Fans queue to meet tennis champion

Hundreds queue to meet tennis champion

KIRSTY GILMOUR
Last updated 15:35 23/01/2013
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YOUNG FANS: Serge, 10, and Francesca Beaton, 13, pose with Andre Agassi today.

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Fans queued at the Eastgate Shopping Centre to meet former tennis champion Andre Agassi in Christchurch this afternoon.

Agassi signed copies of his autobiography, Open, at Paper Plus in his only public South Island appearance. 

More than 100 people queued outside the bookshop, with dedicated fan Stuart Armstrong first in line.

He lined up at noon beccause he knew there would be a large queue.  

He had read Agassi's book about five times and said he was nervous about meeting the star.

Another fan, Rachael Soppet, said Agassi's autobiography was the best book she had read. 

"It's emotional. It's a real tear-jerker," she said.

Allan George lined up to get the book signed as a gift to send to his brother in Britain.  

The book signing was a good opportunity to rekindle local interest in tennis, he said.

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