year. He knows that without '99 Roland Garros champion Agassi, the US doesn't stand a great chance of upending the Spaniards on clay in Sevilla, Dec. 3-5.

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Gigan
11-05-2004, 01:47 AM
notes on a draw sheet
Serena's headaches could take her out of LA
Despite Paris pull-out, Agassi could play TMC Houston

By Matthew Cronin, TR.net
With Serena's migraine reaching pull-out proportions, the former No. 1 has put herself at slight risk to lose out on a shot at next week's WTA Championships.
Complete story: http://www.tennisreporters.net/ (needs subscription..., it is some speculation on private info of Andre via his fitness trainer on possible Coria's pulling out from TMC Houston 2004...)

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Steffi
11-05-2004, 11:52 AM
Did you know ?
Andre played five finals in the US Open. He won in 1994 and 1999 against Stich and Martin. In 1990, 1995 and 2002, he was beaten by the same guy : Pete Sampras.

I hate stupid Sampras Monkey! :D

Gigan
11-10-2004, 02:02 PM
Chile To Defend Title At ATP World Team Championship

11/09/2004

Olympic doubles gold medallists Nicolas Massu and Fernando Gonzalez will try to top the world again. The pair will lead Chile's quest for a third consecutive ARAG
ATP World Team Championship trophy in Düsseldorf next May.

Chile, Russia, Germany and Sweden secured spots in the eight-team tournament alongside early qualifiers the United States, Argentina and Spain, tournament organizers announced today.

The first seven countries with the lowest aggregate rank of their top two players in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race standings on November 22nd automatically qualify for the clay-court event. All seven teams are guaranteed their spots in the tournament regardless of results at next week's Tennis Masters Cup Houston. The eighth spot will be awarded to a wild card team.

Massu, who struck gold in singles and doubles at the Athens Olympic Games in August, equaled his career-best finish by concluding the season 18th in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race and Gonzalez finished 21st, just shy of his best finish of 17th in 2002.

For the first time in three years, Germany clinched an automatic spot with Tommy Haas (17th) and Nicolas Kiefer (20th) enabling the host nation to finish fifth in the team standings. The German due of Kiefer and Rainer Schuettler won the silver medal in doubles at the Athens Olympic Games.

"I am especially happy that Germany has directly qualified and that we will be able to pick the wild card team this year," ARAG ATP World Team Championship Tournament Director Dietloff von Arnim said.

Wild card candidates include Switzerland (possibly featuring top-ranked Roger Federer), Australia (possibly featuring former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt), Great Britain (possibly featuring Tim Henman), the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic.

The 2005 ARAG ATP World Team Championship will be played May 15th-21st.

ARAG ATP World Team Championship Leader Board


Rank Nation Points Players

1. USA 10 Andy Roddick (2), Andre Agassi (8)
2. Argentina 15 Guillermo Coria (6), David Nalbandian (9)
3. Spain 18 Carlos Moya (5), Tommy Robredo (13)
4. Russia 20 Marat Safin (4), Mikhail Youzhny (16)
5. Germany 37 Tommy Haas (17), Nicolas Kiefer (20)
6. Chile 39 Nicolas Massu (18), Fernando Gonzalez (21)
7. Sweden 42 Joachim Johansson (12), Thomas Johansson (30)
8. Wild Card

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Gigan
11-12-2004, 05:46 AM
Top coach Bollettieri backhands rule changes

By JOHN MAYLAM
Staff writer

The last time I spent $1,500 in one hour, the scenario involved chips, cards, a green velvet table and blurred vision. $1,500 is also the fee for a one-hour, private lesson with unquestionably the world's most renowned tennis coach, Nick Bollettieri. Returns on investments of this nature can be significant -- just ask Andre Agassi (career earnings of $30 million and counting), Jennifer Capriati, Jim Courier and Maria Sharapova, to name a few of the stars he has coached.
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Nick Bollettieri

At the age of 32 and certainly past my prime, I decided to pass on the $1,500 lesson and settle for an exclusive interview with the man who has his finger firmly on the pulse of the tennis world on a range of topics including the next Japanese tennis sensation, the problems with Japanese tennis, umpiring, rule changes, underachievers and just how world No. 1 Roger Federer would have matched up against former greats.

Charging $3 for a half-hour lesson (fees have significantly increased since then) to help pay his way through a law degree at the University of Miami, Bollettieri began his steep rise toward tennis fame.

His first ace was Brian Gottfried who rose to No. 3 in the world rankings. People took notice and it wasn't long before Bollettieri was coaching the likes of Jimmy Arias, Aaron Krickstein and Carling Bassett, before developing the fortunes of Courier, Agassi, Pete Sampras, Monica Seles, Capriati.

In 1987, Bollettieri had 32 of his players in the main draw of Wimbledon and 27 at the U.S. Open. Arguably though it was through Agassi that he caught the attention of the world in a big way.

Japan Times: When did you notice that Agassi was something special, what advice did you give him and how did you help him develop into a star?

Nick Bollettieri: Andre came to us at the age of 13 and right away you could see he had something different, the way he dressed, his flamboyant character . . . His daddy told him to hit the ball as hard as he could from the age of two and we didn't want to change that.

I was very much responsible for his backhand and also the swinging volley which you now see predominantly utilized by the Williams sisters.

Mentally, I also helped him to focus and to get some discipline in his game. He felt that the discipline we taught him was responsible for some of his early success.

You once mentioned that your split with Agassi was one of your biggest mistakes. Why did you split and are you still in contact with each other?

Well, I made two huge mistakes that I regret terribly.

One, I sat in Agassi's box during a French Open clash between Andre and Jim Courier (one of his other students). This hurt Jim terribly and it was wrong. We are now great friends and he is one of my biggest supporters.

The second big mistake was writing a letter to Andre. The team was getting to a point to where I felt that is was difficult for me to contribute with so many people having so many philosophies on his development and instead of talking to him -- after being a second father to him for the previous 10 years -- I wrote him a letter and I should never have done that.

John McEnroe has described Roger Federer as the greatest player he has ever seen. Would you back this assessment and how would he have matched up against Sampras at his best?

Roger Federer has no weaknesses.

Agassi said something interesting the other day. He said that he would have to play his best tennis and Federer to have an off day for him to have a chance of beating him.

If you take all the great players: Bjorn Borg -- great mobility, strong attitude and concentration, never missed the ball but no weapon; Jimmy Connors -- never had a forehand and his serve was not strong enough. If he had developed a strong serve like a lefty should have had, he would have been unbeatable.

(Ivan) Lendl -- never really had the ability to close out a point when he had got himself in a position to do so; Pete Sampras -- the return of serve from the backhand side was really his weakness; Agassi -- serve not strong enough; (that's I'm (Gigan) always saying, Andre, improve your serve!!! Please!),
Federer -- no weakness.

So you would give Federer the edge over Sampras at his best?

Yes, I would. Whether or not he equals Sampras' record is debatable. A lot can happen -- girls, getting hurt. His potential weakness will be getting better against himself.

Remember, everybody else is going to be working harder so they can say they can beat Federer. That's what they did with Tiger Woods and that's what happened with Venus and Serena (Williams). If Venus and Serena had stayed as competitive as they were two years ago they would have been nearly impossible to beat.

Why?

Because they are the best athletes. Serena is the best athlete on the tour by far. But it shows that not only do you have to be a great athlete, but also that you have to stick at it.

Why is Agassi still so good today?

Because he works harder physically than anybody else. So I believe that Federer's only potential enemy will be himself.

Federer is the only top player who doesn't have a coach. What do you think about that?

Well, No. 1, he has good hitting partners. But the foundation was established through good coaching. I think that is interesting.

For him to be where he is today without coaching is debatable. Can he do it on his own now?

Maybe he can. What he will have to be careful about is making little improvements without being detectable. That is very important.

I also believe that he will have to improve his serve. He will also need to come to the net a little bit more quickly. I think he will keep having to add a tiny little bit all the time.

He will have to train harder. The physical and mental aspects are what he should be more concerned with rather than his technique. Whether he can maintain fighting against everybody else in the world, being physically better than anybody else, not letting up one tiny bit will be his challenge every day.

He is only 24, he could get injured. A girl could change his whole life.

Men vs. women. Let's say Serena Williams vs. the 100th ranked male. Where would your money go?

I was with them four years ago in Australia when this happened. The German guy, (Karsten Braasch, ranked No. 203) smoked cigarettes between points, beating Serena 6-1 and then Venus 6-2 . . . he chopped them up!

You see the difference between the top 100 men is first of all, their mobility will allow them to run down the best shots of any girl. No. 2 -- the serve will make a big difference. The men will have no weakness in movement or anything obvious for the women to attack.

Now, the one weakness the boys will have is that they may screw around. Physically, there is a major difference.

In that case do you think women deserve parity with men in terms of pay? A lot of male players have said that women don't.

You know what . . . the men shouldn't think too much, they are making so much damn money anyway!

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Complete story is here:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getsp.pl5?sp20041112a1.htm

The Japan Times: Nov. 12, 2004
(C) All rights reserved

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Gigan
11-12-2004, 06:55 PM
Roddick, Fish, Bryan Brothers Selected To U.S. Davis Cup Team

11/13/2004

>.>>>>>>>>>>
McEnroe said he offered a spot on the squad to Andre Agassi, but Agassi, who has said repeatedly he has no desire to play Davis Cup again, declined.

"Would it count if Spadea were No. 5 in the world? Then of course, that's different," said McEnroe. "The disparity is not like saying it's Andre Agassi who has won the French Open and eight majors.If it was Agassi then you make an exception — and this is in no way meant to disparage Vince Spadea — because he's Andre Agassi. There's only one Andre Agassi. He's won eight Grand Slams, he's one of the greatest players ever, he's Andre Agassi."

The complete Patrick McEnroe interview will be posted on this web site tomorrow.
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Gigan
11-16-2004, 09:53 AM
Nutritional supplements with no doping fears set for ATP players
AFP: 11/16/2004
HOUSTON, United States
(AFP) - Nutritional supplements with safeguards to ensure no contents that would create a positive doping test will be available to ATP players next season, according to tour officials.

A news conference scheduled here Tuesday at the season-ending ATP Masters Cup will announce full details of the plan, to be overseen by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, which has bases in Britain and the United States.

"That's positive news for the players," Swiss world number one Roger Federer said. "At least we can rely on something. I don't know if I'm going to use that or not but I think it's good news for a lot of players."

Complete story: http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=33852
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Back in March, Andre Agassi said he stopped taking supplements altogether because of the contamination risk.

And Brazilian veteran Gustavo Kuerten admitted the doping positives had players fearful of taking any sort of nutritional supplements.

"It's very scary at this stage in the locker room," Kuerten said. "Everyone is a little worried and scared."


11/16/2004 - 00:54 GMT - AFP
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Agassi Fan
11-17-2004, 01:57 PM
Andre voted for Kerry! :-) I didn't know that.

Gigan
11-17-2004, 02:58 PM
Andre voted for Kerry! :-) I didn't know that.
Kerry supports Armenians in recognition of genocide 1915...

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Gigan
11-19-2004, 11:20 AM
Agassi wins tax battle round two
By Mike Taylor, PA
19 November 2004


The tennis superstar Andre Agassi won the second set of his legal battle with the UK taxman today in a stunning victory which could cost the Revenue half a billion pounds.

Three appeal judges in London allowed Agassi's challenge to a High Court ruling that foreign showbiz and sports stars on tour in Britain are liable for UK income tax on money earned from overseas product endorsement deals - even if the cash never sees the light of day in this country.

The Court of Appeal ruled that Agassi was not liable to UK tax on income paid by German sportswear makers Nike and Head Sports to his US-based company, Agassi Enterprises Inc, because none of them was resident or had a "tax presence" in Britain.

Inland Revenue lawyers are to petition the House of Lords for leave to appeal.

Agassi's legal team estimated that the Revenue could be faced with having to repay up to half a billion pounds to the multitude of entertainers and sports stars who have toured in Britain since the law at the centre of the case - 1988 Income and Corporation Taxes Act - came into force.

The Revenue would also lose out on tens of millions in the future unless the Law Lords reversed today's decision or Parliament amended the Act.

The 1988 Act contains special provisions regarding foreign entertainers and sports stars who might have only a fleeting physical presence, and no tax presence at all, in this country.

Agassi's appeal was based on his tax liability for the year 1998-99, which the Revenue had assessed at £27,500. He has not yet paid the money because the case is still under revue by the courts.

In the High Court, Mr Justice Lightman said it would be "absurd" to construe the Act so as to allow tax to be avoided by the simple expedient of channelling payments through a foreign company with no presence in the UK.

"If this were the case, the tax would effectively become voluntary," he said.

But Lord Justice Buxton, sitting with Lords Justices Sedley and Jacob, said today that tax was only chargeable on payments made directly to the entertainer or sportsman or made to an associated company by a person with a UK tax presence.

In this case, the money was paid, not to Agassi, but to Agassi Enterprises - a separate legal entity - by two German companies with no UK tax presence.

It might well be that Parliament, if it reviewed the statute, would extend its scope, the judge said.

But as the Act stood, the situation was not "absurd or an invitation to tax evasion" and came nowhere near to providing grounds for disapplying the general principle that UK statutes had no effect in foreign countries.
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Gigan
11-19-2004, 05:54 PM
Tales from the Tour: Agassi wins appeal

Andre Agassi has won his appeal against a High Court ruling that athletes and other professional entertainers are liable to tax on sponsors' payments. The Court of Appeal in London upheld the 33-year-old's argument that he should not be taxed as neither he nor his sponsors were based in Britain.

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Although permission to appeal to the House of Lords was refused, lawyers for the Inland Revenue indicated they would apply directly to the Law Lords to challenge the decision.

The battle is seen as test case for similar sporting and entertainment figures with an estimated £500 million ($928.7 million) at stake.

The figure in Agassi's case is just over £27,000 ($50,000).

Reuters - 19/11/2004
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Gigan
11-19-2004, 06:00 PM
US tennis star Agassi aces British tax service

LONDON (AFP) - US tennis star Andre Agassi won a legal battle against British tax collectors, when an appeal court ruled he did not have to pay taxes on endorsement contracts made abroad.

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The ruling could have financial implications for Britain's Inland Revenue, which could have to refund up to half a billion pounds (nearly a million dollars, some 700,000 euros) to foreign athletes and entertainers who tour Britain on gigs but neither live nor pay taxes here.

Three appeal judges in London upheld Agassi's challenge to a previous ruling, concluding he was not liable to pay British tax on sponsorship revenue from Nike and Head Sports paid to his US-based company Agassi Enterprises Inc.


The Las Vegas-based tennis champion, 33, and the sports companies, based in Germany, have no "tax presence" in Britain, they said.


The revenue service said it would try to appeal the decision.


Agassi's lawyers estimated the service could be forced to pay back up to half a billion to foreign showbiz and sports stars who have been made to pay taxes in Britain for performing here, according to the dictates of a 1998 law.


The appeals court in effect turns over an earlier interpretation of the 1988 Income and Corporation Taxes Act, which saw the Inland Revenue charge Agassi 27,500 pounds for the fiscal year 1998-1999.


The former world number one, the 1992 Wimbledon (news - web sites) champion, never paid the money because his case has been pending.


One judge argued that the ruling could create a loophole for taxpayers to channel money through companies without a British tax presence, but the ruling decision concluded it would not be an "invitation to tax evasion".
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Agassi Fan
11-20-2004, 02:27 PM
Yes, Andre won! :._)

Gigan
11-21-2004, 09:18 AM
Agassi does right thing
Published November 21, 2004


Just when you thought you had a full appreciation of Andre Agassi's integrity as a tennis player, something like this takes his reputation to an even higher level.

I had written shortly after the United States defeated Belarus in the Davis Cup semifinals that even though Agassi and Andy Roddick with the Bryan brothers in doubles gave the United States at least a 50-50 chance of winning the final against Spain on clay (Dec. 3-5), Andre should not be invited because it was Mardy Fish, Roddick and the Bryans who drove the United States to this championship tie. They should have a chance to complete it.

Captain Patrick McEnroe called Agassi after the semifinal victory, primarily out of respect, and that's exactly what Agassi told him.

"Look, these guys got you there, and you have a great group of guys and they deserve a chance to play for the Cup. I certainly understand and respect that," Agassi told McEnroe.

How easy it would have been for Agassi, the 1999 French Open winner, to step in for this final after not playing a Davis Cup match since the 2000 quarterfinal vs. the Czech Republic. Agassi is 30-5 in Davis Cup competition, 10-2 on clay. No one on the team would be privately happy about him crashing the party, but because of Agassi's stature no one would have said anything.

They didn't have to. Agassi said the right thing. Since his reincarnation five years ago, he has always said the right thing. He's not only among the greatest players in the history of the game. He's among the great gentlemen and sportsmen in tennis.

That said, do not discount Agassi at 34 coming back to Davis Cup in 2005.

"I don't think he's made up his mind on that," McEnroe said. "But he was extremely positive about what he saw and what we were accomplishing as a team."
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karenpoon
11-21-2004, 03:10 PM
Cahill dismisses talk of switching to coach Federer
Margie McDonald
November 22, 2004

DARREN CAHILL will not coach the world No.1 Roger Federer, saying he is happy to stay with Andre Agassi in 2005.

The South Australian coach of Agassi for three years said media speculation he would link with the Swiss champion came from a common thread – Federer's former coach, Peter Carter, who died in a car accident in August, 2002.

"Certainly with Andre wanting to go through 2005 and beyond that as well, he's got no plans of retiring anytime soon which I think is good news for the tennis community because we still need people like Andre playing the game. The thing with Roger, a lot of it is because the press have put two and two together," Cahill, who coached Lleyton Hewitt to world No.1 said.

"They know that Peter Carter was a great friend of mine and Peter was really responsible for the upbringing of Roger from about 11 or 12 years of age. He coached Roger all the way through.

"So when Peter passed away and then obviously Roger Federer decided to go coachless this past year, a lot of the media put two and two together," Cahill told Seven's tennis program Slam yesterday.

The fact Agassi, who turns 35 in April, is not considering retirement also means Cahill is not interested in other coaching appointments, although that was not always the case after linking with Agassi in February, 2002.

"To be honest, I didn't know how long the job was going to last," he said.

"I went across when he was 32 years of age and I didn't know if it was going to be a six-month job or a one-year or two-year job. But I'm still here and it's three years later.

"He's totally committed to 2005 and beyond.

"Compared to him, we're all bunnies as tennis players."

Cahill praised the variety and quality of the fitness program put together by Agassi's trainer and friend Gil Reyes as the key to the champion's longevity. The pair have been together since 1990 and Agassi and wife Steffi named their first child after Reyes.

"He makes sure he's (Agassi) ready for every single tournament and physically everyone acknowledges Andre is an incredible presence on the court. He always hits the ball extremely well.

"But to still be fit and strong and move as well he did when he was in his early 20s, thanks would have to go to Gil for that."

The winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles, the last in 2003 at the Australian Open, Agassi is motivated to win another.

"It's the thought of doing stuff that no-one has done at this particular age. He's nearly 35 and he's still capable of winning Grand Slams and he's still pushing the boundaries and he's still inspired," Cahill said.

"Every day he walks on to the practice court to see if he can improve himself and that's why he's so good."

Cahill also touched on his highly-publicised split with Hewitt in 2001, saying it was simply time for the pair to go their separate ways.

"It was made out to be a lot but it really wasn't," Cahill said.

"After three years of living with each other the whole time, you certainly have some bumps along the way – that's no different with Andre and myself – there's always little issues you have to deal with and it got to the stage where it was just better for us to go our separate ways.

"For me, it's turned out to be a great thing and for him also.

"He won Wimbledon (2002) and stayed No.1 for that next year, so that shows you the type of person and type of competitor Lleyton is as well.

"It was nothing big, it was just time for us to move apart."

Gigan
11-21-2004, 03:23 PM
Thanks, Karenpoon!
Very nice news...

It means Andre will play in 2005 and will stay with his trainer!
Suuper!

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

spooky
11-21-2004, 09:42 PM
Some about this subject:

Cahill denies Federer switch rumour

Darren Cahill has confirmed that rumours linking him as the future coach to world number one Roger Federer are unfounded. The Australian insists he will continue to travel with Andre Agassi and the 34-year-olds trainer Gil Reyes through the 2005 season, reports James Buddell.

http://www.eurosport.com/imgbk/TENNIS/ALL/big_MD-I165835.jpg

Cahill believes his close friendship with Federer's former coach, Peter Cater, who died in a car accident in August 2002, has fuelled press speculation since Roland Garros in May.

"They [the press] know that Peter Carter was a great friend of mine and Peter was really responsible for the upbringing of Roger from about 11 or 12 years of age. He coached Roger all the way through.

"So when Peter passed away and then obviously Roger Federer decided to go coach less this past year, a lot of the media put two and two together," Cahill told reporters on Sunday.

But the 39-year-old remains faithful to Agassi; despite not realising the American would continue to play into his 35th year.

When Carter left former world number one Lleyton Hewitt in December 2001, he did realise how long the commitment to Agassi would be.

"I went across when he was 32 years of age and I didn't know if it was going to be a six-month job or a one-year or two-year job. But I'm still here and it's three years later.

"He's totally committed to 2005 and beyond.

Cahill also praised the work of Agassi's trainer Reyes as the key to the champion's longevity.

The pair have been together since 1990 and Agassi and wife Steffi named their first child after Reyes.

"He makes sure he's (Agassi) ready for every single tournament and physically everyone acknowledges Andre is an incredible presence on the court. He always hits the ball extremely well.

"But to still be fit and strong and move as well he did when he was in his early 20s, thanks would have to go to Gil for that."

Agassi has won eight major singles titles.

smucav
11-22-2004, 01:58 PM
FYI: Holiday cooking with Andre Agassi on NBC's Today on Tuesday. (I imagine it has something to do with his sister's cookbook.) The cooking segments are usually during the last hour.

Today on NBC (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3032633/?ta=y)

spooky
11-24-2004, 09:57 PM
...That’s what we need... we need someone like Andre Agassi. People follow Agassi, they don’t follow Pete Sampras.

You mean Pete Sampras hasn’t been good for the game?

Sampras was a great player, but boring. He knew no excitement and he never laughed. So yes, he was not good for the game. You want the Agassis. Agassi, he probably still has a year left, was great for the game. If you watch someone like Sampras, you would go to sleep....

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This is a part of this article: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?section=sports&xfile=data/sports/2004/November/sports_November354.xml

spooky
11-24-2004, 10:00 PM
FYI: Holiday cooking with Andre Agassi on NBC's Today on Tuesday. (I imagine it has something to do with his sister's cookbook.) The cooking segments are usually during the last hour.

Today on NBC (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3032633/?ta=y)

Try this turkey favorite from Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
From her new cookbook, 'Star Palate: Celebrity Cookbook for a Cure,' Tammi Agassi shares a holiday favorite from her brother and his wife. Check out their recipe
Updated: 3:52 p.m. ET Nov. 23, 2004Tami Agassi was a 30-year-old breast-cancer patient when she came up with the idea for the cookbook "Star Palate." Now a five-year survivor she's created the book — a collection of recipes from noted stars in TV, sports and music — to help raise money to find a cure for breast and ovarian cancer. Agassi and her brother Andre were invited to appear on “Today” to discuss the book and share a look at some of the great dishes. Here’s a favorite from Andre and his wife, Steffi Graf:

Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf's Herb Roast Turkey With Red Wine Cranberry Relish
(Allow 1-1/2 hours roasting time for a 12-pound turkey; add 5 to 10 minutes for each additional pound).
Makes 8 to 16 servings, with leftovers.

1 12- to 16-pound turkey
4 or more large, fresh rosemary sprigs
1 large onion, skin on, quartered
1 head of garlic, broken apart
8 large sage leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6560124/ - look at this :-)

Gigan
11-25-2004, 08:55 AM
Short news of Ande's official website:

11.22.04 - The field is set for Andre's first tournament of 2005,
the Kooyong Classic. Along with Andre the field includes:
Federer, Roddick, Henman, Nalbandian, Gaudio, Massu, and Srichaphan.

11.22.04 - Andre's coach, Darren Cahill, has denied reports that he will soon be coaching Roger Federer. Darren was friends with Federer's former coach, Peter Carter, who died in a car accident in 2002.

11.20.04 - Andre recently won a legal decision in the UK making him exempt from having to pay taxes related to his Nike and Head sponsorships income.

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Agassi Fan
11-25-2004, 11:22 AM
11.21.04 - In case you missed what former coach Brad Gilbert recently said on his web site about Andre, here's the quote: "I spoke to him on the phone yesterday and he has been training his ass off. He?s going to be ready for the extreme heat of Australia. He said ?Man bring the 40?s (Celsius)". He is setting a great example. Andre proves that when you?re over 30 you ain't dead and buried."

Gigan
11-25-2004, 11:54 AM
Still a few reasons to offer thanks
by Christopher Clarey International Herald Tribune
Friday, November 26, 2004..........................
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Andre Agassi Agassi remains a fine example of how to use sports celebrity to benefit others. Through his annual gala and nonprofit foundation, he has raised approximately $40 million to create a charter school in Las Vegas and to help at-risk youth. He also can teach you more about his sport with a thoughtful answer to a simple question than just about anyone. Enjoy the act while it lasts.
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Gigan
11-25-2004, 12:07 PM
‘British not tough enough in sports’
By Ahmed Abbas Rizvi

25 November 2004

........

"Tim (Henman) is very English. We needed someone as good as Tim, who could get down dirty. I mean we needed someone who could really be a part of the people. Henman is not, he is a little bit... superior. I know he doesn’t mean it, but that’s how he comes across; he is always very well dressed... I mean I want him to sweat a bit. That’s what we need... we need someone like Andre Agassi. People follow Agassi, they don’t follow Pete Sampras.

You mean Pete Sampras hasn’t been good for the game?

Sampras was a great player, but boring. He knew no excitement and he never laughed. So yes, he was not good for the game. You want the Agassis. Agassi, he probably still has a year left, was great for the game. If you watch someone like Sampras, you would go to sleep."
I agree, Gigan

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Steffi
11-26-2004, 09:54 AM
‘British not tough enough in sports’
By Ahmed Abbas Rizvi

25 November 2004

........

"Tim (Henman) is very English. We needed someone as good as Tim, who could get down dirty. I mean we needed someone who could really be a part of the people. Henman is not, he is a little bit... superior. I know he doesn’t mean it, but that’s how he comes across; he is always very well dressed... I mean I want him to sweat a bit. That’s what we need... we need someone like Andre Agassi. People follow Agassi, they don’t follow Pete Sampras.

You mean Pete Sampras hasn’t been good for the game?

Sampras was a great player, but boring. He knew no excitement and he never laughed. So yes, he was not good for the game. You want the Agassis. Agassi, he probably still has a year left, was great for the game. If you watch someone like Sampras, you would go to sleep."
I agree, Gigan

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:


Yes! Andre is an Idol!! :-) Sampras is boring! :D

I♥PsY@Mus!c
11-27-2004, 06:36 AM
Ya,I agree with you guys!!! :p

Gigan
11-27-2004, 10:06 AM
US billionaires and millionaires on Fortune’s ‘40 under 40’ rich list 2004


US billionaires and millionaires on Fortune’s ‘40 under 40’ rich list,
topped by who else, but Michael Dell, 39, and including among others, entertainers Shawn Combs of P. Diddy ($315 million), Shawn Carter of Jay-Z ($286 million), J Lo ($255 million), sportsmen Tiger Woods ($295 million), Shaquille O’ Neal ($222 million) and Andre Agassi ($162 m).

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karenpoon
11-27-2004, 01:15 PM
only $162 m? I thought he is worth more than that.

Gigan
11-28-2004, 10:06 PM
only $162 m? I thought he is worth more than that.

Yes, "only" $162m!


Andre will do better in 2005!
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smucav
11-29-2004, 02:10 AM
Here's what Andre & Tami had to say on Today:
Copyright 2004 National Broadcasting Co. Inc.
All Rights Reserved
NBC News Transcripts

Today 7:00 AM EST NBC
November 23, 2004 Tuesday

Tami Agassi and Andre Agassi discuss their book, "Star Palate"

ANN CURRY, anchor: This morning in TODAY'S KITCHEN, cooking for a cure. Andre Agassi's little sister, Tami, was a breast cancer survivor when she came up with the idea for "Star Palate." It's a collection of recipes from some of the most noted re--celebrities, rather, in TV, sports and music, and the proceeds of the book will go to breast and ovarian cancer research. And Tami is here this morning, along with her brother, Andre, who's joining us from Las Vegas.

Tami and Andre, good morning to both of you.

Ms. TAMI AGASSI ("Star Palate"): Good morning.

Mr. ANDRE AGASSI: Good morning. Thanks for being--thanks for having us.

CURRY: Well, it's a pleasure to have you here, especially, Andre, because I understand you're one of the cooks in this book.

But before we get to you, let's talk to you, Tami, about wh--what really inspired you to do this. I mean, you're a breast cancer survivor, you found this out, you have a breast cancer from a self-exam. You had a double mastectomy, you went through nine months of aggressive chemotherapy, took Tamoxifen. How are you doing?

Ms. AGASSI: I'm doing really well. I'm a five-year survivor this January.

CURRY: Give me five, girl. That's fantastic.

Ms. AGASSI: And I'm here today thanks to early detection, and I have to credit people who did work prior to me to raise awareness, to improve treatment, that that's the reason I caught it early enough, it's the reason I'm here today. So that's what motivates me to do it for others.

CURRY: All right.

And, Andre, this was very hard for you, I know, because not only did your sister get breast cancer, but you found out that six months later that your own mother also had breast cancer. And--and now both, thank goodness, are survivors. What did this entire process teach you, what did it do for you in terms of enlarging your view of the world?

Mr. AGASSI: Well, I think what it did mostly was it taught me how cancer affects us all. I mean, for some of us it affects early in their life, others we--it's later, but it does have a way of--of sort of affecting us all. And that's why it's so important for us to come together and figure out a way to--to--to--to solve this. And that's what I respect so much about Tami and how she's chosen not to just fight her own personal battle but to actually take on other people's fights and the awareness and the--and the research. And this book raising money for--for--for the research, it's--it's going to benefit us all.

CURRY: And--the--which is really something that--what is really great about cancer survivors, they're, you know--I see tears in your eyes hearing your brother say that.

Ms. AGASSI: No. No, you don't.

CURRY: Because, you know, there is such a great giveness, you want to be generous to help other people not go through what you've gone through. And you've got together 72 famous people...

Ms. AGASSI: Yes.

CURRY: ...to join with their recipes and do this book. You've got chefs Tom English and Emeril Lagasse, you've got musicians Harry Connick Jr., Billy Joel, Tori Amos, you've got actors Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, designers, Michael Kors and, big surprise, you've also got tennis aces, including your own brother.

Ms. AGASSI: Yes.

CURRY: Now--but you've got to tell me the truth, because we're thinking--because, you know, to be honest with you, Andre, I really respect you on the court, but I have to say I didn't know he was a cook. So give us the real truth, how's his serve in the kitchen?

Ms. AGASSI: Well, I've had the opportunity to have his food, mostly at family holidays, and he's pretty good. And from my perspective as an observer watching him, he takes great pride and is equally as enthusiastic in the kitchen as he is on the court, from what I observe.

CURRY: And Andre's recipe is for herb-roasted turkey. Now, I understand that you're very competitive in the kitchen as well as on the court, so how would you compare your--your recipe with Andy Roddick's, Andre?

Mr. AGASSI: Oh, the--the only thing he does better than me is eat. So, you know, he c--he'll--he'll--but, no, I take a lot of pride in it, no question. I'm a man of process, so I do enjoy the--the cooking adventure, and we've had a lot of fun, sort of experiment with many different things as a family on these occasions such as Thanksgiving coming up.

CURRY: Well, let's take a look, actually, at your herb-roasted turkey. And it--it is fantastic. What's--you've got, like, a lot of sage around the outside. And the recipe for this is also in the book.

Moving on, you've got a recipe here for Jay Leno's buffalo wings. How spicy are these? I mean, are they spicy as his show?

Ms. AGASSI: You can get as spicy as they want. It just depends who the critic is. But you can make them as spicy as--as you want. I've been to several little food parties since the book's come out, and these are always a great hit as an appetizer.

CURRY: And you've also got Billy Joel's uptown marinated skirt steak, which is--which is pretty good, with lime.

Ms. AGASSI: Oh, which is--oh, amazing. This recipe was actually handwritten and sent in to us by Billy Joel personally. Libby Gates, Bill Gates' sister, tried it at home and sent me an e-mail, said it was fabulous.

CURRY: You've got Britney Spears' mom's seafood pasta. You've got Ray Romano's raspberry cream cheese brownies. And--and you've got Dyan Cannon's chocolate mousse parfaits. I mean, these are all--did you have trouble getting people to submit these recipes or were they all just because they knew of the cause just very--they step up immediately?

Ms. AGASSI: Well, some people stepped up immediately, like yourself.

CURRY: Oh.

Ms. AGASSI: You were one of the very first celebrities we got. Thank you.

CURRY: Thank you. Well, it's such a great--but it's such a great cause. I mean...

Ms. AGASSI: Right.

CURRY: You--and you did also get, also, Katie to step up.

Ms. AGASSI: Right.

CURRY: Who gave us her famous lemon chicken recipe.

Ms. AGASSI: Right.

CURRY: And--and I have my--my pasta puttanesca here.

Ms. AGASSI: Which is amazing.

CURRY: You know, a lot of people, and Katie and I both lost loved ones to cancer--that's a picture of my sister, who's a breast cancer survivor--but--but so many of these celebrities have been touched by cancer. Is that what really brought them into this project, or do you think that it was actually something--something just deeper?

Ms. AGASSI: Well, I think that, obviously with cancer affecting so many people, it's hard to--to live and not be affected by it at some point in your life. So I'm sure that's what motivates them. But they're compassionate people and they want to give back however they can, and we're very fortunate...

CURRY: That they did.

Ms. AGASSI: Yes.

CURRY: And Al's here to help us taste.

AL ROKER reporting: Didn't mean to sneak up on you there.

CURRY: And the book is called "Star Palate." And so Tami and--and Andre, you know, you're both very lovely and I--and I--we wish you every good luck with this book. And--and...

Ms. AGASSI: Thank you. There's just one thing I would like to say, that the book was underwritten by Cell Therapeutics. So all of the proceeds go directly to breast cancer and ovarian cancer research. And you can get it at Amazon, Costco, Target, Wal-Mart.

CURRY: Thank you.

ROKER: Tami, thanks so much.

Everybody, have a great day.

Here's one more song from Bon Jovi.

(Bon Jovi performs)

LOAD-DATE: November 23, 2004

Gigan
11-29-2004, 07:32 AM
Andre will play vs Roddick and vs Bryan brothers in December

Sports
Basketball,football, and snow?by Ben Ward/Sports Editor

November 28, 2004

The city of Mobile has lots to offer the avid sports fan this holiday season. There will be two basketball tournaments, a nationally televised football game, a tennis match-up between two international tennis stars and even snow. Yes, you read that correctly, snow.


For a complete list of all game times, please refer to the South Alabama Schedule. Cut out the schedule and post it on your fridge so that you can remember to come out and support your Jags and Lady Jags. All games are free to USA students with their USA ID.

For complete story, visit http://www.usavanguard.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/11/26/41aa9bd38b3c8.

Who would have ever thought that both Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick would face each other in the Mitchell Center? Probably nobody, but this will happen on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. The two tennis phenoms will face each other in an event entitled Rock-N-Racquets. The Mobile face-off will be only the third time that the two have faced each other. The exhibition is a fundraising event for the Andy Roddick Foundation and for the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation. The Roddick charity promotes literacy and health for children. The Agassi Foundation is known for providing recreational and educational opportunities for at-risk children.

The event will have three parts. In a celebrity tennis challenge, the two tennis stars will team up with Miss America 2005 Deidre Downs and Miss Alabama 2004 Shannon Camper in a doubles match. Teams for the match have not been decided yet.

In the second event, Agassi and Roddick will play on the same team. They will take on Bob and Mark Bryan. The Bryan twins are the number two ranked doubles team.

For the finale, Roddick will take the court against Agassi in a best of three sets competition. Tickets for the event range from $35 to $85. For more information, visit rocknracquets.com.
And now for the snow. Mobile will have a huge snowstorm this year, except it is only going to hit Hank Aaron Stadium. The stadium is being converted into a snow park with actual snow. The snow is created by taking sheets of frozen water and blowing them through a machine that gives them a natural feel and texture. The park opened Saturday, Nov. 20 and will remain open until February. The park will feature a play area for snowman and snow angel creation and a section for snow tubing. For a 90-minute session in the fluff, it will cost $8. Parking at the stadium is $3. For hours of operations and for other information, visit mobilebaybears.com.
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Agassi Fan
11-29-2004, 03:47 PM
Go Andre, beat Roddick!

Gigan
11-29-2004, 06:54 PM
Go Andre, beat Roddick!

http://www.wtt.com/images/aggassi.jpg
OK, I will do beat :eek: Roddick!
Me, Andre! ;)


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Gigan
11-30-2004, 02:05 AM
Debating decorum
If Sharapova's attitude is worst thing to happen, tennis is in good shape
Monday November 29, 2004. Interview with Sharapova

When are you going to give Andre Agassi props for his matches against Roger Federer? If you look at how close they've been, no one has come as close to beating Federer during this dominant run.
-- Adam Ross, Nashville

I think you could make the case that Agassi played Federer as well as any top-10 player in 2004. (I don't however read too much into their U.S. Open match: The conditions were so preposterously windy it was as if they were playing on a ship.) The question is usually posed as "Who will emerge as Federer's rival?" I think ("you need not think too much, you can not do it well, Sharapova" :p ,- Gigan) Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick or maybe Rafael Nadal are more likely to rival Federer than a guy who turns 35 in April and plays a peculiar schedule. None of this, though, is meant to discredit Agassi. Especially in Australia -- where Agassi arrived fresh and, of course, has history on his side -- I bet he's the first name Federer looks for when the draw comes out.
Complete story is here:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/writers/jon_wertheim/11/29/mailbag.1129/index.html
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spooky
11-30-2004, 10:04 AM
A part of interview with Michael Stich:

-Toughest opponent you faced?
-Andre Agassi. I played him nine times, and never beat him. I got close, but close is not winning. I never liked his game, but he was the most outstanding, the most talented player in my time in the game. He also had the guts to come back out of nowhere.

Full interview: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2004/11/30/stmysp30.xml&sSheet=/sport/2004/11/30/ixtenn.html

Agassi Fan
11-30-2004, 04:05 PM
Thanks for the news! :-)

Gigan
11-30-2004, 10:30 PM
Return of Pistol Pete
Leo Schlink
01dec04

PETE Sampras, winner of more singles majors than any other man in history, could be considering a return to competitive tennis.

Sampras, 33, has told arch-rival Jim Courier he is curious about playing on the ATP's seniors tour.
The Californian retired at the 2002 US Open after winning his 14th major, defeating Andre Agassi (we will see now, who-is-who,- Gigan) in a vintage display.

He has reputedly spent as much time on the golf course as with his young family and actress wife Bridgette Wilson since departing the circuit.

But former world No. 1 Courier yesterday described Sampras as "restless".

Courier said he had been surprised by a telephone call from Sampras this week.

"I spoke to Pete this week," Courier said in London, where he is preparing for the seniors event at Royal Albert Hall.

"He was curious to see how I'm enjoying doing this.

"I sense a little bit of restlessness there. Pete has been playing a lot of golf, but he was curious to know what this seniors tour is all about."

Sampras had previously declared a comeback was strictly out of the question, insisting he did not want to "come back 17 times like retired boxers".

"It's been two years since Pete played and I think that's about the time when people start to feel how much they love the game of tennis and creep back into it with a few exhibitions here and there, and test the water," Courier said.
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Gigan
12-04-2004, 10:18 PM
Agassi has three more years: Dad
LEO SCHLINK
05dec04
ANDRE Agassi's appearance at the centenary Australian Open next month will not be his last at Melbourne Park.

http://www.thesundaymail.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,1658,400915,00.jpg

IRONMAN: The 2005 Australian Open may not be Andre Agassi's last

And expect the champion Las Vegas to push for grand slam glory for at least three more seasons.

Outrageously optimistic? No, utterly attainable according to Mike Agassi – not only Andre's father but also his mentor and first coach.

In an interview to mark the launch of his book, The Agassi Story, the former Iranian Olympic boxer has pulled no punches:

He blasts Agassi's former coach Brad Gilbert, insisting Darren Cahill's coaching is superior;

He predicts Roger Federer will break Pete Sampras's record number of singles grand slam triumphs;

He reveals his son deliberately lost a match at the French Open in 2001;

He condemns Agassi's 1992 Wimbledon win, which came despite a diet of junk food and minimal practice.

Agassi Sr taught Andre the basics of the game after being inspired to breed a tennis champion when he met the star-studded Australian and US Davis Cup teams in 1957-58.

"I was working as a waiter in Chicago at the time and all those great players talked about serve-volley," Agassi Sr said. "I remember telling some of the Americans one day I would have a child who would be world champion, win the Davis Cup and the grand slams.

"They laughed at me because I didn't have any children at the time. But I wanted a net player like the great Australians.

"That's how I taught Andre until Nick Bollettieri ruined that.

"I told Bollettieri Andre needed to know the net game. I told Brad Gilbert the same thing. They both disagreed.

"The thing with Brad Gilbert is that you can shut the Grand Canyon, but you can't shut Brad Gilbert's mouth.

"Andre got sick of it all and he had seen what Darren had done with Lleyton Hewitt and was impressed by that and they got together.

"Lleyton plays Andre's game, only a little faster, and we've seen what a great player he is.

"Brad didn't bring Andre's game to Andre. He already had it. Brad was a very good motivator and good at working out the weaknesses of other players.

"But he never wanted Andre to serve big, or go to the net."
Agassi and Gilbert parted company in 2002 when the defending Australian Open champion withdrew on the opening day.

Agassi Sr said Andre was ill, dismissing talk of death threats, drug inquiries and arguments with Gilbert, who now works with Andy Roddick.

Agassi Sr said Cahill had improved the four-time Australian Open champion's serving, declaring he was now a "better player".

"If he played the way he does today 10 years ago, he would not have lost as many (six) grand slam finals," Agassi Sr said.

"He's half a step slower now but Darren has really worked on Andre's game – especially his serving."
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AgassiDomination
12-05-2004, 04:39 PM
Serve up those Aces!!

Agassi Fan
12-05-2004, 04:47 PM
Go Andre!!

Gigan
12-05-2004, 09:12 PM
TENNIS: ATP Champions Race (29.11.2004)


1. R.Federer SUI 1267
2. A.Roddick USA 731
3. L.Hewitt AUS 718
4. M.Safin RUS 612
5. C.Moya ESP 504
6. T.Henman GBR 493
7. G.Coria ARG 480
8. A.Agassi USA 420
9. D.Nalbandian ARG 389
10. G.Gaudio ARG 384


TENNIS: ATP Entry-System (29.11.2004)


1. (1) R.Federer SUI 6335
2. (2) A.Roddick USA 3655
3. (3) L.Hewitt AUS 3590
4. (4) M.Safin RUS 3060
5. (5) C.Moya ESP 2520
6. (7) T.Henman GBR 2465
7. (6) G.Coria ARG 2400
8. (8) A.Agassi USA 2100
9. (9) D.Nalbandian ARG 1945
10. (10) G.Gaudio ARG 1920


Go, Andre!
Improve your ranking in 2005!!!
Be Nr 1, Andre!
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Gigan
12-07-2004, 06:30 PM
US eye Agassi return

Stephen Wade in Seville
Tuesday December 7, 2004
The Guardian
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Andre Agassi would be quickly restored to the United States' Davis Cup team if their captain Patrick McEnroe was granted his wish.

Agassi's all-round skills were sorely missed last weekend when Spain clinched the final 3-2 to take the title for the second time and prevent the US from adding to their record of 31 wins. The last time America won was in 1995.

"For Andre, the door is always open," McEnroe said. "He's never completely shut the door, at least to me. As long as he's out there competing at the level he's at, I'm going to keep asking."

Since Agassi stopped playing for the US to focus on grand slams four years ago, McEnroe has rebuilt the team around young players such as Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish.

Roddick needed to win two matches here but the slow clay neutralized the game's fastest serve and he lost to both Rafael Nadal and Carlos Móya. America's points came from the twins Bob and Mike Bryan in the doubles, and Fish, who defeated Tommy Robredo after Spain had already won.

The US face Croatia in March at California, for the opening round of 2005. If they fail again next season, they will match their longest drought of 10 years, dating back to the late 1920s and 1930s. "It's difficult to dominate for any country, but it's certainly too long for the US to not have won one," McEnroe added. - AP

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Agassi Fan
12-08-2004, 01:19 PM
I don't want that Andre play in DC.

Gigan
12-10-2004, 09:48 AM
Agassi Gives Back

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Andre Agassi has given nearly 19 years of his life to professional tennis and continues to contribute even more off the court. The eight-time Grand Slam champion is one of 12 familiar faces featured on the new "12 Reasons to Give" celebrity philanthropy calendar produced by The Giving Back Fund.


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The 12 Reasons To Give calendar honors 12 generous and diverse high-profile people within professional sports and entertainment who have demonstrated a strong commitment to philanthropy.

The 34-year-old Agassi's commitment to charitable, social and educational causes led him to create the The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, a not-for-profit public charity that provides recreational and educational opportunities for at-risk boys and girls. Agassi's charity, including his annual Grand Slam for Children benefit, has raised more than $40 million, which has helped fund the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy charter school.

Agassi joins Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie, hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons, musician Sting, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio, NBA center Alonzo Mourning, Oscar-nominated actor Edward Norton, musician Sarah McLachlan, 10-time NBA All-Star David Robinson, singer Amy Grant and the late actor/director Christopher Reeve on the the "12 Reasons To Give" calendar.

The celebrity philanthropy calendar, will be available at Amazon.com , Borders, Waldenbooks, and other national retail stores for $19.95. The Picerne Group, an international investment firm based in San Juan Capistrano, California, underwrote production of the calendar. Thanks to their sponsorship, 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be distributed to the 12 charities selected by the honorees.

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Gigan
12-14-2004, 02:20 PM
The World's 50 Highest-Paid Athletes
07.05.04


Rank name | sport Pay ($mil)

1 TIGER WOODS | golf $80.3

2 MICHAEL SCHUMACHER | auto racing $80.0

3 PEYTON MANNING | football $42.0

4 MICHAEL JORDAN | basketball $35.0

5 SHAQUILLE O'NEAL | basketball $31.9

6 KEVIN GARNETT | basketball $29.7

7 ANDRE AGASSI | tennis $28.2

8 DAVID BECKHAM | soccer $28.0

9 ALEX RODRIGUEZ | baseball $26.2

10 KOBE BRYANT | basketball $26.1

11 GRANT HILL | basketball $25.9

12 DEREK JETER | baseball $23.2

13 BARRY BONDS | baseball $22.7

14 MANNY RAMIREZ | baseball $22.1

15 OSCAR DE LA HOYA | boxing $22.0

16 LEBRON JAMES | basketball $21.1

17 VINCE CARTER | basketball $20.2

18 DALE EARNHARDT JR. | auto racing $20.1

19 ARNOLD PALMER | golf $20.0

20 PHIL MICKELSON | golf $19.8

21 ALLEN IVERSON | basketball $19.7

22 CHAMP BAILEY | football $19.6

23 JEFF GORDON | auto racing $19.3

24 LANCE ARMSTRONG | cycling $19.2

25 TRACY MCGRADY | basketball $19.0

26 RONALDO | soccer $18.5

27 CARLOS DELGADO | baseball $18.0

28 ICHIRO SUZUKI | baseball $17.8

29 RANDY JOHNSON | baseball $17.5

30 MIKE PIAZZA | baseball $17.3

31 JEVON KEARSE | football $17.2

32 SAMMY SOSA | baseball $17.0

33 PEDRO MARTINEZ | baseball $16.8

34 JASON GIAMBI | baseball $16.6

35 LAVAR ARRINGTON | football $16.5

36 BRIAN URLACHER | football $16.4

37 CARSON PALMER | football $16.3

38 GREG NORMAN | golf $16.2

39 ERNIE ELS | golf $16.1

40 RALF SCHUMACHER | auto racing $16.0

41 JASON KIDD | basketball $15.9

42 ZINEDINE ZIDANE | soccer $15.8

43 YAO MING | basketball $15.7

44 GRANT WISTROM | football $15.6

45 SHAWN GREEN | baseball $15.5

46 CHARLES ROGERS | football $15.4

47 RASHEED WALLACE | basketball $15.3

48 KEVIN BROWN | baseball $15.2

49 ANFERNEE HARDAWAY | basketball $15.1

50 ANDRE MILLER | basketball $15.0


Earnings estimates are for June 2003 to June 2004. Totals include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees.
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Gigan
12-17-2004, 11:29 AM
Tennis
Courier nets Agassi
Agassi agrees to play in Courier's March 21 charity event in Tampa.
By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer
Published December 17, 2004

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TAMPA - Andre Agassi is one of the biggest names in tennis.

When he competes in an event, it's a huge deal. And usually, there's a nice draw.

Landing Agassi, however, can be difficult. Unless, of course, your name is Jim Courier.

"All it took was one call," Courier said.

And just like that Agassi, one of the legends of tennis, is headed to Tampa, completing the lineup for the second annual Mercedes-Benz Classic, a March 21 event at the St. Pete Times Forum that benefits the Raymond James Courier's Kids Foundation.

Courier, a Dade City native, also will compete along with Tampa residents James Blake and Mardy Fish, two top American players.

"We're thrilled," Courier said.

In tennis, there might be no larger figure than the 34-year-old Agassi, who lives in Las Vegas. He owns eight major titles and ranks No. 8 in the world. Agassi and Courier have known each other since childhood, when both trained under famed instructor Nick Bollettieri. Courier retired from tennis a few years ago, but he and Agassi stay in touch. After letting Agassi know about the event, Courier said his pal replied, "Okay, I'm in."

"I'm very lucky to have friends in the sport I can lean on," Courier said.

Blake spent much of the year recovering from a series of injuries, but is thought to have top-20 potential. Fish distinguished himself by winning the silver medal at the Athens Olympic Games. He's also a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

All proceeds will benefit the foundation, which assists underprivileged children with mentoring, academic assistance and tennis programs through the St. Petersburg Tennis Center and First Serve Program. The 2004 event raised $335,000.

"It's a great thing," Courier said.

For information, call 813 301-2500 or visit www.stpetetimesforum.com

[Last modified December 17, 2004, 00:07:19]

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Gigan
12-17-2004, 11:53 AM
SPECIAL EDITION ATP INSIDER --
The Top 10 Insider Moments of 2004

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2 – BECKHAM MEETS AGASSI

… All year long, the stars from music, movies and other sports came out to tennis events to watch matches and meet the tennis stars. Auto racers and soccer players were the athletes most often mixing company with the tennis stars, and they would occasionally take a turn at each other's sport. At Masters Series Madrid, two athletes who have transcended their sports spent some time together. Britain's David Beckham of Real Madrid came out to watch ANDRE AGASSI in his quarterfinal match against Spaniard TOMMY ROBREDO. Following the match, Beckham was introduced to Agassi. After talking for several minutes, Agassi signed the racquet he had used in that match and gave it to a grateful Beckham.

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Agassi Fan
12-18-2004, 01:10 PM
SPECIAL EDITION ATP INSIDER --
The Top 10 Insider Moments of 2004

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2 – BECKHAM MEETS AGASSI

… All year long, the stars from music, movies and other sports came out to tennis events to watch matches and meet the tennis stars. Auto racers and soccer players were the athletes most often mixing company with the tennis stars, and they would occasionally take a turn at each other's sport. At Masters Series Madrid, two athletes who have transcended their sports spent some time together. Britain's David Beckham of Real Madrid came out to watch ANDRE AGASSI in his quarterfinal match against Spaniard TOMMY ROBREDO. Following the match, Beckham was introduced to Agassi. After talking for several minutes, Agassi signed the racquet he had used in that match and gave it to a grateful Beckham.

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No this is the 1st!!!!!! :-)

Deboogle!.
12-18-2004, 02:30 PM
here's an article from the exhibition in Mobile last night :)
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Making a racket
Exhibitions featuring Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick draw nearly 9,000 fans to Mitchell Center
Saturday, December 18, 2004
By RANDY KENNEDY
Sports Editor
Almost 9,000 tennis fans paid an average of $57 a ticket to see U.S. Open champions Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi in a tennis exhibition Friday night at the Mitchell Center on the campus of the University of South Alabama.

Roddick, Agassi and the world's No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan put on a serious display of tennis talent. But the not-so-serious tennis drew some of the most spirited crowd responses at the Rock-N-Racquets event.

Mobile junior tennis stars Ebie Wilson, 13, and Mary Angela Martin, 12, teamed with Agassi and Roddick in the night's first match. When Wilson -- the state's No. 1-ranked player in her age division -- finished off a game with a forehand volley for a winner past Agassi, Roddick joked, "She definitely volleys better than I do." When the crowd laughed, Roddick quickly added, "Hey, that's not funny."

Team Roddick eventually won the light-hearted portion of the program before the Bryan brothers, identical twins who played at Stanford and won seven titles last season, showed why they are the world's dominant doubles team by beating Agassi and Roddick 8-5.

In the night's feature match, Roddick edged Agassi in two tight tiebreakers, winning 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).

"I wish everyone could experi ence the thrill of playing against their hero," Roddick said afterward. "I normally don't come out on top in these things against Andre, so this is special."

Agassi told the crowd following the match that the enthusiastic reception made the night a success.

"It was such a treat to come here to Mobile and play," Agassi said.

The exhibition followed a successful junior clinic Friday afternoon in which 450 young players were entertained by Roddick, the Bryan brothers and Olympic silver medalist Mardy Fish.

Murphy High School star Mackenzie White was the only player to successfully return Roddick's serve, although it wasn't quite as fast as the 143 mph serve he unleashed against Agassi Friday night.

"I was just bracing for the worse," White said. "I figured it was probably going to be really hard."

Gigan
12-18-2004, 03:57 PM
No this is the 1st!!!!!! :-)

I agree,
That one should be Nr 1!


I will upload couple of early pix in Andre's picture section,
Check it.
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Gigan
12-20-2004, 03:48 PM
Agassi sammelte 42 Millionen
German article 20. Dezember 2004 11:20 Uhr

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Agassi sammelte bis heute mehr als 42 Millionen US-Dollar



München/Las Vegas - Wenn das Weihnachtsfest naht, steht auch im Hause Agassi die Tradition im Vordergrund. Zwei Rituale sind dem beliebtesten Tennisspieler der USA und seiner Ehefrau Steffi Graf in den letzten Jahren besonders ans Herz gewachsen.

Ende November war Andre Agassi in seinem Wohnort Las Vegas einer der Stars bei der Eröffnung des Weihnachtsmarktes "Opportunity Village", wenige Tage später feierte die von ihm ins Leben gerufene Stiftung "Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation" Geburtstag.

In diesem Jahr fielen die Feierlichkeiten besonders intensiv aus. Denn zum zehnjährigen Bestehen zog Agassi eine beeindruckende Zwischenbilanz: Bis heute sammelte er mehr als 42 Millionen US-Dollar, die vornehmlich in eine von ihm gegründete Schule investiert wurden.

Parallelen zwischen Projekt und Tennis

Dabei sieht Agassi durchaus Parallelen zwischen dem Erfolg seines Projektes und seiner einmaligen Laufbahn im weißen Sport: "Es gibt keinen leichten Weg zum Erfolg. Jeden Tag dreht es sich um dieselben Dinge. Erziehung, Disziplin, Einstellung zur Arbeit."

Der 34-Jährige glaubt, mit diesen Tugenden auch noch ein weiteres Jahr gegen die erheblich jüngere Konkurrenz auf der ATP-Tour bestehen zu können. Er will seinen 59 Einzeltiteln noch einige Turniersiege folgen lassen.

"Ich habe nie ans Aufhören gedacht. Dazu glaube ich einfach zu sehr an das, was ich noch leisten kann. Ich bin nach wie vor mit dem ganzen Herzen dabei."

Schule in schlechter Gegend von Las Vegas

Dennoch hat die Sozialarbeit die Augen des einstigen Paradiesvogels geöffnet: "Wenn man Tennis und mein soziales Engagement vergleicht, ist das wie Tag und Nacht. Ich würde ohne zu zögern alles auf dem Tenniscourt abgeben, wenn ich damit das Leben von Kindern ändern könnte."

Es ist nicht die beste Gegend von Las Vegas, in der Agassi sein Schul-Vorzeigeprojekt ansiedelte. Wer im verpönten Norden des Spielerparadieses den Lake Mead Boulevard abfährt, sieht weder Neonreklame noch blinkende Spielautomaten.

Unterprivilegierte Kinder profitieren

Dass ausgerechnet hier eine der erfolgreichsten Schulen der Stadt steht, macht Agassi stolz. Schließlich sollen vornehmlich unterprivilegierte Kinder von seiner Stiftung profitieren. "Ich bedaure nur eines: Ich hätte viel früher mit meiner Sozialarbeit beginnen sollen. Ich habe einige gute Jahre verloren, diese Zeit lässt sich nicht wieder zurückbringen."

300 Kinder finden täglich ihren Weg in die "College Preparation Aacademy", 326 weitere stehen auf der Warteliste. Bisher bietet die Schule nur die Klassen drei bis acht an, ab Herbst 2006 werden nach der Fertigstellung einer 18 Millionen Dollar teuren Erweiterung die Klassen neun und zehn zugefügt.

Steffi hat sich an die Wüste gewöhnt



So darf Las Vegas weiter auf die Großzügigkeit seines prominenten Sohnes bauen. Ein früher ins Auge gefasster Umzug steht übrigens derzeit nicht zur Debatte, mittlerweile hat sich auch Steffi Graf in der zunächst ungewohnten Wüste eingelebt.

"Als ich sie früher fragte, ob es ihr hier gefalle, sagte sie immer nur, wie sehr sie mich liebe", erinnert sich Agassi.

Gemeinsam mit den Kindern Jaden Gil (3) und Jaz (1) hat nun vielleicht auch die einst beste Tennisspielerin der Welt jene für viele Touristen verborgenen Vorteile erkannt, die ihr Ehemann als Grund für das Verbleiben angibt: "Las Vegas ist eine Stadt mit Seele. Es ist der einzige Ort der Welt, an dem Geschäfte noch mit einem Handschlag getätigt werden. Hier helfen Menschen ihren Nachbarn aus."
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sandhyanair
12-21-2004, 03:16 AM
pls translate to english,gigan

sandhyanair
12-24-2004, 01:08 AM
i wish a very happy x-mas to andre & his family as well as the fans of andre all over the world.

Agassi Fan
12-25-2004, 11:27 AM
Merry Xmas to everyone who loves Andre and his family!

Gigan
12-25-2004, 05:51 PM
2004 PLAYER HIGHLIGHTS --- FROM A to Z


From Agassi... To Zimonjic...

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A -- Agassi (Andre) -- 34-year-old Las Vegas native finished in Top 10 for 15th time and won a title for 17 of last 18 years.

Story: http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2004/atoz_2004.asp



Merry Christmas to Andre & to all Andre's fans!
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Gigan
12-28-2004, 10:05 PM
For Karen:

i know only that contract with Nike was of 70 mlns British pounds (now about $137 mln USD)

"March (1995) Andre Agassi signed a clothing contract with Nike reputed to be worth 70 million pounds. Pete Sampras is allegedly earning 4 million a year and Jim Courier 3 million from the same company."

You can compare with S. Williams:
"S. Williams has a contract with Nike, a deal that is close to $40 million over five years…"

But i know about Head - he has a lifetime contract :

"Andre Agassi is be playing the new Head Liquidmetal® Radical Oversize Version when he returns to the courts during the U.S. summer hard court season. Agassi, has been playing with Head racquets since 1993 and recently signed a lifetime contract with the company.

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karenpoon
12-29-2004, 12:25 AM
Thanks Gigan

Gigan
12-29-2004, 02:52 PM
Tennis-X: Best of News, Notes and Quotes 2004

Posted on December 28, 2004

story: http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2004-12-28/d.php
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December is the "off-season," the dead month for tennis, right?

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Judging by the discussion boards, the 2005 season can't start soon enough for tennis fans, so here's a little holiday present to tide you over, a trip down memory lane for some of the most noteworthy and wacky occurrences during 2004:
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FEBRUARY
...Andre Agassi uncharacteristically slammed the ATP Thursday for not addressing the question of what players can consume during matches in hot weather: "The ATP needs to do something. They've removed themselves from the problem and left the players alone. We've had to speak about the issue, most of the time uninformed. To leave it all on the players' shoulders, only drink water...that's not an answer. That's not leadership."...
."...Roger Federer wants a coach, but even though he has expressed an interest in Andre Agassi's coach Darren Cahill, he would not poach on another's coach: "It would be like approaching the girlfriend of another guy and asking her to go out with me...no, I wouldn't do that."...
APRIL
."...Andre Agassi says that the current crop of young Americans can be such best buds because Andy Roddick is good, and the rest suck: "I came along in a generation where me, (Michael) Chang, (Jim) Courier, Pete (Sampras), we're fighting for No. 1 in the world. I think that got in the way of us having the fellowship that we really could have shared -- the enjoyment we could have shared."...
."...World No. 1 Roger Federer and Andre Agassi are skipping next week's Masters Series-Monte Carlo, with no penalty from the financially-challenged ATP, which seems to have given up on leveraging players with fines or a bonus pool to get them to play the top-tier Masters Series events.
...The Guardian summing up the ATP's inability to get all its top players at its Masters Series events: "The Monte Carlo Open, or the Tennis Masters Series Monte Carlo as it is branded, is supposed to be one of the nine leading men's tournaments outside of the four grand slams. So, it might be assumed, all the leading players will be here. Indeed the ATP, the men's ruling body, considers entry to be mandatory. It is a joke. Prior to the tournament starting yesterday Andre Agassi, No. 5 in the world, had already made his excuses, which were no excuses at all...Roger Federer, the world No. 1, is also absent because he is apparently "fatigued," and yesterday came the news that Andy Roddick would not be arriving because of "schedule incompatibility." In other words, he could not be bothered to fly from Houston, Texas, where he lost the final of the U.S. Clay Court Championship on Sunday, to Europe. And what is the ATP going to do about it? Nothing."...That Andre Agassi will skip the ATP's top tier of Masters Series events in Monte Carlo, Hamburg and Rome, but play the tiny St. Poelten, Austrian event speaks to the renewed power of under-the-table guarantees paid to players during this time when the tour is struggling financially...
MAY
In a carefully-worded statement, we'll note that top Americans Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi and Mardy Fish have yet to set foot on the European red clay during the ATP pre-French claycourt swing, currently in its third week...
."...From South Africa's News24 on the top American exodus from Hamburg: "(Andre) Agassi and (Andy) Roddick have decided that the Northern seaport event, which starts on Monday, and which sometimes produces damp conditions, heavy balls and a gruelling week, is not the best preparation for Roland Garros. Agassi is competing only once on clay before the French Open -- surprisingly, at the modest event next week at St Poelten. However, that tournament is taking place in Austria's highest per-capita-income town, which suggests that the ageing legend may be receiving generous appearance money for his efforts." You think?...
'...An emotional Andre Agassi welled up with tears while answering questions Monday after his shocking first-round exit to a No. 271-ranked qualifier at the French Open. "It's hard to say," said Agassi, his eyes welling up, asked whether he would return to Roland Garros in 2005 as a 35-year-old. "You want to come back, but you just don't know."...
."...Guillermo Coria says Andre Agassi avoided him on the practice courts after his experience last year: "Last year we had trained together, and before the draw I trained with him, and I realized that I could beat him. I found out about his weaknesses. This year he didn't want to repeat the experience. He wanted to wait for the draw."...
JUNE
...Andre Agassi is looking at a fat fine for failing to show at his post-match press conference after the embarrassing grasscourt loss to lawn-rookie Igor Andreev at Queen's..
...Andre Agassi has pulled from Wimbledon citing a bad hip...
JULY
...Andre Agassi had lost his last four matches prior to winning last night in Los Angeles. Agassi joins Jimmy Connors (1,222), Ivan Lendl (1,070), Guillermo Vilas (920), John McEnroe (867) and Stefan Edberg (806) in the 800-win club...
...Andre Agassi dropped out of the Top 10 to No. 11 in this week's ATP Rankings...
AUGUST
...Andre Agassi on his hip problem: "It's a slightly torn laborum over the course of years. It wasn't sort of one move that tore it, it was just the wear and tear every year. So the area is susceptible to getting inflamed and creating a pretty biting pain for me."...
...Todd Martin was given the mic after announcing his retirement, but the mic wasn't working at first; fitting that TM retired in front of about 200 day session hold-overs, while Andre Agassi was playing in front of an announced 23,019 -- always in his fellow American's shadows, even in retirement...
SEPTEMBER
Wayne Ferreira has retired, saying the US Open was his last tour event but he will play a final Davis Cup match...
...Roger Federer imposed his considerable will on former champ and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the US Open final, destroying the Aussie 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-0 for an astounding ninth title of 2004. The numbers put up by the Swiss are mind-boggling: first No. 1 seed since Pete Sampras in 1996 to win the US Open; has already clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking with three months yet to play; first player since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three of the four slams in one calendar year; 24 of 25 sets won in slam final-four matches; first player to win his first four slam finals; 17 wins in a row over Top 10 players; first US Open champ to win two 6-0 sets in the final; first man to win Wimbledon and the US Open back-to-back since Sampras in 1995; first man to win consecutive slam titles since Andre Agassi won the 1999 US Open and 2000 Australian Open; and winning in his last 11 tournament finals...Lleyton Hewitt was the first man to reach the US Open without dropping a set in almost 15 years, since Jim Courier in 1991...Three US Open "gold badge" chair umpires were dismissed early from the tournament because of their involvement in a credential-forging scheme at the Athens Olympics...
...Steffi Graf confirmed that husband Andre Agassi will play for another full year on the ATP tour...Spain is in its third Davis Cup final in the past five years...U.S. Davis cup coach Patrick McEnroe says Andre Agassi remains in the back of his mind for the Davis Cup final on red clay in December versus the high-powered Spaniards: "There's a lot of options. I'm never going to say never about anything."...Mardy "Silver" Fish doesn't seem to get the criticism from Patrick McEnroe and Cliff Drysdale that he is not in peak shape: "That's unfair," he told Florida's Tennis Life magazine. "I haven't done anything differently than I've done in the past."
OCTOBER
...USTA President Alan Schwartz stuck his foot in his mouth again Thursday, insinuating he would not want Andre Agassi to play in the Davis Cup final on clay at Spain: "This is a decision of captain Patrick McEnroe and we will respect it, but with the presence of players of the quality of the Bryan brothers in the double's match, plus Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, we are confident and are proud of them." Wow, haven't heard 'Mardy Fish,' 'clay,' and 'quality' used in the same sentence before.
...Andre Agassi's ninth Grand Slam for Children charity event this past weekend announced a total of $6.1 million from ticket and tables sales and the live auction. Some of the star guests were Robin Williams, musician John Mayer and TV's grating Dr. Phil McGraw. Dinner for two with Williams went for $280,000, while Mayer's guitar went for $140,000...
...While Andy Roddick's arm injury and a need for a break is enough to keep him off the ATP European indoor swing, it's not enough to keep him from raking in the exhibition cash in the U.S. -- Roddick played his second consecutive exhibition last night in North Dakota after an outing the previous night in California, losing to Andre Agassi 6-4, 7-6(8)...Andre Agassi says no chance he'll play the Davis Cup final at Spain in November: "My reasons for not playing Davis Cup have nothing to do with winning or losing. I'm growing tired, have a family, and it's time for the young guys who have gotten the team to the final to have the opportunity to win it." Yeah, who needs a former French Open champ on the team while playing on red clay when you have two guys with fast-court games who have never reached the French quarterfinals?...From the Charleston Post & Courier: "News of (Andy) Roddick's elbow injury last Sunday while losing to Roger Federer in the final of a tournament in Bangkok came only nine days after Roddick's blistering 155 mph serve during the Davis Cup semifinal at Family Circle Tennis Center. It also might be worth mentioning that in a meaningless dead rubber match on Sunday of the Davis Cup, Roddick lost control of his racket on a serve, then shook his right hand as if in pain." Don't worry, coach Brad Gilbert has predicted Andy will eventually hit a 160 mph serve -- maybe then you'll see his whole arm fly off. Easy Brad, the kid has limits...Another headline from the entertainingly loose-cannon ATP Masters Series-Madrid website: "Agassi arrives in Madrid while Roddick, Hewitt make their excuses." How will the ATP get a rein on their top players pulling from their top-level events, with some (Hewitt) not even bothering to come up with injury excuses anymore? Back in the day when the tour had bank, that year-end bonus pool sure was handy for keeping players in line. Perhaps once China buys the CEO slot next year they can start waving bills in front of the players again and get them to post for the top-tier events...
NOVEMBER
Chances of Andre Agassi showing up in Houston if he qualifies in the No. 9 spot at the alternate? Sitting around for a week listening to Mattress Mac? Zero?...Staples Center proprietor Philip Anschutz reportedly is interested in "founding a fifth Grand Slam," to be played at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California? As tournament organizers in Beijing have shown, that's code for "Don't know much about tennis but we have a lot of cash."...
...So Andre Agassi will not show up as the alternate for the Masters Cup, to be replaced by Guillermo Canas. What a shocker, we didn't see that coming -- can't picture last year's finalist not wanting to sit for a week watching Gaston Gaudio struggle on the hardcourts while sitting next to tournament promoter Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale and hearing about the virtues of four more years of the George W. Bush administration...U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe on inexplicably putting Mardy "Silver" Fish, a net player with a shaky back-court game, on the red clay against Spain over baseline grinder Vince Spadea: "I believe Mardy has the best chance to win the match, based on his ability, based on his experience playing Davis Cup, based on the fact he's played well in the Olympics, he's played well in some big, big matches for us," McEnroe told Tennis Week. "I still believe Mardy's got a tremendous upside as far as his career goes. And I think he's got a lot of game. I don't think he's lived up to his potential yet."...
DECEMBER
Martina Hingis will play the WTA Volvo Women's Open in Pattaya, Thailand on Jan. 31, 2005 to raise money for several Thai charities that help women and children who have suffered from abuse, homelessness and illness. "I hope to raise awareness of the support needed for those who are less fortunate and living in impoverished conditions in Thailand and around the world," she said Tuesday in a statement. Sources say she is not planning on playing any other events (unless of course she does well and the ego kicks in) in her first return to the WTA Tour in more than two years...Speaking to the French newspaper L'Equipe on Wednesday, Pete Sampras played down a return to competitive tennis, saying he has made his cash and enjoys sleeping in: "I'm not at all disappointed about what the sport did for my finances and my name. But I was tired of tennis and it consumed me. I spent so many years getting to the top and then keeping my place as No. 1, and it was very stressful. Throughout my career, I never had one perfectly good night's sleep. When it was all over, I started to sleep fine without any concerns in my head, as I didn't have to think about catching a plane or playing a really hard match the following day. I am still calming things down, and that is why I'm not playing any professional tennis."...Gustavo Kuerten is targeting March, right before the claycourt season, for his return from hip surgery...
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sandhyanair
01-02-2005, 04:57 AM
anyone has the video clip of t-mobile which features steffi & andre?

Agassi Fan
01-08-2005, 05:17 PM
Andre will play first time in Dubai! :-)

Gigan
01-08-2005, 06:23 PM
Andre will play first time in Dubai! :-)

Did you read my post on December 15, 2004?

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=18688&page=4

Yes, Andre plans to play there...

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J. Corwin
01-08-2005, 10:53 PM
the more he plays, the better! :yeah:

Agassi Fan
01-09-2005, 03:04 PM
the more he plays, the better! :yeah:


Yes, I agree. :)

Agassi Fan
01-09-2005, 03:04 PM
Did you read my post on December 15, 2004?

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=18688&page=4

Yes, Andre plans to play there...

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No, I didn't.

Gigan
01-09-2005, 03:44 PM
No, I didn't.
OK, now you know... ;)

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Gigan
01-11-2005, 01:10 PM
Agassi lauds Federer as elite tune up for Australian Open

10 minutes ago U.S. National - AFP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) - Tennis icon Andre Agassi lauded Roger Federer as a standard-bearer who is lifting the sport to a new level, as the game's elite prepared for the Australian Open (news - web sites) at the Kooyong Classic event.
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The eight-man special tournament at the former home of the Open boasts the best field in its history, with world number one Federer heading an entry which includes eight-time Grand Slam winner Agassi, world number two Andy Roddick and Britain's Tim Henman.


The round-robin event which begins Wednesday and ends with a Saturday final also includes Argentine holder David Nalbandian, Olympic champion Nicolas Massu, French Open (news - web sites) winner Gaston Gaudio and Thai Paradorn Srichaphan, finalist at the weekend in Chennai.


Agassi, a four-time Australian Open winner, praised Federer after the Swiss picked up his momentum from a record-setting 2004, beginning this season with a victory in Doha.


While avoiding a direct comparison of Federer with his own longtime rival Pete Sampras, elder statesman Agassi threw some perspective on games of the two greats.


"Roger has been compared to Pete on many occasions," he said of the retired American who won a record 14 Grand Slam titles. "I've played both on days when I was convinced they were the best in the world.


"They both bring a phenomenal amount of weaponry to the court, they are a pleasure to watch."


Agassi, a master of modesty, added: "Playing against them, I have the best seat in the house -- both have the ability also to make me look like a spectator.


"You have to be at your best. Rogers has already taken a step towards accomplishing things that most of us just dream about."


Federer won his 14th title in succession Saturday as he beat Ivan Ljubicic for the Doha trophy for a 21st victory without a loss dating to last season.


The Swiss is a heavy favourite to repeat as Australian Open winner.


"I prefer to be playing well coming in with a great season of 2004 and good start to 2005," said Federer, who begins group play at Kooyong Wednesday against Gaudio.


Other opening matches are: Nalbandian versus Henman, Agassi versus Massu and Roddick against Paradorn, who was only arriving in Melbourne later Tuesday.


The confident Federer predicted it would take "a good player to beat me in Melbourne," at the Open which begins Monday.


"The last three years, I've had a good start to the season in Australia. This surface suits my game. If you can play well in Australia, it usually carries through until Miami or so (in March)."


Federer said that his new 10-week collaboration with Tony Roche as a coach could bring more polish to his already formidable game.


"I don't have a plan as to when we will get started, but we will meet this Saturday," he said of the Sydney-based legend who will advise him on a limited basis.

"I've thought about a coach for a long time, but I wanted to take my time. I know Tony can't do 30-40 weeks a year. We will spend time training before the big events, I don't think he'll do many tournament weeks," said the man who dominated the sport in 2004 without any coach at all.

"I hope he can improve my game just a little bit. I had a good time with him in Sydney (last month). Maybe he's improved my game already.

"I'm fine with the way I'm playing now, but if he can improve a few things that would be great."
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Gigan
01-14-2005, 04:59 AM
Federer lines up possible Agassi quarter-final at Australian Open

8 minutes ago World Sports - AFP



MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) - World number one Roger Federer has been drawn on seedings to possibly come up against four-time winner Andre Agassi in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open (news - web sites), which gets underway here on Monday.


Federer, chasing his fifth grand slam title out of the last seven, will start his Open campaign against Frenchman Fabrice Santoro next week and depending on results could face the 34-year-old Agassi in the last eight.


But Agassi has injury problems heading into the first grand slam tournament of the year after defaulting with a hip injury in his match with world No.2 Andy Roddick at Kooyong on Thursday.


Agassi is under treatment in a bid to make his 57th grand slam tournament since his 1986 debut and may not yet take part.


Federer dominated last year winning three of the four grand slams and only bombed out in the third round of the French Open (news - web sites) to Brazilian clay-court specialist Gustavo Kuerten.


Federer is defending champion at the Australian Open after downing Russian Marat Safin in last year's final.


Federer said his opening match against world No.49 Santoro was far from an easy one.


"It's a tricky match. I always prefer to play such opponents later on in the draw," Federer said Friday.


"If the rhythm is a little bit off you are guessing many of the shots and you have to be confident to move into the net.


"I expect to go into the match and play aggressive and put him into a defensive position."


Agassi has been drawn to face a qualifier in his opening match, should he recover from the hip setback.


Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee said he was confident Agassi's professionalism and desire would get him to the grand slam if it was medically possible.


But McNamee said he won't be tempting fate. "I won't be ringing him," McNamee said. "If there is any bad news, I can wait for Andre to ring me."


Safin, seeded four, was placed in the top half of the men's draw and could face the Swiss champion in the semi-finals. He is seeded to meet fifth-seed Carlos Moya of Spain in the quarters.


Safin, who also lost the Australian final in 2002 to Swede Thomas Johansson, will begin his Open campaign against a qualifier.


Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, the third seed, was drawn in the bottom half of the men's draw with second seed Andy Roddick of the United States.


By a quirk of the draw, Hewitt faces Frenchman Arnaud Clement, a runner-up here in 2001, first up for the third consecutive Australian tournament this month.





Hewitt is bidding to become the first home winner of the Australian Open since Mark Edmondson in 1976.

The 23-year-old Australian is seeded to face Argentine sixth seed Guillermo Coria, last year's French Open runner-up, in the quarters.

Roddick, who made the quarters and the semis in the last two years here, launches his title bid against Georgia's Irakli Labadze and could face Britain's seventh seed Tim Henman in the last eight.

Quarter-final projections on seedings: Roger Federer v Andre Agassi, Marat Safin v Carlos Moya, Guillermo Coria v Lleyton Hewitt, Tim Henman v Andy Roddick
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