He said in an interview that he'll retire once he feels that he cant win tournaments even if hes playing his best tennis. So as long as he is still winning and producing great results, hes not close to retiring.
The Android won't retire until he wins the French Open title, that means he will never retire, he will play untill 70+ with a hope that one day he's going to win it. Unfortunately, he'll get a heart acttack on the court while trying his 50+th times to win the FO!!!
now seriously. i re-watched the Agassi-Ferreira match last night and i take back all the slightly negative comments i made about his finals match against Rainer. i think now that the problem in in that match was that Agassi just didn't have a good enuf opponent. i've experienced this personally. you're playing against somebody so much worse than you that the standard of your game drops as well.
but re-watching the Ferreira match last i am amazed at how well Agassi is playing. he is in incredibly fine shape. his tennis is HOT! i hope he doesn't retire any time soon. i hope his body can hold up for another couple of years but younger players can learn a LOT from watching him.
i also agree with Pea that Andre is terrific for tennis. he is articulate, savvy, philosophical and witty. what's not to love...
Per4ever - I never said that he wouldn't be missed, I said that TENNIS WOULD SURVIVE JUST FINE WITHOUT HIM.
And it will.
The tournaments won't all of a sudden find that they have zero attendance, and the TV audiences (except perhaps in the USA where your casual fan likely has only been exposed to somebody like Safin once in their life) will still tune in.
How can you question my objectivity in this thread, then in another thread praise my mildly humourous attempt at showing that Andre is ten times better on clay then Hewitt in another?
Be consistent, AND read what I'm saying please.
I really get irked by responses to me that have nothing to do with what I said.
Well I think TENNIS WON'T BE FINE WITHOUT HIM and the other oldies. Nobody of the younger talents seem to have that special something that gets people to tournaments. I think ATP will have a more difficult period