Professional tennis player Andre Agassi says he’s through with laying around the house, so to speak- he wants to get back on the tennis courts.
After retiring following the 2006 U.S. Open, Agassi says his back is fine and he really misses playing competitive tennis. Which is why, at age 39, the Las Vegan will return to the court this month and play a limited schedule in the World Team Tennis (WTT) league for the Philadelphia Freedoms.
“It’s been a few years since I retired, and that’s been a little unsettling for me,” Agassi said. “It took some time to try to figure out the best way to say connected to tennis, and that’s hasn’t been so easy.
“But before I got too far away, I wanted to re-engage, and World Team Tennis seemed like the perfect opportunity.”
Agassi is scheduled to play two matches for the Freedoms, the team owned by league founder and longtime friend Billie Jean King. The first match is July 10 vs. Boston in Philadelphia, followed by a July 17 match at Newport Beach, California.
Although his wife and former tennis star, Steffi Graf, will not play, several big-name tennis players have committed to playing in WTT this summer: Venus and Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Michael Chang, Anna Kournikova, Kim Clijsters, Sam Querrery, and Mike and Bob Brian.