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ATP Tour World Championship

Hannover, Germany

November 23, 1998

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GRAEME AGARS: Andre, it's been a sensational year for you. You've stormed back up the rankings, had some great results and sort of tripped at the last hurdle coming into World Championships. Can you tell us the problem you've had with your back.

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, it just kind of happened today out in practice. I went to hit a shot, and managed to kind of get a little stuck on the court, and fell down. And when I stopped, it jolted my back in a way where it went into spasms, and it's creating all sorts of havoc from there. We're just trying to get the muscles to relax a little bit so we can work on it. I still remain hopeful, but if I don't take care of it right away now, it's going to get worse, so I need to treat it.

GRAEME AGARS: Have you had a problem with the back like this before?

ANDRE AGASSI: No. I just fell down out of nowhere today (laughter). If anything, I can learn it's not to fall down anymore.

GRAEME AGARS: Coming into The Championships, we know you've been in some good form, it's been an exciting buildup to the World Championships this year, probably as exciting as we've seen for many years. Obviously you were getting geared up for the event.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, no question about it. This is obviously a big opportunity for many players, for many reasons. I know for Pete and Rios to be No. 1. For me it's just a good opportunity to end the year with a lot of confidence, beating some top players, position myself even higher in the rankings. That's certainly something I was looking forward to.

Q. Speaking of Marcelo Rios, I see he's in your part of the draw, with Alex Corretja and Tim Henman. Your thoughts on that group?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I mean, the top eight in the world are pretty tough. Anytime I'm away from Pete, I don't mind it, so it should be a good go. Every match will have many interests, and the matchups are always interesting with each player. So, you know, none of it's easy.

GRAEME AGARS: It's only been a short time since that injury. I know you had back spasms immediately afterwards. A little bit of time has gone by. Has it seemingly improved at all?

ANDRE AGASSI: You know, a few percent. You know, maybe. But again, it requires me to rest a little bit here and just get it to settle down. Once it settles down, one it starts, it should settle down pretty quickly. I don't want to jeopardize or hurt myself more by playing if I'm not a hundred percent sure. By the same token, you know, there's hopes that I'll be all right.

GRAEME AGARS: At this stage you've been given a Wednesday start, a late start, so there is hope you'll be stable to stay in The Championship.

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I'm pretty fortunate for that. I'll certainly do everything I can to play here. Again, everybody seems to be pretty positive that it can turn around rather quickly. So hopefully it will leave as quickly as it came.

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