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pierce0415
Dec 3rd, 2005, 07:03 PM
Love conquers all -- even in tennis
Agassi and Graf form a formidable twosome on and off the court

BY JOHN PACKETT
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Dec 3, 2005

The husband and wife team of Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf had never played mixed doubles together before last night's Genworth Children's Advantage Classic.


"I anticipate winning the mixed," Agassi said prior to the exhibition against Andy Roddick and Anna Kournikova in front of a sold-out audience at the Siegel Center.

Agassi's forecast proved correct, as he and Graf pulled out an 8-7 decision, claiming the eight-game pro set by virtue of a 7-4 tiebreaker and then celebrating with a long kiss before heading to the net to shake hands with their victims.

The Agassis smooched more than once during the match, which may have made up for the time that Graf hit her husband in the back with a return during one point.

"It'll certainly be a great experience for us," said Agassi before the match. He is still plying his trade on the tour while his wife, 36, has been retired since 1999. "To enjoy each other on that level. I don't anticipate things being too fiery on our end."

In other words, Agassi wasn't counting on either of them being disturbed when the other missed a shot.

"We haven't really done that [gotten mad] yet," Agassi said. "I don't think tennis will get us there."

Indeed, there were nothing but smiles and grins from the Agassis, who were married in October, 2001, and have two children, Jaden and Jaz. While they weren't exactly color coordinated, the couple played well enough together to outlast Roddick and Kournikova.

Just because they prevailed against some pretty stiff competition -- Roddick didn't hold back on many of his trademark rocket serves -- doesn't mean there are any plans to play together on the circuit.

"That wouldn't be my guess," Agassi smiled. "It takes a lot to get her to put herself in that position out there. The reasons why we're here are why we're doing it at all."

All of the proceeds, which totaled a little over $500,000, will benefit Virginia Commonwealth's Lobs and Lessons program for inner-city kids and the William Byrd Community House.

In the final match of the evening, Agassi showed that he can still stay with the best in the world at 35 when he pulled out a first-set tiebreaker and went on to post a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 verdict over Roddick, 23, who finished 2005 ranked No.3 in the world. Agassi wasn't far behind at No.7.

"My game is one that's designed to play against different styles of players," said Agassi, who's planning to get 2006 started with the Australian Open next month. "More than anything, it's important to have the motivation and focus, and I've done that over the years.

"I'm still challenged, but the challenge has certainly taken on a different nature as I get older. I'm still very motivated to get out there and figure out a way. If I can stay healthy and play well throughout the year, then I'll take a good look at it and see where I stand."

Prior to the matches, all of the players participated in an afternoon clinic for about 300 kids from Richmond and Newport News. Some of the invited juniors -- most were from underprivileged neighborhoods -- went on the court and hit with the stars, while the majority watched from the stands and tried to absorb the lessons.

The afternoon and evening sessions were taped by The Tennis Channel for showing later this month and next year.

Maryamator
Dec 3rd, 2005, 07:18 PM
haha cool:D

Ellery
Dec 3rd, 2005, 07:49 PM
:D :worship:

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 3rd, 2005, 07:57 PM
having Duckboy on your team is a serious handicap though :lol:

Meesh
Dec 3rd, 2005, 08:05 PM
Sounds like a great time. Wish I could of been there...

AGASSI/GRAF :worship:

Mr_Molik
Dec 3rd, 2005, 09:40 PM
steffi :hearts:

faboozadoo15
Dec 3rd, 2005, 09:42 PM
and in looks, anna k/andy def steffi/andre 6-0 6-0.

Sir Stefwhit
Dec 3rd, 2005, 09:56 PM
The Agassis smooched more than once during the match, which may have made up for the time that Graf hit her husband in the back with a return during one point.
:lol:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 3rd, 2005, 10:03 PM
Awesome stuff!! Wouldn't have wished myself any losers on this match neither any winners! Good stuff!

Havok
Dec 3rd, 2005, 10:45 PM
and in looks, anna k/andy def steffi/andre 6-0 6-0.
:haha::haha:

TF Chipmunk
Dec 3rd, 2005, 10:47 PM
and in looks, anna k/andy def steffi/andre 6-0 6-0.
Such a low-blow :haha::haha::haha:

manu32
Dec 3rd, 2005, 10:49 PM
bravo steffi/andré

@m@nd@
Dec 3rd, 2005, 10:53 PM
well done :yeah:

FLL
Dec 3rd, 2005, 10:56 PM
Andy can't make a volley to save his life so imagine him playing doubles :scared: Poor Anna :hug: I should have played doubles with her :kiss:;)

morningglory
Dec 3rd, 2005, 11:10 PM
ouch! youth defeat..... I mean as great as Steffi once was, she's old now... oh but Anna has been 'retired' for a while too... but they should still have more youthful energy....

Spunky83
Dec 3rd, 2005, 11:38 PM
The afternoon and evening sessions were taped by The Tennis Channel for showing later this month and next year.

My dear fellow posters...anyone able to tape and upload the doubles?

GogoGirl
Dec 3rd, 2005, 11:47 PM
Hey All,

Great recap. I just love those Agassi's. I hope they stay together forever. It's so good to hear that they smooched in between some points. Anyone know what the secret is to true love? It seems they do. And to have two beautiful children from that love. Someone please shut me down now before I start crying. LOL!

Surely, they all had fun - and helped out a cause. What a foursome for taking and giving their time to help the underprivileged. Now that is the biggest feat. They all are winners in my book.

Steffi and Andre sitting on a swing.

rfs1999
Dec 3rd, 2005, 11:58 PM
Did Graf play Kournikova in singles?

Zhao
Dec 4th, 2005, 02:11 AM
well roddick's volleys are :scared:

hope to see Steffi playing some doubles though

bellascarlett
Dec 4th, 2005, 04:15 AM
and in looks, anna k/andy def steffi/andre 6-0 6-0.

Calling Calimero...Calling Calimero...:lol:

nari
Dec 4th, 2005, 05:10 AM
and in looks, anna k/andy def steffi/andre 6-0 6-0.
:rolls: :rolls: hope you could feel better for saying so:yippee: :yippee:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:48 AM
Calling Calimero...Calling Calimero...:lol:

read my mind... :lol:

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:20 AM
yeah did graf and kournikova play singles

up!
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:29 AM
pics from this match?

SloKid
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:42 AM
The Agassis smooched more than once during the match, which may have made up for the time that Graf hit her husband in the back with a return during one point.
Calimero would have started the thread about that saying that Steffi is the most inovative husband beater in the world...:rolleyes: :lol:

SloKid
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:43 AM
Calling Calimero...Calling Calimero...:lol:
Don't call the :devil: or we will have 500 Steffi pics in this thread including the parrot one...:lol:

LeRoy.
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:45 AM
trollimero is banned :banana:

irma
Dec 4th, 2005, 09:25 AM
http://vh10503.moc.gbahn.net/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=G0&Date=20051204&Category=NEWS03&ArtNo=512040350&Ref=AR&Profile=1037&MaxW=500&title=1&Maxh=400&Q=80

SloKid
Dec 4th, 2005, 09:28 AM
http://vh10503.moc.gbahn.net/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=G0&Date=20051204&Category=NEWS03&ArtNo=512040350&Ref=AR&Profile=1037&MaxW=500&title=1&Maxh=400&Q=80
OMG, why is Andre playing with Kuznetsova and why has she coloured her hair so dark. Or is that Silvija Talaja...:scratch: :confused:

irma
Dec 4th, 2005, 09:54 AM
http://www.efrendz.com/channels/pictures/sports/tennis/ladies/steffi_graf/enlarge/14.jpg

just for all people on this board. now you can all blame me as the evil Steffi fan, because that's what you all want right?

:rolleyes:

oh and I like monkeys better then parrots!

nari
Dec 4th, 2005, 09:57 AM
http://vh10503.moc.gbahn.net/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=G0&Date=20051204&Category=NEWS03&ArtNo=512040350&Ref=AR&Profile=1037&MaxW=500&title=1&Maxh=400&Q=80
:worship: :hearts: :hearts:

NicoMary
Dec 4th, 2005, 11:17 AM
any pictures more??? pleasseeeeeee:worship:

Andy T
Dec 4th, 2005, 11:32 AM
http://www.efrendz.com/channels/pictures/sports/tennis/ladies/steffi_graf/enlarge/14.jpg

just for all people on this board. now you can all blame me as the evil Steffi fan, because that's what you all want right?

:rolleyes:

oh and I like monkeys better then parrots!

No Irma, you are the classiest, fairest and most knowledgeable Steffi fan on here.

I do hope they decide to play mixed in a major this year - it'd be great for Andre to make a dream come true in what may well be his final year and I'm sure Steffi would get a huge buzz out of playing on Chatrier or Centre Court one more time and there is nothing to stop them giving their winnings to a children's charity.

manu32
Dec 4th, 2005, 04:07 PM
they won against bryan and azarenka......
great team indeed

Pierce4ever
Dec 4th, 2005, 04:25 PM
Steffi/Andre :yeah: