Agassi to retire :(

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  1. zolo

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    I guess we knew it was coming but still sad. What wonderful years of tennis and entertainment he has given us. He retires after the US Open.
     
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  2. malakas

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    How do you know?Do you have a link?Thanx in advance
     
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  3. zolo

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    I saw it on sky news in the UK.

    This is from the BBC website. I'll paste below and put a link. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/5113046.stm


    Agassi announces retirement date

    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 on Saturday.

    More to follow.
     
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  4. malakas

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    Oh..so the rumours were true..:( ..Agassi will retire..:(
     
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  5. zolo

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    I know, so sad :( He will be really missed. One of the best players ever and so much personality.
     
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  6. Court_Jester

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    Maybe that's why ESPN Classic showed this match yesterday against Goran Ivanisevic. Or maybe just a coincidence.


    CJ
     
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  7. exruda

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    :( I knew he couldn't last forever, but it's so sad nonetheless...
     
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  8. Condoleezza

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    :(
    Riding into the sunset.
    With his formidable wife and his cute kids.
    He will be sorely missed ...

    Condi

    BTW, what about some mixed doubles exhibition matches with Steffi?:D
     
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  9. milo

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    great player though. still fighting.
     
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  10. unjugon

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    When someone dies, it´s not a good moment to bash and criticize him/her.

    As I don´t care about that, let me be the first to point out that Agassi was acting like an arrogant jerk on court for a few years already -Goldstein episode and others. Glad he´ll be gone soon, wasn´t a fan of him.
     
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  11. zolo

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    Now that would be fun!
     
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  12. BaseLineBash

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    Andre Agassi. He is tennis' biggest and most popular player EVER. I'm saddened and understanding at the same time. Fans, fellow players, sports analysts, commentators, world leaders, adults, children and athletes all over the World respect this man whether they like him or not. We can not even fathom the hole this will leave in the sport and in the hearts of all the loyal tennis fans. It will be as if something is always missing from this game that is loved by so many. Inspiration period.
     
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  13. zolo

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    Great post!! You summed it up beautifully :)
     
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  14. Kobble

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    It should be interesting to watch the ratings of tennis after his departure. My bet is it goes down, way down. This guy could single handedly outdraw 3/4 of the field. Maybe more.
     
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  15. HyperHorse

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    another legend bites the dust...
    although i have to say at the start of his career he was a bit brash/cocky/bit of a jerk, as outlined by UnJugon.. but what is this Goldstein incident???
    can u tell us/me more???

    anyway half way thru his career he realised he had so many missed opportunities, had some injury problems.. then refocused himself...
    I'll remember him for the sportsman that he was in the last 10yrs...
    although i wasnt always a big fan of his game...
    amen, Andre...
     
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  16. Vantage231511

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    It's not good-bye yet...

    Love him or hate him, Andre was good for tennis, and underneath the early brashness of his career is a man with a heart of gold.

    Lets all give him the boost he needs to win the US Open this year and go out on a high note.
     
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  17. Jonas

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    We all knew it was coming, but I just figured that he would hang around a couple more years and play the majors. Anyhow, I have enjoyed watching him and buying a lot of his shoes/gear earlier on. Tennis will suffer greatly from this loss. Should be one HECK of a sendoff at this year's US open.
    I herd at one point AA sold more shoes than Michael Jordan?? Could that be true?
     
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  18. sandiegotennisboy

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    im sad about this news. andre is an icon to the sport and will be missed.

    i wonder if any present player can match his longevity?
     
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  19. diegaa

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    Sad, sad news.... who will my mom be supporting now? He´s been her fav player since the begining.. She knows how to pick the ones.
    Good luck andre!
     
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  20. sliceroni

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    I no I sound like a wus but who care, I'll probably cry. I agree, love him or hate him he meant so much to this sport. :(
     
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    I'm getting tickets to the first 4 nights of the
    Open. I predict a first or second round exit -- and I want to be there for his last match.
     
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  22. austro

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    Guys, relax, he's just retiring, not dying...
     
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  23. BabolatFan

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    He's making the right decision. Hope he goes out with a big bang again at USO.
     
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  25. RiosTheGenius

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    this is going to affect me more than I thought .... I hope he stays around tennis, plays team tennis in the summer , etc.
    Good Luck andre!
     
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  26. theace21

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    I hope he makes a great run at the US Open. The fans will really be behind him...
     
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  27. irishbanger

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    Although he will be missed as a player, this could be a real positive for tennis. Unlike Sampras, I don't think Agassi will disappear from the tennis scene. There has been talk of making Aggasi a "Tennis Commissioner", and someone with his presence, intelligence and fame could take tennis to new heights. Let's hope this is the case!
     
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    Although he will be missed as a player, this could be a real positive for tennis. Unlike Sampras, I don't think Agassi will disappear from the tennis scene. There has been talk of making Aggasi a "Tennis Commissioner", and someone with his presence, intelligence and fame could take tennis to new heights. Let's hope this is the case!
     
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  29. slice bh compliment

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    Commissioner of tennis (if that will ever exist)......>....magnetic concensus builder.......>.........diplomat or politician.

    Or maybe he will work in broadcasting, continue his efforts at his charter school and build many more like it.
     
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  30. Andres

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    He's too big of a media and sports icon. I'm sure he'll stay around.
    But we're certainly going to miss him. I know I'm going to. :(

    Good luck Andre! And raise and train that little kid of yours, so he can become the next Grand-Slammer! He got the right genes :)
     
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  31. malakas

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    hahahaha!!indeed!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSK3XnlI2Mw&search=Agassi

    It seems that he's in the right track to become better than his parents!:mrgreen:
     
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  32. TacoBellBorderBowl1946

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    thats sad, it's time though. I enjoyed watching the greatest serve returner of all time play and win titles. Hopefully he can have a good sendoff by winning both Wimbledon and the US Open.
     
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  33. Frodo Baggins

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    Funny How the paper annouced it already:confused: >When infact Aggassi never told the public Yet :confused: Seems strange! (I'll belive it when it comes from Aggassi First!
     
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  34. emcee

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    I think Agassi's an even longer shot than Sampras was in 2002 to win the US Open because Sampras still had his guns (serve) and could end points relatively quickly...good for an older player.

    While I'll certainly be cheering for Andre, I just don't think anyone should get their hopes up for him to win the USO. Even in 2002, he looked exhausted in the final, and he's 4 years older now!

    What was the Goldstein incident?
     
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  35. TacoBellBorderBowl1946

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    who cares, all he needs is his serve return and his natural talent for taking the ball on the rise to win the USO. He took a set off Fed last year in the final.
     
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  36. exruda

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    Well, but he made it to the USO final last year, playing some 5-setters on the way there, and if not for Fed waiting for him in the last match -- he could have well won the whole thing!
     
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  37. FEDEXP

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    I don't think it's sad; it's about time, it's just reality. Don't forget the cortisone shots and injuries.
     
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  38. KBalla08

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    ya it would be fitting if he did the same as my boy samp, win his final GS, or if he somehow won wimby, end his career with the 1st one he won, samp did that too
     
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  39. doriancito

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    we dont have to b sad at all, we must ust give him a round a HUGE applause for all his effort, dedication and for being a leyend
     
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  40. Roger is Boring

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    good bye and good luck tohim!
     
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  41. Andres

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    It's on ATPTennis.com already.
    You better believe it.
     
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  42. Saito

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    Agreed with unjugon, his fake personality won no points from me... :)

    That aside, great job during career, but it's time to go....
     
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  43. Golden Retriever

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    I love his game but its about time.
     
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  44. 127 mph

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    I was destroyed when he left nike. Now this, we are around the same age. I remember watching matches when he was just a teenager. He felt like part of the family. I have collected so much of his stuff. I think that the early Andre kicked a>s. He would reach levels of play that have seldom ever been reached. I can't go on. Sad day.
     
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  45. hoosierbr

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    It is a sad day for Andre and tennis but at least he's going out on his own schedule. His body has finally told him it's time to stop but he' setting the schedule which is how it should be.

    He says he'll enter up to four warm-up events this summer before the Open. My guess is they'll be Los Angeles, D.C. and the Masters in Toronto and Cincy. Four extra chances to see him if he does play all four of them. This year's Open will be an emotional one for many, inlcuding me. I'll do whatever I have to be there again.
     
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  46. Warriorroger

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    You should give English lesson to your dumb fellow Spaniard, who almost speaks none.
     
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  47. unjugon

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    I was born in Germany. :(
     
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    You were a nike sales manager back then??:confused:

    Condi
     
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  49. joesixtoe

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    well lets rally behind him, and try a push him to win one of these next grandslams.
     
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    Hmm I want Fed to win Wimbledon, but I agree to have Agassi take the USO :mrgreen:
     
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