Agassi's leg holds up after test vs. Henman

Updated: January 16, 2005, 5:40 PM ET
Reuters

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Four-time champion Andre Agassi says he will definitely play in the Australian Open after overcoming a hip injury he suffered in a warm-up event.

The 34-year-old American was hurt on Thursday but came through an exhibition match against Tim Henman at the Kooyong Classic on Saturday and pronounced himself ready to go after a practice session at Melbourne Park on Sunday.

"I pulled up pretty well after two hours of play yesterday so that's a good sign," Agassi said.

"I'm a 100 percent starter and I'll be out there giving it everything I've got.

"(Today) it just had the normal amount of stiffness you expect from an injury but it's nothing that doctors say can't be managed," he said.

The 34-year-old American, winner at Melbourne Park in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003 and seeded eighth this year, is due to face German qualifier Dieter Kindlmann in the opening round on Monday.

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