Agassi to Play in Tennis Tournament

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Andre Agassi has at least one more tourney in him.

He will make his return to competitive tournament tennis by
participating in the 30-and-over Outback Champions Series event at
Surprise, Ariz., in October.

Tour spokesman Randy Walker told The Associated Press on Sunday
about Agassi's plans. The tour will make an announcement Monday.

Agassi, who turns 39 next month, retired after playing in the
2006 U.S. Open. He walked away from the game with eight major
singles championships and remains one of only five men to complete
a career Grand Slam.

He's the first announced member of what will be an eight-player
field competing for $150,000 in prize money at the Oct. 8-11
tournament at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex.

To be eligible for the Outback Champions Series, players must
have reached at least one final at a Grand Slam tournament, been
ranked in the top five or played singles on a Davis Cup
title-winning team. Agassi meets all three criteria, including
having logged 101 weeks with the ATP's No. 1 ranking, and having
helped the United States claim three Davis Cup championships.

Among others who have played on the senior tour this year are
Pete Sampras and John McEnroe.

Agassi's participation marks another in a series of returns to
the court for him.

World Team Tennis announced last month he will play in two
matches for the Philadelphia Freedoms in July.

And Agassi also plans to join his wife, Steffi Graf, along with
former touring pros Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters for exhibition
matches at the All England Club to test the new retractable roof
over Centre Court on May 17, five weeks before Wimbledon starts.


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