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Where are you, Andre?

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Breakfast at Rod Laver Arena anyone?

The Australian Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, is the most prestigious (and exclusive) tournament in professional tennis.

Potential ways to finish that last sentence so it makes sense: the eastern hemisphere. January.
...if you're Andre Agassi.
...if you like watching live tennis at 2 AM.
...after the other three slams.
...played on hardcourt and not played in Flushing Meadows.

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Andre Agassi concluded his career with a four-set loss on Sunday.

The Fynal Cut has his emotional parting words.

Deadspin has a picture of fellow American James Blake's tribute to Andre: he wore Agassi's old pink get-up from the mullet days (though if you check out the original, fuller-length picture here, you'll see that he wimped out on sporting the pink biker shorts).

Speaking of Blake, he's pretty much The American to Root For now. He's ranked 9th in the world, fifth in this year's Open, and he played a memorable match against Andre in this same even last year. Actually, Blake's role wasn't so memorable, as he choked, but it was Agassi's last truly great match, and Blake has been on the rise since.

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Parting Shot

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Andre Agassi is hobbling through the final event of a legendary career. I'd like to get my hopes up that he can make a run for the title and go out on top, but with his back as bad as it's been, I'm not going to get my hopes up. If he can make it far enough that I can see his final match on broadcast television, I'll be happy. Anything on top of that will be icing.

So instead of riling myself up for this event, I'll be content with memories. My all-time favorite being an early-round match in the French Open, sometime in the very-early 1990s Agassi was getting his rear handed to him by a chump when. During a break, he leaned his racket against his chair and smashed it in two with his foot, like you might do with an extra-long piece of firewood. He reached into his bag and grabbed a new racket, and - without hesitation - smashed it in the same way. A third racket met the same fate. The fourth he used to win the match.

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The End of an Era

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