Andre Kirk Agassi (born April 29, 1970) is a retired American professional tennis player, former world no. 1, 8 time Grand Slam champion and a Olympic gold medalist. Generally considered by critics and fellow players to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Agassi has been called the best service returner in the history of the game.
At the end of the match, Agassi said an emotional good-bye to the game and to the roughly 23,000 people who had packed the stadium to see him play for the last time.
Agassi never ceased to amaze in his career. Reaching No. 1 as a 33-year-old shouldn't be diminished as another of his accomplishments.
Yes, he's the oldest man to do that
I would choose much healthier ways. My wife didn’t even know I was doing it. The reason I refuse to answer how many times I did meth is that I can’t speak conclusively. It was a lot more than it should have been. But I walked away.
After a depressing career slump in 1997, the once rebellious Agassi got serious and rededicated himself to the game. He trained hard and made an impressive comeback. In 1999, he won the French Open and the U.S. Open.
The key moment arguably came in the quarter-finals when his lightning reactions helped him to a five-set win over Boris Becker, who at that point was still the man to beat on grass.
"I think I had to come here and prove myself," said Agassi.
After a bad year in 1993, Andre hired Brad Gilbert as his coach and soon after he became the first un-seeded player since 1930 to win the US Open. The winning streak continued and he achieved a 73-9 record in 1995, winning the Australian Open and reaching the top ranked position in the world. Despite not winning a Grand Slam event in 1996, he did pick up the gold medal at the Olympics.
Agassi is one of the top players in U.S. Davis Cup history, having compiled a 30-6 career record and helping the U.S. win their last three titles (1990, 1992 and 1995).
The rock star hair, and the narcissistic persona. I was always spellbound by his on-court heroics. But the older he became, the more I also respected him for the thoughtful way he approached tennis.
When the duo were top and second-ranked men’s players in the world in the mid-1990s, the rivalry “transcended the sport,” Sampras said.
“When people ask me who my great rival is I always tell them Andre.”
Agassi had survived 37 of Ivanisevic's aces to become the lowest seed (12) ever to become champion.
As dejected as some may feel about Agassi's admission that he used Crystal Meth back in 1997, we have to remember that he's also human.
He, at the time, became only the fifth man to achieve the career Grand Slam.
"I'm sobbing," Agassi said in his engrossing autobiography, "Open." "I'm rubbing my head. Winning isn't supposed to feel this good."
However, despite attracting a fair amount of press attention for his fashion sense and bad boy image, Andre had to wait until 1992 for his first big win.
In 1986, emerged as a 16-year-old prodigy of Nick Bollettieri, with whom he worked until July 1993
"It is. It is," he said. "I have to call it like it is. And hating tennis was a deep part of my life for a long, long time."
From the time he was an infant, his father, Mike Agassi, a first generation immigrant from Iran, programmed his youngest child for tennis