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Agassi's leg holds up after test vs. Henman

1/16/2005

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.