Andre Agassi says one of the biggest regrets of his career was waiting until 1995 - a full decade after turning professional - to play in the Australian Open.
It took him a while to return to Melbourne after his retirement in 2006, too.
''It feels long overdue,'' Agassi said Friday when he walked into the news conference room at Melbourne Park in his first trip back to the tournament since his loss to Roger Federer in the quarterfinals in 2005.
The four-time Australian Open champion pulled out his cellphone and snapped a photo of the reporters crammed into the tiny space. ''Do you mind if I memorialize this for posterity?'' he asked the room to laughter.
Now 42 and the father of two children with wife Steffi Graf, Agassi is in Melbourne to take part in a ceremony before the men's final in Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.
He's glad his career ended before the age of the so-called Big Four of men's tennis began because he doesn't think he'd be able to compete against the group - ...