Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Andre Agassi made a surprise appearance Wednesday night at the U.S. Open.
The two-time former champ and eight-time Grand Slam winner drove up in a black Chevy Suburban and then signed copies of his autobiography, “Open,” for an hour as a line of autograph-seeking fans stretched halfway into the food court.
“It always feels good” to be here, Agassi, 40, said soon after stepping out of the car.
Agassi, who becomes eligible for the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011, played his last match in Flushing Meadows in 2006, losing in four sets to 112th-ranked Benjamin Becker in the third round.
Victoria Azarenka collapsed and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair a half-hour into her second-round match against Gisela Dulko at the U.S. Open.
Azarenka, a native of Belarus, was taken to a nearby hospital where it was determined she had suffered a mild concussion.
“I was warming up in the gym prior to my match against Gisela Dulko when I fell while running a sprint,” she said in a statement. “I fell forward and hit my arm and head. I was checked by the medical team before I went on court, and they were courtside for monitoring.
“I felt worse as the match went on, having a headache and feeling dizzy. I also started having trouble seeing and felt weak before I fell. I was taken to the hospital for some medical tests and have been diagnosed with a mild concussion.”