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Offseason often a working vacation for tennis players

It was nice while it lasted. After hanging up their rackets and meandering at the beach, it's time for the pros to start running the hills and preparing for 2009. They can thank Andre Agassi for that.

Originally Published: December 3, 2008
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

December is here, and although tennis' offseason has officially just begun, it's back-to-work time for the players. After putting away the rackets for a couple of weeks, they're returning to the gym and hitting the practice courts to get ready for next season, particularly the demanding conditions they'll face Down Under in a few weeks.

No player did more than Andre Agassi to usher in the concept of the offseason as a preseason. His punishing runs up the sandhills of Las Vegas ...

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