Monday, September 04, 2006

Thank You Andre

Andre Agassi played the last game of his career yesterday against Benjamin Becker (not Boris' son :) ) I saw the match from the start and somehow, Agassi seemed like he would lose and I stayed up till midnight, which was almost on the dot when Agassi's illustrious career ended with a booming ace from Becker.

For me, the great moment came after the match, when the impact of the moment hit Agassi and he burst into tears in public and could not bring himself to stop.

No one can grudge a man who gave 21 years of his life to sport the tears of pain and sorrow of leaving something so dear to him. I daresay, each one of us who saw that shed a tear too, silently or otherwise to join in celebrating the career of a great player and a good human being, who epitomised the human spirit.

One of my favourite scenes in the Rocky movies is when Apollo Creed wants to fight Rocky for the second time after having beaten him previously. Apollo's coach advises him against it saying that Rocky is a dangerous opponent. Apollo says, "Look, I beat him once with my best punches and I can do it again." The coach says: "Apollo, understand that he is dangerous coz you gave him your best punches and yet he kept coming back for more." And Rocky wins the next match after a hard fought fight...

Agassi's story is one similar. After being top in the world rankings, he plummetted into oblivion before rising like the Phoenix to regain his spot amongst the top players in the world.

To me personally, Agassi's legacy will be that comeback from nowhere, showing that above all, its the heart of the human being that wins time and time again...

Thank you Andre... Thank you for the memories... And thank you for teaching us the fundamental lesson of life... "Always walk on with hope in your heart and never ever give up..."

3 comments:

Ravikumar Lakka said...

Well said,buddy.Needless to say,Andre Agassi is truly a great champion.Agassi and Steffi Graf(ya i wud still like to believe she is Graf..n not Mrs.Agassi---the love for her will never die) should be officially crowned the First Couple of Tennis for what they have contributed to tennis in particular, and to Sports and Society in general.
Sayonara to the Champion.
(The "ROCKY" lines were inspirational.)

Anshul Agrawal said...

Andre Agassi is a legend..... Personally speaking, he's been my favourite tennis player over the years and as u mentioned about his comeback, that brought more respect for him, from my side.....
And a player of such genre alwayz deserves such standing ovation !!!

Aruna said...

I l0000ve andre agassi :)
will miss him....
even schumi intends to retire tis yr... dammit!! y r all my favorites retiring...??!!!