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SI US Open Article/ Excellent

joycomesmorning
09-14-2005, 06:43 PM
Here's a small sample from the beginning...mostly about Andre...but a LOT of nice about Kim and Federer also. (p106)...

the article is titled, "The King of Queens"...with the subheading: Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters won the US Open titles, but it was ageless Andre Agassi who owned the fans' hearts at Flushing Meadow." (small inset pic of Federer...FULL page photo of Andre....)
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p106)
"What will the kids remember? The big moments in the stadium, with thousands of people screaming their father's name? The little moments in between, like the time Dad bit that piece of candy in half so Jaden wouldn't choke on it, or the mornings Jaz brought him his coffee? Or maybe they'll remember that little playhouse with the slide next to it, just outside the players' lounge at Arthur Ashe stadium. They all spent a lot of time there during the two weeks that seemed to last forever.

Just after 4pm on Sunday, Andre Agassi was standing next to the house's tiny window when his three year old son told him the kind of thing parents laugh about for years. "Kick butt, Daddy," Jaden said.

Agassi pulled his 23-month-old daughter close then and, just before leaving for perhaps the most remarkable match in one of the sport's most remarkable careers, looked up at his wife, Steffi Graf, who knows something about winning Grand Slam finals, put on a sober look and clapped her hands. "Go get him," she said.

Agassi did as he was told. He turned and hustled into the building, passing his brother Philip, who had been in Flushing Meadow 20 years ago for Andre's first loss at the US Open. The two locked eyes and bumped fists, but Andre kept going. "He's just going to come out swinging," Philip said.

What will the kids remember? Maybe that the old man almost pulled it off...


(p107) full page pic of Andre

(p108)

"...Of course, no one had seen anything like Agassi before he broke onto the scene in 1986. Taking the ball impossibly early and wearing outrageous clothes, he embarked on a career marked by strange absences and confounding comebacks, odd eloquence and startling crassness, and he won three of his eight titles...when no one expected it. So despite Federer's excellence, despite the stirring breakthrough of Kim Clijsters to win her first major, this US Open belonged to Agassi."


BE SURE and pick up a copy...If this was Andre's last Open, this will become a collector's item mag....


jcm

Rafa = Fed Killa
09-14-2005, 06:47 PM
Andre :worship:

mangoes
09-14-2005, 07:04 PM
So true, this US Open was about Agassi. Well, the positive is if this was his last, he did go out with a bang, maybe not the one he would have liked, but one nevertheless.

avocadoe
09-14-2005, 07:45 PM
Hope I can find a copy...thanks for the excerpts, lovely :)

tangerine_dream
09-14-2005, 09:03 PM
So despite Federer's excellence, despite the stirring breakthrough of Kim Clijsters to win her first major, this US Open belonged to Agassi."
I agree 1000%. :worship:

Tennis Fool
09-14-2005, 09:08 PM
Thanks for the blurbs, but just reinforces that Feds will never *sniff* a cover of SI. I'd like to see how things would have been written if Agassi, 24, had just won his 6th major in 3 years and Feds was in the finals at 35.

"Sensational Agassi on the trail of Pete. Aging hero can't compete."

MisterQ
09-14-2005, 09:18 PM
Thanks for the blurbs, but just reinforces that Feds will never *sniff* a cover of SI. I'd like to see how things would have been written if Agassi, 24, had just won his 6th major in 3 years and Feds was in the finals at 35.

"Sensational Agassi on the trail of Pete. Aging hero can't compete."

That hypothetical situation requires so much distortion of history, it's almost impossible to grasp.

And I'm positive Fed will make the cover of SI someday. He may never be as popular as Agassi, but I think he will come to be synonymous with excellence and good sportsmanship.

Tennis Fool
09-14-2005, 09:30 PM
That hypothetical situation requires so much distortion of history, it's almost impossible to grasp.

And I'm positive Fed will make the cover of SI someday.
Feds will never be on the cover.

good sportsmanship.
Ever.

lilfairyprincess
09-14-2005, 09:43 PM
aww that was so sweet :)

darnyelb
09-14-2005, 09:46 PM
I love Agassi, but Federer is whom I remember from the US Open. Not having a media/fan-friendly story to go along with your great run doesn't mean your performance isn't worth remembering.

Clara Bow
09-14-2005, 09:48 PM
Feds will never be on the cover.

A few weeks ago after Wimbledon, SI published a letter from a reader asking why Federer and Williams were not on the cover for the issue that covered Wimbly.

Is Agassi the cover picture for this issue- does anyone know? If he is not the main picture, I would not be surprised if there was one of those corner pictures that SI has been keen of as of late. I remember that in 1991 SI had a full cover picture of Jimmy Connors during his run to the semis. (Why do I remember such stuff as that but can’t remember the combination to my gym lock to save my life?)

I do hope that Federer does make the cover someday (although I fear that he will not), but was not expecting it for this USO- this could be AA's last chance (though would love a cover pic of both). I think his greatest hope for making the cover is winning the grand slam or winning 5+ Wimbledons in a row.

TomTheNewb
09-14-2005, 09:50 PM
This tennisfool speaks alot of sense i would quote him but my forum skills at the minute are limited and i cannot do that

Corey Feldman
09-14-2005, 10:06 PM
Agassi's little boy sounds like a real warrior already :lol:
what a competitor he could be if he takes up tennis, like the old man :eek:

Tennis Fool
09-14-2005, 10:16 PM
This tennisfool speaks alot of sense i would quote him but my forum skills at the minute are limited and i cannot do that
Press the quote button on the poster message. You can then edit parts of the quote.

Thanks for the compliment.

Dirk
09-14-2005, 10:36 PM
Tom everyone knows TF is the best thread poster around. I especially love his Federer themed ones. :hug:

Tennis Fool
09-14-2005, 10:45 PM
Tom everyone knows TF is the best thread poster around. I especially love his Federer themed ones. :hug:
:hug:

I don't expect posters to agree with me or like who I like (and vice versa). I like debate, but not bandwagon insulters (you know who you are). Some of the posters I hadn't even heard of prior to the US Open.

avocadoe
09-15-2005, 12:16 PM
I went 5 places looking for the magazine to buy and couldn't find it. I wonder if anyone can scan it for us? Pretty please. If not I'll have to raid a doctor's office or visit the library :)

joycomesmorning
09-15-2005, 12:39 PM
I went 5 places looking for the magazine to buy and couldn't find it. I wonder if anyone can scan it for us? Pretty please. If not I'll have to raid a doctor's office or visit the library :)



Check down in the Agassi folder...under "New Articles" thread...someone has scanned the entire article and posted it...

jcm

Clara Bow
09-16-2005, 08:35 PM
Is Agassi the cover picture for this issue- does anyone know? If he is not the main picture, I would not be surprised if there was one of those corner pictures that SI has been keen of as of late

Sorry to be a big cheesehead and respond to one of my own questions but there are wee little pictures of both Andre and Federer on the cover. They are on a diagonal banner to the left. Both pics are about half a centimeter bit but - gosh darn- I think that is the first time Roger's face has been on the cover.

The main picture is of the New Orleans Saints with a smaller one of the LSU Tigers football team. (Since they both won what must have been very emotional games after these past couple of weeks.) I thought after the Saints won a very rare season opener that they would make the cover.