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Andre a de nouveau montré, même si ce n'était que des exhibitions, qu'il était toujours au niveau des meilleurs mondiaux.

Aprés avoir perdu en 3 set le 1er jour contre Blake, Andre a pris sa revanche et a sucessivement battu James Blake 5/7 6/2 7/6 (8/6) et Andy Roddick 6/4 6/4 !

Voici un article : 

Roddick, Agassi celebrate sixth annual charity event in Boca

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2006

By Mario Sarmento
Sports Editor

Andy Roddick came home Sunday, home to the place where he started on the path to becoming a tennis professional.

The 24-year-old hosted his sixth annual Andy Roddick Foundation Charity Weekend, which began with a dinner dance gala and a WPT Celebrity Poker Event on Friday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and ended Sunday with tennis exhibition matches and other activities at the Polo Club in Boca Raton.

"It's great (to be in Boca Raton)," Roddick said. "I'm here sparsely throughout the year obviously when I'm not traveling. I split time between here and Austin (where Roddick has a home) now. It's always nice to get back to a place that's familiar and comfortable."

The reason Roddick hosts this event each year is to raise funds for various charities that support underprivileged children. This year the Andy Roddick Foundation raised $1.4 million for those charities.

The inspiration to do such a deed came at a young age. Roddick was just 17 years old and starting his career when he decided to start giving back. And Sunday's most prominent guest was also the person who convinced the young Rodddick to begin this tradition - tennis legend Andre Agassi.

"Before anyone really knew who I was, I went up to him and asked him what his biggest regret was, expecting to hear some sort of tennis answer, something along those lines," Roddick said. "And he said, he didn't start his charitable foundation early enough. And that really hit home."

On Sunday, the Andy Roddick Kid's Zone started the day with various festivities such as tennis games, music, raffles, rock climbing and a bounce house for children.

That led to this weekend’s event, which began Sunday with the Andy Roddick Kid’s Zone, which consisted of various festivities such as tennis games, music, raffles, rock climbing and a bounce house for children.

At 1 p.m., the celebrity tennis started. Roddick teamed with Dave Matthews Band member Boyd Tinsley to take on his brother John and former women’s professional player Brenda Schulz in a mixed doubles match on center court.

But the biggest buzz during the match was not after a well-played ball or a spectacular return, but when Agassi made his way to the players' entrance and waited to take the court.

When he did, the crowd responded with a standing ovation, thanking Agassi for a career that produced eight Grand Slam singles titles and ended at this year's U.S. Open. Then he and Roddick treated spectators to something they would remember for a long time - a match between one player still in his prime, and another who was just retired but in top condition.

Roddick won the first game easily at love, and made Agassi look like a retired tennis player in the process.

But as the match progressed, Agassi began to display the shotmaking that made him just the fifth man to win all four Grand Slam titles.

After one passing shot Agassi remarked to the crowd, "That's the only thing I can still do."

Roddick used his blistering serve to stay close, and both players engaged in the typical banter that reminds those in attendance that this is an exhibition and not a competition.

Agassi finally won 6-4, 6-4, then he signed autographs for 15 minutes behind the main pavilion.

"I think the event was well-organized," Boca Raton resident Laura Prego-Ortiz said. "They played well. I think Andre really lent some entertainment value to the game."

But all the fun was for a reason, which is why Agassi and Roddick put on this show between America's tennis past and its present.

"Anytime you come out to hit a couple of balls with your idol, Andre Agassi, it's great," Roddick said. "And then you throw in the charitable aspect on top of it, it just makes it that much better."

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