Agassi aims to compete again in February

Despite pulling out of the Australian Open, Andre Agassi is planning a mid-February return to tennis with his entry into the ATP San Jose event.

The 35-year-old is apparently sure that his ankle injury will be completely behind him by the February 13 start of a tournament he has won five times since 1990.

”We are very excited about Agassi’s commitment to start the 2006 season right here in San Jose,” said an official. ”With the addition of this eight-time grand-slam champion, the Open now boasts the strongest player field in its recent history.”

Also entered: Andy Roddick, winner of the past two editions, and Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

John McEnroe is planning a one-off return to ATP doubles on the eve of his 47th birthday, teaming with Swede Jonas Bjorkman. — Sapa-DPA

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