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Agassi to retire in 2007

AgassiFan
01-29-2005, 05:19 PM
3 more years, including this one.


IMO.

aceit
01-29-2005, 06:36 PM
I doubt he will remain on tour that long, but that's just my opnion.

Shirogane
01-29-2005, 09:29 PM
3 more years, including this one.


IMO.
Please tell me that he'll win many more slams...

martinaHforever
01-30-2005, 02:11 AM
3 more years, including this one.


IMO.

I agree 100%

AgassiFan
01-30-2005, 05:54 AM
Please tell me that he'll win many more slams...

As always, it all depends on his health and the (luck of the) draw.

He will win 2 more slams, unless his hip keeps bothering him and he runs into Federer all the time. :D Rolan Garros is the only slam I don't see him winning.

Agassi loves the sport and the attention it brings too much to just give up because it's "getting tougher every year". The only way he gives it up in the near future is if the doctors tell him to or else he starts losing in the early rounds to crappy opponents. He was hinting at playing next year as well, and winning another slam between now and then might just give him incentive to play in 2007. ***knocking on wood***

I mean, NOBODY in their right mind would claim Andre was in his top form this past Australian Open, and yet in the 2 matches before QF he produced 77 winners to 19 Unforced errors. He did look flat and frustrated against Fed, but then again Andre was prone to "look ordinary" in big matches in his prime as well.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
01-30-2005, 07:39 AM
I hope so.

Agassi Fan
01-30-2005, 02:39 PM
Last year Andre said, this year (2005) is his last year.

AgassiFan
01-30-2005, 06:55 PM
Last year Andre said, this year (2005) is his last year.

No he didn't.

Deboogle!.
01-30-2005, 07:45 PM
I think this year or next year will be Andre's last. just my opinion.

superpinkone37
01-30-2005, 08:34 PM
I think so too Deb. I hope not though.

RodLo
01-30-2005, 09:41 PM
I think this year or next year will be Andre's last. just my opinion.

I agree. I just don't know how much more his body can stand. Mentally, he's just as strong as any of those other guys...but physically??...I just don't know how much more he's got in him. :sad: :awww:

simpletennis
01-30-2005, 11:04 PM
i don't think he can last much longer, he's played well in 2004, but now the younger guys are dominating, and he might not be able to keep up

tennischick
01-31-2005, 12:25 AM
Last year Andre said, this year (2005) is his last year.
nope. last year he said that he will be playing a full season in 2005. he did not talk of retirement. besides he probably has a terrific marriage bec they're not under one another all the time. as long he continues to be a threat on the tour, there is no need for talk of retirement IMO.

Deboogle!.
01-31-2005, 12:56 AM
I agree. I just don't know how much more his body can stand. Mentally, he's just as strong as any of those other guys...but physically??...I just don't know how much more he's got in him. :sad: :awww:

Yea, I know what you mean.. I mean he's obviously in incredible shape, but he seems to have these nagging injuries - and that's to be expected at his age. He's still hitting the ball incredibly well and moving pretty well, so I think he should keep playing as long as he can push the world's best. And I hope he retires on his terms, I hope it's not an injury or something that forces him to finally hang it up. And I'd love to see him pull a Pete - win the USO one last time and call it a day.

RodLo
01-31-2005, 01:09 AM
Yea, I know what you mean.. I mean he's obviously in incredible shape, but he seems to have these nagging injuries - and that's to be expected at his age. He's still hitting the ball incredibly well and moving pretty well, so I think he should keep playing as long as he can push the world's best. And I hope he retires on his terms, I hope it's not an injury or something that forces him to finally hang it up. And I'd love to see him pull a Pete - win the USO one last time and call it a day.

That's my one hope for the year...for Andre to get one last slam win. As much as I don't want to see him step out of the spotlight, it would at least make the loss a tiny bit easier.

Golfnduck
01-31-2005, 01:10 AM
I hope he keeps playing, it is so fun watching him out there competing.

Shirogane
01-31-2005, 10:26 AM
And I'd love to see him pull a Pete - win the USO one last time and call it a day.
If he wins the USO then he'll definitely want to try and win the next AO :)

MisterQ
01-31-2005, 01:27 PM
I want to see him win Wimbledon. Which isn't as far fetched as it might seem, with the way the grass courts are playing these days.

AgassiFan
01-31-2005, 06:12 PM
I want to see him win Wimbledon. Which isn't as far fetched as it might seem, with the way the grass courts are playing these days.

I should mention that in addition to staying healthy (that goes for all players, though), Andre needs to become THE most efficient server on tour if he wants to win ANY Slam. As flat as he looked against Federer, he still won basically the same % of points off his 1st serve, and in matches where Andre is in top form, he has a big advantage over his opponent despite hardly hitting any aces. It's a testament to how well he plays when he puts his opponents on the defense. But things aren't near as good on points off his 2nd serve where he looks very ordinary compared to top players.....

I am not asking Andre to start serving at 130 mph or hit 2nd serve aces or anything like that. ALL I am asking is for him to keep the 1st serve at the crisp 70-80% while still getting his usual 15 or so serve winners.

In the past, when Andre had a great serving day, that was a luxury, a nice bonus. NOW, it's become a matter of SURVIVAL. I mean, sure you can serve at 90 % and Roger Federer can still beat you - but at least you give yourself a good chance at taking him. At 40%, you're dead.

martinaHforever
01-31-2005, 11:55 PM
Reduce the pace on the 1st serve so he gets more in. Just serve fast enough to get opponent on backfoot.

AgassiFan
02-02-2005, 04:33 AM
Reduce the pace on the 1st serve so he gets more in. Just serve fast enough to get opponent on backfoot.

Placement is key. A 110 mph serve near the lines is unreturnable on hard surface, and even if the ball is sliced back, it's easily kill-able on the follow-up. Whereas a 125 mph serve into the net or long is USELESS, and it gives your opponent license to move up and crush your 2nd serves.

Andre gets 80% of 1st serves in, he can beat ANYBODY, Federer included. When he is at 50% and has to grind points out in long rallies, he puts himself at a big disadvantage.

Come Andre and Darren, suprise us all.

AgassiFan
02-02-2005, 04:54 AM
How trippy would it be if Andre won French Open this year, though?

He'd have to play near flawless tennis AND get an easy draw (namely, Coria dropping out early), but, man, that would be absolutely shocking - and after having seen plenty of shocking things in sports in my young life, I'd be least suprised of all.

Now let's say a prayer for Andre avoiding major injuries in the next couple of years so that he at least has a CHANCE at making tennis history. :worship:

martinaHforever
02-02-2005, 06:54 AM
How trippy would it be if Andre won French Open this year, though?

He'd have to play near flawless tennis AND get an easy draw (namely, Coria dropping out early), but, man, that would be absolutely shocking - and after having seen plenty of shocking things in sports in my young life, I'd be least suprised of all.

Now let's say a prayer for Andre avoiding major injuries in the next couple of years so that he at least has a CHANCE at making tennis history. :worship:

Well, Dre won it in 99 against similar odds. It wouldn't shock me.

AgassiFan
02-02-2005, 09:48 AM
Well, Dre won it in 99 against similar odds. It wouldn't shock me.

His movement was better in '99, though. He has next to no room for error (whether of physical or strategic variety) now, especially on clay.

Hope springs eternal, though.

Agassi Fan
02-02-2005, 11:38 AM
Agassi not ready to quit

Tue Feb 1, 6:52 AM ET Local - San Jose Mercury News


By Darren Sabedra, Mercury News

Andre Agassi hasn't won a Grand Slam trophy, or even reached a Grand Slam final, since winning the Australian Open (news - web sites) two years ago. He has endured injuries, is no longer the favorite at major events and last week was routed in straight sets by top-ranked Roger Federer in an Australian Open quarterfinal.



But Agassi, 34, isn't ready for retirement.


After 19 years on tour, 59 titles and countless trips around the globe, tennis' elder statesman is committed to playing until the end of 2005.


Then, who knows?


Full story at San Jose Mercury News

AgassiFan
02-02-2005, 08:22 PM
Agassi not ready to quit

Tue Feb 1, 6:52 AM ET Local - San Jose Mercury News


By Darren Sabedra, Mercury News

Andre Agassi hasn't won a Grand Slam trophy, or even reached a Grand Slam final, since winning the Australian Open (news - web sites) two years ago. He has endured injuries, is no longer the favorite at major events and last week was routed in straight sets by top-ranked Roger Federer in an Australian Open quarterfinal.



But Agassi, 34, isn't ready for retirement.


After 19 years on tour, 59 titles and countless trips around the globe, tennis' elder statesman is committed to playing until the end of 2005.


Then, who knows?


Full story at San Jose Mercury News




Before 2004 began, all I wanted is for Andre to give us 3 more seasons (2004-2006) and then retire in peace.

Now, a year later, I feel he was cheated out of 2004 French Open and Wimbledon (and also not at 100% at 2005 AO) because of hip problems. Because of that, I not only want him to still play 2005 and 2006, but if he still has any legs left, 2007 as well.

I think he owes it to the sport, to himself and to me. And he knows it, too.

AgassiFan
02-04-2005, 03:26 AM
Hell, I'll settle for this:

Andre plays semi-full-time (with heavy emphasis on Slams) 2005 and 2006, and then retires after 2007 Australian Open.

Yes, it will be very tough, sacrifices have to (continue to) be made as far as intense training regimen and family scheduling goes. But then again, Agassi is trying to cement his legacy as one of the all-time greats, and for that to happen he needs AT LEAST one more slam title as well as another good showing (semifinal or a final) at either Wimbledon or USO.

Andre understands the kind of a formiddable challenge it is to continue to play a HIGH level of tennis not only in 2005 but also in 2006. And I have a feeling he wouldn't have it any other way. True grit.

Steffi
02-06-2005, 01:49 PM
I think, Andre play in this Year. And no more.-(