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19-11-2009

Voici le Chat que nous a proposé Andre le 19/11 sur le site de Tennis Channel :

1:15
Andre Agassi: 

Thanks everybody for joining in on my chat!

Thursday November 19, 2009 1:15 Andre Agassi
1:15
[Comment From Santiago Santiago : ] 
Andre, you have told us that you did not enjoy playing tennis. So how did you manage to win hundred of matches... which was your motivation?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:15 Santiago
1:15
Andre Agassi: 
I hated tennis and then i loved tennis. THe truth is i was more successful when i loved the game. I never chose tennis. It was something my father pusehd on me. The tennis camp was more of a glorfied tennis camp.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:15 Andre Agassi
1:16
Andre Agassi: 
Out of the tennis camp i found myself getting labeled. There were a ton of anxieties and pressures. I was much more successful after I loved it.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:16 Andre Agassi
1:16
[Comment From Ramesh Palavanchu Ramesh Palavanchu : ] 
Hi Andre, I guess u already mentioned Roger is all time best player. Wondering, on what basis, you came to that conclusion
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:16 Ramesh Palavanchu
1:16
Andre Agassi: 
I think the only other discussion would be on Laver.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:16 Andre Agassi
1:17
Andre Agassi: 

Roger's accomplishments are unparalled. If it wasn't for Nadal he would have won four of five French Opens.

Thursday November 19, 2009 1:17 Andre Agassi
1:17
[Comment From Maria Maria : ] 
Andre, It takes a mighty big man to make a mistake and then accept responsibility for his actions (especially when the facts could have remained hidden).
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:17 Maria
1:18
[Comment From Scott Scott : ] 
Do you foresee yourself taking on a new tennis role in the future (announcer, coach, etc.)?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:18 Scott
1:18
Andre Agassi: 
I don't think I woudl on a full-time basis. It would have to be a full-time basis. FOr coaching you would have to spend a lot of time with the student. For commentating, you woudl have to be away from teh family. ANd you would need to be connected to the game. I haven't had that priority as of yet.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:18 Andre Agassi
1:18
[Comment From Sherry Sherry : ] 
What do you think of Marat Safin's comments regarding your drug use confession?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:18 Sherry
1:19
Andre Agassi: 
I've spent many years reacting as opposed to responding. Whenever the ful information isn't out there, it's easy to say somethign off base. I like Marat. I feel like I don't want to get back to '97. My road back means more to me as a result of that.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:19 Andre Agassi
1:19
[Comment From Frank Frank : ] 
Do you have any idea what you might have become or studied if your father hadn't made tennis your life?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:19 Frank
1:20
Andre Agassi: 
No, becauase I've learned everything - that has made me who I am. I coudn't comprehend what road I've been headed down.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:20 Andre Agassi
1:20
[Comment From Jon Jon : ] 
What did yoiu do with that infamous hair piece? Will it ever appear on ebay
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:20 Jon
1:20
Andre Agassi: 
It desintegrated.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:20 Andre Agassi
1:20
[Comment From Brad C. Brad C.: ] 
Andre, obviously in the game of tennis there are going to be personality conflicts inside and outside the lines. You discuss some of these in detail, most notably Boris Becker and Jimmy Connors. Are those relationships reconciled today or is that something that you would like to see happen.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:20 Brad C.
1:21
Andre Agassi: 

First of all, this book is writin in present tense. These are the most formative stories of my life. I don't know Jimmy.

Thursday November 19, 2009 1:21 Andre Agassi
1:22
Andre Agassi: 
For Boris - I asked him about why he said that stuff about me. He said he had beat me so many times in a row. He thought I shoudl do the same thing to Pete. But I didn't.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:22 Andre Agassi
1:22
[Comment From beatrice beatrice : ] 
Andre can you describe the feeling of attending the first graduation ceremony at your school? Do the students seem to be more focused towards one career goal over another?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:22 beatrice
1:23
[Comment From Patty B Patty B : ] 
Andre - I have been such a great admirer of you for your whole career and I have to say that your revelations in your book just make me admire you more! You could have self-destructed, but you rose above and prevailed and now look at the good you are doing in the world!
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:23 Patty B
1:23
Andre Agassi: 

The feeling is way more than anythign I've felt on the court. It was amazing to be there. Seeing everything going to college, I was very proud. THe children were proud. I don't know what their goals are specifically. But they seem to be clearly focused on college and their future.

Thursday November 19, 2009 1:23 Andre Agassi
1:23
[Comment From Bob Bob : ] 
Since retiring from tennis, what is your relationship with Cahill, Gilbert and Reyes. Do you keep in contact?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:23 Bob
1:23
Andre Agassi: 
I'm very close. I see Darren. Gill, I see on a regular basis, we're very active in each other's lives.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:23 Andre Agassi
1:24
[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 
HI my name is Michael and I am from Bellevue, Washington and my question is: what would one piece of advice be to a junior like me who loves the game of tennis!
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:24 Guest
1:24
Andre Agassi: 
FOcus on getting better. There are a lot of ways you can win when you're young. YOu need to make sure that you're understading how the game is won on a professional level. And keep pushing forward.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:24 Andre Agassi
1:25
[Comment From Isaline Duberry-Bonsu Isaline Duberry-Bonsu : ] 
I commend you for your openess in your book regarding a low point in your life. For me, the lesson I hope everyone would take away from your admissions, is that it doens't mattter how low you've fallen, it is having the courage, dicipline and a willingness to do the hard work necessary to get past it and excel. I am and have always been very proud of you. How do you plan to address it with your children and how did Steph react when you told her?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:25 Isaline Duberry-Bonsu
1:25
Andre Agassi: 
Steph knew the stories that are in my life. But as far as my children, I would teach the lesson, that you will make mistakes, but it's what you do with those mistakes that define who you are.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:25 Andre Agassi
1:25
[Comment From Neil Neil : ] 
What tournament did you always look forward to playing?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:25 Neil
1:25
Andre Agassi: 
New York and Key Biscayne.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:25 Andre Agassi
1:25
Andre Agassi: 
Australia too, I've always enjoyed Melbourne.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:25 Andre Agassi
1:26
[Comment From Michael Michael : ] 
What's the biggest change in the game since Agassi/Samprass to Federer/Nadal
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:26 Michael
1:26
Andre Agassi: 

The biggest difference would be the strength of the swing. The angles of the court have become much larger. They can utilize the strength of the swing.

Thursday November 19, 2009 1:26 Andre Agassi
1:27
[Comment From German German : ] 
You mention that you had more to lose than to gain by publishing this book, and this was not about money. What do you have to say to those that believe that having a low profile has never been your thing, and your main motivation for revealing all of this was to be in the spotlight once again? (Which you've successfully achieved)
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:27 German
1:27
Andre Agassi: 
I would tell them to read the book.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:27 Andre Agassi
1:28
Andre Agassi: 
You cannot read that book with motives. People who find themselves in a life that they didn't choose. I could challenge critics to read that book and tell me that it's not an inspiration to them.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:28 Andre Agassi
1:28
[Comment From brian brian : ] 
of existing commentators, whom do you find interesting?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:28 brian
1:28
Andre Agassi: 

I think JIm Courier is great at what he does. Darren and Brad.

Thursday November 19, 2009 1:28 Andre Agassi
1:29
Andre Agassi: 
John has brought a lot of color. Patrick knows a lot about the game and they all bring a lot to it.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:29 Andre Agassi
1:29
[Comment From Denny Denny : ] 
Are you going to play more regularly in the Legends tour - how about World Team tennis?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:29 Denny
1:29
Andre Agassi: 

A competative environment is not my ideal. I might like some exhibitions. To visit places I've never been. Charity exhibitions. But that would be it.

Thursday November 19, 2009 1:29 Andre Agassi
1:29
[Comment From Jane Jane : ] 
Do your children play tennis, and how do you approach their interest, or lack of it with them?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:29 Jane
1:30
Andre Agassi: 
My daughter plays two or three times a week because she wants to. But we'll nuture whichever choice my children make for themselves. We just want to give them options.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:30 Andre Agassi
1:30
[Comment From Alison J. Alison J. : ] 
Is there anything you miss about your days on the pro circuit?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:30 Alison J.
1:31
Andre Agassi: 
No. I miss relationships that I built with some of the  fans I encountered. And the interests that helped shape me.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:31 Andre Agassi
1:31
[Comment From Les Les : ] 
In the book you mention a lot of impactful events and people. If you had to pick one which event or person impacted your life the most in a positive way?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:31 Les
1:31
Andre Agassi: 
It would be Gil and Stephanie.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:31 Andre Agassi
1:31
[Comment From Frank Frank : ] 
How long did it take you to write the book from start to finish?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:31 Frank
1:31
Andre Agassi: 
Just under three years.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:31 Andre Agassi
1:32
[Comment From Robyn Robyn : ] 
Which oponent that always made you nervous?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:32 Robyn
1:32
Andre Agassi: 
Myself.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:32 Andre Agassi
1:32
[Comment From Seema Kathuria Seema Kathuria : ] 
I have often heard you say "If you're not moving forward, you're moving backward". Did this philosophy drive you to reveal what's in your book?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:32 Seema Kathuria
1:32
Andre Agassi: 
Many considerations were a factor in teh choices I made. But the reason for what ended up making the book was trying to give the full picture to my story in an honest, transparent way.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:32 Andre Agassi
1:33
[Comment From brian brian : ] 
so far, who has been the most interesting interviewer on your book tour?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:33 brian
1:33
Andre Agassi: 
They take on different formats. I like the time to talk that I had in NY. When theres a format that I can talk in-depth about real issues is what I enjoy the most.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:33 Andre Agassi
1:33
[Comment From Jan Wallace Jan Wallace : ] 
did you ever have any real friends on the tour?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:33 Jan Wallace
1:34
Andre Agassi: 
It's a lonely sport. There wasn't a whole lot of time spent with other players. There were players I respected, but didn't really spend time with.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:34 Andre Agassi
1:34
[Comment From Dale Dale : ] 
What interests do you have besides tennis?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:34 Dale
1:34
Andre Agassi: 
I'm not a huge sports person. I'm from Vegas, so I watch whatever I'm betting on at the time.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:34 Andre Agassi
1:35
[Comment From Jan Wallace Jan Wallace : ] 
It was wonderful watching you and Steffi play together in the Wimbledon exhibition. Will the two of you do more of that. She is still AMAZING!!!!
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:35 Jan Wallace
1:35
Andre Agassi: 
She's very amazing. We did charity stuff together and nothing on the current agenda.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:35 Andre Agassi
1:35
[Comment From Frank Frank : ] 
Are you surprised the ATP is not promoting or even acknowledging your book?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:35 Frank
1:36
Andre Agassi: 
No. There's a temporary negativity that has been turned towards them. I emphasize temporary. THey are a different organization now. They've always led sports as it relates to protecting the integrity of the game.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:36 Andre Agassi
1:36
[Comment From Tom Tom : ] 
Your book is brilliantly written. How much help did you have writing it?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:36 Tom
1:36
Andre Agassi: 
A lot of help. I colaborated with JR Moehringer.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:36 Andre Agassi
1:36
[Comment From Andrew Andrew : ] 
How has your father responded too your book?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:36 Andrew
1:37
Andre Agassi: 
From the beginning he wasn't going to read it. If he could do it all over again it would be baseball or golf.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:37 Andre Agassi
1:37
[Comment From Kiki from Germany Kiki from Germany : ] 
What kind of music do you like?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:37 Kiki from Germany
1:37
Andre Agassi: 
The music I listen to now is what my kids listen to. A wide range of music.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:37 Andre Agassi
1:37
[Comment From steven steven : ] 
what tennis player did you look up to as a child?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:37 steven
1:38
Andre Agassi: 
I always took bits and pieces from peoples games and I tried to implement them.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:38 Andre Agassi
1:38
[Comment From somebody somebody : ] 
I love your book, Andre. How difficult was it to go back to your childhood and remember all the stuf you went through which obvious wasn't all peace and happiness?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:38 somebody
1:38
Andre Agassi: 
Living it was hard. Reliving it was harder in many respects.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:38 Andre Agassi
1:38
[Comment From Alex Alex : ] 
Speaking of game integrity - what's your take on Serena's outburst towards the lineswoman at the U.S. Open?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:38 Alex
1:38
Andre Agassi: 
Certainly out of line.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:38 Andre Agassi
1:39
Andre Agassi: 
At any moment in our life, it can be our darkest or our finest. It depends what we do with it. my focus would be on how she handled the mistake, more than the mistake itself.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:39 Andre Agassi
1:39
[Comment From Rance Rance : ] 
With all the ups and downs you still managed to play on the tour for 20 years. Your career stretched from Connors to Federer. Is your longevity one of your proudest accompishments??
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:39 Rance
1:40
Andre Agassi: 
It is. Because when I got my second chance I promised to do everything I could to give back to the game. I played until I literally coudn't walk straight anymore.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:40 Andre Agassi
1:40
[Comment From Steve M Steve M : ] 
Whats your best memory of from school since its been open?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:40 Steve M
1:40
Andre Agassi: 
Graduation day.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:40 Andre Agassi
1:40
[Comment From Troy Bennett Troy Bennett : ] 
What advice would you give someone who was in your same shoes growing up? Thanks for all the great memories, it's been tremendous ride for those of us who followed you.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:40 Troy Bennett
1:41
Andre Agassi: 
If somebody is a child. If the parent is pushing the child all you can do is pray for that child and to understand who they really are.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:41 Andre Agassi
1:41
[Comment From Sue in CA Sue in CA : ] 
I have often told my daughter she may stub her toes going through life, but it needn't make her a cripple. You are great proof of that. Here's to the rest of your successful life.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:41 Sue in CA
1:41
[Comment From Beth Beth : ] 
What would you say is your greatest flaw and your strongest character trait? What more do you hope to accomplish?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:41 Beth
1:41
Andre Agassi: 
I would say loyalty is both. Loyalty has blinded me at times.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:41 Andre Agassi
1:41
[Comment From Melissa Melissa : ] 
When you look back at your tennis career. What is your biggest regret? If you have one? Anything you wish you could have done differently?
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:41 Melissa
1:42
Andre Agassi: 
Inside the lines I have no regrets. But I made a lot of choices that I would change. I think we would all like to go back and change a lot.
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:42 Andre Agassi
1:42
Andre Agassi: 
Hey everyone, thanks for joining me in the chat. Love what Tennis Channel is doing.   Goodbye.

 

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