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Williams Sisters Tennis Clock Running Out of Time, Agassi Says

Williams Sisters Tennis Clock Running Out of Time, Agassi Says

By Bob Bensch

May 30 (Bloomberg) -- Time is running out for the Williams sisters to add to their legacy of Grand Slam championships, according to eight-time major winner Andre Agassi.

Venus and Serena Williams must understand that time they devote to projects and causes off the court takes energy and focus away from their tennis, Agassi said in an interview with Bloomberg Radio's ``On the Ball'' program to air this weekend.

The 38-year-old American spoke hours before Serena Williams was eliminated in the third round of the French Open by Katerina Srebotnick, 6-4, 6-4. With Venus Williams playing later today, the sisters have now won just two of their 14 Grand Slam titles since 2005.

``The Williams, you never quite know what you're going to get,'' Agassi said. ``It's a mixed bag when they show up at an event. They're incredible athletes who in my mind have the ability to dominate the sport but have found their own reasons why they're not.''

Serena Williams, 26, has devoted time in recent years to acting and fashion design. Venus Williams, 27, is a certified interior decorator, and took a break this year to deal with undisclosed medical problems.

``Every time you give your energy somewhere else, there's someone else in that draw who isn't doing that, and that reveals itself over the course of time,'' Agassi said.

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Agassi said he generally was able to keep off-court interests ``in pocket'' until he retired in 2006, when he turned his attention to projects such as the Las Vegas-based Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, which helps at-risk children.

``You have to plan your work and work your plan,'' he said. ``So if you're clear on what you're choosing, God bless you, but there's a clock you have on a career, especially a career that's ballistic and demanding psychologically, emotionally, physically, with the travel, the time zones, just the demands that are put on you. It takes a lot just to focus on that.''

Agassi said he is dedicated to advancing his own foundation in any way possible -- well, almost any way. The former player who strutted around the court pigeon-toed and slightly stooped said he wouldn't be joining other athletes on the ABC television reality show ``Dancing With the Stars'' to raise foundation funds.

``There are just some places where you've got to draw the line,'' he said with a chuckle.

To contact the reporter on this story: Scott Soshnick in New York at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net.
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Re: Williams Sisters Tennis Clock Running Out of Time, Agassi Says

Yep!! He knows what he is talking about!!!

But I think The Williams sisters are strong and still can compete. i hope they'll stick around for another 2 years at least!
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Re: Williams Sisters Tennis Clock Running Out of Time, Agassi Says

its just funny how they always talk about the williams sisters.
For me, i think we have enough of this unsolicited advice.
The williams family knows better about themselves so why dont just this journalist gives it a rest?

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Each player has to know what works for them. We have seen a few women who focused on tennis alone and they were the ones that left the game.
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Agassi is right in a way : time goes by.However, Serena's problem is not her dedication (acting, fashion design ?? ) : she won 3 tournies in a row, had a good preparation for RG and still lost.There's more than that to explain her losses in slams.
For Venus, her other interests seem to be good for her, it's just that she hasn't progressed tennis wise the past few years.The others have.
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Re: Williams Sisters Tennis Clock Running Out of Time, Agassi Says

He was probably directed towards this answer with a leading question.

Anyway, the outside interests thing is 2-3 years late. Both sisters have recognized this already.

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If anyone doubts Agassi's logic on anything regarding tennis you'd be foolish. He's spot on about what he says 99% of the time.
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He was probably directed towards this answer with a leading question.

Anyway, the outside interests thing is 2-3 years late. Both sisters have recognized this already.
Agreed.

Though, Agassi- of all people- knows about this subject, distraction and outside interest that is.

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I doubt Agassi is attentively following the WTA these days.

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Re: Williams Sisters Tennis Clock Running Out of Time, Agassi Says

nobody is undermining Agassi comments. He's been there, done that!
but i believed this one is an unsolicited advice for the williams and its tiring to see these journalist/writers asking every tennis icon about their opinions about how dedicated the williams sisters are.

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Re: Williams Sisters Tennis Clock Running Out of Time, Agassi Says

I used to call Agassi "the Egg man"
...but maybe he is right


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Re: Williams Sisters Tennis Clock Running Out of Time, Agassi Says

I believe Andre is right, after all he is my name sake ... however I am not sure if it is bad for Venus or Serena. What's important to do is to do what you want. If this is what they want; good for them and it is nobody elses business. Just my two cents

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Re: Williams Sisters Tennis Clock Running Out of Time, Agassi Says

Well, he's right about the clock running out. After all, they are not getting any younger.

However I think that Venus and Serena decided a long time ago that being the greatest women players of all time was not something that they were obssessed with.

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Time will officially run out the day Serena decides to hang it up and stop fighting.

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