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Andre in 2005

Gigan
10-08-2004, 12:40 PM
Andre will play in Australian Open 2005!

But before that he plans also to play in Kooyong as his build-up to the Australian Open 2005.
Event will be on January 12-15, 2005.

Agassi has won three of his four Australian singles titles after
similar success in the eight-man Kooyong Classic.


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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

MisterQ
10-08-2004, 03:27 PM
:banana:

I was so disappointed after AO2004. I had a strong feeling Andre might not play another one. So glad I was wrong! :woohoo:

Agassi Fan
10-08-2004, 03:36 PM
Yes, I am happy too.

Gigan
10-10-2004, 12:57 AM
Australian Open final goes floodlit
Oct, 2004

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The move to play the men's final at the Australian Open under floodlights next year was aimed at showcasing the tournament to the Asian and European markets, chief executive Paul McNamee has said.

The men's singles final for the January 17-30 tournament will be played from 7.30pm (8.30 a.m. British time) -- the first evening/night final in men's grand slam tennis.

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"It clearly is good for our European picture in the long run because they can get more viewers," McNamee told a news conference at the tournament launch at Melbourne Park.

"It was strictly done for matching the (7.30pm) semi-finals up with the final and making a bigger deal of the finale of the tournament.

"It's really been done from a marketing and presentation perspective. If it leads to better revenues down the road that's fine but that's not the motive for doing it."

Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard added: "To have a final in prime time in Australia, it's now in good hours in Europe and great hours in Asia so it's a real step forward as far as worldwide coverage goes."

The Australian Open will carry prize money of A$19.1 million (7.7 million pounds), an increase of just A$100,000 on this year's prize pool.

McNamee said sponsorship revenue had dropped and that the global television market had been "tough".

As well as Swiss Roger Federer and Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne defending their crowns, McNamee said he was confident American Andre Agassi would be in Melbourne for the 93rd staging of the tournament, first held in 1905.

"I saw Andre at the U.S. Open and it was also confirmed recently by Steffi (Agassi's wife and former world number one Steffi Graf) that Andre would be coming back and going for his fifth Australian Open title," he said .

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Steffi
10-10-2004, 05:44 PM
I hope Andre win AUS Open 2005! :-))

Agassi Fan
10-24-2004, 08:52 PM
I wish, Andre's 2005 will better, than 2004. 2004 was very poor, only Cincy was great. :-(

RebelNYC
10-25-2004, 06:29 PM
Very glad to hear that Andre will be playing Down Under. I hope that the
results will be ANOTHER GRAND SLAM!

Gigan
10-28-2004, 12:07 PM
Agassi will 2005 den Grand Slam

http://www.eurosport.de/imgbk/TENNIS/ALL/big_MD-I129829.jpg

Träumen ist erlaubt. Diesen Spruch nahm sich Andre Agassi zu Herzen, der im nächsten Jahr alle vier Grand Slam-Turniere gewinnen will. Der 34-jährige Superstar erklärte am Rande des Stockholmer Turniers, dass er "mit einem Grand Slam-Erfolg von der internationalen Tennis-Bühne abtreten" wolle

Als Vorbild hat sich Agassi den Australier Rod Laver genommen, der 1962 und 1969 als einziger Spieler alle vier Grand Slam-Turniere in einem Jahr gewann.
Der US-Amerikaner gehört zu einem von fünf Spielern, die in ihrer Karriere sowohl bei den Australian Open, den French Open, in Wimbledon und bei den US Open triumphieren konnten.
Agassi siegte 1992 in Wimbledon, 1995, 2000, 2001 und 2003 bei den Australian Open, 1994 und 1999 bei den US Open und 1999 in Roland Garros.
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I♥PsY@Mus!c
10-28-2004, 12:10 PM
Great news. :woohoo:
I want Andre will win 2. :rocker2:

Gigan
10-28-2004, 02:24 PM
Great news. :woohoo:
I want Andre will win 2. :rocker2:
Sure, I agree...
really great news for fans!


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Agassi Fan
10-28-2004, 03:18 PM
I'll be happy with AO or RG.

spooky
10-28-2004, 05:16 PM
I'll be happy with AO or RG.

...or Wimbledon or US OPEN :-)

Agassi Fan
10-28-2004, 05:21 PM
...or Wimbledon or US OPEN :-)

Yes, yes. :)

Gigan
10-28-2004, 06:04 PM
Yes, yes. :)
You have to believe!
Andre will win without yes-yes...
Go, Andre!!!!


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Agassi Fan
10-28-2004, 06:07 PM
You have to believe!
Andre will win without yes-yes...
Go, Andre!!!!


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We will see it in 2005.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
10-28-2004, 06:11 PM
Sure, I agree...
really great news for fans!


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Yep,I would like Andre wins Australian Open and Wimbledon the most,then US Open,finally French Open. :rocker::rocker2::yeah:

Steffi
10-28-2004, 06:32 PM
Go andre, win all them! :-)))):rocker2:

Agassi Fan
11-10-2004, 06:37 PM
1 Federer, R. 5585

2 Roddick, A. 3355

3 Hewitt, L. 3190

4 Safin, M. 2860

5 Moya, C. 2420

6 Coria, G. 2400

7 Henman, T. 2365

8 Agassi, A. 2100

9 Nalbandian, D. 1945

10 Gaudio, G. 1920

Andre will out from the Top 10, because he played the final last year, and now he can't play. This is not so good for the 2005 of AO draw. :-(

MissPovaFan
11-10-2004, 06:46 PM
Andre will out from the Top 10, because he played the final last year, and now he can't play. This is not so good for the 2005 of AO draw. :-(

Isn't Agassi entering the Australian Open?

Agassi Fan
11-10-2004, 06:53 PM
He will play in Australia.

Agassi Fan
11-10-2004, 07:01 PM
I want to see this in 2005.
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MissPovaFan
11-10-2004, 07:02 PM
He will play in Australia.

ah yes sorry Agassi Fan I see what you mean now. I misread your post. I thought you meant not play in the AO but now I see what you mean by final last year. oops. :o

Agassi Fan
11-10-2004, 07:06 PM
No problem. :-)

Gigan
11-10-2004, 09:38 PM
Andre,

good luck to you in 2005!!!

We will see you already in January in Australia!
Play well and win many tournaments, starting with
AU Open Grand Slam!
We will give you our support!


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I♥PsY@Mus!c
11-11-2004, 05:06 AM
Good luck and take revenge this time in AO,I damn want you will beat Federer and Safin and get the cup!!! :rocker::woohoo::dance:

Fedex
11-11-2004, 05:23 AM
Good Luck to Andre :)

spooky
11-15-2004, 09:31 AM
Good luck and take revenge this time in AO,I damn want you will beat Federer and Safin and get the cup!!! :rocker::woohoo::dance:

Beat Safin! I hate Marat! The win over Safin will be great, good luck Andre!

Agassi Fan
11-15-2004, 04:34 PM
Beat Safin! I hate Marat! The win over Safin will be great, good luck Andre!


Me too. :)

doubleafan
11-16-2004, 04:12 AM
For this Andre has to be ready to play some risky tennis. No more backhand duels with Safin. He has to seize the opening and try to end points quickly with Safin. And continue to attack Federers backhand. Wind saved Feds at the US Open. I am not sure he will be lucky next time.

Andre has it in him to win a few more Slams. I think he is playing better than he was in 1999-2000 .

Gigan
11-16-2004, 09:47 AM
KAFELNIKOV REPORTEDLY RETIRES
Yevgeny Kafelnikov's days on the ATP Tour look to be over with the former French and Australian Open champion telling a British newspaper he has decided to retire.
"I have retired," Kafelnikov told the paper.


"Tennis is a young man's sport right now. Obviously there are some exceptions, like (American Andre) Agassi. He's 34 and still competing, but he's the one and only. And I played 1,000 matches in my tennis career. That's more than enough, no?" (Who cares...)


Sure, Andre is the one and only!

I agree (Gigan)... Andre is the best for me!

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Gigan
11-19-2004, 11:34 AM
Friday November 19, 06:29 PM


Federer to headline Kooyong

World tennis No.1 Roger Federer heads the list of eight players who will compete in next year's Kooyong Classic.

Organisers said Federer, who won the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon this year, would compete in the round-robin event which runs from January 12-15.



The event is a warm-up for the Australian Open, which will start on January 17.

American world No.2 Andy Roddick and world No.7 Tim Henman from Britain will also play, along with American Andre Agassi.

It will be the eighth time Agassi, now 34 and the world No.8, has played at Kooyong.

Argentina's world No.9 David Nalbandian will defend his Kooyong title, while Chile's double Olympic gold medallist Nicolas Massu, French Open champion Gaston Gaudio from Argentina and Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan will complete the field.

Tournament director Colin Stubs said the field was the event's strongest.
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Agassi Fan
11-19-2004, 11:47 AM
Friday November 19, 06:29 PM


Federer to headline Kooyong

World tennis No.1 Roger Federer heads the list of eight players who will compete in next year's Kooyong Classic.

Organisers said Federer, who won the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon this year, would compete in the round-robin event which runs from January 12-15.



The event is a warm-up for the Australian Open, which will start on January 17.

American world No.2 Andy Roddick and world No.7 Tim Henman from Britain will also play, along with American Andre Agassi.

It will be the eighth time Agassi, now 34 and the world No.8, has played at Kooyong.

Argentina's world No.9 David Nalbandian will defend his Kooyong title, while Chile's double Olympic gold medallist Nicolas Massu, French Open champion Gaston Gaudio from Argentina and Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan will complete the field.

Tournament director Colin Stubs said the field was the event's strongest.
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That is a good news. I hope Andre will 100% before the AO! :)

Gigan
11-19-2004, 05:57 PM
Go Andre!
We are waiting for you!

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Gigan
11-25-2004, 08:57 AM
Friday November 19, 06:29 PM


Federer to headline Kooyong

World tennis No.1 Roger Federer heads the list of eight players who will compete in next year's Kooyong Classic.

Organisers said Federer, who won the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon this year, would compete in the round-robin event which runs from January 12-15.



The event is a warm-up for the Australian Open, which will start on January 17.

American world No.2 Andy Roddick and world No.7 Tim Henman from Britain will also play, along with American Andre Agassi.

It will be the eighth time Agassi, now 34 and the world No.8, has played at Kooyong.

Argentina's world No.9 David Nalbandian will defend his Kooyong title, while Chile's double Olympic gold medallist Nicolas Massu, French Open champion Gaston Gaudio from Argentina and Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan will complete the field.

Tournament director Colin Stubs said the field was the event's strongest.



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.
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Gigan
11-25-2004, 09:01 AM
Kooyong Classic, 2005 Player Field
November 25, 2004

ROGER FEDERER

ANDY RODDICK

TIM HENMAN

ANDRE AGASSI

DAVID NALBANDIAN

GASTON GAUDIO

NICOLAS MASSU

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN


The field is set for the 2005 KOOYONG CLASSIC.

Triple 2004 Grand Slam winner, current Masters Champion and world no. 1, ROGER FEDERER (SUI), heads the elite eight-man line-up.

Federer will use his three Kooyong matches as preparation to defend his 04 Australian Open title. Apart from his other Grand Slam victories at Wimbledon and the US Open, Federer has won seven additional titles this year – Indian Wells Tennis Masters Series, Bangkok, Montreal/Toronto, Halle, Hamburg TMS, Dubai and Gstaad.



American ANDY RODDICK (USA – ranked 2) returns to Kooyong after competing for the first time last January. Roddick has had a solid year winning four tournaments – Miami TMS, London/Queens Club, San Jose and Indianapolis.



Brit TIM HENMAN (GBR – 7) returns to Kooyong for the second time. He made a strong recovery from shoulder surgery last year to climb back into the top ten and make the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston this week. He was a finalist at Indian Wells TMS and semi-finalist at Roland Garros, Rotterdam, US Open and Doha.



ANDRE AGASSI (USA – 8) will make a record eighth Kooyong appearance. He has played the event seven times, winning on three occasions, after each of which he went on to win the Australian Open. He has had a solid year, with one win in Cincinatti TMS and semi-final appearances in Indian Wells TMS, Washington, San Jose and the Australian Open.



Last January’s winner over Andre Agassi, DAVID NALBANDIAN (ARG - 9), is keen to return to Kooyong to defend his title. Nalbandian was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros and finalist at the Rome Master Series tournament.



French Open winner GASTON GAUDIO (ARG - 10 ) will be a first time Kooyong participant. Gaudio is playing in the Tennis Masters Cup this week and was a finalist in Stuttgart, Barcelona, Kitzbuhel and Bastad this year.



NICOLAS MASSU (CHI – 18) will be welcomed to Kooyong for the first time after Gold Medal wins in both singles and doubles this year at the Athens Olympics. He won in Kitzbuhel and participated in the World Teams Championships’ victory in Dusseldorf.



Popular Thai PARADORN SRICHAPHAN (THA - 27) will also make his Kooyong debut after working his way up the rankings this year. He was a winner at Nottingham, finalist in Chennai and semi-finalist in Bangkok, Long Island and Beijing.

The KOOYONG CLASSIC will take place from Wednesday, January 12 to Saturday, January 15. Four matches will be played on the Wednesday, three on both Thursday and Friday, with the two finals on Saturday. Play starts at 11.00 am Wednesday to Friday and 1.30 pm on Saturday.

The Classic has formed a partnership with TENNIS VICTORIA and the two parties have been working closely throughout the year. Tennis Victoria will have a presence at Kooyong throughout the four days.

"This is probably our best field ever" said Tournament Director, Colin Stubs. "I will be delighted and privileged to welcome the above eight players to Kooyong next January. It’s great that Andre, Roger, Andy, David and Tim have decided to return. They will be strongly supported by our new-comers Gaston Gaudio, Nicolas Massu and Paradorn Srichaphan" he added.

The event will be nationally televised by the Seven Network.

Kooyong Classic tickets are available from Ticketmaster7 on 1300 136122 or online at http://www.ticketmaster7.com/.

For further information, please contact Marie Kelley on 61 3 9822.2522/0417 168019 or Colin Stubs on 61 3 9822.4430/0419 314642.

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Agassi Fan
11-25-2004, 11:24 AM
I can't wait until this. :-)

Gigan
11-25-2004, 12:01 PM
I can't wait until this. :-)
All of us too...

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MisterQ
11-30-2004, 06:42 PM
I have 2005 all planned out. :devil:

Andre wins Australian Open without dropping a set, defeating Safin, Federer, Hewitt, Johansson, Roddick, Coria, and Nalbandian.

Andre wins Roland Garros in seven grueling five-setters, defeating Costa, Federer, Safin, Moya, Kuerten, Ferrero, and Coria.

Andre wins Wimbledon with audacious net play -- has he been practicing his volleys?! Defeats Roddick, Federer, Henman, Hewitt, Grosjean, Nalbandian and Ancic.

Andre defeats Roddick, Haas, Nalbandian, Safin, Fish, and Gonzalez, and then saves 5 championship points in the fifth set tiebreak against Federer in what will be deemed the finest tennis match in the history of the sport, on his way to completing the grand slam. :yeah:

It will happen! ;)

spooky
11-30-2004, 09:25 PM
I have 2005 all planned out. :devil:

Andre wins Australian Open without dropping a set, defeating Safin, Federer, Hewitt, Johansson, Roddick, Coria, and Nalbandian.

Andre wins Roland Garros in seven grueling five-setters, defeating Costa, Federer, Safin, Moya, Kuerten, Ferrero, and Coria.

Andre wins Wimbledon with audacious net play -- has he been practicing his volleys?! Defeats Roddick, Federer, Henman, Hewitt, Grosjean, Nalbandian and Ancic.

Andre defeats Roddick, Haas, Nalbandian, Safin, Fish, and Gonzalez, and then saves 5 championship points in the fifth set tiebreak against Federer in what will be deemed the finest tennis match in the history of the sport, on his way to completing the grand slam. :yeah:

It will happen! ;)

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeah! Great plan! :worship: :wavey: :bounce: :clap2: :yippee: :rocker2: :banana:

Is it possible? :scratch: Hm... of course YES! Go Andre, do it! :crazy:

Big thx MisterQ! I'm so happy now :-)

sandhyanair
12-02-2004, 12:52 AM
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeah! Great plan! :worship: :wavey: :bounce: :clap2: :yippee: :rocker2: :banana:

Is it possible? :scratch: Hm... of course YES! Go Andre, do it! :crazy:

Big thx MisterQ! I'm so happy now :-)


yes,yes,yes. it will happen. go Andre go :)

Agassi Fan
12-02-2004, 08:50 AM
This will be great! :-)

Gigan
12-03-2004, 06:58 PM
Beat them all,

Andre!!!!



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Perpetual Burn
12-13-2004, 10:49 PM
I have 2005 all planned out. :devil:

Andre wins Australian Open without dropping a set, defeating Safin, Federer, Hewitt, Johansson, Roddick, Coria, and Nalbandian.

Andre wins Roland Garros in seven grueling five-setters, defeating Costa, Federer, Safin, Moya, Kuerten, Ferrero, and Coria.

Andre wins Wimbledon with audacious net play -- has he been practicing his volleys?! Defeats Roddick, Federer, Henman, Hewitt, Grosjean, Nalbandian and Ancic.

Andre defeats Roddick, Haas, Nalbandian, Safin, Fish, and Gonzalez, and then saves 5 championship points in the fifth set tiebreak against Federer in what will be deemed the finest tennis match in the history of the sport, on his way to completing the grand slam. :yeah:

It will happen! ;)

:lol:

Man, he must really play horribly in all the other events to get draws that tuff. :p I don't think he played anyone outside the top 50.


I think Andre can win the Australian Open. He is always in such good shape and in such good form, he just has to be a favorite. I don't really think he has the talent to win any of the other majors but, I will sure be rooting for him. He can probably finish inside the top 10 again and with another major, he'll have another successful year.

Good luck, Andre.

BAMJ6
12-13-2004, 11:03 PM
I say he'll win the Australian Open in 2005.

All bets are off for the other 3 slams

Gigan
12-14-2004, 12:01 AM
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Win it Andre!!!!
Go, go!

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Gigan
12-15-2004, 04:38 PM
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Agassi, Federer, Safin confirm entries
By A Correspondent

15 December 2004



DUBAI — American tennis superstar Andre Agassi has confirmed his place in what will be a star-studded line-up when the Dubai Tennis Championships are staged from February 21 to March 5, 2005.

The winner of eight Grand Slam titles, an Olympic gold medal and almost $30 million in prize-money, there are no bigger box office attractions than the flamboyant 34-year-old Las Vegas showman and his appearance in Dubai for the first time is a massive vote of confidence for the tournament.

Agassi will join a cast including World No 1 Roger Federer and the hard-hitting Russian Marat Safin. In the women’s tournament, World No 1 Lindsay Davenport will also make her first appearance in Dubai, as will Serena Williams, while Justine Henin-Hardenne and Venus Williams will make welcome returns.

“The name of Andre Agassi is up there with the likes of Perry, Laver, Borg, McEnroe and Sampras — he is a tennis living legend,” said a delighted Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free, owners and organisers of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

“Not only is he one of the most popular players in tennis, he is also one of the greatest names in sport and still competing at the highest level. Having Andre play in Dubai for the first time truly underlines how the city has grown to become a sporting centre on par with anywhere in the world.”

For the first time, the two-week Dubai Tennis Championships will be launched by the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open from February 21-27 with the Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open following from February 28 to March 5. Both tournaments will be held at the Dubai Tennis Stadium.

Over the years, the tournament has consistently attracted the greatest names in the game but it is former world number one Agassi, with four Australian Opens, two US Opens, one French Open title and one Wimbledon men’s singles’ crown to his name, who will be one of the biggest stars to set foot on the Dubai tennis stage.

Born to an Iranian father who boxed at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, Agassi has been the most entertaining player in the game for the past 15 years. A product of the famed Nick Bollettieri’s tennis camp in Florida, Agassi turned pro at 16 and quickly made a name for himself with a bad boy image, colourful outfits and a succession of outrageous hairstyles.

But the American showed there was much more to his game than mere flamboyance and in 1992 defeated Goran Ivanisevic in the Wimbledon Men’s Singles finals at the All England Club to claim his first major title.

With his 1999 win in the French Open at Roland Garros, he also became the first man since Rod Laver in the 1960s to win all four Grand Slam events in his career and the only player besides German tennis star Steffi Graf to win all four plus an Olympic gold medal for singles. Ironically, he and Graff soon began dating and the high-profile tennis couple wed in 2001 and now have two children. Agassi has also participated in many charity organisations, including founding the Andre Agassi Charitable Association, which assists the youth of Las Vegas. In 1995, he has won the ATP Arthur Ashe’s Humanitarian award in recognition of his efforts helping disadvantaged youth in LA.

Although the 2005 Dubai Tennis Championships - which, for the men, will be in its 12th year — is expected to attract half of the world’s top ten players as well as Agassi, Dubai Duty Free will freeze ticket prices at 2004 levels.

“The Dubai public have helped this event to grown into the success story it is today and we want to repay them by keeping ticket prices at a reasonable level,” added McLoughlin. “Andre Agassi has millions of fans all over the world and we confidently expect his appearance to be a great boost not only for the tournament but also for sport in the Middle East.”

The Dubai Tennis Championships has won a total of 10 ATP/WTA awards — the inaugural Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open won the Tournament of the Year award from the WTA, while the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open won the equivalent award in 1998 and 2003.

The Dubai Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and takes place under the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence.
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karenpoon
12-16-2004, 02:21 AM
Wow Dubai.. not too far from me :)

Agassi Fan
12-16-2004, 10:48 AM
Good news!

Gigan
12-16-2004, 03:30 PM
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Roddick, Agassi to hit Mobile
Thursday, December 16, 2004
SOLOMON CRENSHAW JR.
News staff writer
Alabama will get a taste of big-time tennis when Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi, the highest ranked professional men's players in the United States, compete Friday in Rock-N-Racquets at the University of South Alabama's Mitchell Center in Mobile.

The world's No.2-ranked men's doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan will also take on Roddick and Agassi in an exhibition match.

"I'm excited to bring Rock-N-Racquets to Alabama," Roddick said in a prepared statement. "I am always pumped to bring tennis to areas that don't currently have a tournament. I hope my enthusiasm for tennis, along with Andre, the Bryans and the rest of our program, provides the ultimate fan experience."

Event Director Jeff Newman of Clear Channel Entertainment said Mobile appears to be fertile ground for growing tennis.

"We felt it was a great place to grow the game and bring a unique event for the people of Mobile," Newman said. "The Mobile Tennis Center is one of the largest public facilities in the country. It just seemed thirsty for this type of tennis event and it just felt like the right market as far as the tennis popularity."

The Mitchell Center holds about 9,500 spectators and ticket sales have been brisk, Newman said.

Roddick finished 2003 as the top pro. The 2004 Wimbledon finalist is currently ranked No.2.

Agassi has achieved a career Grand Slam, having won each of the four major professional tournaments at least once in his career. He's currently ranked No.8.

Tickets are priced from $35 to $85 and may be purchased at the Mitchell Center Box Office, or charge by phone at (251) 434-0033, order through Ticketmaster outlets, or online at www.ticketmaster.com and CC.com.


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Gigan
12-18-2004, 04:50 PM
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
to Andre and all his fans!!!

See ye in 2005!

Gigan

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Gigan
12-26-2004, 01:54 PM
http://imagehost.vendio.com/preview/ha/havilah/18020420.JPG

Go, Andre!
Win AO 2005!



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I♥PsY@Mus!c
12-26-2004, 02:04 PM
WOW,I LOVE THIS PIC!!! :hearts::hearts::hearts:

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!!! :aparty:

Gigan
12-26-2004, 03:00 PM
i also like it!



next one on AO
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Gigan
12-27-2004, 11:14 PM
Who's Playing Where? (Before AO 2005)

Kooyong Classic: 9-15 January, Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne


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Andy Roddick...Tim Henman...Andre Agassi

Players include: Roger Federer (SUI), Andy Roddick (USA), Tim Henman (GBR), Andre Agassi (USA), David Nalbandian (ARG), Gaston Gaudio (ARG), Nicolas Massu (CHI), Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
12-28-2004, 07:43 AM
Oh,so many top guys will play there, :eek: hope Andre will beat Federer this time. :rocker2:

Gigan
12-29-2004, 08:25 PM
Looking ahead to 2005
Christopher Clarey
International Herald Tribune

Thursday, December 30, 2004

........
A New York change of mind Andre Agassi clearly
has no intention of letting outsiders dictate his
retirement plans. At 34 and without a Grand Slam
title to his name last season, it might have
seemed that 2004 was the right year to say
farewell. Instead, Agassi plans to play a relatively
full schedule in 2005 and maybe, just maybe,
a little mixed doubles with wife Steffi Graf.
.
Who can blame him? Agassi will stop when
he is good and ready and not until he is
convinced that he can no longer compete for
big trophies if he plays his best. But the feeling
here is that Federer and company will help
Agassi come to that conclusion in time for
the U.S. Open, giving his fellow Americans
the chance to say a proper good bye to one
of the best baseliners and ambassadors in
tennis history...



We know, all of of us, - Andre is the best!!!

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doubleafan
12-30-2004, 02:13 AM
The kind of level of tennis Agassi played to win the TMS title in Cincy , I can't see any reason why Agassi should retire. He seems to be the only one to trouble Federer.
Winning a major, you need a little luck. For a while he has been steadily reaching the Semis or Quarters of most tournaments he plays in. I think a Major is just around the Corner for Agassi.
If his body can take it, Agassi should continue punishing the rest of the boys. Although he did not win it , I quite liked the punishment he gave to Feds at the Open.
One could see the relief on Feds face when the match was over.

Let's Go , Andre !!!
The one and Only !!!

Adman
01-05-2005, 03:40 PM
I think that Andre can win AO 2005 with the potential he has shown at the U.S open I think that it is very promising and I hope i am not sadly dissappointed.

Agassi Fan
01-06-2005, 09:48 AM
One more week unil Kooyong...

karenpoon
01-06-2005, 01:08 PM
TENNIS
Agassi guns for one last slam
Thu, 06 Jan 2005

Andre Agassi says he wants one more grand slam title before he ends
his glittering tennis career.


The 34-year-old American, who is only the fifth player to win all
four grand slam titles, is here to have a crack at his fifth
Australian Open title and a ninth grand slam win later this month.

Agassi made a surprise centre court appearance at the Gold Coast WTA
event here on Thursday where he played Australian Scott Draper in an
exhibition match.

The match came about after Russian top seed Nadia Petrova withdrew
from her quarter-final with an injury against Italy's Silvia Farina
Elia.

Agassi looked sharp and fit as he unveiled a more muscular physique
much to the delight of the crowd.

"The second the hunger goes it's impossible to compete," he told the
crowd.

"I'm 34 years old, going on 35 this year, and unless I'm working
harder and am as eager as ever, there's no chance.

"But I'm here with the intention of bringing my best and winning the
Australian Open and that's what I'm shooting for."

Agassi has a tough task on the current men's tour against much
younger rivals, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt.

The Australian Open gets underway in Melbourne on January 17.

Gigan
01-22-2005, 04:48 PM
The remaking of Andre Agassi

By Jim Courier
Two-time Australian Open winner
January 23, 2005

Andre Agassi, the champion of today and, left, as a precocious teenager during a visit to Melbourne in 1983.


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Andre Agassi has gone from being one
of tennis' greatest talents to one of
its greatest champions.

Andre Agassi was born in 1970 a few months before my August birthday. For some of you, the first time you saw him play live would have been at the 1995 Australian Open. My first encounter with him was in San Diego in the summer of 1982.

Andre stood out from the rest of the players who assembled for the US 12-and-under hardcourt championships for several reasons. For starters, he was from Las Vegas. That may as well have been Mars to me. Second, he was the first player I had seen who played with an oversized racquet, an aluminium model with a 110-square-inch head that seemed larger than his entire body. Finally, he had the most amazing ball-striking ability I had ever seen.

Even then, Andre planted himself right on the baseline and ripped away at any ball he could get that huge racquet on. While the rest of us pushed and scraped the ball over the net with all the might our 45-kilogram bodies could muster, he fearlessly aimed the ball dead at the lines.

I was the second-ranked player in the state of Florida for my age, and thought pretty highly of myself. I didn't lose often in Florida. I was getting my first look at nationally ranked players in San Diego. I didn't like what I saw.

Besides Andre, there was a scrawny 11-year-old from the Los Angeles area with a wicked, two-handed backhand and a smooth serve. He didn't have much power, but he didn't miss too much either. Pete Sampras would switch to a one-handed backhand a few years later, and damned if he didn't find some power somewhere along the way.

A pesky little 10-year-old from the Orange County area of California was also in the draw, and he already possessed major foot speed and uncanny court sense. He looked like he had been playing the game since he was in the womb. Michael Chang was one tough little competitor. None of us wanted to play him. How embarrassing would it be to lose to a 10-year-old?

I didn't get to play any of those guys in San Diego because I lost early in the draw. Andre lost in the semi-finals to a guy who now runs a successful real estate development company (and is the only man I know who is undefeated against Agassi - 8-0, I believe; he owned Andre), but he had made an impression on me.

In January 1985, aged 14, I left home for Nick Bollettieri's tennis academy where I would train with the best juniors in the world. They assigned me to a room with seven other bunkmates. Andre was one of them.

On the back courts of the academy, Andre battled players, coaches and mostly himself as he tried to harness the natural talents that almost seemed to curse him. While the rest of us diligently polished our craft, Andre cruised. Broken racquets and shouted expletives were de rigeur for him. He wasn't a perfectionist like everyone else. He certainly didn't seem hungry to be the best. He was homesick. If you played a practice set against him and got up a break of serve, you could almost bet the house he would throw the rest of the set or just quit on the spot. The weight room was about the only place he really exerted himself.

It would take more than a decade for the word "dedication" to enter the Agassi lexicon. At 15 he had natural ability, a unique look and attitude to burn. Cocky? You bet. Dedicated? Far from it.

In 1986, Andre took his show on the road and turned professional. The rest of us thought it was too early. It would take him but a year to crack the top 100. I was still playing national junior events when he broke through to make the semi-finals in Stratton Mountain, Vermont, in 1987. He was playing top-10 pros on centre court with ballboys. I was picking up my own tennis balls and admitting to myself that I had been wrong. I was also plotting a course to join him in the top 100 sooner than later. It would take me one year.

A decade later, Andre began the transformation from one of the greatest talents men's tennis had ever seen to one of its greatest champions. The new perspective that caused him to reassess his path and make a change for good would be hard won.

Andre's ranking sank to 141 in 1997 -- due to a combination of injuries and distraction. When he dropped into the minor league circuit of the tennis world, the challengers, for two tournaments to resurrect his career, I thought he had lost his mind. The most famous name in all of tennis, Agassi could get a wildcard into any tour event and try to get his ranking up that way. Instead, he chose to check his pride at the door and break out the hard hat. Who was this guy? The path of least resistance had been Andre's go for so many years and now he was going to grind with journeymen in $25,000 total purse tournaments, when he could make 10 times that in appearance fees at a tour event? Uh-oh, I thought. Andre is dead serious. This is not going to be good for me or any player on the men's tour.

It was great for him. Andre accepted the responsibility of taking his talent and testing its limits. The results were immediate and impressive. He now sits on a career grand slam, eight major titles, three Davis Cups, one Olympic gold medal and, most importantly I suspect to him, the respect of everyone in the sport and the knowledge that he has reached his potential, not squandered it.

People ask me when I think he will retire. I answer: "I don't know, but I sure hope it isn't soon." It's a selfish answer in a way. He's the last of my group still active on tour. Never mind that he was also the first one to turn pro.

When he does go, Andre will take a little piece of my youth with him. I can't go back in time to the 12-and-unders in San Diego, but I can still watch in awe as Andre plants himself at the baseline and rips the ball fearlessly at the line. Just like the first time I saw him.
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AgassiDomination
01-22-2005, 11:58 PM
Wow, thats a really good article, couldnt let my self blink :P

AgassiDomination
01-23-2005, 05:35 AM
:worship: What an unbelivable match, agassi is through to the qf 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4! Way to go Agassi!! :worship: :rocker:

MisterQ
01-23-2005, 05:40 AM
I'm so proud of Andre! (as though I had anything to do with it, lol ;) ). I was having flashbacks to some of his tougher losses to big servers (Mark P. at Wimbledon, or those Sampras USO losses). But this time Andre stayed so tough, believed in himself, made some adjustments, and pulled it out under intense pressure! Well done!

I'm so glad he will get to play Fed now. If he wins, it will be one of his great career victories. And if he loses, well there's no shame in that.

Go Andre! :bounce:

snaillyyy
01-23-2005, 06:10 AM
:worship: :worship: Andre.....so glad i taped that match, was great!

Gigan
01-23-2005, 06:37 AM
Andre did beat pim-pim with his 51 aces!!!!
Amazing win!
Go, Andre, win AO 2005!


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Gigan
01-29-2005, 07:34 PM
McEnroe Considers Agassi, Dent For Davis Cup


Photo By Susan Mullane By Richard Pagliaro
01/26/2005

Andre Agassi has always approached tennis on his own terms. The eight-time Grand Slam champion crafted a career Renaissance after his 30th birthday and may now be considering another comeback — to Davis Cup competition.

The United States hosts Croatia in its opening-round Davis Cup tie scheduled for March 4-6th in Carson, California

The 34-year-old Agassi, who owns a 30-5 career record in 10 years of Davis Cup competition, helped lead the United States to two Davis Cup championships and may be a competitive presence on the American team in the future.

In the post-match press conference that followed his straight sets victory over Rainer Schuettler in Melbourne last week, Agassi said his Davis Cup success remains a highlight of his career and the prospect of playing with the younger generation of Americans — second-ranked Andy Roddick and twins Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan — in a team competition is appealing.

"I'm going to have this discussion with (U.S. Davis Cup captain) Patrick (McEnroe), just because he's made the effort to want to have conversations with me about it. So I'll be respectful of that," Agassi said. "But it's just twofold. I have a lot of regret not playing because it's one of the best memories of my career, playing Davis Cup, not to mention playing with another generation of guys that have such a good fellowship and team camaraderie together. To experience that would be a great feeling."

Admitting the odds are still against Agassi playing Davis Cup, McEnroe said Agassi appears closer to committing to playing now than at any other time in his tenure as captain.

"I think it's still probably a less than 50-50 chance, but I had a long talk with Andre's coach, Darren Cahill, last week and he said, 'Listen, Andre's thinking about it. We're really considering it. We haven't even talked about it this seriously for four years or at least since I've been around.' That's what Darren said to me," McEnroe told Tennis Week. "To me, Andre opened the door slightly to pique my interest, so my job as the captain is I have to exhaust that possibility. If Andre will come back, then we will certainly try to get him to do that. But at the end of the day, it's going to be if he feels he can make the commitment and not just the commitment to play one match here or there, but to really do it."

Agassi has not played a Davis Cup tie since sweeping his singles matches in the United States' 3-2 quarterfinal conquest of the Czech Republic in 2000. Since his last Davis Cup appearance nearly five years ago, Agassi has reiterated his decision to step aside from Davis Cup play to devote more time to his family, raise money and awareness for his charitable organization, the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, and focus on the final stage of his tennis career.

Conventional wisdom might suggest Agassi would consider reducing his schedule to focus on the majors in what may be his final full season of play. Mary Carillo, McEnroe's ESPN colleague, believes Agassi's loss to top-ranked Roger Federer in the Australian Open quarterfinals might make the future Hall of Famer more likely to play the competition he has held close to his heart throughout much of his playing career as an ideal farewell to the sport.

"I'm not the Davis Cup captain, but I've got to think after last night that Andre's chances of playing Davis Cup have actually gone up a little bit," Carillo said. "I only say that because Andre knows he's on his way to saying good-bye to this sport and I'm just thinking after what I saw last night, Andre might just become a little bit more of a sentimentalist instead of pragmatist about playing Davis Cup. I got a sense that Andre wants to leave this sport having done everything and played everything and everywhere that he feels he needed to to sort of wrap a ribbon around himself. I honestly do think that there could be a Davis Cup that Andre might want to play in what could be his final year."

Agassi and McEnroe plan to discuss Davis Cup the week after the Australian Open concludes. The captain said he would not ask Agassi to completely commit to playing the entire Davis Cup schedule and would agree to his availability on a tie-by-tie basis.

"He's Andre Agassi and while you want him to play as much as he can, I don't necessarily need him for every match," McEnroe said.

Should Agassi opt against playing in the opening-round tie against Croatia, McEnroe said Taylor Dent, who fell to Agassi in the third round of the Australian Open, is the clear candidate for the second singles spot on the U.S. squad. A starting singles tandem of Roddick and Dent would give the United States two of the biggest serves and the sport and offer the stylistic contrast of Roddick's aggressive baseline play and Dent's attacking game. Dent has split his four career meetings with Croatia's Mario Ancic and is 1-1 against Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic.

"He's had the best start to the year," McEnroe said of Dent. "If Andre decides not to play, I would think Taylor's got the inside track on playing and getting a shot. I think he would play well in the atmosphere of Davis Cup and he's got a pretty good record against the Croatians. He's had the best start to the year by far of anybody that could possibly play the second spot other than Agassi. I'd feel a lot better if he were in great shape, let's put it that way."

Dent plays a physically-punishing style of play and would undoubtedly benefit by getting into the type of shape Patrick Rafter exhibited in claiming consecutive U.S. Open championships. Despite questionable conditioning, Dent still produced the best results of any American man aside from Roddick and Agassi during the Australian hard-court circuit. Dent defeated Robby Ginepri, Julien Benneteau, Lleyton Hewitt and Juan Ignacio Chela before bowing to Joachim Johansson in the Adelaide final. Dent, whose father Phil Dent was the 1974 Australian Open runner-up and represented his native Australia in Davis Cup competition, reached the third round of Sydney and has declared his availability for Davis Cup.

Conceding Dent's conditioning is a concern in the best-of-five set Davis Cup format, McEnroe believes if Dent can lose a little, he can win big.

"It's a concern that he's carrying a little bit (more) extra weight then he needs and I can say that because I've told him that," McEnroe said. "He's a little stubborn when it comes to confronting that issue. But clearly if he were in excellent condition he would be, in my mind, a top 10 player."

Stopping short of declaring 2005 a make-or-break season for 37th-ranked Mardy Fish and the 57th-ranked Ginepri, McEnroe said the time is now for all the of the young Americans to lift their level of play and improve their results.

"I think this is a big year or them and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed the way they started the year down here," McEnroe said. "I still think there's potential there to do a lot better. They're getting to that point where they're not past their prime by any stretch, but they're getting to that point where it's time to make the move. Yes, I'm expecting better things from Fish and Ginepri. Blake looked pretty good here; played a great couple of sets against Hewitt so I like the start that he had to the year and I like the start Taylor Dent had here, but he's still got a ways to go physically as well. I'd like to see someone get close to the Andy Roddick level, but so far, clearly that hasn't happened."
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Steffi
02-06-2005, 01:56 PM
i hope Andre win San Jose in this year! And Miami too! :-))

Gigan
02-06-2005, 08:10 PM
will post it in right place:

For me is better if Andre win more Grand Slams!
He played in 14 Finals and won 8 !!!
Time to catch the next, Andre!!!

1990 F Gomez Agassi 6 - 3 , 2 - 6 , 6 - 4 , 6 - 4
1990 U Sampras Agassi 6 - 4 , 6 - 3 , 6 - 2
1991 F Courier Agassi 3 - 6 , 6 - 4 , 2 - 6 , 6 - 1 , 6 - 4
1992 W Agassi Ivanisevic 6 - 7 , 6 - 4 , 6 - 4 , 1 - 6 , 6 - 4
1994 U Agassi Stich 6 - 1 , 7 - 6 , 7 - 5
1995 A Agassi Sampras 4 - 6 , 6 - 1 , 7 - 6 , 6 - 4
1995 U Sampras Agassi 6 - 4 , 6 - 3 , 4 - 6 , 7 - 5
1999 F Agassi Medvedev 1 - 6 , 2 - 6 , 6 - 4 , 6 - 3 , 6 - 4
1999 W Sampras Agassi 6 - 3 , 6 - 4 , 7 - 5
1999 U Agassi Martin 6 - 4 , 6 - 7 , 6 - 7 , 6 - 3 , 6 - 2
2000 A Agassi Kafelnikov 3 - 6 , 6 - 3 , 6 - 2 , 6 - 4
2001 A Agassi Clement 6 - 4 , 6 - 2 , 6 - 2
2002 U Sampras Agassi 6 - 3 , 6 - 4 , 5 - 7 , 6 - 4
2003 A Agassi Schuettler 6 - 2 , 6 - 2 , 6 - 1


Go for the next, Andre!

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Gigan
02-07-2005, 04:38 PM
Agassi limps forward
Andre on overanalyzing: 'You drive yourself crazy doing that'

By Matthew Cronin, TennisReporters.net

Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA

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Andre Agassi hopes to battle his hip injury. Below, the Agassi-Graf mansion in Tiburon.
FROM THE SAP OPEN IN SAN JOSE – Andre Agassi enters the SAP Open on Monday like he enters most tournaments these days: as the biggest draw in town and hoping that his chronically sore hip holds up.

A five-time titlist in San Jose, Agassi has a very reasonable road to the final, but, at this point in the 34-yearr's old career, every tournament presents difficulties. He's still better than most players out there, but can no longer blow players off the court, which means that he has to body punch them for at least an hour and usually for longer. He wins points by playing consistent, smart, deep tennis and rarely goes for the lines anymore unless he is being pushed by an elite player, such as Roger Federer.

It is Federer who is the bar for every player in the game and is certainly a high one for Agassi. At the '04 US Open, Agassi had the great Swiss within his sights and pushed him to five sets. At the '05 Australian Open, he never had a real glance at him and was buried in straight sets.

Agassi has frequently said that if he is still pushing the best players to play their best, he would continue to play and not retire – given good health. But it's obvious now that his hip will never fully recover if he keeps playing, so it's just a matter of time before it fully gives out. He's hoping that his ship will respond during key weeks this year and give him a few more shots at glory. But is he still good enough to challenge the likes of Federer when the Swiss is on? And if he isn't, will Agassi make good on his vow and step away from the game in '05?

Andre on overanalyzing: 'You drive yourself crazy doing that'
"I lost my serve early in each set,"' Agassi said of the Aussie Open loss. "I never sort of got comfortable from there. I need to get my teeth into a match to bring out the parts of my game that become a concern for people, especially the best players. I never got a chance to do that. I attribute some of that to the way Roger played and I attribute some of that to me not being anywhere near the standard that I would consider my level right now. So I try not to assess every single performance because you sort of drive yourself crazy doing that. But I do have respect for the standard that he's taken the game to, and certainly been challenged by it."

Agassi has an interesting perspective as to when he'll make the call on retirement, saying that he can't over-think the subject.

"I don't know how long I will or can do it," he said. "I want to be out on the court feeling like I can win, so that is certainly the goal and the preference. But I can't spend my time competing sort of always assessing that, because it keeps you from focusing and pushing forward.

The Las Vegas resident still owns a $24 million mansion in Tiburon, Calif. (just north of San Francisco with a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge). The house has been on the market for two years now, but he and wife Steffi Graf has been unable to sell it. So this week, they're taking advantage of the area.

"We enjoy our time there," Agassi said. "But we do not get there as much as we would like between traveling on the road and, again, the responsibilities that keep us in Vegas for so many weeks of the year. It hasn't been as easy as we would like to be up there, which is why we had the house on the market, not because we don't want to be there, but because it doesn't make sense to have something and not use it. We haven't been there as much as we'd like."

Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA
Xavier Malisse is hot, coming off his first tour victory in Delray Beach.
Second-seed Agassi will play wild card Bobby Reynolds in the first round, the same youngster from Vanderbilt University who made a splash at the Aussie Open. Delray Beach finalist Xavier Malisse is in his quarter, as is No. 7 Jurgen Melzer. Potential semifinal foes include former Top 10-player Jiri Novak, who's in the Delray Beach final on Sunday, as well as No. 4 Vince Spadea and James Blake. Top-seed Andy Roddick plays a qualifier.

Phenom Donald Young makes his pro debut against fellow Atlanta-area resident Robby Ginepri on Monday night (see my piece on espn.com on Monday). Young is in Roddick's quarter, as are '04 finalist Mardy Fish and Thomas Enqvist (an intriguing first round match-up). Third-seed Tommy Haas and eighth-seed Max Mirnyi are potential semifinal foes.

Jeff Morrison, who is also in Roddick's half, just hired Ginepri's old coach, Steve Devries, as his new tutor. Malisse just hooked up with Kelly Jones, who coached Fish last year.

FROM THE BOOTH
A few of you wrote asking whether the legendary ESPN commentator Cliff Drysdale signed off permanently at the Aussie Open. He didn't and will continue with the network through this year. MaliVai Washington and ESPN did end their relationship, which is why Brad Gilbert took over at the AO. … For those of you who get the Tennis Channel, TennisReporters.net friend and contributor Joel Drucker made his analyst's debut for that cable channel this weekend by calling Vina del Mar with Barry McKay. The Bear will be honored by the SAP after Agassi' s match on Tuesday. McKay owned the tournament for eons and is now the tournament chairman. The capable Bill Rapp is now the tournament director.
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Gigan
02-07-2005, 11:17 PM
Agassi to Make U.S. Davis Cup Return

Mon Feb 7, 3:51 PM ET Sports - Reuters


By Matthew Cronin

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - Andre Agassi (news) will return to the U.S. Davis Cup team for their first round match against Croatia on March 4-6 in California, a U.S. Tennis Association spokesperson said on Monday.



Agassi has not played Davis Cup since April, 2000. The spokesperson said Agassi had not decided whether he would play in any more ties after the first round.


U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe traveled to Agassi's residence in Las Vegas last week and successfully persuaded him to return to the team.


Before the meeting, 34-year-old Agassi was unconvinced that playing Davis Cup again was the best decision for his career. He has been saddled by a chronic hip injury that nearly forced him out of the Australian Open (news - web sites).


"It's always an attractive thing," Agassi said. "Some of my greatest memories are playing Davis Cup.


"I was asked to be a part of the finals. My answer was pretty clear, which was, circumstances determined me not playing and I didn't want circumstances determining me deciding to play."


The U.S. has not won the Davis Cup since 1995. Agassi was injured and did not take part in the final against Russia.


He was asked to play in last year's final against Spain but decided to opt out. The U.S. team subsequently lost in Seville.


World number three Andy Roddick (news), and the doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan (news) are also expected to be named to the U.S. squad.


Agassi is scheduled to play at the SAP Open in San Jose on Tuesday against compatriot Bobby Reynolds (news).
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Gigan
02-08-2005, 06:22 PM
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The chance to be 'part of something special' lured Andre Agassi (news) back to the U.S. Davis Cup fold, captain Patrick McEnroe said on February 8, 2005. While Agassi took some convincing to end his five-year absence from the team competition, the impetus had come from the eight-time grand slam winner himself. Agassi is seen during the Australian Open (news - web sites) January 25. (Tim Wimborne/Reuters)

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paige
02-08-2005, 06:28 PM
That Courier article is incredible. I love a different take on things. Well-played, Jim.