We're in possibly two of the best weeks of the year right now. That's right, it's time once again for the U.S. Open. But I'm conflicted. Tomorrow (I'm assuming at night, under the lights, on Arther Ashe Stadium) Andre Agassi plays Benjamin Becker. So what's the problem? Well, I don't know who to cheer for. See, it's Agassi's last tournament. He has announced that he will retire after the Open. I've never been a HUGE Agassi fan, but I can appreciate what he has accomplished during his 21 year or so career and all that he has done not only for the sport, but for others as well. He does a lot of humanitarian work (he has a Boys and Girls Club in Las Vegas that he funds as well as a charter school, among other things.) However, Benjamin Becker is a Bear (read, he went to Baylor!!). He played tennis for Baylor for three of the years that I was there, used up his elgibility (not sure if he graduated) and went pro. He qualified for the Open this year (after also qualifying for Wimbledon in June), and has now reached the third round. Which is pretty good for a qualifier. He beat the 30th seed - Sebastian Grosjean - in straights yesterday and now faces Agassi who had a tough 5 setter that went until 12:30am.
So I want to cheer for Becker because he's the underdog and I generally go for the underdog. And he's from Baylor!! But everyone is going to be against him since he's playing Agassi. And he's Agassi. He HAS to win, according to EVERYONE, because it's his LAST Open. And I want to see Agassi do well since he is, afterall, retiring, but I also want Becker to do well.
I just don't know who to cheer for.