Agassi big draw for Centre Court fans

Fans wait to enter the ground for A Centre Court Celebration

Fans wait to enter the ground for A Centre Court Celebration

As the clock ticked one minute past midday, eager tennis fans began flocking into the grounds of SW19 for the Centre Court Celebration and there was one name on everybody’s lips – Andre Agassi.

The effervescent American’s popularity transcended the generations among the crowd with teenagers and pensioners reeling off his name as the player they were most looking forward to watching today.

I want to see if Steffi is as beautiful as she looks.
David Chettle

David and Pam Chettle travelled from Leicestershire for the special occasion. “I want to see Agassi – he’s just a really good player,” Pam said.

David added: “I’m interested to see the size difference between Steffi and Andre. I also want to see if Steffi is as beautiful as she looks.”

Andrew Warner and Lee Johnson, both 15, from Kent, described Agassi as a “legend”. Wimbledon first-timer Andrew was particularly impressed with the All England Club grounds. “I think it’s amazing and much bigger than it looks on TV,” he said.

Keen tennis player Ellie Marcangelo, nine, travelled with mum Kathy  to the event. Kathy said: “Graf and Agassi are my generation. I thought it would be really good to show Ellie what Wimbledon is like. The showcase came up and I thought what a great opportunity to get into Centre Court.”

Gretta Pescod, who umpired at Wimbledon for 21 years, said she was delighted Agassi was playing. “I always remember when he came on court all dressed in white. He always conformed to the rules.” Her friend Gill Edwards, added: “He seems like a nice guy.”

Meanwhile, Peggy Howard and Jill Jeffreys from Chelmsford, Essex, described  the roof as a “brilliant idea”. “When we left home it was pouring,” Peggy said. “But we hadn’t got to worry that it [the event] was going to be cancelled.”

Joe Stoker and friend Jonathan Flattery agreed: “It saves a lot of hassle especially today when it’s going to rain.”


  1. Nancy
    Posted 17 May, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I am a forever fan of Andre and Steffi…..good luck and so glad you are back if even just for the day.

  2. martin
    Posted 18 May, 2009 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    i love AA. he was my idol as a teenager, i had all the gear, the hair. ive seen him many times at wimbledon and just had to go this time. he hasnt changed (a bit porky) and is hitting as well as ever. i was all emotional to see him again. he is a great ambassador for the game. i hear he is playing team tennis in the US in july and again in october. im already checking flights.

  3. bob johnson
    Posted 18 May, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    my grandson lee johnson was interviewed he also said a picture was taken of him and his friend andrew is it possible to print this photo or send me acopy

    • sayjay
      Posted 21 May, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

      trying to find the song myself..sounds very much like kristian leontiou

  4. Robbie
    Posted 18 May, 2009 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Great event. Does anyone know the title of the song that was used by the BBC at the start of the New Wimmbledon Roof show on Sunday (17th May) Its first line was “you might not be the chosen one still you wait for your time to come”? No credit was given to it on the show!

  5. Arun Velautham
    Posted 20 May, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    I was there, it was an electric atmosphere. The matches were full of fun. I had never seen Graf play before – she still has it. The Centre Court roof worked amazingly, they have lights on the sides too so it has that imposing ‘Big Court’ feel about it but still very traditional. Looking forward to the Wimbledon Fortnight!!

  6. Luke
    Posted 24 May, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    For all of those looking to find the song.
    Its called ‘Chosen One’ by an artist called ‘One Eskimo’

  7. Posted 3 September, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Excellent site, keep up the good work

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