Agassi vows to carry on playing

11-12-2005, 02:04 PM
From BBC Sport website:

Andre Agassi has put his retirement on hold for at least another year as he prepares to return to action at the Masters Cup in Shanghai on Monday.

Agassi last played in his US Open final defeat to Roger Federer in September and says that loss has inspired him to continue to challenge for titles.

"I want another chance, that's the way it is," said the 35-year-old American.

"It brings out my motivation to do things I don't even think I'm capable of doing."

Agassi will make his comeback against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko on Monday and is the oldest player by eight years at the season finale.

The third seed, whose lay-off has been tailored to get him fit for Shanghai, added: "I want to keep doing this so I have to choose my poison. "Not playing is not always easy and it's not always a great decision in the short-term but my intention is to do this for another year."

11-12-2005, 06:05 PM
Most motivated player on tour. Others can only dream of that.

11-13-2005, 09:58 AM
11-13-2005, 10:02 AM
damn, the paint will never dry.


11-13-2005, 10:03 AM
great news! :yeah:

11-13-2005, 11:40 AM

Tennis Fool
11-13-2005, 11:53 AM
So...anyone want to list the players by age?

11-13-2005, 12:39 PM
Great! :yeah:

11-13-2005, 12:57 PM
I just hope he knows his limits. There *will* come a day when he can no longer compete with the big boys, and I hope he knows when that will be and retires before then. It would be sad to see him ruin his legacy by playing too long and being handed a serious of disasterous defeats.

11-13-2005, 12:59 PM
Oh, it would also suck for him if he did permanent damage to his body with those cortizone shots. That can be extremely dangerous.

11-13-2005, 01:07 PM
Agassi will rip Davydenko a new one

11-13-2005, 02:34 PM
most sane people are sick of andre by now but his keeping tennis from becoming as popular as the senior keyboard typing racing competitions so i hope he has another 23 years in him

11-13-2005, 07:43 PM
Agassi will rip Davydenko a new one
My favorite quote of all time. :lol:

11-13-2005, 07:49 PM
Agassi is the best thing in tennis in terms of attracting popularity :)

11-13-2005, 07:53 PM
Win the Masters Cup:)

11-13-2005, 09:51 PM
Frpm tennisreporters

Agassi throws himself into the fire
On ankle injury: 'I needed to work on my eye-feet coordination a little bit,
because I took a nasty spill'

By Chris Bowers, Special to

FROM THE TENNIS MASTERS CUP SHANGHAI – "You really want to know what happened?" said Andre Agassi, that infectious smile getting broader.

Agassi was in his element. He was entertaining. He was the star of a small gathering of local and international tennis journalists congregated around a ridiculously small round table with 12 chairs somehow supposed to seat 60 people. Before every Tennis Masters Cup the eight players are expected to sit for an hour at the "round tables," making themselves freely available to the media. Agassi didn't quite make the full 60 minutes, but his audience was never below 40 and frequently of mob proportions.

Here he was in Shanghai, due to play his first match since his glorious four-set loss to Roger Federer in the US Open final. The tennis world assumed the back spasms that have dogged him for the majority of the year had accounted for the nine weeks of inactivity. But, no, at least not all of it. Agassi had his story.

"My wife took the kids to Germany," he recounted, "and I was bored one afternoon, so I decided to go play some racquetball, you know, get some exercise, work on my eye-hand coordination a little bit. I needed to work on my eye-feet coordination a little bit, because I took a nasty spill."

That was what made the news. Agassi bored, his wife – that anonymous term which just happens to refer to 22-times Grand Slam singles champion Steffi Graf – out of town and playing an exhibition against Gabriela Sabatini for her charity, turning his left ankle while messing about with some mates. It was a charming image. But something else Agassi said gave a greater insight into his state of mind.

Asked about coming back at a tournament where the lowest-ranked participant is 11th, he said,"Yeah, but it beats the alternative. It's always been something that's difficult to do, and the surface doesn't help. It's a sticky surface, your feet stay and the rest of your body sort of doesn't, so there's probably more wear and tear on these indoor surfaces. But why not throw yourself into the fire? It's only going to make these things easier next year."

Next year. There, in a passing reference, was Agassi's answer to the unasked but ever-present question about whether the end is nigh. Far from believing his loss to Federer in New York was the ultimate signal that he could no longer beat the best, Agassi has chosen to view his exploits as confirmation that, if he can take the best player he's ever faced to four sets on the biggest stages, then there still is a future for him.

And maybe the twisted ankle has done him a small favour. The back injury that reduced him to pulp in the fourth and fifth sets of his first-round loss to Jarkko Nieminen at Roland Garros has clearly benefited from an extra four weeks off. He revealed he has not had to have another cortisone injection since the US Open despite clear signs in the fourth set of the final that the back was tightening up, and that has contributed to any thoughts of retirement being put on hold.

But, while he might have been blessed with an opponent ranked in, let's say, the 70s if he had chosen to return in a regular tour event, on Monday he takes to the court against Nikolay Davydenko, the Russian who's completing the best year of his career and currently stands at No. 7, just two places behind Agassi. Davydenko's weight of shot means Agassi's movement will have to be at its best from the outset.

But then two years ago he didn't play between his semifinal loss to Juan Carlos Ferrero at the US Open and the Tennis Masters Cup (then in Houston), and he promptly reached the final where it took Federer to beat him. You get the feeling he'll be very happy with a repeat performance this time, just to "make things easier next year."

11-13-2005, 09:56 PM
Agassi is the best thing in tennis in terms of attracting popularity

He has made more money for tournaments than anyone in history. You are absolutely right.

I think he can have another pretty good year next year but he should probably make it his last. It would be a shame to see him drop down into the 80's or something in rankings before he hangs it up.

11-13-2005, 10:58 PM
Agassi will rip Davydenko a new one

This is not a statement its a fact. :lol: Poor Nikolai. :o
11-14-2005, 12:05 AM
Win the Masters Cup:)


11-14-2005, 10:19 AM
I wish he would do the decent thing and retire. Now!