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Andre at Masters Cup

MisterQ
11-03-2003, 11:59 PM
Here's a thread for Andre's run in Houston next week!

I've been thinking, many of the top players seemed pretty worn out at in Paris last week. Andre's time off could be a blessing in disguise. He will be fresh!!!

I just hope he does better than last year, lol!

A win would be great -- he hasn't won the Year-End Championships since 1990, though he has been runner-up a couple of times.

GO ANDRE!!! :worship: :) :cool:

MisterQ
11-05-2003, 04:48 AM
from the ATP's website:

Will the Stars Align for Andre?

It has been some time since Andre Agassi capped one of his remarkable years on the ATP circuit by winning the Tennis Masters Cup, but as the 33-year-old American arrives in Houston this year, he will be hoping it's ‘lucky 13' for him in more ways than one.

Not only has Agassi qualified for his 13th year-end Championships, it also has been 13 years since he last won the ATP Tour World Championships in Frankfurt. And, just for those who believe numbers have a significant influence on our lives – the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston also will be Agassi's 13 th tournament of the year.

While it's usually a number people of a superstitious nature tend to avoid, Agassi never has been one to go by the norm. Constantly finding ways to re-write the record books, the Las Vegas native pushed the limits even further in 2003, winning his eighth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, claiming a record 16 th Tennis Masters Series shield in Miami – where he won for a unprecedented sixth time – and becoming the oldest player to reach No. 1 in the ATP Entry Ranking after winning the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston in April.

Having won four titles in the first four months of the year, Agassi made his best start to an ATP season, going 23-2 heading into Roland Garros, where it took an inspired performance by rising Argentine star Guillermo Coria in the quarterfinals to halt Agassi's charge for a second championship in Paris.

Even Agassi was powerless to stop Mark Philippoussis' barrage of 46 aces during their epic fourth round battle at Wimbledon, and Juan Carlos Ferrero produced a performance worthy of his new No. 1 status to defeat Agassi in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows.

Earlier this year, during the semifinals of the Stella Artois Championships at Queen's Club, London, Agassi returned Andy Roddick's record-equaling serve clocked at 149 MPH. “I guess that's a record as well then,” Agassi commented afterwards with a flash of his famous smile.
The birth of his and wife Stephanie Graf's baby daughter Jaz Elle on October 3 could also inspire Agassi, who last claimed the year-end Championship in 1990 when he defeated Stefan Edberg in Germany. While Agassi has been runner-up to long-time rival Pete Sampras in 1999 and to Gustavo Kuerten in Lisbon in 2000 since then, the title has proved elusive. As Agassi arrives in Houston, it might just be lucky 13 this year.

Andre'sNo1Fan
11-05-2003, 03:24 PM
I wud love to see him do this! He's getting well prepared for it. Just wanna see him play some good tennis.

Good luck Andre :worship:

Deboogle!.
11-05-2003, 05:39 PM
I'd love to see Andre do well in Houston! would an Agassi/Roddick final be too much to ask for? lol

MisterQ
11-05-2003, 09:45 PM
Andre's group has been posted:

Ferrero
Agassi
Federer
Nalbandian

Ouch!

Andre can beat all of these guys, but this is far from the ideal draw for him!

J. Corwin
11-06-2003, 01:33 AM
Not too good of a draw for Andre. Hope he does well!

RebelNYC
11-06-2003, 03:37 PM
That's a tough draw, but I still think a fresh and eager Andre can do
it! GO ANDRE!

MisterQ
11-06-2003, 11:07 PM
Do you realize that Andre is 6 years older than Moya and Schuettler, and at least TEN (10!!!) years older than all the others!? He's twelve years older than the youngest ones.

We always hear about his age, but that seems to put it in perspective! wow :worship:

When Andre turned pro, Coria and Nalbandian were 4 years old.

Deboogle!.
11-06-2003, 11:12 PM
I'd love to see Andre win his group! I'd also love love love an Agassi/Roddick final.... who would I root for!??!

MisterQ
11-06-2003, 11:17 PM
I'd love to see Andre win his group! I'd also love love love an Agassi/Roddick final.... who would I root for!??!

You would root for Agassi.

Does that answer your question? ;)

Deboogle!.
11-06-2003, 11:18 PM
lol.... actually I probably wouldn't, but at least I'd be happy with the outcome regardless

MisterQ
11-06-2003, 11:29 PM
fair enough. I'm in the reverse situation --- if Andy won it, I would still be happy for him!

Deboogle!.
11-07-2003, 04:51 AM
Not only that, but if Andy makes it to the finals, win or lose he will still be ranked No. 1.

So he "wins" even when he loses! That's classic Andy. Well, that and hitting himself in the head with his racket. :lol:

Exactly... which is why I'd be ok with Andre winning LOL!!

Speaking of Andre and Andy.... I bought a copy of their Queens Club match today, I should get it next week (it wasn't too much money or I'd never consider it lol).... I can't wait to see Andre return the 149mph serve :eek:!!!!!!!!!!!

Andre'sNo1Fan
11-07-2003, 06:41 PM
Tough group, but Andre will be ready. I got a good feeling about this tounament this yr, dunno why! I wouldnt mind seeing an Agassi-Roddick final but there can only be one winner ;)

You're right about his age Mister Q. That is why what Andre is doing now is even more remarkable. Andre :worship:

MisterQ
11-08-2003, 09:49 PM
from the ATP website:


Agassi Does his Homework for Houston

Andre Agassi rates conditions at the Westside Tennis Club, venue for the Tennis Masters Cup, as "somewhere in between the Australian Open and US Open. The ball takes the spin and kick of topspin (like the Australian Open) but on a slice it also stays a little low, which is similar to the US Open."





Agassi is attempting to win his second year-end championship title, 13 years after he won the ATP World Championships in Frankfurt in 1990. Agassi was drawn into the tough Blue Group, which also features fellow 2003 Grand Slam champions Juan Carlos Ferrero and Roger Federer and gritty Argentine David Nalbandian.

On Monday Agassi's first match is against Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, the player most likely to emerge as the game's next superstar, according to Agassi. "Federer is a guy with a lot of potential," Agasis said. "He’s had a great year. More people are talking about him as the player of the future more than anyone else."

Agassi, 33, also said that he is not contemplating retirement anytime soon. Asked when he would hang up his racquet, he said: "When I wake up in the morning and I can’t tie my shoelaces, then I'll now it’s time to quit.

"But really for me it’s about when I play my best tennis, can I win. Tennis has given me so many opportunities and more importantly has given me the chance to focus on raising my kids when I’m finished."

Deboogle!.
11-08-2003, 09:58 PM
hmm interesting, thanks for that. So it's not the same court as the USO I was wrong. Cool cool, should be good :)

J. Corwin
11-09-2003, 01:10 AM
I can't wait to see Andre play again. It's been awhile.

And I'd like to see a Andre-Andy final as well. With Andre winning. :)

MisterQ
11-10-2003, 03:05 AM
from sportsillustrated:

Agassi among elite heading into Masters Cup
Posted: Sunday November 9, 2003 6:23PM; Updated: Sunday November 9, 2003 6:23PM


HOUSTON (AP) -- At 33, Andre Agassi refuses to set a timetable for retirement.

He could have one year left or three. Perhaps more, perhaps less or somewhere in between.


And, frankly, why should he set a limit? Agassi is still among the elite, ranked fifth heading into Monday's start of the Tennis Masters Cup.

"Every year it gets tougher and tougher. If I can keep myself in a position where my best tennis can still win, that's everything I need to continue," he said Sunday.

"So I get a lot of weeks to try to prove that, and this week would be the greatest proof of it, because you have to beat the best players in the world."

He'll get to work Monday night at the eight-player, season-ending tournament against No. 3-ranked Roger Federer, the Wimbledon champion.

In Monday's other round-robin match, No. 2 Juan Carlos Ferrero, the French Open champion, faces No. 8 David Nalbandian. On Tuesday, No. 4 Guillermo Coria plays No. 6 Rainer Schuettler, and No. 1 Andy Roddick plays No. 7 Carlos Moya.

And here's an intriguing statistic entering this annual gathering of the creme de la creme of men's tennis: Agassi has won exactly the same number of tournaments, 58, as all seven other participants combined.

Depending how they fare here, U.S. Open champion Roddick, Ferrero and Federer have a chance to finish a year for the first time at No. 1 in the ATP Tour rankings.

In May, Agassi became the oldest man to hold that spot, thanks in part to winning his eighth Grand Slam tournament title at the Australian Open. But his last half of the year wasn't nearly as productive as the first: All four of Agassi's titles in 2003 came by the spring.

He hasn't played a competitive match since early September, when he lost to Ferrero in the U.S. Open semifinals. One reason for taking time off: Agassi's wife, Steffi Graf, gave birth to their second child, daughter Jaz, last month.

The time away could be a blessing or a hindrance during the Tennis Masters Cup.

"I finally feel good again with my body. I feel like I'm in great shape," said Agassi, who arrived a week ago to get in some practice -- and catch up on sleep, with the newborn baby back home Las Vegas.

"So now it's about getting out there and throwing yourself in the fire and hoping everything comes together in a very quick period of time."

His first opponent, Federer, knows that Agassi's recent layoff won't necessarily make for an easy match.

"I'm not hoping for him to play a bad match just because he hasn't played since the Open," said Federer, 0-3 in his career against Agassi. "It's going to be a very difficult match for me."

Federer and some other players said they thought the hard court in the new stadium at the Westside Tennis Club has a slightly uneven surface, making for odd bounces. Construction on the $10 million, 7,500-seat stadium began in May, with finishing touches put on this week.

For his part, Agassi chalks up any such vagaries to the idea that "every court has its sort of personality. ... It leans one way or another, and you realize on this side of the court the wide serve is more effective than on that side out of the court. You figure out a few subtleties."

It's the kind of perspective that comes easier to someone who turned pro in 1986 -- only four years after Roddick was born.

Agassi keeps performing well at an age by which Bjorn Borg and Jim Courier had quit. John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl never won a major title after 30.

"If he plays a Roddick, Federer or Ferrero at this point, those are tough matchups for him right now. The fact that he's still knocking on the door at nearly 34 is phenomenal," said McEnroe's brother Patrick, the U.S. Davis Cup captain.

"It's an unbelievable effort by Andre and a testament to his drive that he's continuing to push himself. He doesn't need the money or the attention, but he continues to up the ante."

Andre'sNo1Fan
11-10-2003, 05:32 PM
Nice article! Good luck to Andre today :worship:

Deboogle!.
11-10-2003, 05:35 PM
yes..... GOOOOOOO Andre!!

I'm going to try to stay away from the computer so that when it comes on late tonight I won't know what happened.... ha, I'll see if that'll actually happen.

MisterQ
11-11-2003, 07:08 AM
HELLO?, did anyone stay up and watch that match? That was incredible! Andre played amazingly for his first match back. So many tremendous points from both players. And so close!

But I am bummed that Andre lost. UUUUUUUGH!!!! This happened last year against Juan Carlos in a third-set tiebreak.

Andre'sNo1Fan
11-11-2003, 01:22 PM
Yes what a match! I cant believe Andre lost it. When he had those match points i was sure he was gonna do it. I cant believe he hasnt played tennis for 2 months, what a genuis. he looked gutted at the end, i felt a bit down. Still he can still perform with the best and lets hope he can win his next 2 matches. Go Andre :worship:

Deboogle!.
11-11-2003, 02:24 PM
A couple of those calls in set two.... wow. Especially the serve that was SO far out it was ridiculous. That's awful, and it could've changed the landscape of the match. Oh well, what happened happened, and it should give Andre confidence that he could come out there not having played for 2 months on an awful, oppressive humid night and play well throughout a really long hard match. Hopefully he only gets better and wins his other two matches (esp. against Ferrero, heh)

star
11-11-2003, 03:27 PM
Did you all see this?

In May, Agassi became the oldest man to reach No. 1 -- he's now No. 5 -- and his 58 career titles match the total of the seven other Tennis Masters Cup participants.

MisterQ
11-11-2003, 04:01 PM
Yeah, you guys are right, there are a lot of positives to take from that match. It is just freaking UNBELIEVABLE that Andre could come back from so much time off and hit the ball so hard and precisely. I swear, as Mary Carillo has said, he sees the ball differently than normal people. So we should all be proud of that effort (and try to forget those terrible line calls, lol!)

I have to give credit to Roger too. It was so much fun to watch the two greatest talents in the game (imho) face off like that and play with the whole court! :) :) :) :worship:

Now Andre, beat Juan Carlos PLEASE!

Andre'sNo1Fan
11-11-2003, 10:53 PM
Now Andre, beat Juan Carlos PLEASE!
Yes, please do it. I do not want another performance like the US Open Semi. JCF looks pretty tired, but its still gonna be tough. No doubt he can do it though! ;)

Deboogle!.
11-11-2003, 11:21 PM
yes... PLEASE ANDRE!!!!! PLEASE PLEASE!!!

Do it for you AND for Andy :)

J. Corwin
11-11-2003, 11:33 PM
You did very well Andre!

Good luck against JCF.

Deboogle!.
11-12-2003, 05:04 PM
I think they're gonna both come out swinging. Ferrero needs to recover after Monday, and so does Agassi, but Agassi hopefully will also want a little revenge for the USO loss. Guess we'll see but I will REALLY be pulling for Andre in this one!

J. Corwin
11-12-2003, 11:35 PM
So you gonna wait to watch it on TV, or are you gonna follow live on the scoreboard, Bunk?

I can't wait for this match to start. I'll be pulling for Agassi as usual.

MisterQ
11-13-2003, 12:01 AM
I'm going to TRY not to check on the internet and watch it on TV. Which is always a bit weird because my "moral support and encouragement" is about 2.5 hours too late, lol!

MisterQ
11-13-2003, 05:23 AM
Andre defeats J.C. Ferrero after being down and out! WOW! Congrats Andre -- a big win against one of your toughest opponents!!!!
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MisterQ
11-13-2003, 05:24 AM
I think he deserves a few more of these: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Deboogle!.
11-13-2003, 05:33 AM
Jackson, here's what I did (just copied from the Andy board)

and Yes.. definitely LOST of bowing down to Andre! now, get David tomorrow night!!!!!

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I actually had class at 7, so I wasn't even here to agonize. I waited it out and wasted time since I knew I couldn't sit at my comp and not look (and of course all I have to do which is productive is a research paper which I have to use my computer for LOL), so anyway when the match started and all of a sudden the first set was over 6-2 I was just like omg I cannot take this anymore so I loaded atptennis.com - and of course on my ethernet connection the site loaded slow as molasses and I was going over what the headline was gonna say (such as "Ferrero still in the hunt" or "Ferrero stuns Andre again" or some other equally as stupid headline such as they always put up there) but then it loaded, and I first saw the pic of Agassi and I was like wait and then I saw the headline "Agassi Win Helps Roddick Clinch No. 1 in Houston" and I had to blink about 10 times and then I just said "holy shit!!!"
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so I guess I sort of avoided it LOL!

at least tomorrow it's on live and I should be able to see most of Andy's match (not all though, stupid class at 1:30!)

J. Corwin
11-13-2003, 10:19 AM
you mean *LOTS...lol

And yea, I read your reply in the Andy forum, but thanks anyway, lol

Congrats Andre! That was a thrilling match and I'm very happy that you won.

That "lil" attitude/frustration vent in 2nd set was good...I like to see that, lol.

Deboogle!.
11-13-2003, 01:55 PM
yes.... the last 2 sets were amazing. it was like watching a tape from 10 yrs ago he played that incredibly!

RebelNYC
11-13-2003, 02:23 PM
ANDRE HE IS THE MAN! Now and forever! Andre shows everyone what
he's made of! I am so happy for him! ANDRE AGASSI...they made him
and then they broke the mold! ALL HAIL ANDRE!

MisterQ
11-13-2003, 03:24 PM
Here's AA's post-match interview. It's a good one. Check out the quote about breaking the racquet, lol!


Andre Agassi
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

A. AGASSI/J.C. Ferrero
2-6, 6-3, 6-4

An interview with:
ANDRE AGASSI

THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. That was a spectacular turnaround.
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, it was like two different matches out there (smiling).
You know, I didn't have much of a rhythm in that first set and if you're second-guessing anything against a guy like Ferrero, he sort of makes you pay the price for it. Because you don't want to play too close to the line so you leave a few with margin, and that's when he steps up and sort of controls and takes his chances.
And, you know, makes you feel the urgency to do something more than just work yourself into the match.
I never quite sort of settled, obviously, until late in the second. And then it got a little better.

Q. You don't normally get as frustrated as you obviously were at one point.
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, sure. I mean, yeah, not normally. I do have the potential, though (laughter).
Yeah, I got frustrated, you know. Again, it was frustrating. I figure worst-case scenario, I pull out a new racquet, it might feel different. Didn't.

Q. You were a volleying fool.
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah (smiling).

Q. Was that one of your better volleying performances?
ANDRE AGASSI: I think so. I'm not sure I missed one. Yeah, that's coming around at the ripe old age of 33.

Q. Matchpoint serve and volley.
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I got a little carried away there. Rush of blood. I don't know what that was all about.
Yeah, I need to start doing that better if I want to close off some points, especially against guys that have the ability to turn their defense into offense.

Q. Expecting a fruit basket or something from Andy Roddick since you helped him out with the No. 1?
ANDRE AGASSI: You know, Andy had No. 1 in his hands the whole week, so regardless if I beat Ferrero or not, it was going to be up to him to solidify it.
So, you know, glad I could help. I aim to please (smiling).

Q. Your emotions at the end of that match must be very different from what they were mid-way through it. What are they now?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I'm certainly relieved that I got comfortable out there. And, again, matches get decided on sort of a few points. Tonight a few went for me. I took care of my serve all the way through the second and third set. There's sort of a lot of good signs as my game got more comfortable. You know, I don't think it was tremendously a high-quality match. There was, you know, it was like two different matches out there.
But I served well, and I started making more shots. Feel like it can only get better from there.

Q. He was obviously in a pretty good groove there. Was there a point where you thought you would maybe put doubt in his mind or change the thing to where it swung your way?
ANDRE AGASSI: He had chances to break a couple times to go up a set and a break, and to be honest, at that point, the match was feeling like it was closer to 2-2 than it was three sets for me.
I just kept trying to hang in there. When you break at 3-4, you know, the match can turn around so quickly because now it's a set apiece. I'm sitting there saying, "Geez, I haven't even played that well yet, and I'm at a set apiece." That's a lot of confidence going into the third set.
Once I broke from 40-love, I felt more settled in my own game.
But he still made me earn it till the end.

Q. Was the result from the last time you guys played each other in your mind at all coming into this match ?
ANDRE AGASSI: Every time you play a guy it's in your mind. Every time you play somebody, you're sort of more cemented in your mind, the things they do, the things they don't do, the things they're good at, the things they're not so good at. You know, he has a lot of game. So I lose matches to him, I go out there with a healthy respect for what he did last time to beat me.

Q. If there hadn't been the intervention of a child, would you have taken that much time off? Was that harmful to you, in a sense?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I suppose the future can only determine that. I mean, I feel like I came here ready physically, but, obviously, lacking the matches. But I'm surprised how comfortable I am out there. I thought it would be a lot more difficult on me.
I don't know. I think I'm at a different stage in my career. I'm not quite convinced the alternative would have been better, which is to get out there, grind, play more matches, go on the indoors, not give myself the time to train, to rest, to recover from all the little things that sort of ache you over the year.
I think not playing in this case is the better of a tough decision.

Q. Do you remember, when was the last time you had broken a racquet like that on the court?
ANDRE AGASSI: It was on my foot; it wasn't on the court. I have a lot of respect for that court. That court cost $10 million (laughter).
It was in practice, I think, a few days ago (laughter).
No, I don't remember. It has happened. In Washington it happened once. I mean, I have the ability to self-inflict. I hit the racquet on myself without thinking twice sometimes, which isn't good.

Q. During the round-table you mentioned you could remember your luckiest moment in the game, a shot at the French Open. Can you remember your most unlucky moment?
ANDRE AGASSI: Most unlucky moment...
It would have to be, obviously, a big loss that could have turned something around. I mean, maybe the rain in Paris against Courier in the finals. Had it not rained, maybe I could have won it then.

Q. You played a very high level for many years but only finished the year No. 1 once. Can you reflect on Andy's accomplishment.
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, it's an incredible accomplishment, especially the way he's done it. He's sort of done it coming on late in the year. He got to the semis of Australia, but was going into the summer a lot closer to 20 in the world than No. 1 in the world because he had to defend the finals of the Canadian Open, had some results, quarters of the US Open.
And for him sort of to dominate the hard court season the way he did is incredible. I did that in 1995, and it just took a lot out of me.
So for him to pull it off is a great accomplishment. He's beating -- he's proven himself to be No. 1 over the greatest players in the world. So he has a lot to feel proud about.

Q. How do you prepare against someone you've never played against?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, you sort of have an understanding as to what they do. You go out there ready to make adjustments if necessary.
You never quite know how somebody's gonna feel to your game until you actually play them. So I've watched him play probably not as much as he's watched me, but enough. He's probably seen my game a lot, and I've seen his game a lot as well.

Q. What do you think about the next player, Nalbandian?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I think he does a lot of things well. I can talk more about him after the match, but he moves really well and has a real good-looking backhand it seems like he can hit in a lot of different ways. Seems like he's really - defensively, he's quick to seize opportunities when he gets them. I expect him to be tough. I expect him to be one of the eight best players in the world.

Q. Andy's getting a lot of off-the-court opportunities to do things, sort of reminiscent of you in your younger days. Is there a piece of advice you would give to him to balance out the off-the-court stuff so it doesn't spill over into his tennis?
ANDRE AGASSI: No, he needs to give me advice there. He seems like he's doing a fine job, you know. He's finishing the year No. 1 with, I'm sure, a lot of people tugging at him. He's doing something right.

Q. Did you find those activities, images, were a little deleterious to what you were trying to do?
ANDRE AGASSI: I think in my case, there were many times in my life where I looked for excuses to be distracted so I didn't need to look very hard because there were a lot of them. But I was still choosing that.
So I could have managed it with more skill, but just I think there were just times where I didn't quite choose that road.

Q. Do you have any regrets? Do you ever think, "I would have won more Grand Slams if I hadn't done so much non-tennis stuff"?
ANDRE AGASSI: It's possible. It's possible I'd be watching this tournament from my living room as well. I'm still here. I still have chances to win. The day I won in Paris was the day I could honestly say the regret wouldn't be an issue anymore. To win more would be great. But it's just more.

Q. When you find yourself in a small field like this with so many new emerging young players around, does it emphasize to you how much you are still achieving in the game?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I feel that way every time I can win a match, to be honest. Just based on what's asked of me to accomplish it. I mean, I know the demand on my body. I've felt it thousands of times. I know the work that's gone into it and the difficulty to -- of these players.
So to get through the matches and to sort of problem-solve your way out of any scenario is... It's a great feeling. It makes me very thankful. It's difficult for any of us to win matches. The age is not something I think much about when I'm on the court. I'm thinking a lot more about the tennis.

Q. What did you think about David Nalbandian?
ANDRE AGASSI: I've answered that already.

Q. Sorry. But I don't understand you.
ANDRE AGASSI: We can get the transcript, right?
THE MODERATOR: Yes.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports.

tangerine_dream
11-13-2003, 04:26 PM
Found this article at Eurosport. And I agree with Johnny Mac. If anybody can get the tennis orgs. streamlined and more organized, Andre would be perfect! His influence would be powerful, that's for sure.

Face it: the man is just simply destined to do great things. :worship:

Mac backs 'Dre for top job

In his life as tennis commentator John McEnroe has won many fans, but an off-the-cuff comment made five months ago at Wimbledon is starting to be taken seriously. And the man he recommended for the job has started singing from the same hymn sheet. James Buddell investigates.

Five months ago during a live broadcast with the BBC, the seven-time major winner was asked for his viewpoint on the demands of the players and associations running the game.

Among doing away with the let service and shortening the service box by some 15 inches, McEnroe came a real humdinger.

A commissioner responsible for organising the best interests of the International Tennis Federation, Association of Tennis Professionals and the Women's Tennis Association.

And his ideal person for the role...

Las Vegas showman, Andre Agassi, who still teaches the youngsters a lesson on the ATP tour at the grand old age of 33.

He may not be ready to step into the role quite yet, but the American certainly believes one-central power would help the sport.

Speaking on Sunday while making final preparations for the Masters Cup in Houston, Agassi said: "If I could change tennis, it would be organising all the bodies of tennis.

"It's sort of absurd to have so many people, so many organizations, working separately - in some cases, arguably, even against each other - for sponsorship dollars, for airtime, for branding.

"The game could stand a commissioner, there's no question about it."

At a time when questions are flying around about Grand Slam surpluses and calendar changes, plus match-fixing and betting inquiries, serious cracks are starting to form and television-viewing figures are dropping off.

One prime example of scheduling madness is: how can the prestigious season-ending WTA championship final in Los Angeles be played at precisely the same time as elite men's Masters finale is underway?

On Monday night, Belgian world number two Kim Clijsters successfully defended her title in beating Amelie Mauresmo of France, at the same time Agassi was taking on Wimbledon champ Roger Federer.

For a respected figure as eight-time Grand Slam winner Agassi the need for greater co-operation is urgently required.

"If everybody literally put aside their own agendas, and they came together and sold tennis as an entire package worldwide, all the year, the amount of growth and progress you would see would be incredible," he said.

"But that's not what we have. We have all these different groups that are sort of only interested in how their tournament does or how their tour does."

For a player who started out on the professional tour in 1986, four years after current world number one Andy Roddick was born, Agassi has the experience and respect for the role of commissioner.

But Agassi is ranked fifth in the world and hasn't even contemplated retirement.

Australian legend Ken Rosewall played his last Grand Slam at the age of 44 in 1978.

Andre can't go on that long, surely?

Andre'sNo1Fan
11-13-2003, 06:15 PM
:worship: All hail the king!!! :worship:

Another classy performance from Andre, coming back from the dead. That racket smash changed something for sure, he was a different player after that. I cant help but admire him for what he's still doing, i think i love him more now than ever. He outclassed a player 10 yrs younger than him! The guy is just a genuis. I stayed up til 3 in the morning to watch it, and it was worth every minute. :bounce:

J. Corwin
11-13-2003, 11:25 PM
Woohoo...congrats to Andre! Now good luck against David. :)

Deboogle!.
11-13-2003, 11:41 PM
yes...... COMMON Andy beat David!

Andre'sNo1Fan
11-13-2003, 11:48 PM
Good luck Andre :worship:
Another all night match for me, cant miss this one!

J. Corwin
11-14-2003, 12:13 AM
Bunk, I think you mean Andre. ;)

Unless you're seeing into a future match-up between Andy and David in the semis or finals (in which case Andre has to lose tonight...)

Deboogle!.
11-14-2003, 12:32 AM
oops... Freudian typo :)

GO ANDRE!

MisterQ
11-14-2003, 03:55 AM
Another ASTONISHING win for Andre, playing Nalbandian, 12 years younger than AA!!!

7-6 (12-10), 3-6, 6-4

Andre fought off a bunch of set points in the first set, and a couple of game points for David to level the third set at 5-5.

I'm SOOO happy he has made the semis of the Masters Cup after last year's disappointment! No matter what happens now, he has shown that he still belongs up there with the top players. :worship: :worship: :cool: :cool: :) :)

Deboogle!.
11-14-2003, 05:48 AM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

CONGRATS!

I know I won't stay awake til the end - so I just looked online.. couldn't hold out. Don't know what I'll do tomorrow night but that's a different story lol

tangerine_dream
11-14-2003, 04:35 PM
OMG !!!! Andre won !!!!! He's awesome!!! King of the Court !!!! :woohoo:

:banana: Congrats Andre for an awesome win! :banana:

Deboogle!.
11-14-2003, 04:55 PM
yes..... Andre PLEASE Take out Schuettler like you did in Australia!

J. Corwin
11-15-2003, 02:10 AM
Great win last nite Andre. Keep it going! Play Rainer like you did in Oz...not like you did in Montreal.

MisterQ
11-15-2003, 04:02 AM
OK, Andre, now for Schuettler. You can do this, buddy! Good luck! Run him down!

tangerine_dream
11-15-2003, 08:13 PM
GOOD LUCK AGAINST RAINER, ANDRE !! YOU CAN DO IT !! :bigclap:

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

MisterQ
11-15-2003, 11:01 PM
ANDRE, didn't anyone tell you? 33.5 year-olds aren't supposed to make the final of the Masters Cup!!! TREMENDOUS JOB, regardless of the result tomorrow! Congrats and good luck! YES! :) :cool:

J. Corwin
11-15-2003, 11:08 PM
Congrats Andre! :D

Deboogle!.
11-16-2003, 06:20 AM
gooooooo Andre!!! Stop the Federer Express, please!

Andre'sNo1Fan
11-16-2003, 11:48 AM
Whatever happens Andre has proved that he can still do it. I'm so proud to be an Agassi fan, he continues to amaze me.

Good luck Andre :worship: :worship: :worship:

tangerine_dream
11-17-2003, 12:11 AM
Whatever happens Andre has proved that he can still do it. I'm so proud to be an Agassi fan, he continues to amaze me.


Yep, I agree. For him to still be a viable competitor to guys ten years younger than him is quite an impressive achievement! None of the players can afford to just dismiss him as the 'elder statesman player' on the tour. He can still kick ass! He's amazing. :worship:

MisterQ
11-17-2003, 01:56 AM
Guys, I'm surprisingly bummed about this loss of Andre's. A bagel in the second? I didn't mind him losing, it was the way it happened...

Guess we have to concentrate on the positives from this week --- still an amazing effort from AA. Federer was tremendous, you have to hand it to him.

tangerine_dream
11-17-2003, 03:24 AM
I kinda feel the same, MQ, but look at it this way: Andre actually moved up to No. 4 in the rankings. He's 33 years old! Yeah, it sucked that he lost badly but he didn't lose as bad as Ferrero did.

And that first match on Monday between Andre and Roger was the best one the entire week.

I feel good about that and about Andre's performance as a whole. He will go into 2004 feeling pretty good about himself. :)

MisterQ
11-17-2003, 03:28 AM
Thanks for the positive, thoughts, Tangerine! I needed a pep talk, lol. You would think I had been playing!

Andre'sNo1Fan
11-17-2003, 05:59 PM
That was a painful match :sad: Bagled? Thats unheard of from Andre. There are some positives though. I dont think he played his best tennis, he looked a bit scratchy in most of the matches and Fed has destroyed all his opponents. I think the positives far outweigh the negatives.

His speech at the end - I love the way he talked about next yr straight away - knowing that the journalists were probably gonna ask him about the same old boring retirement question again!

The way he is still looking to improve at 33 is unbelievable. I just hooe he gets himself into shape and plays like he did last yr at Oz. If he does, i honestly cant see anyone stopping him.

MisterQ
11-17-2003, 08:57 PM
He hadn't been bagelled in a set since 2000 Roland Garros!

But that is impressive in itself. And he has handed out MANY bagels and breadsticks of his own, hehe.

Now if Andre gets into the Australian form he was in last year, and comes up against Federer in the form he was in this week, now THAT'S a match!!!