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Andy T
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:05 PM
What do you guys think the odds are that Steffi will agree to play a couple of mixed doubles events at the slams with Andre this year?

Here are three indications that it might happen:

1) The indication is that Andre is likely to retire at the end of the year. We know it is a cherished dream of his to play mixed with Steffi at a major and she's the kind of person who would want to help him make his dream come true - as long as she feels she can play to a satisfactory (for her) standard.
2) Steffi has now made a couple of on-court appearances - in exhibitions vs Sabatini and in WTT - a significant change in context since she said "no" last time.
3) Steffi and Andre are going to play mixed together in an exhibition match against Bryan and Azarenka this weekend in Boise, Idaho.

I really hope they do decide to play a major together - Paris or Wimbledon seem the most likely choices to me as they are the events where Agassi is likely not to go as far in singles and the majors which Steffi loves the most.
The again, AA may want to do it at his home (and final?) slam.

Sally Struthers
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:13 PM
Steffi will return soon. Martina's return is just part of a larger conspiracy being perpetrated by the higher ups in the WTA tour to boost the star power of the tour before they renegotiate TV contracts. Anna will be coming back soon as well. ;)

creep
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:14 PM
Steffi will return soon. Martina's return is just part of a larger conspiracy being perpetrated by the higher ups in the WTA tour to boost the star power of the tour before they renegotiate TV contracts. Anna will be coming back soon as well. ;)

And Pamela Shriver? :)

Sally Struthers
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:17 PM
And Pamela Shriver? :)

they're trying to boost ratings not send them down the drain more than they are now !


sorry pam :kiss:

FaceyFacem
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:23 PM
i doubt andre would risk his chances at a major by playing mixed, i think wimbledon would be best chance though since fitness is least needed and he isn't one of the top contenders

M&M
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:24 PM
2) Steffi has now made a couple of on-court appearances - in exhibitions vs Sabatini and in WTT - a significant change in context since she said "no" last time.


really??? how did she do??? i think they will pair up in paris :) :yeah:

miranda_lou
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:26 PM
We know it is a cherished dream of his to play mixed with Steffi at a major

Andre has no "dream" to play mixed with Stef at any major.:rolleyes: When/where did you hear him say that? He has said that his wife has NO DESIRE TO RETURN TO PROFESSIONAL TENNIS. She is playing charity tournaments for her and Andre's charities. They will play this Friday in Richmond, Virginia (sponsored by Genworth Financial) and this Saturday in Boise, Idaho (where they are also building a new resort).

It's nice that Martina is coming back because she is still only 25 years old and is most likely bored to tears. On the other hand, Steffi Graf has a husband and two babies to look after. When would she have the time to practice and do the other things necessary to play well again, even if it is only mixed doubles?:rolleyes:

M&M
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:34 PM
2) Steffi has now made a couple of on-court appearances - in exhibitions vs Sabatini and in WTT - a significant change in context since she said "no" last time.


really??? how did she do??? i think they will pair up in paris :) :yeah:

Andy T
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:44 PM
She beat Sabatini very comfortably and in WTT she lost 5-4 to Likhovtseva (the tie-break at 4-4 was won 5-3 by Elena)

GoDominique
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:50 PM
Unlikely.