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Tennis:  Agassi Withdraws From Australian Open With Injury - 2002-01-14


The 16-year professional tennis career of Andre Agassi could be in jeopardy after the American star pulled out of the Australian Open with a serious wrist injury.

Agassi caused the biggest shock of the tournament before a ball was hit when he announced his withdrawal Monday from tennis's first Grand Slam event of the year. He aggravated an old wrist injury during a match with Pete Sampras on Saturday in Melbourne. Agassi is worried that his career in which he has earned $23 million in prize money may be over.

"I mean I'm always worried about that, especially at this age. I mean it doesn't take very many years or months of putting you out for it to mean your career. With that being said, I'm concerned. I'm concerned about the state of it and what this might mean," Agassi said.

American Serena Williams has also withdrawn form the tournament because of an ankle injury. Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten was knocked out on the opening day. American Pete Sampras plays his first match on day two.

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