Agassi to Roddick: ‘We are proud of you’

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Andre Agassi admitted how proud he was of Andy Roddick at the US Open ceremony. (Photo credit: Elsa/Getty Images North America)

Andre and Andy have been involved in a ceremony before the final U.S. Women’s Open

Before the women’s final between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka last night, the Arthur Ashe Stadium hosted Andre Agassi, in celebration of his entry into the “U.S. Open Court of Champions”, which is a prestigious recognition of those who have made history in a Slam.

“I feel nostalgia for this event. I wish I had the words to describe what it feels like during the match, in front of your audience, that pushes you to give everything you have, and then some more,” Agassi said to the crowd of New York during the ceremony. He also could not miss Andy Roddick, who announced his retirement after this tournament, so he turned to his compatriot and said:

“In addition to being a tremendous athlete he is a fantastic person. I am referring to his charitable initiatives. Watching him walk into a room and shake hands with everyone present, looking into his eyes and giving each of them special attention, makes him unique.”

Agassi took the opportunity to pay tribute to Roddick:

“Thanks for all the joy you gave us. I think I can speak for all of us gathered here –  we are proud of you,” he said, then shortly after gave Roddick a moving hug.

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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