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Andre Agassi will retire after U.S. Open 2006 tournament

Greg-Pete fan
06-24-2006, 01:21 PM
For me it is a bad news :confused:, because Andre is one of the best player in the history of tennis ;)



Former Wimbledon champion Andre Agassi says he will retire after this year's US Open, which starts on 28 August.

The 36-year-old American has won eight Grand Slam singles titles in his career and is one of only five players to win all four Grand Slam events.

He is a former world number one and has pocketed winnings of more than £17m.

Agassi claimed his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 1992 and has also won the Australian Open four times, the US Open twice and the French Open once.

"This Wimbledon will be my last and the US Open will be my last tournament," said Agassi, who has won 60 ATP titles since turning professional in 1986.

Agassi beat Goran Ivanisevic over five sets in the final to win Wimbledon 14 years ago, knocking out former champions Boris Becker and John McEnroe on the way.

e returns to SW19 this summer after being absent for the last two years and will play Boris Pashanski of Serbia in the first round.

Agassi has been struggling with a back injury and returned to competition last week after almost three months out, losing to Tim Henman in the Stella Artois Championships.

"It's been a lot of sacrifice trying to get myself right to come back here and enjoy this tournament for the last time," he said.

"I sacrificed the clay to make sure my body was right. It's something that's meant a lot to me over the years so being here feels great.

"I wanted to do everything I could just to come back here. This is where it all started for me. All my dreams started here. It's 14 years ago but it feels like yesterday."


Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/5113046.stm

angiel
06-24-2006, 06:20 PM
Why is it bad news Greg, he would have to go sometime and the time is now, he should have done so from last year if you ask me, he is 36 years old of God sake, and it is not like other sports, where you can play until you are a 100 yrs old, all that pounding on the court take a told on their bodies after awhile, Andre is not like Pete Sampras, a natural athlete who can play and not been fit, Andre need fitness to win and to be in shape all the time - I say good luck to him in life after tennis. :worship: :worship: :worship: :wavey:

Greg-Pete fan
06-24-2006, 06:50 PM
Why is it bad news Greg, he would have to go sometime and the time is now, he should have done so from last year if you ask me, he is 36 years old of God sake, and it is not like other sports, where you can play until you are a 100 yrs old, all that pounding on the court take a told on their bodies after awhile, Andre is not like Pete Sampras, a natural athlete who can play and not been fit, Andre need fitness to win and to be in shape all the time - I say good luck to him in life after tennis. :worship: :worship: :worship: :wavey:

Of course, you are right angiel, he is 36 now and too old to win the biggest tournaments, but he is the last player who was playing in the "Sampras era" ;)

angiel
06-24-2006, 07:28 PM
Of course, you are right angiel, he is 36 now and too old to win the biggest tournaments, but he is the last player who was playing in the "Sampras era" ;)


Yes he was, but there comes a time when all good things has to come to an end, but i have to wonder why announce his retirement now at Wimbledon? :( :( and he says until after the US Open :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Greg-Pete fan
06-24-2006, 07:50 PM
Yes he was, but there comes a time when all good things has to come to an end, but i have to wonder why announce his retirement now at Wimbledon? :( :( and he says until after the US Open :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Because he wants to finish his career in this magical place where he began playing in the Grand Slam (U.S. Open 1986). Moreover he would like to end his career like Pete Sampras, after Flushing Meadows (he wants to play his last match in New York, Pete did the same) :devil:

angiel
06-24-2006, 08:16 PM
Because he wants to finish his career in this magical place where he began playing in the Grand Slam (U.S. Open 1986). Moreover he would like to end his career like Pete Sampras, after Flushing Meadows (he wants to play his last match in New York, Pete did the same) :devil:


I doubt that very much Greg, and he can not finish his career like Pete, unless he won one of these slams no matter what he did, before or after the US Open :D ;) Andre still reminded of a child :D who alway want the big spolight or headlines, he dont know how to bow out gracefully, (no pun intended). :angel: :worship: ;)

Greg-Pete fan
06-24-2006, 08:43 PM
I doubt that very much Greg, and he can not finish his career like Pete, unless he won one of these slams no matter what he did, before or after the US Open :D ;) Andre still reminded of a child :D who alway want the big spolight or headlines, he dont know how to bow out gracefully, (no pun intended). :angel: :worship: ;)

First of all he won`t win U.S. Open like Pete did, because it is impossible, but he will finish his career at the same place where Pete finished...

angiel
06-24-2006, 08:48 PM
First of all he won`t win U.S. Open like Pete did, because it is impossible, but he will finish his career at the same place where Pete finished...


Okay Greg, I wish Andre all the best life has to offer and his family, I like his wife Steffi a lot, God's speed Andre. :worship: :worship: :wavey: :wavey:

Greg-Pete fan
06-24-2006, 09:01 PM
Of course it is obvious that Pete finished his career in a better style (he won U.S. Open 2002 and in the final he beat Andre), but Pete is the best tennis player of history, you know that and I know :worship: :worship: :worship:

angiel
06-25-2006, 12:19 AM
Of course it is obvious that Pete finished his career in a better style (he won U.S. Open 2002 and in the final he beat Andre), but Pete is the best tennis player of history, you know that and I know :worship: :worship: :worship:



Yes my dear, we all know that, Pete Sampras is special, very special, love you Pete, we all do and thank you for playing the game so well. :worship: :worship:

Greg-Pete fan
06-25-2006, 07:55 AM
"Andre announcing his retirement is truly the end of an era. He was one of the best players I competed against and, in turn, made me a better player," said Pete Sampras, who went 20-14 against Agassi, including a win in the 2002 U.S. Open final, Sampras' final match. "His longevity and desire to compete at the highest level have been remarkable. He has brought a huge amount to our sport and will be missed."

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/wimbledon06/news/story?id=2499080

angiel
06-25-2006, 10:45 PM
"Andre announcing his retirement is truly the end of an era. He was one of the best players I competed against and, in turn, made me a better player," said Pete Sampras, who went 20-14 against Agassi, including a win in the 2002 U.S. Open final, Sampras' final match. "His longevity and desire to compete at the highest level have been remarkable. He has brought a huge amount to our sport and will be missed."

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/wimbledon06/news/story?id=2499080



Who is going to take their place Greg? and what is going to happen when Americans dont see anyone winning slams?? :sad: :sad: :sad:

the_natural
06-26-2006, 05:24 AM
Yeh Andre is amazing the greatest baseliner in history, so solid off both wings and can attack the ball better than anyone on the return, hes my fave after sampras.

Mimi
06-26-2006, 06:54 AM
his best times to retire should be after winning his 2003 AO, if so, everyone will never forget him, i guess he wanted to win more slams, but sadly he did not :sad: , actually at 2003, he was already 33, old enough to retire :wavey:

i gonna miss him, miss his rivalry with pete, the last of pete's peers will go, i feel very sad :sad:

angiel
06-26-2006, 08:45 PM
his best times to retire should be after winning his 2003 AO, if so, everyone will never forget him, i guess he wanted to win more slams, but sadly he did not :sad: , actually at 2003, he was already 33, old enough to retire :wavey:

i gonna miss him, miss his rivalry with pete, the last of pete's peers will go, i feel very sad :sad:



I agree with you Mimi. :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: Bye bye Andre. :wavey: :wavey:

the_natural
06-27-2006, 10:38 AM
his best times to retire should be after winning his 2003 AO, if so, everyone will never forget him, i guess he wanted to win more slams, but sadly he did not :sad: , actually at 2003, he was already 33, old enough to retire :wavey:

i gonna miss him, miss his rivalry with pete, the last of pete's peers will go, i feel very sad :sad:

He didnt retire then because he said he didnt want to put a ribbon on his career, he just wanted to keep playing till he physically couldnt anymore. And besides he was so deadly at that Australian Open it definatley wouldnt have been such a good idea. And the USO is always the best one to retire at cos its the end of the year, you know that you would have had the whole year to prepare etc etc.

angiel
06-27-2006, 08:59 PM
:wavey: Hey natural, Andre can't play for ever and this is his time to go, all the 90's guys are gone now, who is going to take their places? :( :( :eek:

the_natural
06-30-2006, 10:51 AM
Nadal. I hope Andre goes out with a bang, do something big!!!

Greg-Pete fan
07-08-2006, 08:04 AM
I`ve heard that Andre Agassi is going to play all hard-court season (Washington, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Toronto and U.S. Open). It will be the last five tournaments for him.

angiel
07-12-2006, 08:44 PM
Nadal. I hope Andre goes out with a bang, do something big!!!


That is going to take some doing, natural. :wavey: :D :rolleyes:

Greg-Pete fan
07-27-2006, 01:59 PM
As we know Andre Agassi is going to retire, but he is playing very well in Los Angeles tournament, he has just reached the quarterfinals and he has a chance to win his tournament number 61...


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/5219346.stm


Agassi survives Bastl scare in LA

Agassi is playing in his last hardcourt season
Andre Agassi dropped the opening set against George Bastl before easing past the Swiss player into the Countrywide Classic third round in Los Angeles.
The fifth seed, who will retire after the US Open, won 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-1.

Paul Goldstein, who beat Lleyton Hewitt in the first round, also progressed, beating Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 6-4 6-4.

Chilean third seed Fernando Gonzalez disposed of Marat Safin 6-4 6-2. In the first round, top seed Andy Roddick beat South Africa's Rik De Voest 6-4 6-4.

Watched by his new coach Jimmy Connors, the former world number one unleashed nine aces on his way to victory.

"I'm feeling a lot better with the way I'm hitting the ball and with my level of intensity and focus on the court," the 23-year-old said.

"But I don't think I'm halfway there yet. There's still a long way to go."

Roddick has not won a title this year and dropped out of the top 10 in the rankings this month for the first time since 2002.

Defending champion Agassi also declared himself happy with his game after recovering to see off Bastl.

"As the match went on, I picked up my level and I'm feeling good about the way I'm moving," he said after hitting 18 aces and winning nine games in a row to seal the win.

"I felt myself playing at a much better level than I have for several months, probably since last year's US Open."

the_natural
07-28-2006, 07:16 AM
Im suprised hewitt was out in the first round to goldstein haha, Marat was taken out in the second round :rolleyes: he beat Fish.