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US Men's Claycourt Championships, Houston, USA - Apr. 18-24

Gigan
04-14-2005, 09:58 PM
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

suus21
04-15-2005, 11:11 AM
I really think he's going to win this tournament!

Agassi Fan
04-15-2005, 06:32 PM
Go Andre!

AgassiDomination
04-15-2005, 11:39 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2005/717/MDS.pdf << Main Draw


Andre is on the bottom half as second seed. His half looks like cake, only place I see slight trouble is maybe Dent or Blake, other than that, it seems like an excellent draw for him!

Gigan
04-15-2005, 11:50 PM
Andre will play vs Tabara in the first round:

31 TABARA, Michal CZE vs.
32 AGASSI, Andre USA WC

never played before:
Agassi, Andre 0-0 Tabara, Michal
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Gigan
04-15-2005, 11:56 PM
Agassi, Andre 0-0 Tabara, Michal

7 -2005 race pos- 97

155 -2005 race pts- 16

4/29/1970 birth date 8/11/1979

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Gigan
04-15-2005, 11:58 PM
finaly nice draw :

again our friend T. Dent, and then Roddick, i think...


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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

bad gambler
04-16-2005, 08:24 AM
good luck andre :bounce:

Agassi Fan
04-16-2005, 06:35 PM
This is a good draw!
Go Andre!

Gigan
04-16-2005, 06:44 PM
April 16, 2005, 11:51PM

Doubles, anyone? Event seeks its perfect pair
High-profile combos the talk of Clay Court
By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

SINGLES TOP SEEDS
Organizers have souped up the doubles field at the Clay Court Championships at Westside, but the singles draw has some punch, too:
1. Andy Roddick
2. Andre Agassi 3. Tommy Haas 4. Nicolas Massu 5. Taylor Dent 6. Sebastien Grosjean 7. Jurgen Melzer 8. Luis Horna


They set the singles draw for the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships on Friday, but, even with Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi and defending champion Tommy Haas entered, everybody wanted to know about doubles.

Such is Agassi's star power. When he convinced Jim Courier, a retired four-time Grand Slam winner, to be his partner next week at Westside Tennis Club, "dubs" was suddenly sharing center stage. The two 34-year-olds with 12 Slams between them will be the featured match at 7 p.m. Monday, no matter whom they face. Getting in the spirit, Roddick called in requesting a doubles wild card, too. He'll be teaming up with a buddy from Austin, Trace Davis.

Throw in the two-time defending Masters Cup champions Bob and Mike Bryan plus the reigning Clay Court champions, James Blake and Mardy Fish, and you have a seriously interesting draw, which won't be set until Sunday.

Westside owner Jim McIngvale, a huge fan of doubles, personally upped the prize money a year ago to match that of singles. Now, McIngvale all but conceded he'll have to reprise his voluntary largess.

"The guys will be disappointed if I don't, I suppose," the Gallery Furniture owner said. "I'll just have to sell some more sofas."

For Courier, it will be his first match of any kind on the ATP Tour since 1999.

In Roddick, Agassi and Haas, the top three singles seeds, the field has all of the former champions since the tournament moved to Houston in 2001.

The fourth seed, Nicolas Massu of Chile, won singles and doubles gold medals at the Athens Olympics. American Taylor Dent, who defaulted last week at the River Oaks International because of a sprained ankle, is the fifth seed.

The No. 1 ITF junior in the world, 15-year-old American Donald Young, received a wild card, as did Blake, who won at River Oaks on Sunday.

Three rounds of qualifying will be held over the weekend and are open to the public.

Agassi meets Michal Tabara of the Czech Republic and Roddick faces one of the four qualifiers in the first round of the $380,000 event. Both matches probably will be Tuesday.

Play starts Monday. There will be back-to-back matches beginning at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily through Saturday. Tickets remain for all sessions.
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Agassi Fan
04-16-2005, 06:48 PM
And where is the doubles draw?

smucav
04-17-2005, 02:20 AM
Doubles draw:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=1530213&postcount=1

1R: (WC) AGASSI, Andre USA/COURIER, Jim USA v. GARCIA, Martin ARG/HORNA, Luis PER

Deboogle!.
04-17-2005, 06:46 AM
Agassi gets better with age

Seasoned singles star undergoes a transformation from a carefree youth to a widely respected role model for the sport

By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

In the spring of 1987, a 16-year-old Andre Agassi played for the first time in Houston at River Oaks Country Club.

"I lost first round — three and three," Agassi recalls without a moment's hesitation. "To Peter Lundgren."

The same Peter Lundgren who, many years later, coached Roger Federer to the top and who currently tutors the only player, Marat Safin, to defeat Federer in the last three Grand Slam tournaments. Perhaps there's some meaningful symmetry there, or maybe it's just an oddity, a small-world coincidence.

But what does it say about Agassi, who turns 35 less than a week after what's almost assuredly his last U.S. Clay Court Championships in Houston, that he would remember such an utterly inconsequential match so long ago?

Perhaps Agassi was paying closer attention than we thought.

The wispy teenager with the mullet hairdo that we first encountered had spectacularly precocious tennis skills but seemingly little else to offer, at least outwardly. The son of a floor boss in a Las Vegas casino and, briefly, the brother-in-law of Pancho Gonzalez, who was old enough to be his grandfather, he'd barely made it out of middle school before turning his life's focus to whacking tennis balls. But, on the court, he was hardly driven to succeed. When things went badly, he often just gave up.


Image was a problem
Even when he reached No. 3 in the world at 18, it was hard to take him seriously in the important tournaments. Everything about young Andre screamed superficiality or artificiality, from his flowing highlighted locks to his Day-Glo outfits to his fear of Wimbledon's grass to the spectacularly ill-advised "Image is Everything" marketing campaign foisted upon him by Canon that reinforced suspicions that he lacked character and substance.

One sports columnist in New York used to award "Andres" at year's end. They usually went to chokers and charlatans.

That's the grand irony among the multiple ironies of Agassi's career. Because today, after winning a career Grand Slam, eight majors total, 59 tournaments and 838 matches, he has evolved into the role model for all role models. He is, to the tee, what we wish every athlete would be.

He cares about his sport and the world around him. He's bright, thoughtful, articulate and most generous to good causes that he believes in, particularly education. In his down time, he's a model husband and father.


Game plans differ
Agassi the tennis player possesses a simple game, largely devoid of nuance. His game plan always has been to trump his opponent's serves with better returns, end of story. Agassi the man, however, is remarkably complex, a bowl-legged bundle of disparate passions. And, as for his once-questionable resolve, he's now the consummate battler, conceding nothing to nobody — Federer included — whatever the surface. He's also the most enduring and resilient of athletes, having long since left his peer group behind.

Jim Courier, who thwarted him in the 1991 French Open final and with whom he'll play doubles Monday night, has been retired since the end of 1999. Agassi's arch-rival, Pete Sampras, slipped away in 2002, and Michael Chang walked away from the Tour in 2003. But, if the end is in sight, Agassi chooses not to acknowledge it.

He soldiers onward despite a chronic nerve ailment in his back and, most recently, an excruciatingly sore and swollen left big toe. The condition kept him from the answering the bell at the Pacific Life Open a month ago after 1,092 matches.

"Wear and tear, that's all," he says of the injuries, which haven't prevented him from reaching at least the quarterfinals of all five tournaments he has entered in his 20th season. "The nerve was causing the pain in my hip (which cost him the middle part of the 2004 season, including Wimbledon), but injections — legal injections, I promise — have helped a lot. And the toe's a lot better. It's only 10 percent bigger than it's supposed to be, down from 30 percent."

If Agassi is embarking upon his last Houston appearance, and if the 2005 ATP season amounts to a farewell tour, so be it. But he insists doesn't know yet. The guy his pal Barbra Streisand once called a "Zen master," eliciting twitters, is indeed exactly that, staying calmly in the moment from tournament to tournament.

"I'm coming to play this tournament, to do everything I can to win it," he said. "I'm not thinking about where I want to be in a month, or at the end of the year. I've never thought that way. My approach hasn't changed, only my body — the years have definitely taken a toll. But this sport has given me so much that my hope would be to give back as much as I can for as long as I can. How long I consider it to be something of a useful effort is hard for me to say.


Focused on winning
"I would hope to believe that when I'm playing my best tennis, I can win any match that I'm playing. When I'm convinced that I just can't quite play to (my) standard or do it in a way that I'm proud of, in a way that I've been so used to over the years, then that would be (the end). But I do have a lot of fun out there occasionally."

Two Aprils ago, Agassi re-ascended to No. 1 in the rankings — nearly eight years after his first arrival — because of his Clay Courts performance, making him the oldest player by a long shot to reach the summit. And, to prove that wasn't just a computer glitch, he dethroned Andy Roddick, the young twice-champion who was bound for No. 1 that year, in three sets.

While he comes in this week without a 2005 tournament victory and a ranking of 10th, note that three of his five defeats have been administered by Federer. When Federer defeated him 6-4, 6-3 in the Nasdaq-100 Open semifinals April 1, the score was deemed deceptive. Observers assessed the level of play both ways as borderline brilliant.

But Agassi, in defeat, offered only a disgruntled shrug.

"Wrong person to ask," he replied.

His last of 20 losses to Sampras, whom he would beat 14 times, was the historic four-setter in the 2002 U.S. Open that gave Sampras a record 14 Grand Slams and completed his career. It, too, elicited a similar response. For Andre to give himself high marks in any match, he needs to have won.

Most pundits assumed Agassi would bypass the grueling clay-court circuit to save his legs and focus on Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, the Slams that offer, he concedes, "my best chances." Instead, surprisingly, he came to Houston to toughen himself up on the dirt, having branded his decision a year ago to lie low before the French Open "a terrible call."

He also came to honor Westside owners Jim and Linda McIngvale, who have given significant sums to the charter school he has built in Las Vegas for disadvantaged kids.

"I'm very grateful to Jim and Linda," Agassi said. "I want to support them any way I can after all they've done to support me."


Houston connection
He first met the McIngvales when he participated in a celebrity fundraiser at the club a number of years ago, the event that inspired them to lure the ATP Tour back to Houston. When Agassi reached the semis at Westside in 2002, ultimately losing to Sampras in his first real Houston competition in 15 years, it brought him full circle.

Agassi's place in the history of the game was comfortably secured. He'd won seven of his majors and the career Slam he'd completed at Roland Garros in 1999 put him in august company as one of just five men to accomplish the feat.

If not the greatest player ever, he's arguably the most interesting.

"Andre picks just a few events a year now," Federer said, paying homage before their Nasdaq semifinal. "So you always know you're going to play him when he's at his best."

I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-17-2005, 03:32 PM
Best of luck to you,Andre! :kiss:

Gigan
04-18-2005, 01:46 PM
April 18, 2005, 1:32AM
TENNIS NOTEBOOK
Agassi, Courier do Waylon/Willie act
Old gunslingers join forces for Westside doubles
By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

Andre Agassi and Jim Courier go way back. Way back, which makes their doubles debut tonight all the more special. These famous thirtysomethings have got some serious history between them.

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Agassi bloomed first, to be sure, but the gap closed quickly.

"We grew up together (in tennis) from 8 years old," Agassi says. "There were a number of years there when I was playing at a much different level than he was and never considered him to be a threat.

"And then, all of a sudden, I played him in Kalamazoo, (Mich., at the U.S. nationals). Boy, he just dropped a match on me that I'll never forget. Then the first time I played him professionally, I realized, 'This guy's the real deal here.' It was pretty clear to me."

It was made all the more clear when Courier, rallying from a two-set deficit in the 1991 French Open final, beat Agassi for his first Grand Slam title. The redhead from Florida would win six of the last seven meetings in their rivalry, although Agassi took the final one in the 1996 Australian Open quarters.

Agassi, 34, had just three Slam titles then to Courier's four. But Courier, who is almost four months Andre's junior, was already fading. It was as far as he would get in any major before opting to retire after the 1999 ATP season, citing burnout.

"Jim had a great work ethic, and he had an ability to punch in the clock every single day," Agassi said. "You know, there's still room for guys on the tour that are just willing to work, and he did it with a fair bit of talent, to say the least."

Agassi was the instigator in this doubles adventure that will pair a pending Hall of Famer — Courier will be inducted in July — with a certain future member of the Hall.

After they defeated Mardy Fish and James Blake, the defending Clay Court champions, in a 7-5 exhibition set before the recent Nasdaq-100 Open, the nagging began.

"Andre's a detail guy," Courier said, "and he's pretty persistent. He had it all mapped out, everything set up. Security clearances, the whole bit. He kept asking me, 'Are you in or out?' He didn't leave me much choice."

Their only experience as a team before the Miami fund-raiser last month was practice matches during their Davis Cup years. But the game plan is in place. Agassi will play the ad court so, Courier said, "he's in charge of all the important points."


That old Baylor (service) line
Baylor's two best players, Benjamin Becker and Benedikt Dorsch, were participating in the River Oaks International, but the Bears stayed undefeated without them and recently won their 46th consecutive match over two seasons.

Under director of tennis operations Matt Knoll, the defending national champions remain atop the Intercollegiate Tennis Association college rankings for the 12th week in a row.

Baylor (24-0, 6-0) swept Texas Tech at Lubbock on Saturday.


Another Houston event?
Jim Courier's acceptance of Andre Agassi's invitation to play with him in Houston could serve a dual purpose.

Could Courier also announce that a Delta Tour of Champions event will be played at Westside in the fall, giving the club an event to replace the Masters Cup, now in Shanghai?

"Can't say yet," Courier said, being coy.

Expect an announcement before the week is out. And chances are it won't be to tell us a deal didn't get done with Jim and Linda McIngvale.

Courier was once the No. 1-ranked player on the 35s tour in 2004 but has participated in just one of the three Delta events this year.


West Point wonders
Three cadets from the Houston area are contributing to Army's women's tennis team, especially Marissa Limsiaco of The Woodlands, who has become the only player in Army history to win more that 100 doubles matches.

Her younger sister, Christine, and fellow freshman Diana Alquero of Sugar Land are also on the team.


Juniors seeds set
The super championship junior half of the Houston Coca-Cola Open tennis tournament begins Thursday at eight sites around the city.

Top seeds in the two draws of the super championship boys 18 singles are Aaron Carpenter of Katy and Zach Nichols of Joshua. No. 1 in the super championship girls 18 singles is Lauren Lui of Houston.
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

khyber
04-18-2005, 03:59 PM
Well, since the Tennis Channel coverage doesn't start til Wednesday, I hope Andre and Jim win a few cuz I'd love to be able to see them play a match.

MisterQ
04-18-2005, 07:09 PM
Go Andre!

Go Andre and Jim! :bounce:

smucav
04-18-2005, 07:30 PM
Photos:
2005 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships - Andre Agassi Practice Session (http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.asp?navtyp=gls=2=22==111660&nbc1=1)

Gigan
04-18-2005, 08:11 PM
Daily Schedule

Not Before 4:00pm

Mariano Puerta, Argentina vs Jurgen Melzer (7), Austria
Alex Calatrava, Spain vs Donald Young, United States
Sebastien Grosjean (6), France vs Bjorn Phau, Germany
Fisher & Haggard vs Hernandez & Massu

Gallery Furniture Stadium, play starts at 7 p.m.

Andre Agassi & Jim Courier vs Adrian Garcia & Luis Horna
Mardy Fish, United States vs Robby Ginepri, United States

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Gigan
04-19-2005, 12:02 AM
U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships

Tuesday 19 April 2005

Gallery Furniture St

NOT BEFORE 7:00 PM

Michal TABARA (CZE)
vs
Andre AGASSI (USA)

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Deboogle!.
04-19-2005, 02:59 AM
Andre and Jim lost in 3, but it looks like they had a great time :)

Andre Agassi throws the ball after he argued with umpire about a call against him in his first round doubles match against Martin Garcia and Luis Horna in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Monday, April 18, 2005. Agassi's partner is Jim Courier. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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Andre Agassi, right, gets upset at an umpire after a call against him and partner Jim Courier, left, during their first round doubles match against Martin Garcia and Luis Horna in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Monday, April 18, 2005. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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Andre Agassi, right, gets upset at an umpire after a call against him and partner Jim Courier, left, during their first round doubles match against Martin Garcia and Luis Horna in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Monday, April 18, 2005. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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Gigan
04-19-2005, 07:15 AM
they lost...

Monday, April 18, 2005

Singles - Qualifying Round
M Boeker (USA) d C Mamiit (USA) 64 64
(6)A Bogomolov Jr. (USA) d (3)P Goldstein (USA) 75 62
N Okun (ISR) d H Gamonal (CHI) 62 64
(2)N Lapentti (ECU)d (7)A Garcia (CHI) 46 63 63

Singles - First Round
R Ginepri (USA) d M Fish (USA) 61 64
(7)J Melzer (AUT) d M Puerta (ARG) 63 63
A Calatrava (ESP) d (WC)D Young (USA) 61 64
(6)S Grosjean (FRA) d B Phau (GER) 46 63 75

Doubles - First Round

Garcia/Horna d (WC)Agassi/Courier 62 36 61
Fisher/Haggard d Hernandez/Massu 06 64 63

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bad gambler
04-19-2005, 07:19 AM
good luck against tabara tomorrow andre :bounce:

Gigan
04-19-2005, 02:48 PM
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Andre Agassi waves to the crowd after losing his first round doubles match 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to Martin Garcia and Luis Horna in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Monday, April 18, 2005. Agassi's partner was Jim Courier.
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Gigan
04-19-2005, 02:58 PM
Doubles for nothing
Agassi, Courier can't get going at Clay Court
Tuesday April 19, 2005 12:30AM

Jim Courier (left) and Andre Agassi fell 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to Martin Garcia and Luis Horna on Monday.


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HOUSTON (AP) -- Andre Agassi played doubles for the second time since 2001 and Jim Courier came out of retirement to join him, but South Americans Martin Garcia and Luis Horna beat the big-name duo in three sets Monday night at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.

Courier, who hasn't played on the ATP tour in five years, was broken three times in the match and Garcia and Horna finally broke Agassi in the sixth game of the third set.

Courier and Agassi rallied in the second set but couldn't keep up the pace and lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

"It was a bumpy start for me," Courier said. "I haven't been under these bright lights in quite a while. I had a good partner all night. Once I got my legs under me, I felt good."

Garcia served a love game in the seventh game of the third set for the match. Courier had two errors and Agassi hit a volley into the net to make it 40-0. A backhand into the net by Agassi ended the match, despite the crowd chanting for an Agassi-Courier comeback.

"They are two of the greatest players in the game so we expected the people to be for them," Garcia said. "They were having fun and we started to have some fun, too."

Courier and Agassi faltered in the first set but rallied in the second, breaking Garcia in the eighth game to force the third set.

"They started to play better in the second set and maybe we put the intensity of our match down," Horna said. "But in the third set, we played better and took our chances."

Courier thought he and Agassi had a chance in the third set.

"After the second set, if I was going to the betting window, I'd have bet on us," Courier said.

Agassi replied: "After the seventh game, the betting window closed."

Agassi last played doubles on June 7, 2004, with Andy Roddick in a second-round loss to Australians Paul Hanley and Wayne Arthurs at the Queen's Club tournament in London.

Seventh-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria beat Mariano Puerta of Argentina 6-3, 6-3 in an earlier first-round match.

Roddick, the tournament's top seed, will play Matias Boeker on Tuesday, and the second-seeded Agassi will follow against Michal Tabara.

Melzer broke Puerta in the first game of the second set but fell behind two break points in the sixth game. After the third deuce, consecutive service return errors by Puerta gave Melzer the game and a 4-2 lead.

Melzer broke Puerta again to take the match in the ninth game on the second match point.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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smucav
04-19-2005, 05:28 PM
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/sports/3141797
April 19, 2005, 8:48AM
Agassi-Courier tandem double faults in debut
By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

Twelve Grand Slam singles championships couldn't help Andre Agassi and Jim Courier win a doubles match Monday night.

Courier, long retired from the ATP Tour, tried to take the fall for their three-set first-round loss — 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 — to Luis Horna and Martin Garcia at Westside Tennis Club.

"It was a little bit of a bumpy start for me, as I expected," admitted the two-time French Open champion, after his first serve of the evening almost clipped the baseline and a late swinging volley nearly took out a woman in the box seats.

"I haven't been out there under these bright lights for a few years now," Courier said, "but once I got my feet underneath me and started holding up my deal in the meat of the match, we were right there. I don't know what happened in that third set."

What happened, Agassi said, gamely stepping up to shoulder his share of the blame for the pair being knocked out of the U.S. Clay Court Championships on opening night, was "one-all, break point, (my) wheel-house backhand into the net."

Chimed in Courier, "Yeah, I tanked after that. If I'd just had a better partner ... "

The two 34-year-old Americans have known each other since childhood and they've played numerous doubles matches during Davis Cup practices, but they had never teamed up for one that counted.

After beating Mardy Fish and James Blake, the reigning Clay Court doubles champions, in a charity exhibition last month, Agassi pushed Courier to give it another go for real here.

Courier, still a force on the 35s circuit, lost his serve twice in the first set and again in the third. Agassi was broken only in his final service game, which put the legends in a 1-5 hole.

Garica, once the 21st-ranked doubles player in the world, then easily held to disappoint the hugely partisan Gallery Furniture Stadium crowd.

"We expected that all the people would be on their side," Garcia said of the fans' support for Agassi and Courier. "But we tried to have some fun, too. They changed the intensity in the second set, but we picked up our game again in the third."

Agassi pronounced the pairing "long overdue" and Courier said they fully expected to be a force one day "in the over 70s."

dale.robertson@chron.com

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Jim Courier, left, and Andre Agassi enjoyed their doubles match Monday night even though they ended up losing in three sets.

Richie_Roddick
04-19-2005, 08:47 PM
Roddick is gonna get this one, but if not I would like Andre to do it

Good luck!!

alexito
04-20-2005, 02:28 AM
now andre is playing in houston, but, where I could see the scoreboard, in the web the houston tournament don't have socoreboard.

alexito
04-20-2005, 02:45 AM
agassi def tabara 62 76 in first round in houston.

MisterQ
04-20-2005, 02:47 AM
Good work Andre! :bounce:

He got behind in the tiebreak but managed to pull it out, 7-5!

:woohoo:

doubleafan
04-20-2005, 03:55 AM
Roddick does not have the game to beat Andre. It's Andre's tournament.

J. Corwin
04-20-2005, 07:22 AM
Keep going Andre, get that ultra-elusive 60th title. :)

Gigan
04-20-2005, 07:51 AM
Agassi Advance at Clay Court

American Star Andre Agassi
Advance at U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships

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Second seeded Andre Agassi holds up his broken racket after defeating Michal Tabara 6-2, 7-5 (5) in the first round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Tuesday, April 19, 2005. Agassi broke his racket when he threw it on the ground after losing a point late in the match. (AP

HOUSTON Apr 19, 2005 — Andre Agassi received a court violation for smashing his racket and then rallied in a second-set tiebreaker to beat Michal Tabara 6-2, 7-6 (5) Tuesday night in a first-round match of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.

The second-seeded Agassi broke his racket after the first point of the tiebreaker when Tabara hit a forehand winner.

"It was probably a healthy combination of reasons," Agassi said of his outburst. "I was really frustrated through most of the middle of the second set. I had some 0-30 chances and never felt I stepped up."

After breaking his racket, Agassi gave it to a young fan.

"I've had better moments," Agassi said.

Agassi fell behind 1-4 in the tiebreaker and he made it 5-5 with a service winner. He gained match point on Tabara's forehand error and Tabara's backhand sailed wide to end the match.

Agassi struggled most of the match, coming up with crowd-pleasing shots and then hitting unforced errors.

In the sixth game of the second set, Agassi had four double-faults, faced two break points and hit a perfect lob and a pinpoint drop shot in finally holding serve.

"Day after tomorrow should be a lot better," Agassi said.
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

tangerine_dream
04-20-2005, 04:56 PM
Well done Andre :bigclap:

Maybe it's just me but I kinda like it when Andre turns into his old rapscallion self and behaves badly :devil: :lol:

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Second seeded Andre Agassi gives an unidentified boy his broken racket after defeating Michal Tabara 6-2, 7-5 (5) in the first round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Tuesday, April 19, 2005. Agassi broke his racket when he threw it on the ground after losing the first point of the tie breaker.

suus21
04-20-2005, 06:03 PM
I like it too :) it's just cool

I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-20-2005, 07:08 PM
So Cool,Andre! :eek:;)

MisterQ
04-20-2005, 07:19 PM
He's great at bending those racquets! Short backswing, but perfect timing! :worship: :lol:

suus21
04-20-2005, 11:25 PM
he is strong breaking that racket like that. I can remember he broke a racket at Queens against his shoe that must hurt but also very strong to do that.

doubleafan
04-21-2005, 03:34 AM
It was at TMS(2003) Cup in Houston against Ferrero.

suus21
04-21-2005, 02:27 PM
also but also at Queens 2001 I think....

AgassiDomination
04-21-2005, 07:09 PM
I saw Roddick break raquet on his foot in '03 Davis Cup when he was against Nalbandian

tangerine_dream
04-21-2005, 10:07 PM
he is strong breaking that racket like that. I can remember he broke a racket at Queens against his shoe that must hurt but also very strong to do that.

Did you see Agassi smashing his racket against his foot at '03 TMC Houston in his match against Ferrero? I was like :eek: How did he manage to break that racket in half against his foot---but not break his foot?

Andre got a warning for racket abuse for that stunt. http://67.19.129.138/mtf/images/icons/icon10.gif

It also helped turn his game around and he finally beat Ferrero. :bounce:

smucav
04-22-2005, 05:50 AM
2R: (2)(WC)A Agassi (USA) d A Calatrava (ESP) 63 46 75

QF: (6) S Grosjean (FRA) v. (2)(WC) A Agassi (USA)

Gigan
04-22-2005, 08:06 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050422/capt.htw10904220234.us_mens_clay_court_htw109.jpg

Second seeded Andre Agassi celebrates after defeating
Alex Calatrava, of Spain, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the second
round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in
Houston, Thursday, April 21, 2005.

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050422/capt.htw11004220244.us_mens_clay_court_htw110.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050422/capt.htw10704220055.us_mens_clay_court_htw107.jpg


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I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-22-2005, 11:17 AM
It was a close match. :eek:
Win Grosjean 2 sets in the next match. ;)

suus21
04-22-2005, 03:41 PM
grosjean is tough next

Gigan
04-22-2005, 09:29 PM
Agassi rallies to reach Houston quarterfinals
April 22, 2005
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

HOUSTON -- Second-seeded Andre Agassi overcame a loss in the first set then rallied to beat Alex Calatrava 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 Thursday night and advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.

http://images.sportsline.com/u/photos/tennis/img8407702.jpg

Andre Agassi shows some emotion after overcoming his feisty opponent. (AP)

Agassi appeared to have the match under control when he broke Calatrava in the sixth game of the third set and took a 4-2 lead. But his serve failed him in the next game as he double-faulted twice and was broken.

Calatrava held in the eighth game and pulled even at 4-all by serving a love game.

"I threw up a couple of double faults at a bad time, leading 4-2," Agassi said. "I was feeling too good and got too aggressive.

"You don't finish off matches by trying to blast through somebody on clay. You've got to finish off by how you got there which is by discipline, shot selection and work ethic. I just lost concentration there."



Agassi held serve in the ninth game and had Calatrava at match point in the 10th before the Spaniard extended the set.

Agassi finally got the victory in the 12th game. He hit a backhand down the line for a winner to force the second match point and followed with another backhand to the same corner.

"At the end, there were two clean backhands up the line and that's what you're hoping for, to do it at the right time," Agassi said.

Agassi will take on France's Sebastien Grosjean in the quarterfinals.

Agassi nearly squandered a 4-1 lead in the second set. Calatrava broke serve in the seventh game and both players stayed on serve until the 10th, when Calatrava double-faulted to force set point. Agassi hit a forehand winner down the line for take the second set.

Agassi fell behind 2-5 in the opening set. He made a strong challenge in the eighth game, fighting off two set points to hold serve. Calatrava got him in the next game, winning on the third set point on Agassi's service return error.

Grosjean beat Oscar Hernandez of Spain 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

"He's (Grosjean) a talented player, he's effective on clay. I'll definitely have to be executing my shots and playing good," Agassi said. "Each match on the clay is so crucial for me," Agassi said. "You get more comfortable the more you play on it."



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Gigan
04-22-2005, 10:00 PM
U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships
Gallery Furniture St
Order Of Play

Friday 22 April 2005

NOT BEFORE 7:00 PM

Sebastien GROSJEAN (FRA)
vs
Andre AGASSI (USA)

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Gigan
04-22-2005, 10:07 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/images/90x120/playerstats/A092_AS_90.jpg Agassi, Andre 4-2 Grosjean, Sebastien http://www.atptennis.com/en/images/90x120/playerstats/G379_AS_90.jpg

2004 Australian Open, Hard, Q Agassi 6 2 2 0
2003 Australian Open, Hard, Q Agassi 6 3 6 2 6 2
2002 Madrid TMS, Hard, S Agassi 6 4 3 6 6 4
2001 T Masters Cup, Hard, RR Sydney, Australia Grosjean 3 6 4 6
2001 Roland Garros, Clay, Q France Grosjean 6 1 1 6 1 6 3 6
1998 US Open, Hard, R128 NY, U.S.A. Agassi 6 4 6 1 6 4


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Gigan
04-23-2005, 02:05 AM
Andre Agassi takes the first set 6-4!!!

Go Andre, Win It!
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Gigan
04-23-2005, 02:08 AM
Statistics of first set:

sg aa
aces 5 5
1st serv 41/% 52%
winners 15 20
ue 13 12
break pts 0/2 1/5

thanks to khyber :wavey:
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Gigan
04-23-2005, 02:29 AM
Andre lost second 1-6

2nd set stats

sg aa
aces 1 2
1st serve 47% 25%******
winners 8 5
ue 0 14 *******
break pt 2/3 0/0


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Gigan
04-23-2005, 02:35 AM
Andre is loosing in 3th...


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I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-23-2005, 02:59 AM
He lost 2-6 in the final set. :bigcry::sad:

athina7
04-23-2005, 04:04 AM
I can't believe he lost :sad:

suus21
04-23-2005, 12:23 PM
DAMNED

MisterQ
04-23-2005, 04:51 PM
depressing...

smucav
04-23-2005, 10:28 PM
atptennis.com:
1,000 MATCH CLUB
Andre Agassi’s match against Sebastien Grosjean was the 1,100th of his career, making him just the fourth player in ATP history to reach that plateau. The 1,000 match club:
No. W L Pct.
Jimmy Connors 1,491 1,222 269 .820
Ivan Lendl 1,308 1,070 238 .818
Guillermo Vilas 1,201 920 281 .766
Andre Agassi 1,100 840 260 .764
Stefan Edberg 1,076 806 270 .749
John McEnroe 1,059 867 192 .819
Ilie Nastase 1,004 729 275 .726

AGASSI MILESTONE MATCHES
Match Age Year - Tournament Result/Opponent Round
1st 15 1986 - La Quinta def. John Austin 64 62 1st
100th 18 1988 - Stuttgart def. Henri Leconte 75 75 SF
200th 19 1990 - Indian Wells lost to Stefan Edberg 64 57 76 76 Final
300th 21 1991 - ATP World Chp. lost to Jim Courier 63 75 SF
400th 23 1993 - New Haven lost to Andrei Medvedev 76 36 64 SF
500th 24 1995 - Tokyo def. Wayne Ferreira 75 62 SF
600th 26 1996 - Paris-indoor lost to Magnus Gustafsson 64 36 63 2nd RD
700th 28 1998 - Basel def. Marc Rosset 64 62 SF
800th 29 2000 - Scottsdale lost to Francisco Clavet 61 62 2nd RD
900th 31 2001 - Shanghai lost to Irakli Labadze 76 75 1st RD
1000th 33 2003 - Queen's def. Peter Luczak 76 64 2nd RD
1100th 34 2004 - Houston lost to Sebastien Grosjean 46 61 62 QF

800 MATCH WINS CLUB
Andre Agassi is one of just six players to have over 800 career match wins. The 800 win club:
Player W L
Jimmy Connors 1222 269
Ivan Lendl 1070 238
Guillermo Vilas 920 281
John McEnroe 867 192
Andre Agassi 840 260
Stefan Edberg 806 270

Gigan
04-24-2005, 01:06 AM
1,000 MATCH CLUB
Andre Agassi’s match against Sebastien Grosjean was the 1,100th of his career, making him just the fourth player in ATP history to reach that plateau. The 1,000 match club:

1100th 34 2004 - Houston lost to Sebastien Grosjean 46 61 62 QF



2005!

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Gigan
04-24-2005, 01:08 AM
i think Andre wasn't ready, tired ...
both start matches were difficult too...

don't worry,
he will play better in the next!
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smucav
04-24-2005, 03:39 AM
I saw Roddick break raquet on his foot in '03 Davis Cup when he was against NalbandianRoddick has never played Nalbandian in Davis Cup. The last time the U.S. played Argentina was in 1992!

Gigan
04-24-2005, 12:52 PM
never play like this Andre...

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050423/capt.htw11304230049.us_mens_clay_court_htw113.jpg

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suus21
04-24-2005, 11:24 PM
did anyone saw his match against Grosjean?

AgassiDomination
04-25-2005, 08:09 AM
Roddick has never played Nalbandian in Davis Cup. The last time the U.S. played Argentina was in 1992!

Oh, sorry, well who did the US play in '03? Anyway, I saw Roddick do it in davis cup...

Agassi Fan
04-25-2005, 12:58 PM
I can't belive that he lost against Grosjean...

suus21
04-25-2005, 03:16 PM
one of his worst loses this year I think, same as losing to Melzer

Agassi Fan
04-29-2005, 09:58 AM
one of his worst loses this year I think, same as losing to Melzer


Yes, I agree.

smucav
04-30-2005, 05:06 AM
Oh, sorry, well who did the US play in '03? Anyway, I saw Roddick do it in davis cup...First round loss to Croatia (Roddick didn't play due to wrist tendonitis from Australian Open QF/SF) in Croatia in February; play-off win v. Slovak Republic in Slovak Republic in September.