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Old 07-13-2006, 06:44 PM   #166
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Old 07-13-2006, 07:16 PM   #167
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Wow! What a great article. I had to print it out to read it all. Thank you for posting that.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...071301715.html

Agassi Set to Wish Washington Farewell
Before Retiring, He'll Return Once More


By Melanie Ho
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 14, 2006; Page E03

There was a time when Andre Agassi couldn't figure out why he kept coming back to the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

In 1995, when Agassi won his third of five Legg Mason championships (the others were in 1990, 1991, 1998 and 1999), the court was 118 degrees and the eight-time Grand Slam champion became nauseous. He threw up in a courtside flowerpot before beating Stefan Edberg, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, in the final.


When the match was over, Agassi told The Washington Post: "I haven't experienced this kind of heat. It's crazy. I don't know why I keep coming back."

But Agassi kept coming back and when this year's Legg Mason Tennis Classic begins on July 29, Agassi will make one final appearance.

In June, Agassi, who has played the Washington tournament 16 times, announced his retirement after the U.S. Open, which starts late next month. The Legg Mason is one of 10 U.S. Open Series events played in the United States and Canada, all of which lead up to the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

"Andre just has the unique ability to raise an event to the highest level," Legg Mason tournament director Jeff Newman said. "Without question it will be a special occasion -- it's a complement to a great player field. Andre will be the icing on the cake."

Tournament chairman Donald Dell said it makes sense for Agassi to select the Legg Mason as one of his lead-ups to his final Grand Slam event.

"When you are a player and you win a tournament several times, you get a good feeling, you get comfortable with the crowds, the fans. He feels very comfortable in the environment," Dell said.

Not only has Agassi found success in tournament play but he is popular among the tournament's spectators. Dell remembers one year, in 1999, when Agassi and Pete Sampras were both slated to play the Legg Mason. Even though Sampras was the world's top-ranked player, Agassi, who was then ranked third, was the more popular of the two.

"The phone calls were five to one for Agassi," Dell said.

Eager fans made inquiries to find the precise day Agassi would be playing -- he was, after all, the player they all wanted to see.

Seven years later not much has changed. Agassi will be the favorite, among fans, to win the tournament. Not only does Agassi hold a record five Legg Mason titles, but the 36-year-old Las Vegas native has endeared himself to fans on and off the court. His signature post-match kisses to the fans were accompanied by tears in his eyes after his final Wimbledon match, which he lost, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-4, to Rafael Nadal in the third round. Off the court, his charitable foundation has raised more than $60 million to help underprivileged children.

"He's a showman," Dell said. "He's a very intellectual, articulate guy and he really has a relationship with the crowd."

Should Agassi reach the semifinals or the final of the tournament, Dell estimates that 90 percent of the fans will be calling Agassi's name.
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Agassi is the punisher... can he still do it before he retires?

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[quote=kati830728]The picture made steffi[/QUOT

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You can find it on the website from sportillustrated.
You have to search for andre agassi and they show the article and there you can find it.
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Old 07-22-2006, 09:44 PM   #174
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http://www.tennis.com/news/news.aspx?id=35932

Past champions Federer, Agassi headline U.S. Open field

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Two-time champions Roger Federer and Andre Agassi will headline the U.S. Open men's singles field.

Agassi will make his record 21st straight U.S. Open appearance, passing Jimmy Connors' Open-era record. Agassi, who won in 1994 and 1999, announced last month that he will retire after the Aug. 28-Sept. 10 Grand Slam event in New York.

Federer, the No. 1 player, is trying to join Ivan Lendl (1985-87) and John McEnroe (1979-81) as the only men to win three consecutive U.S. Open titles in the Open era.
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Agassi Recalls When He Was a Lucky Loser
By Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
July 24, 2006


Just when you thought there was almost nothing more to know about Andre Agassi, he manages to throw a swerving, change-of-pace shot in your direction.

As the tennis world prepares to wave goodbye to the venerable Agassi, who will be retiring from the tour after the U.S. Open, he is making a farewell tour of sorts on the North American summer hard-court circuit. This will be his 11th and final appearance in the main draw at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center, in the tournament now known as the Countrywide Classic.
Certainly the 36-year-old will be asked about his most memorable moments at each venue through the Open, including Los Angeles. So, what was it? His first title here? The second? The third? The fourth?

Try again.

It was in 1999, shortly after losing to famed rival Pete Sampras in the Wimbledon final.

"The most memorable time here for me was losing to Pete six and six in the finals," Agassi said Sunday at UCLA. "And then showering in those showers they have here and getting real dressed up and getting in my convertible, a '76 El Dorado, and driving down the road for my first date with Steffi [Graf].

"I never remember not caring so much after losing a match."

Their first dinner together was in La Jolla. Agassi laughed about the way the day unfolded.

"It was perfect," he said. "That was my actual best memory is losing here, a match where they got to see something good."

Seven years later, he and Graf are married and have two children, 4-year-old Jaden Gil and 2-year-old Jaz Elle. The family is expected to be on hand during the tournament, as it was last year, when Jaden Gil hugged his father after Agassi defeated Gilles Muller in the final.

That was Agassi's 60th career title, his fourth at UCLA. His final ATP Tour appearance in Southern California will begin today against Xavier Malisse of Belgium in the first round. And Agassi's often-ailing back is doing better after receiving treatment about 10 days ago.

"Just took an injection and I've been playing pain-free, and I've been moving so well on the court. It just feels great," he said.

The top-seeded player at UCLA is Andy Roddick, who took a wild card Friday and received a confidence boost by reaching his first final of the year, losing in three sets Sunday at Indianapolis to James Blake. The seeded players after Roddick are Lleyton Hewitt, Fernando Gonzalez, Robby Ginepri, Agassi, Tommy Haas, Dominik Hrbaty and Dmitry Tursunov.

Andy Murray of Britain pulled out of the tournament because of an injured neck. Murray had been set to play Hrbaty in the first round; his spot will be taken by a lucky loser from the qualifying tournament.

Although Hewitt is on the other side of the draw and could meet Agassi only in the final, he spoke about having to face the sentimental favorite this summer.

"I think everyone knows that has to play him over the next month or so that he's going to be a huge crowd favorite, just as Sampras was when he always played in U.S. Opens," Hewitt said. "So it's not an easy situation, but it's something you've just got to block out … to try and focus on what you've got to do."


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I'll bet the crowds are going to be absolutely insane with people trying to get tickets to see Andre one last time. American tennis is going to be in heaps of trouble when he retires.

But this is a sweet article. Enjoy.

Agassi's farewell tour will be special
Commentary: This week provides a last chance for L.A. to cheer for a player who grew into a legend.


By Jim Thomas
Updated Saturday, July 22, 2006


One last time.

One last time to see, in person, one of the greatest tennis players in the history of the game. One last time to see, in person, a man who has meant as much to what used to be called the L.A. Tennis Open as anyone over the last 15 years.

One last time to see, in person, one of the most inspiring personalities in the history of sport. One last time to see, in person, the man who went from saying "Image is everything" for a camera commercial to proving that substance matters most of all.

One last time for Southern California's sports fans to say goodbye to Andre Agassi.

Agassi, who announced at Wimbledon he will retire after the U.S. Open, begins his farewell tour of the U.S. summer hardcourt tournaments this week at UCLA in the newly retitled Countrywide Classic.

The 80th annual tournament, which begins Monday, is as loaded as it's been in years -- Andy Roddick and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt are seeded 1-2 --but Agassi will be the sentimental favorite.

At a well-conditioned 36 years of age, he's also the defending champion, a fact that should remind both Roddick and Hewitt you can never count out the grand old man of tennis. A year ago, Agassi won one of his favorite tournaments for the fourth time despite a lengthy injury layoff and playing just a week of tennis before coming to L.A.

Actually, neither needs a wake-up call for Agassi. They know that playing the always-prepared Agassi on his farewell U.S. tour will be a special challenge.

"I think everyone knows who has to play him over the next month or so, that he's going to be a huge crowd favorite," Hewitt said. "It's not an easy situation, but it's something you've just got to block out."

Blocking out the crowd's reaction might be the easy part. Both Hewitt and Roddick have the greatest respect for a man who was winning grand slams long before they were on the ATP tour.

"You hate to see Andre retire," Hewitt said. "He's obviously going to be a huge loss to the sport. ... There's no doubt he will be missed and probably more so for his personality as well as his name worldwide. ...

"He's done a lot of great things for our sport."

Said Roddick during Wimbledon: "Selfishly, I'm going to miss a guy who has been a mentor to me as far as trying to carry yourself with a little bit of professionalism. I've gotten to see the real good side of him up close and personal. We'll miss tennis players, but I think we'll miss him as a tennis player more."

Agassi probably won't be as emotional as he was during his final Wimbledon, but it's a sure bet he'll be superbly focused for his L.A. finale. He's a prideful man who will want to make his last memories at UCLA good ones.

Plus, he gave an indication at Wimbledon, where he was competitive with Rafael Nadal, that he's still got some high-quality tennis left in him. Agassi, who has a career grand slam to his credit, has always played some of his best tennis on the U.S. hardcourts.

"I'll look back at this as one of my most memorable experiences," Agassi said at Wimbledon in what serves as a sneak preview for his U.S. farewell tour. "To say goodbye, for me, this means as much as winning, saying goodbye."

Having watched Agassi on the court and in the interview room on a number of occasions at UCLA, I have no doubt he means every word. Agassi's transformation from a rebel-without-a-cause teenager into a compassionate family man whose charitable foundation works wonders for disadvantaged children is as impressive as his longevity in a sport where youth is always served.

Roddick can speak to Agassi's integrity.

"I was able to be close to him when I was 17, 18 years old, walking through the hallways," Roddick said. "He knows every doorman's name. (He says) please and all the thank-yous at the transportation area. Those things don't get reported on, but they probably make the man more so than (anything).

"I learned a lot just by watching him go about his daily business."

So when Agassi blows a kiss to the crowd after a hard-fought victory, it's not just for show. He means it.

He's grateful for the life he leads and the fans who have supported him. And he's grateful for one last chance to say goodbye in style.


Jim Thomas can be reached by e-mail at jim.thomas@dailybreeze.com.

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Agassi makes final L.A. stop
Eight-time Grand Slam champion, who will retire after the U.S. Open, starts Countrywide Classic title with easy win


By Rhiannon Potkey, rpotkey@VenturaCountyStar.com
July 24, 2006

Over the last two decades, Ellie Caprine has watched Andre Agassi mature from a long-haired teenager in acid-washed denim shorts with bright neon spandex to a balding father of two dressed in conservative classic whites.

She has watched him transform from a camera-hawking rebel who spurned the establishment to a mutual-fund pitchman who bows and blows kisses to the crowd.

So when Agassi announced last month he was retiring after the U.S. Open in September, Caprine knew exactly where she would be this week.

Like parents sending a child off to college, fans braved the heat on Monday afternoon at the Countrywide Classic to bid Agassi farewell in his final appearance in Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old Las Vegas native made sure his stay would last more than just a few hours, beginning his title defense with a 7-6 (10), 6-0 victory over Belgium's Xavier Malisse in the first round.

"There was no way I was going to miss this," said Caprine, a 63-year-old from Brea. "To see how far he has come is just amazing. I just knew I had to be here no matter what."

When he burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old phenom, Agassi could never have envisioned his up-and-down career would be so prolonged and enriching.

An eight-time Grand Slam champion, and one of only five men to win every major, Agassi is the last of his American class to walk away from professional tennis, joining longtime rival Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Michael Chang in retirement.

"For him to go is certainly a blow to American tennis for sure," said Jimmy Connors, who is tied with Agassi for most career top-10 finishes.

"But he has been around so many years and performed at such a high level for so many years there comes a point in time when your body breaks down and you either want to continue to sacrifice or say enough is enough."

Bob and Mike Bryan idolized Agassi while they were growing up in Camarillo, hanging posters on their walls and cutting his pictures out of magazines.

"He was our religion and we had a shrine built to him," Mike Bryan said.

"We basically worshipped the guy, and he is a big reason why we wanted to play the game."

Once the Bryans came on tour, Agassi became a close friend and mentor to the 28-year-old identical twins.

"He took us under his wing and gave us really good advice," Bob Bryan said. "He was so confident in himself, he didn't feel threatened by any of the young guys."

A few months ago, Agassi's coach, Darren Cahill, called Sam Querrey to ask the 18-year-old Thousand Oaks resident to come hit with Agassi in San Diego.

During the changeovers, Querrey and Agassi talked more about life than they did about backhands and forehands.

"He's a legend, and he's done great things for the game," Querrey said. "He's a great guy, nice, generous and fun. It seems like he does all the right things. It's sad to see a player like him leave the sport."

Caprine's bond to Agassi strengthened in the last few years while her husband battled lung cancer. Although Roger Caprine died last July, Agassi's tireless dedication to fitness inspired him to hold on a few month longer.

"Agassi doing whatever it took to keep himself fit against the odds really helped my husband," Ellie Caprine said. "He always worked and never gave up. No matter what your health problems are, you don't give up. Agassi showed him that."

Agassi's fame and success has allowed him to establish a charitable foundation, which has raised more than $50 million, and to build the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a charter school for at-risk youth in Las Vegas.

Along with dedicating more time to those endeavors during retirement, Agassi plans to savor every moment spent with his wife, Steffi Graf, and their two children, Jaden Gil and Jaz Elle.

"I'm used to waking up and wondering what I have to do, what my schedule is, where I need to be and what time I need to be there," Agassi said.

"Now, I will wake up and look at what I want to do today. It's looking at things from a different perspective."

When asked what advice he would give to the next young Agassi who may be coming through the pipeline, Agassi smiled and said, "First I would tell him to cut his hair. That would be first, and then I would laugh at him because he has a long road ahead and I wish him a lot of luck."

After he returns his last serve at the U.S. Open and the cheers of adulation begin fading from his life for good, Agassi hopes his imprint on the sport will be remembered for more than just records.

"I would like it to be better off for having me because I know I have been way better off for having the game," Agassi said. "I want to believe somewhere along the line I left it in a better place than when I arrived."

As she exited the stadium after Agassi's first-round victory, Caprine was already planning her return trip to watch him again on Wednesday.

She said it's the least she can do for all the joy Agassi has provided her over the last 20 years.

"He doesn't just take from the fans, he gives back," Caprine said. "and for that, I am eternally grateful."

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Defending champion Andre Agassi speaks during a news conference at the Countrywide Classic tennis tournament in Westwood section of Los Angeles on Monday, July 24, 2006. Agassi opened his final summer hardcourt tennis season Monday with a 7-6, 6-0 victory over Xavier Malisse in the opening round of the tournament. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Andre Agassi hits a backhand to Xavier Malisse of Belgium during the Countrywide Classic on July 24 2006 in Straus Stadium at the Los Angeles Tennis Center-UCLA in Westwood, California. Agassi defeated Malisse 7-6 (12-10), 6-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andre Agassi
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Agassi to Join Roddick for Charity Exhibition

Andy Roddick will be joined Andre Agassi for the Sixth Annual Andy Roddick Charity Exhibition on December 10, at the Polo Club Boca Raton in Florida.

A pro-celebrity exhibition featuring the pair, both of whom have ranked No. 1 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, will begin at 1pm and include a World Team Tennis format with singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches.

The festivities begin with a variety of tennis games sponsored by USA Tennis Florida, with the Andy Roddick Kid’s Zone – starting at 11:30am - offering music, raffles, sumo wrestling, rock climbing, a bounce house and other activities thanks to the support of MSE Events and the Pure Energy Entertainment Group.

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Class act: Agassi bids farewell to adoring L.A. fans

Andre Agassi was the bad boy of tennis. He was characterized by his exceptionally long mullet and a big attitude. I'm not sure when exactly this image fell by the wayside, but when the 36-year-old bald Agassi left Los Angeles for the last time as a professional, he left as a shining example of class and an individual grateful for what the sport of tennis has given him.

In this day and age of celebrity athletes with big paychecks and even bigger egos, being in a press conference with Agassi is a surreal experience. He is not soft-spoken, but talks with a calmness and a presence that make him powerfully eloquent and makes the people around him feel as though he is really listening to their questions and answering them thoughtfully. Coming from someone who has been giving interviews for decades, it is unbelievable. He comes off much more as a Buddhist monk than as a bad boy.

Sitting a few feet away from Agassi, I couldn't help feeling like this tennis legend who had won 60 ATP titles in his long and illustrious career was more down-to-earth than I am.

Like he does on the court, Agassi carries himself with an understated grace and an understanding that he is a true ambassador of tennis.

This summer represents the ambassador's last tour around the nation as he has announced his retirement after August's U.S. Open. Every stop along the way is his last visit, and Los Angeles was no different.

During his final match in Southern California – a loss to Fernando Gonzalez in the quarterfinals – the stadium erupted with applause whenever he landed a winner, and groaned whenever one of his shots ended up in the net.

Despite the loss, Agassi put on a great show before the final curtain came down on his Los Angeles career. Agassi fell behind early, losing the first set while struggling to deal with the ridiculous power of Fernando Gonzalez's crosscourt forehand. The situation seemed eerily familiar to his last match when he dropped the first set to Swiss born George Bastl before coming back to win the match.

Sadly for tennis fans, he could not repeat the comeback.

But before Agassi's exit, the crowd got a touch of his legendary competitive spirit when he came back from triple match-point late in the third set to tie up the game.

When he did his standard bowing and blowing kisses to the four sides of the stadium after the match, I couldn't help but soak in the opportunity to see the master of his craft for the final time.

As it will be for every one of his matches at each venue he plays in this summer, Agassi was more than a fan favorite at UCLA; he was almost royalty. This summer he has home-court advantage regardless of what city he is in.

The tennis legend will go down in history as one of the greatest to play the game and one of the classiest individuals to carry the torch for the sport. The greatest heroes in any sport have their legendary counterpart, and Agassi is no different. He will be most remembered for his epic battles against his contemporary Pete Sampras, who has a very different personality but similar artistry on the court.

While Agassi was the loud bad boy, Sampras was always quiet and reserved. As Agassi left Los Angeles, and as he will soon leave tennis all together, that difference is being blurred. Agassi is by no means reserved, but he is no irresponsible bad boy either. He walks away with a far better hairstyle, and he leaves the game far better off than when he found it.

http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/...s.asp?id=37821
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