Andre Agassi Returns to Competitive Tennis for Freedoms at King of Prussia Mall
King of Prussia, Pa. (July 10, 2009) – Tonight, the Philadelphia Freedoms and World TeamTennis were proud to host the legendary Andre Agassi’s return to competitive tennis. Playing for the Freedoms against the Boston Lobsters, Agassi took to the court for his first professional-level tennis action since taking his emotional final bow at the 2006 U.S. Open. Agassi clearly relished the opportunity, playing at a high level throughout the night and smiling from start to finish.
Agassi played in the final three events of the evening, teaming with Nathan Healey to win men’s doubles over James Auckland and Jan-Michael Gambil 5-4 in a tiebreaker. Though Agassi lost to Gambill in men’s singles 5-2, it was a very competitive set highlighted by several vintage Agassi service return winners. Agassi teamed with multi-time Grand Slam doubles champion Lisa Raymond to defeat Auckland and Raquel Kops-Jones 5-3 in mixed doubles. The match went into overtime with the Freedoms trailing 22-15. Unfortunately for the 3,000 Agassi fans at sold-out Freedoms stadium, the Lobsters won the first game of overtime to take the match 23-15.
Earlier in the evening, 14 year-old Madison Keys and Raymond opened play with women’s doubles, going down to the Lobsters’ Stephanie Foretz and Kops-Jones 5-1. Foretz then took on Keys in women’s singles, with the Lobsters player prevailing 5-2.
A charity auction was held at halftime of tonight’s match, benefitting Abington Health, the Host Sponsor and Official Charity of the Freedoms. The live auction was highlighted by Andre Agassi’s “upping of the ante” for an autographed jersey. Grabbing the microphone to address the fans, Agassi added a personalized picture and his match-used autographed racquet to the jersey, ultimately raising $5,000 for Abington Health.
The Freedoms return home to Freedoms Stadium on Monday, July 13 for the only Philadelphia appearance of 2009 Wimbledon Champion Serena Williams (playing for the visiting Washington Kastles). The very next night, Tuesday, July 14, tennis legend and renowned commentator John McEnroe and the New York Sportimes visit Freedoms Stadium. Tickets can be purchased by calling 866-WTT-TIXS or visiting philadelphiafreedoms.com.
Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League - Results for Friday, 7/10
Home teams in capital letters
Boston Lobsters def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 23-15
Women’s Doubles – Stephanie Foretz\Raquel Kops-Jones (Lobsters) def. Madison Keys\Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) 5-1
Women’s Singles – Stephanie Foretz (Lobsters) def. Madison Keys (Freedoms) 5-2
Men’s Doubles – Andre Agassi\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) def. James Auckland\Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) 5-4
Men’s Singles – Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Andre Agassi (Freedoms) 5-2
Mixed Doubles – Lisa Raymond\Andre Agassi (Freedoms) def. Raquel Kops-Jones\James Auckland (Lobsters) 5-3
Overtime – Mixed Doubles – Raquel Kops-Jones\James Aukland (Lobsters) def. Lisa Raymond\Andre Agassi (Freedoms) 1-0