September 05, 2006 04:55:09 GMT
Andre Agassi said farewell to tennis at the U.S. Open on Sunday September 3rd.
The U.S. Open tournament, held Sunday September 3rd in Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, marked the very significant moment of Andre Agassi's career. The American tennis icon ended his 21-year career after his 21st consecutive tournament resulted in a loss to unknown German Benjamin Becker.
Collapsing in his courtside chair, Agassi was cheered by 20,000 people attending the tournament, as well as his tennis champ wife, Steffi Graf and their two children, Jaden, 4, and Jaz, 2.
Speaking on his retirement from tennis, Agassi told the crowd "The scoreboard said I lost today, but what the scoreboard doesn't say is what I have found. Over the last 21 years, I have found loyalty. You have pulled for me on the court and also in life. I have found inspiration. You have willed me to succeed, sometimes even in my lowest moments, and I've found generosity. You have given me your shoulders to stand on to reach for my dreams, dreams I could never have reached without you."
Also he continued "I was sitting there realizing that I was saying goodbye to everybody out there, and they were saying goodbye to me. It's saying goodbye. It's a necessary evil. But we were getting through it together. That felt amazing."