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US Open Flashback: Agassi’s last match

Fourth of five parts

Andre Agassi went from young punk to revered champion during the two decades he played at the US Open. Hard to believe he only won the championship twice (1994 and 1999) since he always seemed to be the big story. He made the semifinals as a teenager in 1988 and 1989 then made the finals as a 20-year-old. He lost that year to Pete Sampras and would again lose to him in the 1995 and 2002 finals. In 2005. he made it to the final one last time and, at 35, stretched Roger Federer to four tight sets.

Andre had some injuries but was determined to play the US Open one last time. He lost in the third round to¬† Benjamin Becker then shed tears after receiving a prolonged ovation from the crowd. He then made one of the most moving speeches in tournament history.’

Here it is:

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  1. Greg:

    I enjoy your blog, but was disappointed that you included a piece on Agassi. Years ago, he made a very homophobic comment that was widely circulated. I think the Advocate magazine even named him their homophobe of the year, or something like that. I can’t recall the exact quote, but you may remember it. To my knowledge, he has never apologized. While he was a very good tennis player, Agassi is certainly no friend to the gay community.

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