- The Washington Times - Monday, June 26, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Eight-time Grand Slam title winner Andre Agassi plans to compete in next month’s Legg Mason Tennis Classic as part of his farewell tour, according to an Agassi Foundation spokeswoman.

Agassi plans to make the Legg Mason at William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in the District one of his last tournaments before he retires after the U.S. Open, spokeswoman Julie Stipe said.

Agassi, who has won the Legg Mason five times, told the Associated Press he intends to play in four hard court tournaments between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Stipe confirmed Agassi’s statement and said those tournaments are tentatively scheduled to be the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, the Rogers Cup in Toronto, the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati and the Legg Mason.

Web sites for the Los Angeles and Toronto tournaments have confirmed Agassi’s commitment.

Legg Mason tournament director Jeff Newman could not confirm whether Agassi would compete in the District.

Agassi, the former No. 1 player in the world, is one of only five men’s players to win the career Grand Slam.

The 36-year-old Agassi began his professional career in 1986. He announced that he would retire after the U.S. Open last week. Agassi has won two U.S. Open titles and reached the finals last year before losing to Roger Federer.

Steve Silver

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