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Agassi Lays Out Retirement Plan

The winner of all four of tennis' Grand Slam tournaments says this is his last Wimbledon and this year's U.S. Open will end his career.

June 25, 2006|Diane Pucin | Times Staff Writer

"It's the first time I've walked on to a practice court and been nervous. I had sweaty palms," Murray said. "Growing up, he was the guy I looked up to. He changed tennis. He made tennis a cool sport. He was one of the first tennis players to be a worldwide famous sort of personality.

"When he won the French Open to win all four Slams, that's got to be up there as one of the biggest moments in tennis history."

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, a Wimbledon winner in 2002, said of Agassi: "He was kind of a character for our sport. There's not too many more recognizable people out there in tennis. He'll go down as one of the guys that changed our sport."

If form holds, Agassi, seeded No. 25, will meet second-seeded and recently crowned French Open champion Rafael Nadal in the third round.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday June 27, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
Tennis: In Sunday's Sports section, an article on Andre Agassi said his professional ranking dropped below 400 at one point. In fact, Agassi's lowest ranking was 141, in November 1997.

"He's a legend," Nadal said. "He was very good, he go away, he stop, after he stop he came back and was top player again. I think that's very difficult. That's unbelievable."

This summer of play is not just a farewell tour, Agassi said. He would like to win. His opening match here is against Boris Pashanski, a 23-year-old from Serbia, who is making his Wimbledon debut.

"There's still a lot of fight left in me," Agassi said. "If I can get through a match or two here and get my teeth in this event I hope to cause problems for the big guys. That's what I intend to do."

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The Agassi file

A capsule look at the career of tennis great Andre Agassi, above, who announced Saturday that he will retire after this year's U.S. Open.

* Born: April 29, 1970, in Las Vegas.

* Turned pro: 1986.

* Career singles titles: 60.

* Grand Slam singles titles: 8 (Wimbledon in 1992, U.S. Open in 1994 and 1999, French Open in 1999, Australian Open in 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003). One of only five men in tennis history to win all four Grand Slam tournaments, joining Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson.

* Career record: 864-270.

* Career prize money: $31,043,450

* Highest ATP tour ranking: No. 1; first in April 1995, most recently in May 2003.

* Family: Married former tennis star Steffi Graf in 2001; son Jaden Gil born in 2001, daughter Jaz Elle born in 2003.

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Source: The Associated Press

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