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Andre will not play in Wimbledon, London, England, June 20- July 03, 2005?

Gigan
06-03-2005, 11:08 PM
Will Dre play in Wimbledon? That is the question now!

Hope he will play..., and still hope that he will win!

14.06.2005
today Andre canceled his participation in Wimbledon 2005...
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Steffi
06-04-2005, 12:58 PM
Will Dre play in Wimbledon? That is the question now!

Hope he will play..., and still hope that he will win!

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I hope he will be there!! ;)

Shirogane
06-04-2005, 04:26 PM
He won't play Queen's next week.

Agassi Fan
06-04-2005, 04:47 PM
Go Andre!
Play in Wimbledon plz!

Gigan
06-04-2005, 10:12 PM
He won't play Queen's next week.

he could ignore it,
that is normal .....


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Gigan
06-05-2005, 01:47 AM
Tennis > *QUEEN's ATP > News

Agassi skips Queen's Club

Journalists were wondering how much more of Andre Agassi the tennis world would see at Roland Garros on Friday following the 35-year-olds decision to skip next week's Queen's Club championships. The depressed tone of his message also raised doubts over whether he will come to London at all. ???

http://www.eurosport.co.uk/imgbk/tennis/all/big_md-i170042.jpg

Agassi requires regular cortisone injections to stave off recurring problems with his sciatic nerve.

When Agassi lost to Finn Jarkko Nieminen in the French Open first round eleven days ago, the tour veteran was in tears in the locker-room.

He return to the United States to decide if he would have a second injection to ease him through the grass-court and hard-court seasons, culminating in the U.S. Open.

Agassi let Queen's Club organisers that he would not make the trip and it is believed he is noncommittal about his Wimbledon prospects.

Agassi admitted to journalists after his Roland Garros defeat what a difficult decision he now faces.

Should the eight-times major singles champion sacrifice what little is left of his career or take at least one and possibly two more injections in order to challenge for major championship titles.



Eurosport - James Buddell, Paris - 03/06/2005

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Gigan
06-05-2005, 02:17 AM
Tennis

new article about Andre...

June 04, 2005
Bullish Puerta in wait for winner of red-carpet battle
From Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent in Paris



OBSCURE finalists have become all the rage in the men’s singles at Roland Garros. In the past two decades, Michael Chang, Mikael Pernfors, Alberto Berasategui, Andrei Medvedev, Martin Verkerk and Gaston Gaudio have sneaked in beneath the radar to hold one of the prime positions in grand-slam tennis. Some grabbed fame by the horns, others could not contend with its embrace. To the cast we can add Mariano Puerta.
Whatever had happened in the first semi-final of the French Open yesterday would not have bucked the trend. Puerta versus Nikolay Davydenko, the Russian, was never going to drag people off the streets and pin them to their seats. That the match was delayed for 90 minutes by a huge storm further detracted from the sense of occasion.



But give Puerta his due. This bullish man from Buenos Aires, ranked world No 37, came back from 2-1 down in sets for the second match in succession to defeat Davydenko 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, recovering to win the last four games in a rousing finale completed with a succulent forehand down the line. That spectators were kept hanging around for the main course for such a long time served only to enhance the desire for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to take the stage.

In 1999, Andre Agassi was the No 13 seed when he triumphed over Medvedev to complete his collection of grand-slam titles. Last night, though, the question was how much more we will see of him. The decision of the 35-year-old American, who requires cortisone injections to stave off recurring problems with his sciatic nerve, to skip the Stella Artois Championships at Queen’s Club next week — and the depressed tone of his message — has raised doubts that he will come to London at all.

When Agassi left Europe 11 days ago, as down as he has been, it was to return to the United States to meet his medical team to decide if he would have a second injection to ease him through the summer in England and the pounding hard-court circuit in North America. The Stella Artois organisers were desperately hoping he would come back for a final time, but in a conversation on Thursday, Agassi said that he could not make the trip and was — it is believed — noncommittal about his Wimbledon prospects.

Agassi revealed in the crushing aftermath of his first-round defeat here to Jarkko Nieminen, of Finland, that the choice he faced was as hard as they come — should he sacrifice what little is left of his career or take at least one and possibly two more injections and hope they offer him the physical freedom to challenge once more for the game’s foremost titles.

Asked whether it was worth the hassle — he has won more titles than any player, he has been ranked world No 1, he has won all the grand-slam tournaments, his marriage to Steffi Graf is blissfully happy, he has two gorgeous children — he said: “But this is what I do until I don’t do it any more. It’s given me a lot. I cannot start to pollute the potential of my winning matches or tournaments with sitting on the fence and with where I am, what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. Some things you question, other things you have not to question.

“I can’t be out there like that. I had my first cortisone injection in San Jose in February and had great results, but that was on a hard court, two out of three sets. I need to decide if I should do it again and hope for two or three months. If I’m getting a few months out of it, that’s fair enough for me.”


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I♥PsY@Mus!c
06-05-2005, 11:51 AM
Hope Andre will play in Wimbledon. :)

AWM79
06-05-2005, 07:38 PM
Let's hope he plays Wimbledon.

Federer Fan
06-05-2005, 07:45 PM
I truly hope Agassi plays Wimbledon and the US. Actually, I hope Federer win Wimbledon and Agassi wins the US - a bit Sampras like

Gigan
06-05-2005, 10:30 PM
Break between "that match" in Paris and the Wimbledon is too short...
can Dre recover himself well?

who knows, may be better to skip it...

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robinhood
06-06-2005, 06:47 AM
Yeah, maybe it's better for him to skip Wimbledon again and concentrate on US hard court season. He won't be losing any points anyways. Either way, I hope he feels better and makes wise decisions.

Gigan
06-06-2005, 10:15 PM
Parting shots

Jon Wertheim, SI.com

Cleaning out the notebook from Roland Garros. Herewith, 50 scattered thoughts...

1. ......
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30. Andre Agassi assesses other players with such acuity and intelligence. We hope he's as perceptive about his own tennis future. No one wants to see him retire; but you hear words like "cortisone shots" and "pain all the way down my leg" and you cringe. You hate to think that Agassi will have trouble getting out bed in 20 years just so he could fulfill a few tournament commitments and sponsorship obligations....

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Gigan
06-07-2005, 11:59 AM
in accordance to official Dre's site
www.agassiopen.com
next his tournament will be Wimbledon June 20 -July 03 2005...



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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Agassi Fan
06-07-2005, 04:24 PM
in accordance to official Dre's site
www.agassiopen.com
next his tournament will be Wimbledon June 20 -July 03 2005...



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Yes!!!!!!!

AWM79
06-07-2005, 08:57 PM
in accordance to official Dre's site
www.agassiopen.com
next his tournament will be Wimbledon June 20 -July 03 2005...



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Great news!

I♥PsY@Mus!c
06-09-2005, 04:55 PM
I don't mind the result,just want Andre to play without pain. :)
Good luck,man! ;)

Steffi
06-10-2005, 09:00 AM
in accordance to official Dre's site
www.agassiopen.com
next his tournament will be Wimbledon June 20 -July 03 2005...



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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Yes!!!!!!!!! Go Andre! A GS without you is soooo boring!!!

suus21
06-10-2005, 03:35 PM
I want some news about Andre!

Gigan
06-10-2005, 04:57 PM
in accordance to official Dre's site
www.agassiopen.com


06.07.05 - Andre will be participating in the 5th Annual Andy Roddick Charity Exhibition on December 11th at the Polo Club in Boca Raton, FL. The pro-celebrity exhibition, featuring Andy Roddick and special guest, Andre Agassi, will begin at 1:00 PM and include a world team tennis format with singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Other top celebrities currently scheduled to participate are Aaron Krickstein, Sebastien Grosjean, Chris Evert, Brenda Schultz, Olympic Volleyball Player, Logan Tom and Olympic Gold Medallist in Figure Skating Sarah Hughes. For Tickets and information, contact 561-620-9449. For Sponsorship contact: Doris Porter at 561-392-2652 at the Andy Roddick Foundation.

no more news today...
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BAMJ6
06-13-2005, 01:40 AM
Andre will play in Wimbledon. There's also Scud news here.

http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1264&storyid=3277159

Gigan
06-13-2005, 01:40 PM
Andre will play in Wimbledon. There's also Scud news here.

http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1264&storyid=3277159

yes, he plans to play:

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By LEO SCHLINK

June 13, 2005


"...Andre Agassi was declared a certain starter for Wimbledon after overcoming a chronic back complaint.


The 1992 champion will arrive in London tomorrow to contest the sport's most prestigious title for the 14th time since 1987.


The 35-year-old had been in doubt after succumbing to a pinched nerve during an excrutiating first-round loss to Finn Jarkko Nieminen at the French Open last month.


The American ignored the temptation of a Queen's Club wildcard, fanning fears he would not be able to recover for Wimbledon.


But the former world No. 1's Australian coach Darren Cahill yesterday confirmed Agassi would take his place – possibly for the last time – at Wimbledon.


Agassi's twilight has been blighted by a pinched nerve.


But further examination revealed a nerve problem, which worsened with jarring. Agassi now deadens the pain with cortisone injections.

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Gigan
06-13-2005, 01:53 PM
i am not sure he needs to do this...
i worry that he will loose again to "nonames"...
is it good for Dre?

he is real sportsman, big fighter! he needs tennis very much...
but some times
i think that by participating of current tournaments
he doing just some "obligations", for example, for nike or head....


hope, i am wrong...

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suus21
06-13-2005, 07:43 PM
He will play because he wants to, not for sponsors or so. He'll do fine at Wimbledon he is #6

AgassiDomination
06-14-2005, 01:39 AM
Serena Williams set for Wimbledon

June 13, 2005
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Two-time champion Serena Williams will play at Wimbledon next week after struggling with an ankle strain since May.

Williams, who missed the French Open, will join the top 20-ranked women in the Wimbledon draw. The All England Club's entry list, released Monday, included the last six champions -- Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova.

Davenport won in 1999, followed by Venus Williams in 2000 and '01 and Serena Williams the next two years. Sharapova is the defending champion.

ADVERTISEMENT


The seedings will be announced Wednesday, with the draw Thursday.

On the men's side, two-time defending champion Roger Federer was confirmed along with 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt, last year's finalist Andy Roddick and 1992 champion Andre Agassi.

French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who pulled out of the grass-court Ordina Open in the Netherlands, was also on the list. American James Blake was confirmed as a wild card.

Martina Navratilova was named in the women's doubles, paired with Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany. The 48-year-old American, who lost a first round singles match at the Ordina Open on Monday, played singles at last year's Wimbledon, reaching the second round. Navratilova, a nine-time Wimbledon champion, was not listed in the women's singles draw.

Among the men's alternates were Arnaud Clement of France, Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil and Jeff Morrison and Justin Gimelstob of the United States.

The women's alternates included Jelena Dokic, who made Wimbledon history in her debut in 1999 by upsetting No. 1 Martina Hingis in the first round; Hewitt's sister, Jaslyn Hewitt; and Americans Lindsay Lee-Waters, Jamea Jackson, Chanda Rubin, Shikha Uberoi, Carly Gullickson and Alexandra Mueller.

Former French Open champions Carlos Moya and Gaston Gaudio have withdrawn, citing injuries.

American Mardy Fish (wrist) and Argentines Mariano Zabaleta (foot) and Juan Ignacio Chela also pulled out. No reason was given for Chela's withdrawal.

Serbia-Montenegro's Janko Tipsarevic, Spain's Albert Montanes, Sweden's Thomas Enqvist and the Czech Republic's Ivo Minar and Bohdan Ulihrach take their places in the draw. Argentina's Edgardo Massa (shoulder) and Spain's Albert Costa (knee) pulled out earlier.

aam
06-14-2005, 05:45 PM
Andre withdrew from wimbledon

robinhood
06-14-2005, 05:52 PM
Seriously?

Gigan
06-14-2005, 05:55 PM
i expected this... :(


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aam
06-14-2005, 05:56 PM
yea, i just saw it on ESPN

Gigan
06-14-2005, 05:59 PM
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/imgbk/tennis/all/big_md-i170042.jpg

Articles

Withdrawals from Wimbledon


Tuesday, 14 June, 2005


Andre Agassi regrets will have to withdraw from
the Gentlemen's Singles due to injury. Mr Agassi
says in a fax that it is a regrettable decision and he
will miss playing in the most prestigious tournament
in the world.
Other players to have withdrawn from this year's
Wimbledon Championships:

Miss Elena Bovina (RUS) - Shoulder injury
Edgardo Massa (ARG) - Shoulder injury
Albert Costa (ESP) - Knee surgery
Gaston Gadio (ARG) - Shoulder injury
Mardy Fish (USA) - Wrist injury
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) - Unknown
Mariano Zabaleta (ARG) - Foot injury
Carlos Moya (ESP) - Shoulder injury


Written by AELTC


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robinhood
06-14-2005, 06:04 PM
:sad:
I hope he recovers in time for the hardcourt season.

MisterQ
06-14-2005, 06:08 PM
:bigcry: :bigcry: :sad: I will miss watching him on the grass.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
06-14-2005, 06:39 PM
It's very sad Andre has to pull out Wimbledon in these two years. :sad:
I really hope he will come back in the future,but :crying2: ...

Gigan
06-14-2005, 07:53 PM
Agassi Withdraws From Wimbledon


Andre Agassi By Tennis Week
06/15/2005

http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/agassi_profile2.jpg

Andre Agassi's Wimbledon fortnight is over before it began. The 35-year-old Agassi officially withdrew from the grass-court Grand Slam today. It marks the second straight year Agassi will miss Wimbledon due to injury.


The 1992 Wimbledon champion informed the All England Club of his withdrawal in a fax sent today.

"Mr. Andre Agassi regrets he will have to withdraw from the Gentlemen's Singles due to injury," tournament referee Alan Mills said. "Mr. Agassi says in a fax that it is a regrettable decision and he will miss playing in the most prestigious tournament in the world."

Though Agassi did not cite the specific injury in his withdrawal, he has been bothered by a sciatic nerve in recent months. Agassi has been taking cortisone shots to combat the pinched nerve that shoots sharp pain from his back all the way down his leg.

"It's the sciatic nerve that doesn't have much room based on years of developing bone and growth," Agassi said after his opening-round Roland Garros exit. "There's less space for the nerve. It if is inflamed, it takes less inflammation for me to feel the result of that."

The eight-time Grand Slam champion's withdrawal comes the day after Agassi's coach, Darren Cahill, told the Australian media he would play Wimbledon. Agassi was scheduled to arrive in London this week to begin preparations for his 14th — and possibly final — Wimbledon appearance, Cahill said yesterday.

Apparently, Agassi, who has not played a grass-court match this year, did not feel he would be fit enough to play Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.

The former No. 1 established an Open Era record by competing in his 58th career Grand Slam event at Roland Garros last month. Agassi was forced to contemplate the finish line of his career bowing out to Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 4-6, 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-0 while suffering from the sciatic nerve in his back in what may well have been his final French Open farewell.

In the aftermath of that painful loss, Agassi said he was planning to play Wimbledon.

"I have every intention of playing (Wimbledon)," Agassi said after his French Open loss. "I have high hopes with another injection. Something tells me I'm at stage of my career where I'm going to be living with these injections because this is unplayable when it feels like this. There's nothing you can do to get comfortable. To be out there against some of the best athletes in the world, it's impossible."

Cortisone shots have provided pain relief from his sciatic nerve and enabled Agassi to enjoy a productive spring season. He reached the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, the semifinals in Key Biscayne, the Houston quarterfinals on red clay and made a strong showing in Rome where he reached the final four before falling to French Open finalist Guillermo Coria.

At this stage of his career, Agassi is not only facing the world's best players, he's playing against time as he tries to squeeze out every bit of quality tennis he has left within him. For now, he's willing to trade cortisone treatment for the time it allows him to continue competing.

"If I'm getting a few months out of it, it's fair enough for me injection," Agassi said. "It takes 10 minutes and if I can give up 10 minutes for a few months I'll probably still choose that. It's hard to deal with hypotheticals as I head through he rest of the year and how things respond and where I find myself mentally and emotionally. It's disappointing to feel this and disappointing to be in a position to not be competitive out there. I'll keep plugging along until I feel there's nothing I can do about it. I was told I can take up to three (injections) in a given year."

Given his age and ongoing sciatic nerve injury, Agassi may well have played his final match at Wimbledon in 2003 when he bowed to Mark Philippoussis in the fourth round.

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suus21
06-14-2005, 09:06 PM
god damned I was looking forward to it.

Shirogane
06-14-2005, 09:42 PM
So was I... :sobbing:

Well... Time to buy some videogames. :tennis:

guida
06-15-2005, 12:56 AM
This is really sad... :awww: :tears:

surfpinky
06-15-2005, 01:29 AM
:bigcry:Andre:bigcry:

AZILANA
06-15-2005, 05:07 AM
too bad, but if it means we'll see him play the US hardcourt season, he deserve to rest and be ready...

Agassi Fan
06-15-2005, 11:00 AM
god damned I was looking forward to it.

I will go for the first week of Wimbledon.
:mad: :sad:

mandy20
06-15-2005, 01:09 PM
Hi I am new here so hello to every one very bad news about andre I was going to wimbledon but I am not now hope he come back strong for the hard courts in the US and for the US OPEN this back injury is going to make him retire before he wants to

hythger
06-15-2005, 01:57 PM
very sad news...:sad:
the end is near my friends

tangerine_dream
06-15-2005, 07:53 PM
Andre :bigcry:

That's twice now that he's injured himself at RG and then had to pull out of Wimbledon.

I think from now on he should just completely skip the claycourt season (FO included) and concentrate on grass and the summer hardcourts. His body just can't take it any longer and he has a better shot at winning titles on grass and hard than he does on clay. :sad:

Gigan
06-15-2005, 10:14 PM
Agassi will miss Wimbledon with injury

1992 champion doesn't specify
malady, but has had hip trouble
Andre Agassi suffered hip pain in his first-round loss to Jarkko Nieminen at the French Open. Agassi pulled out of Wimbledon.
The Associated Press
Updated: 4:16 p.m. ET June 14, 2005LONDON - Andre Agassi withdrew from Wimbledon because of an injury for the second straight year Tuesday, leaving fans to wonder whether they’ll ever see him play again at the All England Club.


The 1992 Wimbledon champion and 1999 runner-up sent a fax to the grass-court Grand Slam tournament saying he was out.

An exact injury wasn’t announced by organizers, and Agassi’s agent didn’t immediately return phone messages. But Agassi was hobbled by an inflamed nerve in his back during his 7-5, 4-6, 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-0 loss to qualifier Jarkko Nieminen in the first round of the French Open last month.

“It was getting worse by the minute,” the 35-year-old Agassi said after that loss in Paris. “I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty after that. But I didn’t want to walk off. I just didn’t want to do it. And there’s nothing the trainer could do.”

He endured discomfort in his back for months and considered quitting against Nieminen even when leading two sets to one.

But the eight-time major champion left Roland Garros hopeful about Wimbledon, believing a cortisone injection would make the pain go away. A year ago, Agassi also lost his first match at Roland Garros and shortly thereafter pulled out of Wimbledon, citing a bad hip. But he also acknowledged he could be close to retiring.

One of the most popular and successful players in his sport’s history, Agassi set an Open-era record by playing in his 58th Grand Slam tournament at the French Open.

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He’s one of just five men to have completed a career Grand Slam, and his most recent major title came at the Australian Open in 2003. Shortly after that, he became the oldest man to be No. 1 since the ATP Tour began computer rankings in the 1970s.

But, as might be expected even from someone who trains as hard as Agassi, he’s been slipping lately. The American has won just one tournament in the past 25 months, and he’s currently No. 6 in the rankings.

Grand Slam tournaments and their particular demands of best-of-five-set matches and larger fields long have proved to be more difficult for older players. Since 1968, only two men won Slam titles after turning 34: Andres Gimeno and Ken Rosewall.

Also Tuesday, 14th-ranked Elena Bovina of Russia withdrew from Wimbledon with a shoulder injury. The seedings are scheduled to be released Wednesday, with the draw Thursday.

Years ago, Agassi mocked Wimbledon’s grass and its all-white dress code, preferring to play golf back home in Las Vegas while others played tennis in England.

He entered the tournament just once in his first five years as a pro, losing in the first round in 1987. But he returned in 1991, making the quarterfinals, and the next year beat Goran Ivanisevic in the final for his first Slam title.

If Agassi doesn’t return to Wimbledon, his final match there will have been his fourth-round loss in 2003 to Mark Philippoussis, who hit 46 aces in five sets to tie a tournament record.

Asked that day, as he’s been so many times of late, about his plans for the future, Agassi responded: “Why wouldn’t I be back? I’m still a tennis player. This is the place to be.”

© 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Gigan
06-15-2005, 10:15 PM
Asked that day, as he’s been so many times of late, about his plans for the future, Agassi responded:

“Why wouldn’t I be back? I’m still a tennis player. This is the place to be.”

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Peyton
06-15-2005, 10:36 PM
Too bad about Andre withdrawing from Wimbledon. I will miss seeing him too. But I'm not surprised. I did not think his injury would be rehabbed by then. I hope he will be back for hardcourt season.

BAMJ6
06-16-2005, 01:54 AM
Damn, as much as i don't want to admit it, Andre's swan song could come in Flushing in a few months

Unless he really wants to make one more Wimby draw in 2006, which is very possible. He'll just cut off Roland Garros from his schedule next year.

RainbowDiva2000
06-16-2005, 07:13 PM
I am so sad about Andre withdrawing from Wimbledon, as a fan i love watching him on any surface, the first time i ever saw him play was on grass at Wimbledon when i was a small child. I hope this isn't his last year on the tour, i don't think even he would like to retire without having played Wimbledon one last time but i just hope he recovers well and can play for as long as he wishes and not as long as he is physically able to play.

Amy

Shirogane
06-16-2005, 08:29 PM
Last year was quite the same, as he was hampered by the inflamed (sciatic :sad: ) nerve, losing in the 1st round of the French and having to withdraw from Wimbledon. But still, he did have a good hardcourt season. I'm sure he can do it again :yeah: , plus he is now fully aware of the injury he has to deal and live with. I hope and think this is NOT his last year on tour. :)

Steffi
06-17-2005, 06:10 PM
Hi I am new here so hello to every one very bad news about andre I was going to wimbledon but I am not now hope he come back strong for the hard courts in the US and for the US OPEN this back injury is going to make him retire before he wants to

HI Mandy!

I go to Wimbledon to the first week, but without Andre ... :sad:

Gigan
06-20-2005, 02:40 AM
It looks that Scud likes Andre, he has very much respect...


TENNIS


Slam fairytales fuel Scud's hopes
Leo Schlink
London
20jun05

MARK Philippoussis arrived back in England yesterday flushed with the success of a breakthrough semi-final appearance and clinging to Andre Agassi's grand slam inspiration.

Dealt a bittersweet 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 loss by Ordina Open defending champion Michael Llodra, Philippoussis has been handed a day off.
Had the Australian reached his first final in 21 months, he would not have had any rest ahead of a treacherous first-round match with Slovak Karol Beck at Wimbledon today.

"There are a lot of positives to come out of this," said Philippoussis, who won three matches in a row for the first time in 18 months.

"It's obviously disappointing to lose, but I'm now looking forward to getting back to Wimbledon and playing well there.

"I've had three tight matches and I'm a positive person. I've got a lot of things out of this week."

Ranked 188th in the world, wildcard Philippoussis cited the fairytale grand slam successes of Agassi, Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic as he rated his All-England Club prospects.

"Anything can happen," Philippoussis said. "You look at Goran (the 2001 champion) and Andre (1992).

"Andre was No. 1, he had everything, and then he lost it. He was ranked 140 or something and played a Challenger event. It's amazing.

"He came back when he didn't have to. That makes me want to work hard. There really was no need for him to come back, but he did, and that makes me want to work hard.

"Then Pete (Sampras) winning his last grand slam (2002 US Open) when no one thought he had a chance.

"I'm 28 and I think my best tennis is ahead of me. Andre is very inspiring and positive. He came back and won when everyone was writing him off. "

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AZILANA
06-20-2005, 03:12 AM
I'm not ready to give up on Andre, hope he feels the same... I promise to myself, I will watch his every single match whenever I can.... I like to have many more memories of him...

suus21
06-20-2005, 09:38 AM
Which tournament is he going to play next? I hope soon I miss him...

Gigan
06-20-2005, 10:19 PM
Next will be RCA 18 July 2005,
Andre acepted Wild card,
Look my post in News!

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey: