Andre Agassi Biography

Andre Kirk Agassi is a legendary American professional tennis player, renowned for his eight Grand Slam titles and his impeccable fashion sense. From the age of 2, Agassi displayed his exceptional talent on the tennis court, eventually turning professional as a teenager. Initially hesitant to participate in Wimbledon due to its dress code and grassy court, Agassi later changed his mind and went on to achieve great success in the tournament. Throughout his nearly two-decade-long career, Agassi received numerous titles and accolades, serving as an inspiration to tennis players worldwide. Notably, he is the only player to have won both the ‘Career Golden Slam’ and the ‘ATP Tour World Championships’. Despite retiring due to spinal problems, Agassi’s aggressive playing style and remarkable hand-eye coordination always kept his opponents on the defensive. Beyond tennis, Agassi is also a philanthropist, having established a foundation to support children in various parts of the world.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Andre Kirk Agassi
  • Age: 53 Years, 53 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Stefanie Graf (m. 2001), Brooke Shields (m. 1997–1999)
    • Father: Emmanuel Agassi
    • Mother: Elizabeth Agassi
    • Siblings: Philip Agassi, Rita Agassi, Tami Agassi
    • Children: Jaden Gil Agassi, Jaz Elle Agassi
  • Quotes By Andre Agassi
  • Tennis Players
  • Height: 5’11” (180 cm), 5’11” Males
  • Political ideology: Democratic
  • Ancestry: Iranian American
  • City: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • U.S. State: Nevada
  • Founder/Co-Founder: Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, K-12 public charter school
  • Awards:
    • 1995 – ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian award
    • 1999 – ITF World Champion
    • 1999 – ATP Player of the Year
    • 1988 – ATP Most Improved Player
    • 1996 – Olympic Gold Medal

Childhood & Early Life

Andre Agassi was born to Emmanuel Mike Agassi, a former Olympic boxer, in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the age of 13, he left school and joined the ‘Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy’ in Florida.

Career

In 1986, at the age of 16, he became a professional tennis player and played at La Quinta, California. In 1987, he tasted success for the first time at Sul American Open in Itaparica, after which he was ranked World No. 25. This was followed by six wins in 1988, which confirmed his place in the world of tennis.

In 1990, the United States won Davis Cup after 8 years and Agassi was part of the winning team. In the same year, he won the prestigious ‘Tennis Masters Cup’. After losing three Grand Slam finals—French Open (1990, 1991) & U.S. Open (1990)—he was severely criticized for his performances, but in 1992 he silenced his critics by winning his first Grand Slam Title by defeating Goran Iranisevic in Wimbledon final.

In 1993, he won his first and only doubles title, while playing with Petr Korda at the ‘Cincinnati Masters’ event. In the 1994 US Open, after his wrist-surgery, he became the first ‘unseeded’ player to win the Grand Slam, beating Michael Stich in the final. For the first time in his career, after winning the 1995 Australian Open, he rose to the rank of World No. 1. In 1995, he won three ‘Master Series’ event and seven titles.

The highlight of 1996, though not a very good year for Agassi otherwise, was the gold medal which he won in men’s singles at the ‘Olympic Games’ in Atlanta. His career went through a slump in 1997 and he played only 24 matches owing to recurring wrist injuries. Due to this problem, his rankings plummeted from no. 1 to no. 141.

In 1998, his career turned for the better after playing in the ‘Challenger Series Tournaments’. His ranking rose to world no. 6 and in 1999, he also won two Grand Slams—the French Open and the U.S. Open. He won the Australian Open tournament for three years; 2000, 2001 and 2003. In 2003 he won his eighth and final Grand Slam title.

On September 4, 2006, though he lost his last match to Benjamin Becker of Germany at the U.S. Open, he received a standing ovation for his long and brilliant career in tennis. Post-retirement, he played for the ‘Philadelphia Freedoms’ and also the ‘Cancer Treatment Centers of American Tennis Championships’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1988, he was named ‘The Most Improved Player of the Year’ by ATP and ‘Tennis’ magazine. In 1992, he was named the ‘BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year’. He was listed in the ‘Sports Illustrated’ as the 7th greatest player of all time in 2010. In 2011, he was inducted into the ‘International Tennis Hall of Fame’ in Rhode Island. His autobiography bagged the No.1 slot on the ‘New York Times Best Seller list’ and also won the ‘British Sports Book Awards’ in 2010. He has won eight Grand Slam Tournaments: Australian Open (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003), French Open (1999), Wimbledon (1992), U.S. Open (1994, 1999).

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1994, he founded the ‘Andre Agassi Charitable Association’ that helps the needy and young people in Las Vegas, for which he was awarded the ‘ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award’ in 1995. In 1997, he married actress Brooke Shields but the couple got divorced nearly two years later. On October 22, 2001, he got married to the famous professional tennis player, Steffi Graf and the couple has two kids. He wrote his autobiography ‘Open’ which was published in 2009.

Trivia

The year 1995 was this tennis player’s best year because of a total of 73 wins and 9 losses. He is the only other American male tennis player, besides Don Budge, to have won the ‘Career Golden Slam’, which is achieved when a player wins all four Grand Slam tournaments as well as the Olympic Gold medal.

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