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By Akshay Kohli
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Two American heroes, two former US Open Champions and two former players ranked No.1 in the World were seen on the Arthur Ashe Stadium when Andy Roddick returned to honor Andre Agassi at his US Open Court of Champions induction ceremony.
“He had such a big impact on my life when I was a kid,” expressed Roddick of his fellow countryman. “Everyone wanted to be like him. He had an entire generation of kids wearing jean shorts and pink tights. I was lucky to be able to tag along with Andre early in my career, either as a practice partner or playing against him in exhibitions. Watching him go into rooms and shake everyone’s hand and look them in the eye, he gave everyone the kind of undivided attention you don’t often see from professional athletes.”
Agassi set an Open Era record with 21 straight US Open appearances, which included two titles, in 1994 and 1999. Agassi has been described as “the ultimate showman at the ultimate show” on his plate, which will be placed along with 21 other inductees.
“This is the only Grand Slam in my career that I’ve never missed,” commented Agassi. “The reason, quite honestly, is you… I miss your sounds. I miss your silence. I miss giving you everything I had and a little bit more. Thank you for giving me everything you’ve had for 21 years and a little bit more.”
TennisEarth congratulates Andre Agassi for this achievement and wish him all the luck for his future endeavors.
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