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Thank you for everything Agassi!!!

Andre♥
09-03-2006, 06:31 PM
What a great player, what a great man!

Best returner ever!

adee-gee
09-03-2006, 06:31 PM
:worship:

Allstar
09-03-2006, 06:32 PM
Absolute legend

Will be sorely missed

Cheers AA

Naranoc
09-03-2006, 06:32 PM
Is this the 'official' farewell thread then? Damn, no more replays of Agassi - Baghdatis...

Ah well, sad to see him go, but it had to happen sometime. :)

Langers
09-03-2006, 06:32 PM
Absolute champion. Just a legend.

:worship:

Dexter_1986
09-03-2006, 06:32 PM
:)

good_gambler
09-03-2006, 06:32 PM
I will never get to see him play again. :sobbing:

Thanks for the memories Andre. :bowdown:

gillian
09-03-2006, 06:33 PM
Andre, congratulations on the whole fabulous career! You will be missed.

atheneglaukopis
09-03-2006, 06:34 PM
Pity it had to be Becker and not Baghdatis or Roddick. Oh, well, he did a great job to win those first two rounds with his body in the shape it's in.

Fare well. :worship: :sad:

Zazou1573
09-03-2006, 06:34 PM
Andre :worship:

:sobbing:

The_Rod
09-03-2006, 06:34 PM
:sobbing: Bye Bye :hug:

oschemi
09-03-2006, 06:34 PM
I was cheering for Becker to win. Agassi needed to go and rest and move on with his life; I just felt that the torture was too much. Cheers to a great champion :worship: :worship:

tangerine_dream
09-03-2006, 06:34 PM
Andre's still crying, I'm still crying. :bigcry: Andre :worship: :bowdown:

Neverstopfightin
09-03-2006, 06:35 PM
Good luck in your new life , you always legend :worship:

dmit424
09-03-2006, 06:35 PM
Why are about 20% of these a-holes still booieng Becker?

buddyholly
09-03-2006, 06:35 PM
Good. The Andre travelling roadshow is over. Now let's have a US Open.

Cut to Nalbandian-Safin now. I'll cry later.

keqtqiadv
09-03-2006, 06:35 PM
:sobbing: :worship: :worship:

Balerion
09-03-2006, 06:36 PM
Why are about 20% of these a-holes still booieng Becker?

Because they are New Yorkers.

World Beater
09-03-2006, 06:37 PM
wow...monologue agassi...very romantic speech...truly emotional

Regenbogen
09-03-2006, 06:37 PM
Good. The Andre travelling roadshow is over. Now let's have a US Open.


:yeah:

I will miss Agassi though.

LilyRoseAva
09-03-2006, 06:38 PM
i can't stop to cry

Langers
09-03-2006, 06:38 PM
:worship:

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2006/writers/elizabeth_newman/08/03/queens.court/p1_agassi.jpg

partygirl
09-03-2006, 06:39 PM
http://www.freesmileys.org/emo/happy036.gif

Gogo123
09-03-2006, 06:39 PM
Legend...thanks for everything...and I was able to see him live.

Chocobo
09-03-2006, 06:39 PM
My first memory of tennis on TV was Andre with his denim shorts and his umbrella playing with a ballboy at Roland-Garros 1988 :umbrella:

Such a long time...

Farewell Mister Agassi :worship: :wavey:

marti_228
09-03-2006, 06:41 PM
Hasta Siempre, Andre!:)

Flibbertigibbet
09-03-2006, 06:41 PM
Why couldn't it be Marcos? :sad:

Good luck and all that jazz, Andre.

LoveFifteen
09-03-2006, 06:41 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

I will miss you, Andre. You are a legend. I am so sad right now. :sad:

crazillo
09-03-2006, 06:41 PM
Andre, I cannot find any words, I can just express my sadness. It's like at a funeral. :(

His last words were really great - a true champion has left the game today!

CarstenL01
09-03-2006, 06:42 PM
I can't believe it :sad: there's nothing i can say, except THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING ANDRE :hug::worship: :worship: :sad: :bigcry:

madmanfool
09-03-2006, 06:42 PM
Becker won on paper, but Agassi won my heart.
Thanks for everything

hurricanejeanne
09-03-2006, 06:43 PM
An era of American Tennis has officially ended.
Childhood is gone now.

Andre you are the man. You did more with your tennis and yourself than anyone expected you to do. You'd fall from grace only to come back a million times better.
Best of Luck in the future.

Thank you. :worship:

federated
09-03-2006, 06:43 PM
:sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :sad:

Andre the Great. will be missed.

Gogo123
09-03-2006, 06:45 PM
I didn't know I will feel this sad. :sad:

Adler
09-03-2006, 06:45 PM
End of an era. That's all from me

buddyholly
09-03-2006, 06:46 PM
:yeah:

I will miss Agassi though.

Nothing against Agassi, but I think it is more classy to announce your retirement AFTER playing your last match, when nobody else knew. Like I expect Lindsay to do.
Pavel and Baghdatis had to play him, knowing that it was his possible last match. So kudos to Becker, he played what is probably the best drop shot of the tournament and got boos. That is when I realized that legends who announce their retirement beforehand are not being too classy.

enqvistfan
09-03-2006, 06:47 PM
Big RESPECT to André Agassi who played his last official match on tour today !! He unfortunately lost to Becker in 4 sets but Becker played very well the last games, especially when he broke Agassi at the end :(

Touching speech at the end and the commentators said that on the other courts, they stopped to play.

André was one of my fave player, I've followed him for so many years (since 1988). I feel strange now and sad :sad:

A great champion :worship: He did a lot for tennis, and I think he won't be forgotten. Good luck to his new life with Steffi and their children !!

Big kisses to André :hug: :hug: and thank you very much :clap2:

MisterQ
09-03-2006, 06:47 PM
:worship:

I'm very sad... but it's time. For those of us who remember the feeling that Andre had wasted his talent, had not put forth enough effort, it has been gratifying to see him play the last few years. He has left it all out there. :clap2:

It was a wonderful Open for him in so many ways. Two great tough night matches that will not soon be forgotten. The overwhelming support from the crowd. And unlike last year, he can leave no doubt that it was the right moment to retire... his body clearly needs it.

There will never be another player quite like Agassi, but there are so many great talents out there today. The game is in good hands. Can't wait to see the rest of the Open. :yeah:

Thank you Andre.

fadou
09-03-2006, 06:48 PM
:sad: :sad:
goodbye man!
au revoir champion!
adios !
i hope you the best for the futur

Gasquet&Feli_Fan
09-03-2006, 06:49 PM
so sad, im gonna miss him!

enqvistfan
09-03-2006, 06:50 PM
Nothing against Agassi, but I think it is more classy to announce your retirement AFTER playing your last match, when nobody else knew. Like I expect Lindsay to do.
Pavel and Baghdatis had to play him, knowing that it was his possible last match. So kudos to Becker, he played what is probably the best drop shot of the tournament and got boos. That is when I realized that legends who announce their retirement beforehand are not being too classy.

Maybe he could have had less pressure if he had announce after, I also think he shouldn't have announced his retirement before. Well, great man who did a lot for tennis, we don't have at the moment, so many charismatic players like him, unfortunately :(

dasdas22
09-03-2006, 06:50 PM
:respect: :bowdown: :bowdown: agassi \o/ _o_ \o/

rrfnpump
09-03-2006, 06:50 PM
:wavey: Andre

Benjamin :yeah:

Stronger
09-03-2006, 06:52 PM
Because they are New Yorkers.

Screw you :smash:

Goodbye Andre, for you have done so much for this sport. You will always be a champion in our hearts. :clap2:

oschemi
09-03-2006, 06:52 PM
Frankly, I was getting tired of the Agassi freak show. Time to finally see some sweet tennis.

juanpablo18
09-03-2006, 06:52 PM
Thanks you for everything Andre Agassi !
Im very sad :(
I cant believe this....But you are the great one Andre...
Agassi you will live forever like a Legend!
Thaaankksss!!

Clara Bow
09-03-2006, 06:53 PM
Best in luck in everything Andre. :hug: I remember when I had pictures of you with your mullet affixed upon my wall when I was in sixth grade.

I didn't think I would be this sad either. :sad: I have watched him through when I was awkward pre-teen who weighed 80 pounds but had permed hair that weighed at lesat 5 (it was the 1980s), to being in high school and not going out with friends in lieu of watching his matches, to when I would follow the Grateful Dead during the summers and during Wimbledon trying to persuade my friends to stay in a hotel as opposed to camping so that I could maybe catch part of his matches on the hotel tv (that did not go over well), to seeing him on British TV my summer abroad.... there are real memories of Agassi that coincide with different parts of my life.

atpSUPERMAN
09-03-2006, 06:53 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen.....THAT is how you finish a career....leaving EVERYTHING you own out there on the court.......and the perfect speech.

fabolous
09-03-2006, 06:53 PM
a big loss for tennis.


thank you andre and enjoy your life now!

Natasc
09-03-2006, 06:54 PM
as someone already said there, "LEGENDS LIVE FOREVER"
there is nothing more than I can say :sad:
We will miss u André Agassi!!
good lucky on life!

JazzGurl
09-03-2006, 06:57 PM
Andre.. Your love of the game is apparent, and you gave it your all. I truly appreciate your talent, your heart, and your humanity, and you will be sorely missed by me in the world of pro tennis. I cried so much today watching your final moments on the court.. watching you taking it all in and seemingly not wanting it to end. I wish it didn't have to end, for you have been a joy to watch and my favorite tennis player for years. You have the heart of a champion and will never be forgotten. I wish you all the best, and hope you have a beautiful life with your family. God Bless!!

Bilbo
09-03-2006, 06:58 PM
Even CNN has a breaking news for this :eek:

What a legend he is. I'll miss him. I grew up with him. :sad:

Best player of all time :yeah:

atpSUPERMAN
09-03-2006, 07:03 PM
The look on Agassi's face when he was returning on matchpoint unbelievable sadness :o

Blue Heart24
09-03-2006, 07:10 PM
We will miss you....Thank you Andre,thank you legend,and GOODBYE!!! :sad: :sad: I will always remember you......LOVE YOU ANDRE!

*Viva Chile*
09-03-2006, 07:10 PM
I was alternating between marat match and agassi match here and obviously saw all the final... I had to admit that some I left some tears after Andre lose :sad:

Best of luck in your new life Andre and thanks for everyhting that you had done in this sport :worship:

landoud
09-03-2006, 07:13 PM
I didn't know I will feel this sad. :sad:
same here
Bye Andre :worship: you will be missed

morningglory
09-03-2006, 07:16 PM
Thank you for all those matches, Andre... now let that poor body of yours finally get some rest after all these years.
Bye. :wavey:

<-TH->
09-03-2006, 07:18 PM
I'm proud of you Andre!!!

Alvarillo
09-03-2006, 07:20 PM
i agree with a spectator in the US Open with a paper where you could read:
"LEYENDS LIVE FOREVER" :worship:

Thanks you so much Andre, thanks for giving all for the game, thanks for make me happy when i saw you live in Madrid's tournament .....
There's no words, without Andre starts a new time for tennis, everything will be different without him!!!!

AGASSI ! :worship: :worship: :worship:

Martin
09-03-2006, 07:20 PM
Thank you Andre. It's been a rollercoaster ride for me following him for the past 15 years but it's been worth every second. There will never be someone like him again in this sport and it's almost surreal at the moment coming to terms with the fact that he won't be playing anymore.

From my point of view he is the best ever given that he won all the Slams, he was the year end championships, he won seven of the nine Masters Series event, Davis Cup winner and Olympic Gold. He has also managed to keep pace with every single player in the last 20 years when the majority of the all time greats played.

If you were a fan then the end of that match was tough to watch and to be honest even if you weren't a fan, I don't know anyone could possibly not even get a little bit sad when he was saying farewell.

It's been a hell of a lot of fun but in a way I'm happy that is over now because his body doesn't need anymore and it would be horrible to see him in years to come barely able to walk.

Thank you for the memories Andre. :sad: :worship:

DDrago2
09-03-2006, 07:21 PM
A tennis book that will never sell: "Estimate the Right Time To Retire" by Andre Agassi

MurrayFan1
09-03-2006, 07:21 PM
When Agassi was in his prime I wasn't really into tennis but he is a great man, and I was glad to get within a few inches of him at Wimbledon 05. An amazing man. :worship:

oz_boz
09-03-2006, 07:21 PM
:worship: :hatoff:

Not my favourite player, game- or personalitywise. But in terms of achievements I'd only rate Borg and Sampras above him the last 30 years. And he has had a tremendous influence of today's game.

Thanks Andre, have a long and good life. And please skip the veteran tour!

embellish
09-03-2006, 07:26 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship: You'll be greatly missed. Thanks for all those years of amazing tennis. :worship: :worship: :worship:

Iheartandy&roger
09-03-2006, 07:29 PM
Andre is the ultimate Class act and he'll be missed. Good Luck to him and his family in the future.

TULY
09-03-2006, 07:37 PM
Miss you Andre!

Shadow
09-03-2006, 07:40 PM
:worship: :worship: u will be missed, Andre.

Hantuchov
09-03-2006, 07:45 PM
as someone already said there, "LEGENDS LIVE FOREVER"
there is nothing more than I can say :sad:
We will miss u André Agassi!!
good lucky on life!

Andre sem acento ! ;)

Good luck in your life after tennis, Andre ! :wavey:

You'll be missed ! :sad: :crying2:

snoop
09-03-2006, 07:47 PM
:sad: :worship: :worship:

Havok
09-03-2006, 07:48 PM
Andre :worship:.

nouf
09-03-2006, 07:50 PM
last moments with andre + last interview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6s0lc_bVqA
http://img466.imageshack.us/img466/6496/agassifs7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Pfloyd
09-03-2006, 07:53 PM
Its been players like you that have made this beautiful game worth watching, thanks for the the adventure, you will forever live on in our memories, thank you for everything Andre!

atpSUPERMAN
09-03-2006, 07:56 PM
Unlike every other athlete that retires at "the right time" Agassi will never have to contemplate a comeback, because he has absolutely NOTHING LEFT. He left it all out there on the court and used all that he had. Its perfect.

clavichord
09-03-2006, 07:57 PM
alas, what a pity i don't like becker's style at all:(

dear dear andre, a legend, more than a legend, thanks for being with us these years, we will miss you and the memories will never fade.
farewell agassi, with laurel, with myrtle.

mallorn
09-03-2006, 07:59 PM
:worship:

Thank you and good luck in future.

thrust
09-03-2006, 08:01 PM
Andre was never my favorite player, but he is a great champion and much to be admired. Hopefully soon, we will have one or two more American champions the likes of Andre, Pete, Connors and Courier.

revolution
09-03-2006, 08:02 PM
I struggled to hold back tears on his speech, I've no shame in admitting it.

Thanks for so many unforgettable memories, and I doubt he will ever be eclipsed as my all time favourite. :worship:

I will sorely miss Andre in every tournament...it's the end of a wonderful era.

Black Adam
09-03-2006, 08:14 PM
Andre the Giant, as said earlier, Legends are never forgotten :worship: I think he is the only one to have played the game and won everything and went through everything the game has to offer:yeah: :hatoff:. Hope to see him on the Senior Tour:yeah: Sad end but very emotional.

There has to be an official Ceremony, he just can't leave like that.

sawan66278
09-03-2006, 08:22 PM
I have watched Andre from the beginning of his career, and I remember HATING Agassi when he was, as that one fan put it when he was playing against Connors, "a punk"...but over the last few years, I have NEVER EVER seen an athlete change like Agassi....very few people have changed like him as well...a true classy individual, with full respect for his opponents and the game itself...caring about others...and using his gifts to help those in need...

Last year, at the French, he was clearly injured, yet finished his match against Nieminen...so his opponent could actually win...players like Justine could learn something from this...

And for those who said he should have waited to announce his retirement until after he retired, I can tell you two things:

1. He would have gotten the SAME AMOUNT OF SUPPORT no matter what

2. I am glad he let his fans know so that we could say goodbye...as he mentioned in the press conference...I bought one of the U.S. Open packages for this reason...

Goodbye Andre...you are one of the five best players ever...and an even better person... :sad: You will be missed... :sad:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
09-03-2006, 08:28 PM
Thank you very much,Andre! :sobbing::crying2::worship:

NeverSayDie
09-03-2006, 08:28 PM
Goodbye Agassi you are a legend :worship: :worship: :worship: :sad:

Hagar
09-03-2006, 08:35 PM
Frankly, I was getting tired of the Agassi freak show. Time to finally see some sweet tennis.

The only freak right now is you because you clearly have no clue what a great career Agassi had. He deserved every second of the attention that went to him during this US Open.
The only current player whose achievements come close to what Agassi achieved is Federer. The CV's of the other players are miles away of what Andre has on his resume.

I was sad to see Andre say goodbye but I am happy because he can leave tennis with the feeling that he got everything out of his career, plus he has a happy private life to which he can now give full attention.

NyGeL
09-03-2006, 08:47 PM
:worship: thank you for your tennis andre!!! :worship:

s.m.
09-03-2006, 09:03 PM
agassi is a legend and as a tennis player he deserves respect
as a person he traveled from young flashy brat to a family man, but he wasn´t perfect for sure
he was a great entertainer, great showman, did a lot for the game, and in all of that he had class
respect

kuniochi
09-03-2006, 09:05 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship: Thank you Andre! :worship: :worship: :worship:

DrJules
09-03-2006, 09:06 PM
:wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

sawan66278
09-03-2006, 09:10 PM
Farewell to a legend...the best player in the game today...career wise.... :sad:

iamhe
09-03-2006, 09:28 PM
Andre Agassi is the best !! For his fighting spirit ! :clap2:

Sorry to let him go, but it happened in the end. :sad:

Farewell Andre, have a nice life after retirement.

And goodluck. You'll be always in my heart !!! :bigwave:

name_change
09-03-2006, 09:59 PM
i cant stop tearing. he's always been my #1 fave player in both the wta AND atp so this really sucks. when arantxa sanchez vicario left it really sucked. but this feels a whole lot worse. a whole lot worse.

i will miss you so much andre. you've truly been an inspiration to me. thank you.

Purple Rainbow
09-03-2006, 10:03 PM
Great career, but a cringeworthy farewell speech..
Thanks for everything Andre!

name_change
09-03-2006, 10:09 PM
god!i cant stop and the match has been over for some time now. i remember watching him play for the first time and he was playing sampras at the USO finals. i didnt know how points were played (i was only 7) and i thought agassi was sampras and vice versa. when the real sampras won i was like huh? i thought agassi was sampras. i'll never forget. i became a fan that day. and even when he was playing horribly i KNEW he'd still win RG and finish the career slam.

to think that he went through challengers and still managed to come back and win slams.

i will miss him so damn much. nobody else comes close.

Volcanic Tennis
09-03-2006, 10:17 PM
A legend, :worship: so glad I got to see him live last year - although I don't remember it much because I wasn't as big a tennis fan then :o - but I saw him nevertheless.

Everything you have done, we will remember forever... Agassi, you'll never be forgotten :)

I'm afraid to watch the match, because I feel I'll cry at the end... I missed the biggest match of the Open for sure. At least live.

soothsayer
09-03-2006, 10:26 PM
I'll miss him :sad: . When I first started paying attention to tennis in the mid 90s, he was my favourite player.

gooner88
09-03-2006, 10:39 PM
Congratulations for a truly great career Andre and enjoy your retirement. :wavey:

musefanatic
09-03-2006, 11:20 PM
Have a great life Andre, you deserve it :) Thanks for the many years of tennis, the speech almost made me cry :worship: :worship: I'm so glad I will be able to tell people Andre was throughout my lifetime :)

Ays25
09-03-2006, 11:27 PM
Andre.. you were the last legend still playing !! i will miss you..

Calico
09-04-2006, 12:24 AM
Andre, you were the man. I followed your career since '88 and you were the reason why I played tennis.

Tennis just lost part of its soul today :worship:

chicky841
09-04-2006, 12:51 AM
Wow...Its sad to see him go but it was definately time. From "punk to legend", its pretty cool when you think about how Andre's career has progressed. He will be missed alot, he wasn't one of my favorite players but any fan of tennis can appreciate what hes done for the game. All I can say is Thankyou.

nctennisfan
09-04-2006, 01:22 AM
Nothing against Agassi, but I think it is more classy to announce your retirement AFTER playing your last match, when nobody else knew. Like I expect Lindsay to do.
Pavel and Baghdatis had to play him, knowing that it was his possible last match. So kudos to Becker, he played what is probably the best drop shot of the tournament and got boos. That is when I realized that legends who announce their retirement beforehand are not being too classy.

agassi is plenty classy. those folks shouldn't have booed, but you'd hear more at the italian open or at some davis cup matches in various countries.

scoobs
09-04-2006, 01:25 AM
Agassi is Agassi and he can announce his retirement any way he damn wants, as far as I am concerned.

Ever the showman, he guaranteed packed houses and huge media interest on this US Open and bloody good for him - everyone in attendance today got to see some fucking great tennis all around the grounds.

He is going to be a tough act to follow.

I wish him very well in his future life.

soraya
09-04-2006, 01:29 AM
so are celebrations over or the the USTA is planning one at the end of the tournament? At Sampras' retirement I remember he came out all dressed up with his son in his arms, wasn't that his farewell event?

AZILANA
09-04-2006, 01:32 AM
thanks for the inspiration, andre....you will be greatly missed...

scoobs
09-04-2006, 01:59 AM
In Andy Murray's words...

However, it failed to unnerve Murray, who served out a bold victory to love.

He admitted later that he had found it hard to concentrate after witnessing the last match of Andre Agassi's career while he was waiting to come onto court.

"Today was one of the saddest days I've had in tennis," said the 19-year-old.

"Twenty minutes before I went on, I saw Agassi play his last match and I was genuinely upset.

"I didn't realise how much he meant to the whole of tennis and to me until I saw him play his last point."

knight_ley
09-04-2006, 02:05 AM
:worship:

tangerine_dream
09-04-2006, 02:12 AM
In Andy Murray's words...

However, it failed to unnerve Murray, who served out a bold victory to love.

He admitted later that he had found it hard to concentrate after witnessing the last match of Andre Agassi's career while he was waiting to come onto court.

"Today was one of the saddest days I've had in tennis," said the 19-year-old.

"Twenty minutes before I went on, I saw Agassi play his last match and I was genuinely upset.

"I didn't realise how much he meant to the whole of tennis and to me until I saw him play his last point."
Andy Roddick had exactly the same problem. He said he felt like he was in an emotional vacuum after watching Agassi's last match and found it difficult to get into his match vs Verdasco today.

JW10S
09-04-2006, 02:15 AM
Tennis is often called a selfish sport. That other players were moved by Agassi's last match is very telling.

scoobs
09-04-2006, 02:16 AM
I know how they felt - I felt so drained and flat and all I had to do was sit and watch.

Still, both their wins were a great tonic to give me a bit of a lift.

The US Open goes on and now it's time to turn to the business at hand, deciding the last Grand Slam of the year.

Egag
09-04-2006, 03:55 AM
Tis a shame, but now chapter 2 of Agassi's life will begin.....

Mimi
09-04-2006, 03:58 AM
agassi left, the end of the golden american era :sad:

thank you for the good memories agassi and i wish you a good life ahead :D

Billabong
09-04-2006, 04:50 AM
Thank you for everything Andre, you've been an inspiration for every tennis player and I'll always admire you :worship: Heal that back and enjoy your new life, you deserve it man:D!!!

TMJordan
09-04-2006, 04:50 AM
Andre

:yeah:

Miss ya Champ.

Jeff
09-04-2006, 07:37 AM
Very sad listening to his good-bye speech over, and over. Was so depressing :sad: Wasn't expecting him to go out to Becker, and yes it is a bit unfortunate, but on the other hand he gave it all he had and showed what a true champion he is.

Sure will miss you Andre. One of the best ever and you will not be forgotten :worship:

guy in sf
09-04-2006, 07:41 AM
How come President Bush didn't phone him? What's up with that?

Thanks Benjamin Becker, you made my day. Enough is enough!

Allure
09-04-2006, 08:10 AM
How come President Bush didn't phone him? What's up with that?

Thanks Benjamin Becker, you made my day. Enough is enough!

:haha:

Michael Pemulis
09-04-2006, 09:27 AM
When the reality becomes myth.

Andre, thanks for teaching all of us.
As many people know, his career came to an end Sunday with a 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5 loss to 112th-ranked Benjamin Becker in the third round at the U.S. Open. It happened in the best scenario ever imagined: 23.000 cheering fans stood clapping in tears, Andre could not stop his tears too in an unbelievable moment. I can’t describe how emotional it was.
From now on, the reality – made of a champion that emerged 21 years ago as a 16-year-old prodigy of Nick Bollettieri – the story will become legend and legend will become myth. For sure. 1144 pro matches, 60 titles and 21 consecutive US Opens, an event he won in 1994 and 1999: is something that can be easily confused with fiction, legend, fairy tale, folklore, fable, and urban legend. But It's All True.
Myth may refer to someone became a symbol of social imaginary, like a hero or nearly god. That’s the way Andre will be kept alive will be forever remembered.
“You have pulled for me on the court and also in life...I will take you and the memory of you with me for the rest of my life” That’s what an emotional Andre told the fans after the match.
We wanna say “Thanks, Andre. Thanks for teaching to love a sport you just revolutionized with your magic touch”.

brent-o
09-04-2006, 02:05 PM
God, after seeing him say goodbye, I can't help but feel like there's a huge void in my heart from not being able to see him play again. There is no one else like him. Thanks Andre for all the memories, you're the reason I took up tennis and you did so much for the game. Good luck in the rest of your life!

brent-o
09-04-2006, 02:08 PM
I also feel that, while it was unfortunate that he went out to Becker, at least he lasted long enough to give us fans two trilling matches rather than crash out in the first round (which was what i very likely expected him to do). Thanks for keeping us on our toes, Andre!

Experimentee
09-04-2006, 02:09 PM
Thank you for the many years of not just amazing tennis, but exciting entertainment. Andre, you brightened up tennis for fans around the world, and were an inspiration for all. I will miss you so much :sad:

I wish Andre all the best in his future life :)

rod99
09-04-2006, 02:36 PM
How come President Bush didn't phone him? What's up with that?

Thanks Benjamin Becker, you made my day. Enough is enough!


you should change your screen name to deutsche bag in sf.

Sierra Whisky 19
09-04-2006, 02:49 PM
An absolute legend. I'll never forget the first time I saw him, all pink tops, denims and endless bitching about Wimbledon. I thought: "What a prat." It was so gratifying to see him walking out at the AAC - head to toe in brilliant white and in all humility - in 1991. I remember feeling gutted when he lost in the quarters. That's when I knew I was a convert. When he won it the following year I went nuts. That was a truly great GS final.

What more can you ask for? A career Grand Slam, eight in total, DC winner, Olympic Gold, a record number of MS titles and a nice round number of 60 titles in all. But his career is about so much more than bare statistics. We watched a brat grow up into a humble and genuinely thankful person. We watched a broken man recover to hit heights he'd never hit before. We watched a man achieve everything possible, including real happiness. We watched a man transcend his sport, and possibly sport in general, to become a global phenomenon - and yet he never became the brash brat again.

Thanks for everything, Andre. Tennis - and indeed all sport - is poorer for your absence. All the best.

Neely
09-04-2006, 07:07 PM
Thanks Andre for many many years of great tennis and memories! :yeah:

And what a career, a big champion! :worship:

Marat y David
09-04-2006, 07:14 PM
Andre . :worship: :worship: :sad: :sad:

I'm goin to miss him he was a great star I have so much fun when I see him playing... but he won't play anymore :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: .

I'm not a fan of him.....but I have to admit that the moment when he was crying I felt touch by that :sad: :sad:

tennisforumname
09-04-2006, 07:42 PM
i know most of you in this thread support agassi, so for those that don't, i'm just curious, but after seeing that last match, do people still REALLY think agassi is (was) in it just for the media fame and wanting to desperately end like pete? maybe i'm really naive, but i don't know how you could watch what he did this week and still think his love for tennis and wanting to put everything in/play for the fans, etc. is just some big PR joke.

the man was in tears for like an hour when his match ended. and somewow i seriously doubt it was because he thought he had to win the match and get to the semis/finals again like last year (maybe he thought that a few weeks ago, but not after his back started acting up again- and it's evident from his first two matches that he WOULD'VE had a decent shot at getting to at least the semis if not for his back. i think he definitely could've taken becker, considering he wasn't playing great either.)

The fact that he got out on the court in the first place is such an amazing accomplishment/sacrifice- he didn't want to retire, which is what most players would have done. Maybe some people think it was a stupid decision, but I think it probably gave him a sense of peace- he didn't have to win, he just wanted to lay it all out there. It seems like going into the Becker match he knew he had a small chance at winning, since he was already hurting badly; even if he HAD won, he would've barely been able to stand to play against Roddick, and that would've been sad as well.

As far as him going down against Becker instead of Baghy or Roddick... I again think it's more important that he got out on the court against Beck in the first place, and had a pretty tight (scoreboard) match... If not for the back problem, then yeah, it'd be nicer for him to lose to Roddick because he should've been able to get further- but considering the back issue, I think people should be amazed he lasted as long as he did in his Becker match (regardless of him being a "nobody.") As for losing to Baghy, i think it was actually exciting to see him have a few last great matches- at least he (and we) know that even at 36, he can win over top players when he's not injured. I think it would've been sadder if after that (also painful) match against Bagh, he lost in a 5th set tiebreaker- maybe it would be more exciting, but it's kinda cool he could show he still has it, ya know?

And finally about his speech.... if not for the tears and obvious emotional/physical pain he was in, I might think it was a little contrived. But everything about his appearance seemed genuine, and c'mon- he made such a big deal about saying goodbye- wouldn't you give some thought as to what you watned to say? He said in a conference later that those words had been at the back of his mind for the the last 15 or so years, so it's obvious it's something that meant a lot to him, and he wanted to be able to express it.

ok, sorry, end of rant. i'm sure there's always bad things to say about anyone, including agassi, but i don't think how he handled this tournament is one of them. And as far as announcing his retirement beforehand, i'm sure 99% of people would've thought it was his last tourney anyways, and he always promised he'd tell people the minute he knew anyways. at least we didn't have to sit through 1-2 weeks of, god he needs to retire, talk.

Eden
09-04-2006, 08:00 PM
A wonderful career found an end yesterday. Thank you for everything you have given to tennis through all these years, Andre :) You were a true champion on and off the court and will be deeply missed.

Now enjoy your private life with Steffi and the kids :) Be happy :)

czech1rep
09-04-2006, 09:18 PM
:worship: :worship:

ANDRE ROCKS

All_Slam_Andre
09-04-2006, 09:20 PM
A fantastic career has come to and end. Agassi is a tennis legend, and he has done everything there is to do in the sport at least once. Thanks for the memories Andre

i love paradorn
09-04-2006, 09:24 PM
Thank you Andre for everything you have done for this sport; you went out like the legend that you are and you will surely be missed, but I hope you stay close to the game since you have so much to offer it.

tangerine_dream
09-06-2006, 12:26 AM
Finally, a video clip of Andre's last point and the speech he made. Enjoy. :wavey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP7bUMCHnw0