Shed a tear for Andre

JODY VANCE -- 24 Hours Toronto

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

There is no crying in baseball, but obviously the same rule does not apply to tennis.

Watching Sunday's U.S. Open action with the rest of the sports world, Andre Agassi cried -- and I sobbed along with him. Hey, c'mon, cut me some slack -- I may not be a die-hard tennis fan but this truly was the end of an era.

Having always been a "cup half full" type I can honestly say that through the final point I couldn't shake the hope that we would see the vintage Agassi comeback. Unfortunately, the Hollywood ending was not meant to be, this wasn't the '99 French Open. The US Open organizer's dream of having Agassi meet fellow American Andy Roddick in the quarterfinal was dashed by a guy named Benjamin Becker.

While even Becker had to feel a little bit bad about being the one to oust Agassi, he had to love the front-row seat for what happened next at Flushing Meadows.

The needle on the emotion meter was pinned.

With Kleenex in hand I ate up every second of it from the eight-minute standing ovation to the rare silence in the broadcast booth to the final bow.

It may sound a bit schmaltzy, but anytime there is a changing of the guard at this level I find it bittersweet.

On one hand, there's the fact that we have witnessed greatness and yet on the other hand it's time to acknowledge, it's over.

How much fun was it laughing at Agassi back in the ridiculous mullet-wearing, Hollywood wannabe and flashy-showman phase? Loved it!

Even more gratifying was watching him mature into a truly focussed tennis champion who was able to battle back with grace to return to glory.

Tennis will never be the same.

In case you haven't guessed by now I cry at Hallmark Card commercials.

Good thing I don't play baseball.

Jody Vance is a sportscaster with Leafs TV. Her columns appears Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.


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