Eight-Time Grand Slam Champion Returns to Long Island After 16-Year Hiatus
WESTBURY, N.Y., March 29, 2004 – After nearly two decades, one of America’s all-time great tennis players is returning to Long Island.
|Andre Agassi plays a forehans against Agustin Calleri of Argentina during The fourth round of Nasdaq 100 Open on March 30, 2004 in Miami, Florida© Al Bello/Getty Images|
Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi has committed to play in the 24th TD Waterhouse Cup presented by Roslyn Savings Bank, it was announced today by Kari Mutscheller, tournament director.
The TD Waterhouse Cup (www.tdwaterhousecup.com) will be contested August 21-29 at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack, N.Y. The International Series event consists of 32 singles and 16 doubles teams.
Agassi became the oldest player to hold the No. 1 spot at 33 years, 13 days last year. This is the first time the Las Vegas native has elected to play the week preceding the year’s final Grand Slam since winning on Long Island in 1988. That year, Agassi, ranked No. 4 in the world, downed Frenchman Yanick Noah in three sets in the then-exhibition event called the Hamlet Challenge Cup, held in Jericho. The tournament became an official ATP-sanctioned event in 1990 and moved to its current location in Commack.
“We have been committed to bringing great tennis to Long Island for over 20 years, and this year is no different,” said Mutscheller. “Andre coming to Long Island will offer our fans a chance to get up close and personal with one of the greatest tennis players ever. It should be an incredibly exciting tournament.”
The former world No. 1 owns 58 career single titles, including 16 Tennis Masters Series (TMS) crowns, and has finished in top 10, 14 of the past 16 years. He has won at least one Grand Slam title in four of the last five years, including last year’s Australian Open. Agassi was also a winner at the TMS event in Miami and runnerup in the year-end Tennis Masters Cup.