Tennis-X.com: Fish Injured, Agassi Calls It Quits
Posted on June 25, 2006
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More bad news for American Mardy Fish, who had to pull out of the final of the Boodles Challenge exhibition after a strain to his twice-surgically-repaired wrist. Fish hopes to be recovered in time for Wimbledon. In the third-place playoff for the exhibition, Andre Agassi lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic...Richard Gasquet successfully defending his Nottingham title Saturday, but will the French kid, not exactly known for his fitness regimen, have enough in the tank to challenge Roger Federer on opening day Monday at Wimbledon?...More from Andre Agassi speaking to the media on his impending retirement after the US Open: "There's still a lot of fight left in me from here through the Open. You know, there's been a lot of factors, you know, but I've done this for 20-plus years, and I want to be out there feeling like I'm right, physically and mentally and all of the above. I don't know if I can think of words to sort of apply, but I'm sure you do; that's how I feel about it."...The Israeli team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram are undefeated in two years playing at 's-Hertogenbosch...Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic climbs back into the Top 10 after successfully defending his title at 's-Hertogenbosch: "Last year I won here on a Sunday and then played my first (Wimbledon) match Monday. So throughout Wimbledon I was exhausted. Now physically I feel fine. I'll try to continue it."...Can Justine Henin-Hardenne win Wimbledon and become the 10th women to win a career Grand Slam?...This year is the 70th anniversary of the last time a British man won Wimbledon -- Fred Perry in 1936...From ESPN.com's Mark Kreidler: "You gotta love that Wimbledon. Or, as it's known around our grass court, the Keith Hernandez Invitational. The good denizens of the All England Club made it official Tuesday: It isn't 2006 in at least one corner of the tennis world. While every other Grand Slam event cuts its women's champion the same check as it does the men's winner, Wimbledon will carry on its merry-prankster tradition of short-sheeting the ladies. And in a delicious, only-at-Wimby kind of turn, they're doing it for no discernible reason whatsoever."...Rafael Nadal speaking to The Daily Telegraph on his groupies: "I'm not interested in that sort of girl. I would like to have a normal girlfriend, preferably from my home town, who doesn't look upon me as anything other than a boy who lives down the street. I would like to meet a girl with her own career, who doesn't want to change her life for mine."
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