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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 July 2006, 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK
Emotional exit fantastic - Agassi
By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Andre Agassi
Agassi had missed the previous two Wimbledons through injury
Andre Agassi said that the emotional manner of his final departure from Wimbledon meant as much to him as winning the title.

The 36-year-old, who will retire after the US Open later this year, lost to Rafael Nadal in his last appearance.

"It's been a privilege to be out there again for one last time and I'll look back at this as one of my most memorable experiences," he said.

"This means as much as winning (the title), saying good-bye."

Agassi missed the last two years at Wimbledon through injury and was happy to have made one last appearance before quitting the sport.

"It was nice to come back here on my terms," he said. "I needed to make it right and I'm glad I did that."

Being bored is not an option for me, that I can assure you

Andre Agassi

And the American paid tribute to the crowds who have shown him such affection in his 14 Wimbledon campaigns.

"It's a real humbling experience to be driving into Wimbledon and to actually have a hit out there, when you see people living there for days to hopefully get in and see a little bit of tennis," he said.

"It really makes you appreciate what we get to do."

Asked what he will miss most about Wimbledon, he said: "The people, all my friends and all the relationships I've developed here.

"The familiar faces and the love they have for the sport."

And looking to the future, Agassi insisted there was no danger of he and wife Steffi Graf being idle.

"I've spent 20 years waking up saying 'what do I have to do today?'," he said

"I'm now going to spend the rest of my life waking up and saying 'what do I want my life to look like?'

"It's going to be a quest and a journey that I'll take on with every bit as much passion. Being bored is not an option for me, that I can assure you.

"Being bored is bad for me, and for my wife."

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