August 1, 2005

Agassi withdraws from Washington event

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Andre Agassi has pulled out of this
week's Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington to preserve
energy for the U.S. Open, the final grand slam event of the

Agassi, 35, won the 60th title of his career by beating
Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4 7-5 in the final of the Los
Angeles Open Sunday.

"At this point in my career, I have to be extremely
selective about the amount of matches that I play in
preparation of the U.S. Open," Agassi said in a letter to the
director of the Legg Mason tournament.

"I am sorry that I will not be there this year, but hope to
return in 2006."

Agassi has played in Washington for the last 15 years and
is a five-time champion. He was seeded number two this year
behind Andy Roddick.

The two-week U.S. Open begins on August 29.