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James LaRosa is a writer for Tennis Magazine who got his start at tennischannel.com in 2007. He brings the pain in his daily Slam blogs as well as his own weekly tennischannel.com column, LaRosa's Sweet Spot, an irreverent, humorous and sometimes libelous take on the world of tennis. Check back every Wednesday for your all-new dose of the Spot.


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    1. mamajana (11/10/2009 12:32:03 PM) 

      Hey njnyc, how about Tony Little in the role of Andre? He's got the same hairstyle and I'm almost positive it's a wig!....I was never an Agassi fan; Pistol Pete was my guy, however, I always admired Andre's abilities and his never-say-die atxxxude. It's not just disappointing that he felt the need to spill his guts. I teach college students who get into trouble drinking and drugging. Some of them are athletes, tennis athletes no less, and as a tennis player I like to talk to them about being a good athlete and not abusing your body. Andre just made it more difficult for me to convince my students that using drugs can have an adverse affect on your performance. When you're a high-profile athlete, you are a role model, whether you want to be or not.

    2. ACtennisfan (11/6/2009 10:15:31 AM) 

      Jules and James - I'm with you both. I worshipped Agassi as a kid and teen, and admired his resilience and dedication as a young adult. It's an incredibly discouraging moment for humanity when we allow ourselves so quickly to condemn another for making mistakes. No one is infallible. And, when one has had a pretty hard-knock life, it's not terribly suprising to hear of a vulnerability that was previously buried. I will always support Agassi for creating in me such a love for this sport. And, while it's disappointing to hear that the ATP swept this issue under the rug, we all know the lengths to which they've gone since to maintain credibility and foster a postive image for the sport.

    3. Jules (11/5/2009 11:04:03 PM) 

      JAMES-- Thank you. Perfectly said. I am so over people being so "fair weather." What ever happened to unconditional love, friendship and die hard fans? It is almost as sickening as observing the politics in our country. Depending on the day and the weather it seems people nowadays thrive on a witch hunt. I am so not down with the tabloid news driven media world we are living in, or discounting countless great things people have done just because they have made mistakes. I have not read the book yet but from what you are saying, thank xxx I was one of the lucky ones to have a family like the Nadal's not the Agassi's because who knows were I would be right now.

    4. njnyc (11/4/2009 2:27:44 PM) 

      So the real question is...who will play Agassi in the Lifetime movie version of the book?

    5. JAMES (11/2/2009 6:27:52 PM) 

      I'll let you know when Ms. Allaster writes me back. The little "E-mail James" button is right up there at the top...



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