You know youâ€™re getting old when sports stars your age begin to slow down and retire. I was reminded of this last week during the NBA finals as the commentators noted that the â€œelderâ€ Shaq doesnâ€™t play like he used to.Today Andre Agassi announced that he would be retiring from professional Tennis. He said that his last tournament would be this yearâ€™s U. S. Open.
I feel like I grew up watching Agassi play tennis (or maybe I should say, grew up with him). When I played on my high school tennis team back in the late â€™80â€™s, Agassi was the man. He was the James Dean of tennis. He was to tennis was rock â€˜n roll is to music. He was the proverbial rebel who exuded cool.
Itâ€™s been interesting to watch him grow out of that over the years into an â€œelder statesmanâ€ of the game. What a great career heâ€™s had, what a great contribution heâ€™s made to the sport, and what a great champion.
Agassi, you will be missed.