Only 20 sentences dedicated by Andre Agassi to his 2001 Australian Open win in his autobiography Open? The Australian Open, a tournament he “loves some much”…… as much as he loves tennis, or not.

Sure, there’s not much to say about his 6-4 6-2 6-2 routine win over the surprising Arnaud Clément.

Agassi-Clément

Extract from Agassi’s biography:

“In January we fly to Australia. I feel good when we land. I do love this place. I must have been an aborigine in another life. I always feel at home here. I always enjoy walking into Rod Laver Arena, playing under Laver’s name.

I bet Brad that I’m going to win the whole thing. I can feel it. And when I do, he will have to jump the Yarra River.
I batter my way to the semis and face Rafter again. We play three hours of hammer-and-tong tennis, filled with endless I-grunt-you-grunt rallies.
He’s ahead, two sets to one. Then he withers. The Australian heat. We’re both drenched with sweat, but he’s cramping. I win the next two sets.

In the final I face Clément, a grudge match four months after he knocked me out of the US Open. I rarely leave the baseline. I make few mistakes, and those I do make, I put quickly behind me.
Clément is muttering to himself in French, I feel a serene calm. My mother’s son. I beat him in straight sets.

Agassi-Clément

Andre Agassi

It’s my seventh Slam, putting me tenth on the all-time list. I’m tied with McEnroe, Wilander, and others – one ahead of Becker and Edberg.
Wilander and I are the only ones to win three Australian Opens in the Open era. At the moment, however, all I care is seeing Brad do the backstroke in the Yarra, then getting home to Stefanie.”

Steffi Graf and Brad Gilbert

More about the 2010 Lagardère Trophy

First match today, a doubles match: Yannick Noah-Arnaud Clément vs Guy Forget-Arnaud Boetsch. Lots of spectacular points and a lot of fun. 7-6 7-6 for NoahClément.

Arnaud Clément and Yannick Noah

Yannick Noah
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Some pics of this year’s winner: John McEnroe. He won all his matches against Wilander, Lendl (who retired in the second set) and Forget in the final.

Photos of his doubles with partner Stefan Edberg against Bahrami and Santoro.

Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe

Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe
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Nike ads with John McEnroe – part 1

Shhhh (1994?)

A really creative commercial with Big Mac, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Richard Krajicek and Cédric Pioline.

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Longest point ever (1996) with Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras

One of my favorites Agassi-Sampras commercial (with Guerilla Tennis). Nike dreamed it, Isner-Mahut did it.

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