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Gigan
01-12-2005, 12:57 AM
Andre Agassi keeps on rolling
Bruce Matthews
12jan05

DON'T write off Andre Agassi just yet, even if he falls short of a fourth Australian Open singles title this campaign.

Agassi said yesterday he hadn't considered retirement.
He expects to play a full schedule this year and is already talking next year.

"I don't know, is the simple answer," was the response to the inevitable query as the American, who turns 35 in late April, set up at Kooyong this week.

"I don't feel it's my place to choreograph an ending.

"It's a sport that has been great to me and I'll give it everything I've got.

"As long as I'm out there feeling like someone has to play a great match to beat me, expecting myself to win.

"If I can play a great match, I'll find reason to keep going.

"A lot can happen in a year, but I definitely hope to be back.

"Right now, that's my plan.

"My Mum thinks I can play for 10 more, but we'll see.

"The body has to hold up, you have to train harder and smarter. You have to find ways to keep getting better because everyone around you always is.

"Right now, that's what I do and I'm not thinking past that.

"This week will be important, having each other to help prepare ourselves and this week will be a great step in that direction."

Agassi was hampered by a hip ailment in June and forced to take more time off when it recurred during the US hardcourt season.

"I needed some time off, but it was unfortunately during one of the biggest tournaments of the year, Wimbledon," he said.

"But as the result of that time off, I got my body stronger again.

"I was happy with the way the year ended. I was happy with my game despite a couple of disappointing losses.

"I'm healthy and feel good, now, and I'm pretty eager to go.

"I didn't want to change the formula I've had over the years. Getting here a little earlier was something I was anxious to do.

"Plus, with two kids, it's leave. Take your time and give yourself a few extra days.

"I've trained hard, but it's not until you get on court that you start putting everything together.

"It's exciting to do that."

Agassi played 21 of the other major championships before his first Australian Open in 1995 and he still rues the late start in front of tennis fans he said were educated and passionate.

"It brings out the best in so many players," he said.

"I've had the benefit to be able to compete here for the past 10 years and regret that I didn't get the chance to understand that the first 10 years.

"When people care about what you do, it even makes it more special. It's a great environment to play."

Agassi will open proceedings at Kooyong today when he takes on Chile's Nicolas Massu.
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Gigan
01-12-2005, 01:16 AM
Perfect news for us! Fans?

And Andre won already today his first match 2005!
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Gigan
01-12-2005, 01:24 AM
thanks for Score board of Kooyong 2005 tournament

http://7sport.com.au/Default.aspx?sport=TNS&module=HOME

does not work for me...
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Gigan
01-12-2005, 01:29 AM
Agassi opens campaign with solid win
Sportal

http://www.sportal.com.au/photos/news/061141news.jpg

Veteran Andre Agassi has opened his 2005 campaign with an impressive win over Nicolas Massu at the Kooyong Classic.

In his first competitive outing of the year as he gets set to chase a fifth Australian Open crown, the 34-year-old American raced through the first set before overcoming a more spirited challenge from Chilean Olympic champion Massu in the second to win 6-1 7-6.

Next up world No.1 Roger Federer, who will defend his Open title at Melbourne Park from next week, will be looking to extend his winning streak to 22 matches when he takes on French Open champion Gaston Gaudio.

In other matches to be played on Wednesday, Gaudio's compatriot David Nalbandian, the defending champion, will clash with Briton Tim Henman, and world No.2 Andy Roddick goes head-to-head with Thai Paradorn Srichaphan.



Kooyong Classic Results
Andre Agassi (USA) def Nicolas Massu (Chile) 6-1 7-6

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MisterQ
01-12-2005, 02:55 AM
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Rabbit
01-12-2005, 04:27 AM
Light Agassi to worry heavy favourites
Wednesday January 12, 03:37 PM

The tennis world has learned to pay strict attention when Andre Agassi plays
well at Kooyong, and the bad news for his rivals is that he won his tournament
opener and declared himself in better condition than ever.

The 34-year-old former world No.1 beat dual Athens gold medallist Nicolas Massu
6-1 7-6 (7-4) in the opening match of the Kooyong Classic.

It was an ominous beginning to the year by the veteran, given that he had won
this tournament three times previously and on each occasion parlayed that form
into an Australian Open title.

Agassi took to the court weighing in at 74 kilograms - five to six kilos lighter
than his playing weight of previous years.

The weight loss is a product of an even tougher training regimen than his usual
rigorous preparation, and had Agassi feeling ready for an assault at Melbourne
Park next week.

"Being down here feeling good physically and looking forward to the tennis to me
is a great opportunity to hopefully have some magical things happen out there
and that would be a wonderful thing," Agassi said.

While his weight may have fallen, his trademark ground stroke power had not, as
he declared his power to weight ratio was at a career peak.

"When you've hit thousands of balls a day for 30-plus years you're not convinced
you are ever going to really learn to hit the ball better, but you can become a
better athlete, you can move better, you can get fitter - I believe there are
things that make you a better tennis player," Agassi said.

"I don't want to compromise strength for the sake of being lighter or else it's
just less of you and that's not what you need out there - you need to be strong,
you need to be fit and you need to be able to get yourself around the court.

"Ten pounds is even more substantial when you have to carry it around for five
sets - it does make a difference.

"It's not about hitting the ball harder, it's about hitting your normal shot
easier and that's what I believe being stronger offers you.

"You can do everything you've always done, you just do it with more margin for
error, it means you can do it for longer."

Gigan
01-12-2005, 05:13 AM
Nice article, thanks rabbit!

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Gigan
01-12-2005, 05:47 AM
Agassi moves past Massu


MELBOURNE - Slim-line Andre Agassi has defeated Olympic champion Nicolas Massu at the Kooyong Classic.
The elite lead-in tournament for the first Grand Slam of the season is a happy hunting ground for Agassi, who has gone on to lift four titles at Melbourne Park.

The 34-year-old - looking in superb condition after a winter training regime that saw him shed around five kilograms - showed almost no rust and on this showing will be among the favourites for next week's Open.

The eight-man Kooyong has been the event of choice for the top names in the sport, with eight of the last ten champions at the Open getting their eye in at Kooyong club, former home of the major until 1988.

Agassi struck a dozen aces and had 34 unforced errors as he played his first competitive match since last October's loss in the final of the Stockholm Open. Massu committed 41.

Swiss world-beater Roger Federer, winner of three of the last four Grand Slams, was facing off against French Open winner Gaston Gaudio later as all eight men in the field took to the court on opening day.

"In the second set, Nicolas raised his game," said Agassi, who regularly bench-pressed 141kgs during his intense December training camp in Las Vegas.

"I ran away with the first set. But in the second he picked up the pace of his shot, took his chances.

"It was good to be pushed in the second set. I got a chance to feel what it's going to be like over next few weeks."

Massu is still to hit top form after undergoing hernia surgery in November following his Olympic-winning season.

AFP
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Gigan
01-12-2005, 07:07 AM
Slimmed-down Agassi wins 2005 debut
Posted: Wednesday January 12, 2005 1:41AM; Updated: Wednesday January 12, 2005 1:41AM


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Andre Agassi unveiled his latest anti-aging concept in his first outing of the season Wednesday, showing off a sleeker, more defined physique in a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over Olympic gold medalist Nicolas Massu at the Kooyong Classic.

Agassi, 34, admits his greater attention to strength and conditioning is part of a constant search for ways of keeping pace with his rivals, who are mostly a decade or more younger.


"Being down here feeling good physically and looking forward to the tennis to me is a great opportunity to hopefully have some magical things happen," said Agassi, who has won the Australian Open after each of his three wins at the Kooyong exhibition tournament in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Agassi said he'd trimmed down to about 163 pounds from about 176 pounds after concentrating on fitness instead of tennis technique in the offseason.

"When you've hit thousands of balls a day for 30-plus years you're not convinced you are ever going to really learn to hit the ball better, but you can become a better athlete," said Agassi, who'll be 35 in April.

"You can move better, you can get fitter -- I believe those are things that make you a better tennis player," Agassi said.

One of the best counter-punchers and returners of serve in the game, Agassi said he's honing his shots with his extra strength rather than trying to put more onto each ball.

"It's not about hitting the ball harder, it's about hitting your normal shot easier and that's what I believe being stronger offers you," Agassi said. "You can do everything you've always done, you just do it with more margin for error, it means you can do it for longer."

And now he thinks he's hit the right balance, still able to scramble with the best but still having something in reserve in the long five-set matches at a Grand Slam.

"I don't want to compromise strength for the sake of being lighter or else it's just less of you and that's not what you need out there," he said. "You need to be strong, you need to be fit and you need to be able to get yourself around the court."

The enduring Agassi has remodeled himself again, after failing to reach a final at a major in 2004 for the first time in six years.

In the first half of his career, it was Pete Sampras he was targeting. Now it's another potentially once-in-a-generation player -- Roger Federer -- he wants to measure himself against.

And that doesn't leave any room for error, Agassi thinks.

"Federer ... has strengths that have to be dealt with and it sort of forces you to play a perfect match," to beat him, said Agassi, an eight-time Grand Slam titlist.

"If you have a good tournament, you only have to deal with him once -- hopefully on the last day -- and it's about playing that great match when you need to."

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Gigan
01-14-2005, 05:07 AM
Seeded players AO 2005

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