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Class Acts September 1, 2006

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Odds and Ends.


The Agassi-Baghdatis match at the US Open just concluded after nearly four hours of play. It’s one that must go down in history as one of the best ever. Age and experience against youth and tenacity. It had all the trappings of a championship match, and both contenders did themselves and their sport proud.

No doubt that Agassi was the emotional favorite. For his part, Baghdatis put on a show to remember, and deserves every bit of respect for playing as he did, as well as for his sincere graciousness in defeat. It’s fitting that Agassi would have a game like this on his last ever tournament and against such an opponent, and it’s a wonder that the umpires and linesmen could keep from rooting for either player towards the game’s dying minutes.

It’s easy to feel jaded about professional sports. But this game…wow. This is what sports are all about.



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