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Tennis greats impressed by reception in Taiwan

2012/05/25 23:31:59

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) Tennis legends in Taiwan for an exhibition said they had a good time in Taipei Friday afternoon, experiencing local food and culture prior to their showdown Saturday.

Dressed-up in evening wear at a welcoming party Friday night, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis and Goran Ivanisevic said they were overwhelmed by both Taiwan's culture and its people's passion.

"It was amazing," said Hingis, referring to the fact that many fans stayed overnight at the airport to welcome her early Friday morning.

Taking the afternoon to try the country's famous dumplings and a massage, the "Swiss Miss" said she was ready for her match against Graf Saturday.

Graf, meanwhile, said she paid a quick visit to the National Palace Museum before just having enough time to grab some souvenirs for her children.

Admitting that he took a nap after a training session and a press conference earlier in the day, Agassi said he still got his fill of tourist attractions.

"I saw Taipei 101 from the end of the hall of the bar," said the former No. 1. "After my nap. It was good."

Acting like a curious tourist at the party, Ivanisevic did not say much about his day but instead enjoyed himself taking pictures of the people at the party.

Besides sharing their day in the capital, the foursome said they looked forward to Saturday's exhibition, dubbed the "Rise of Legends Taiwan 2012," at Taipei Arena.

"I think you're gonna see some good tennis," Agassi said. "Some fun memories, some nostalgia, some good laughs, and a very wonderful, wonderful time."

Unwilling to back down when Ivanisevic joked that it would be extremely hard for Agassi to win their match Saturday, the eight-time Grand Slam champion suggested the Croatian needed to also watch out.

"I'm very small on stage. (But) I'm very tall on a tennis court," he said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)