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Andre Agassi Signs Up For 2006 SAP Open, Creating Strongest Field Ever

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Andre Agassi owns 800-plus career wins. The highlights include: Wimbledon in 1992 and the US Open in 1994 and 1999. Then, back-to-back Australian Open titles in 2000 and 2001, and again in 2003. Just as impressive off the court, the star has raised over 53 million dollars for his foundation and other charity events. In addition, he opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy for at-risk youth in Las Vegas. He was honored, alongside NBA player Alonzo Mourning, as one of USA’s most caring athletes. With enough accolades to last multiple lifetimes, what more can Andre Agassi possibly accomplish?


The right-handed champ with outstanding ground strokes, power, accuracy and consistency is fighting back from injury to compete in the 2006 SAP Open hosted at HP Pavilion at San Jose from February 13 - 19. Agassi sustained a third-degree sprain in early October which tore three tendons in his ankle and caused a bone bruise. Coming back too soon, the tennis phenom aggravated the injury during the season-ending 2005 Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, where he was upset in the first round.

With a visible knot on his ankle, Agassi claimed after the match, “It’s arguably worse now than it was two weeks ago, so I set myself back going to Shanghai. I have a bone bruise that, literally, is still a world of concern.” But Agassi will not let the injury get the best of him.

Instead, he is engrossed in an extensive off-court rehabilitation program and won’t take to the court until his ankle is 100 percent. The four-time Australian Open champion withdrew from January’s Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne earlier this month and will make his 2006 debut at the SAP Open.

"We are very excited about Andre Agassi's commitment to start the 2006 season right here in San Jose," said Tournament Director Bill Rapp. "With the addition of this eight-time Grand Slam champion, the SAP Open now boasts the strongest player field in its recent history."

Making his 13th appearance in San Jose in 15 years, Agassi will seek his record-breaking sixth SAP Open title in 2006. Agassi previously captured titles at the SAP Open in 1990, '93, '95, '98 and 2003. Earning the SAP Open crown will be no easy task as Agassi will face superstars Andy Roddick, James Blake and Lleyton Hewitt among others.

The doubles field promises to be just as exciting with John McEnroe taking the court. Between Agassi, Roddick, Hewitt, McEnroe and Jonas Bjorkman, the SAP Open boasts five Grand Slam winners. No stranger to stiff competition and overcoming adversity, Agassi plans to be the champion and the last man standing on two healthy ankles.

For information regarding 2006 SAP Open ticket packages call (408) ACE - 2121. Individual session tickets will go on sale Monday, January 9 and can be purchased at any Ticketmaster ticket center located in Wherehouse Music stores, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino throughout the Bay Area, online at ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (408) 998-TIXS, (415) 421-TIXS or (510) 625-TIXS.

2006 SAP Open Field of Players (in order of ATP ranking)

1) ANDY RODDICK
2) LLEYTON HEWITT 
3) ANDRE AGASSI
4) TOMMY ROBREDO 
5) JAMES BLAKE 
6) VICTOR HANESCU 
7) XAVIER MALISSE 
8) JIRI NOVAK 
9) JOACHIM JOHANSSON 
10) KAROL BECK 
11) DMITRY TURSUNOV 
12) JONAS BJORKMAN 
13) ANDY MURRAY 
14) KENNETH CARLSEN 
15) PAUL GOLDSTEIN 
16) IVO KARLOVIC 
17) VINCE SPADEA 
18) ROBIN SODERLING 
19) ANDREI PAVEL 
20) BJORN PHAU 
21) RAINER SCHUETTLER 
22) CYRIL SAULNIER 
23) GUILLERMO GARCIA-LOPEZ 
24) BOBBY REYNOLDS 
25) KRISTOF VLIEGEN 
26) MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS 
27) SARGIS SARGSIAN  


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