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March 18, 2005

An on-court interview with:


ANDRE AGASSI: Thanks, everybody. I just wanted to take a moment because of how disappointing a day this has turned out to be for me and certainly the fact that I can't play today, I wanted to sort of explain why, the little I know about it. I woke up this morning, the big toe of my left foot was swollen to twice its size and slightly discolored, I'm unable to sort of move it on my own without a tremendous amount of pain when I move. I have no real explanation for it, nothing I really did. It's the middle of the night that it started. I'm left with having to go get an MRI and an x-ray and find out if it's a tendon, a fracture or a capsule or whatever it might be. I've got to sort of figure that one out. I would have been beyond useless today. I can't apologize enough and just thank you for your support. I look forward to being back here next year. So thank you. I was feeling good, and today was certainly going to be another challenge, to say the least. You know, it would have been a great match and certainly a great end to the tournament with all the guys that are still left. Felt good to be here. But needless to say, quite disappointing.

Q. I know everybody would get mad at me if I didn't ask you about the family. How is the family doing?

ANDRE AGASSI: The family's doing great. They're doing great. They left to go back to Vegas yesterday, so I don't know. Maybe my big toe is just having a little -- it's feeling sorry for itself.

Q. How about a couple of words about how the school and charity is going?

ANDRE AGASSI: Thanks. I started the foundation 11 years ago to help at-risk children in my home city of Las Vegas. It grew beyond my wildest dreams. It's earned well over $50 million for inner-city kids. Our focus is towards education. I started focusing on education, realizing that giving a child an education and a chance to make better decisions for themselves was the best way to sort of change a child's life and to change our world. It's what we focused on. Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy is going to have its first graduating class in 2009. It's going to be an emotional, emotional day for me, that's for sure.

Q. You've seen this tournament grow from across the street to here now with Ray, Charlie and Steve. How about a couple words about the growth of this great tournament in the desert?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, this tournament has been just a staple in the desert. It's the Grand Slam of the West. All the players have had such a great time playing here over the years. I mean, Charlie's done such a great job with this event. It's been such a tremendous success from the players' perspective and the crowds' perspective. You would sure hate to see this tournament go anywhere else. I'm looking forward to not just coming back here next year but hopefully for many years to come.

Q. It was so great to have Andre play in the Davis Cup team a couple weeks ago. It was a tough loss. What an unbelievable event. I just want to thank Andre, he's one of the greatest players to ever play. I got a couple knucklehead boys named Mike and Bob Bryan. They took a bitter loss. They wanted to win, especially having Andre on the team. They went back to their hotel room at 8:00. There was a knock on the door, it's Andre. He takes Bob and Mike and Andy out, tells them all the losses he had in his career. That's something I'm never going to forget. I want to thank you for that.

ANDRE AGASSI: Thank you.

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