T365 Recalls: Andre Agassi bows out – ‘I lost, but what the scoreboard doesn’t say is what I found’

Andre Agassi retired from tennis after being knocked out of the US Open by Benjamin Becker, on this day in 2006. 

It brought a career which lasted two decades and yielded eight Grand Slam titles to an end – but only after an applause which reduced the American to tears on multiple occasions. 

The two-time winner at Flushing Meadows had announced the tournament in New York would be his last following his Wimbledon exit 

Agassi managed to make it through to the third round after gruelling victories over Andrei Pavel and Marcos Baghdatis before big-serving Becker brought his career to an end with a 7-5,6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-5 win. 

What followed from the spectators inside Arthur Ashe Stadium was a lengthy standing ovation for the home favourite before he wiped away the tears to deliver an emotional retirement speech. 

“The scoreboard said I lost today, but what the scoreboard doesn’t say is what I found,” Agassi said in his on-court interview to the crowd. 

Over the last 21 years I have found loyalty. You have pulled me through on the court and also in life. 

thank you