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Back injury threatens tennis star’s career

American tennis legend Andre Agassi has admitted that his latest injury setback might be a signal that his long and illustrious career is nearing its conclusion.

The 35-year-old eight-time Grand Slam winner pulled out of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami late last week after the recurrence of a chronic back injury. He was due to face Belgian Christophe Rochus but withdrew from the tie only hours before it was scheduled to begin.

The back problem has plagued Agassi all season and he has opted out of several tournaments in the hope of being fit for this summer's Wimbledon. He has also been suffering from an ankle injury and was forced to miss out on the prestigious Australian Open.

Visibly frustrated after his latest setback, Agassi told reporters, "It seems pretty dark at the moment. Is it possible that I can't anymore? It's definitely possible."

"It's been the same story for a while. It's frustrating and I'm way less than 100%."

"I don't just want to play, I want to play to win."

Despite the back injury, the star insists he will return to the tennis circuit and give his all once he has regained full fitness. He said, "I am an optimist at heart, and I will believe in more moments that I can still have out there."

"I mean, when my body is right, there's still a considerable amount left in me, I believe that."

"I'll continue to work, and I'll continue to put myself in a position to do this well, and I still think I can if my body responds. But only time will tell."

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