Andre Agassi withdraws from T365 Recalls

Andre Agassi announced his retirement from tennis on this day in 2006 after Benjamin Becker disqualified him from the US Open.

It ended a career that lasted two decades and included eight Grand Slam championships after receiving an ovation that frequently brought the American to tears.

The two-time Flushing Meadows champion declared the New York competition would be his last after quitting Wimbledon in June.

He had been experiencing excruciating back discomfort, which made him feel terribly uneasy whenever he went on the court.

The big-serving Becker terminated Agassi's career when he overcame Andrei Pavel and Marcos Baghdatis to get to the third round. Agassi lost against Becker 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, and 7-5.

The hometown favourite received a long standing ovation from the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd before he put aside his feelings and delivered an emotional farewell speech.

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