Andre Agassi

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Andre Agassi

Born

4/29/1970, Las Vegas, Nevada

Birth Name

Andre Kirk Agassian

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Andre Kirk Agassian (born April 29,1970) is a former world No. 1 professional tennis player from the USA. He has won 8 Grand Slam titles and is one of only five players to have won all four Grand Slam events. Agassi was married to actress Brooke Shields from…more

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  • Trivia

    • In April 2007, during a fundraiser for an elementary school in Houston, Texas, Andre and Steffi played a rally with a couple of children. During the rally, Andre accidently struck Steffi in the face with his racquet. With a bleeding mouth, Steffi left the court, only to be stitched up by a doctor who had paid $70,000 for a trip to play tennis with the couple.

    • Andre has a fear of spiders and snakes.

    • In playing 21 U.S. Opens, Andre won twice and was runner-up four times.

    • In his final U.S. Open, Andre was eliminated in the 3rd Round by German player Benjamin Becker.

    • His coach is Darren Cahill.

    • Weight: 177 lbs. (80 kg)

    • In Las Vegas, Andre is a night club owner.

    • At the 2006 Countrywide Classic, Andre was seeded 5th, but lost in the Quarter-Finals to Fernando Gonzalez of Chile.

    • Andre was nicknamed "Never on a Sunday Andre" by sarcastic sportswriters early in his career because of his failures in big tennis matches.

    • In 2001, the Andre Agassi Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Las Vegas for at-risk youth.

    • Through the course of his career, Andre has played in 17 French Opens, winning once and being runner-up twice.

    • Andre has played in 9 Australian Opens, winning 4.

    • In Davis Cup play, Andre's record is 30-6.

    • Andre first played on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1988.

    • Before Pete Sampras' retirement in 2003, Andre's head to head win/loss record against him was 14-20.

    • In 1994, Andre became the only player to win the U.S. Open as an unseeded player.

    • Andre is the only player to be ranked in the top 10 in 3 different decades.

    • Andre is currently ranked as the world's 37th top player in the ATP Men's singles rankings.

    • Andre's dad built a mini-training camp in his back yard for his four children. The equipment included a full-size court, which Mike laid himself, and a tennis-serving machine rigged to fire balls faster than the usual speed. This is where Andre began to play tennis.

    • Andre played at Wimbledon 14 times, winning once and was runner-up once.

    • At the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, Andre defeated Boris Pashanski in round 1, and Andreas Seppi in round 2 before losing to Rafael Nadal in round 3.

    • Andre appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated after winning Wimbledon. The title of the issue was Andre the Giant.

    • As a young up-and-coming player, Andre embraced a rebel image. He grew his hair to "rocker length", sported an ear-ring, and wore colorful shirts that pushed tennis' still-strict sartorial boundaries. He boasted of a cheeseburger diet and endorsed the Canon Rebel camera. "Image is everything" was the ad's line, and it became Agassi's as well.

    • Andre was the ITF World Champion in 1999.

    • Andre's highest ranking in doubles was 123.

    • Through the course of Andre's career, he has earned $31,110,975.

    • Andre plays tennis righ-handed. (Right-Forehand, Left-Backhand)

    • Andre won the ESPY Best Male Tennis Player Award in 2000 and 2003.

    • Andre Agassi Head-to-Head vs. Today's American Players (wins/losses)

      vs. Andy Roddick: 5-1

      vs. Robby Ginepri: 4-0

      vs. James Blake: 4-1

      vs. Taylor Dent: 5-0

    • Agassi is a staunch Democrat and has donated over $84,000 for different Democratic candidates.

    • Agassi's older sister, Rita, married the former tennis legend Pancho Gonzales. In 1995, when Gonzales died in Las Vegas, Agassi paid for his brother-in-law's funeral.

    • Andre chose not to play at Wimbledon from 1988-1990, publicly stating that he did not wish to play there because of the event's traditionalism, particularly its "predominantly white" dress code to which players at the event are required to conform.

    • When Andre was five years old, he was already practicing with pros such as Jimmy Connors and Roscoe Tanner.

    • At age of 14, Andre was sent to teaching guru Nick Bollettieri's Tennis Academy in Florida. Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova also took training here.

    • Andre's father, Emmanuel Agassi represented Iran in boxing at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games.

    • Andre used to be married to Brooke Shields.

    • Andre wore a necklace that said "Daddy Rocks" at the Championships Wimbledon. His son, Jaden, made it for him for Fathers' Day.

    • In 1998, Andre was the ATP Most Improved Player of the Year Award.

    • In 1999, Andre won the ATP Player of the Year Award.

    • In 1995 and 2001, Andre won the ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his work with disadvantaged youth in Las Vegas.

    • Andre's only victory against Pete Sampras in a Grand Slam Final came at the 1995 Australian Open.

    • Andre is the only male tennis player to have won every Grand Slam singles title, Masters title, and Olympic Gold medal in the Open Era.

    • In 1994, Andre founded the Andre Agassi Foundation to help at-risk youth in the Las Vegas area.

    • In 1996, Andre won a Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

    • In 2003, at the age of 33, Andre became the oldest man on in the ATP tour to be ranked as the world #1.

    • Agassi is 5 ft 11 inches (180 cm).

    • Andre has been runner-up in seven Grand Slams. In 1990 he lost both the French Open and U.S Open finals. In 1991 he lost the French Open final again, losing to Jim Courier. He has also lost in the finals of Wimbledon (1999) and again in the U.S Open (1995,2002,2005). He has won the Australian Open four times and never lost a final there.

    • Agassi's won his first ever singles title was on November 23, 1987 defeating Luiz Matter 7-6 6-2 in Itaparica, Brazil.

    • "I think it's a very significant moment for the sport, especially in America. I think he was the first guy out of our group who made an impact at all, and I think it's a testament to his skills and talent and also his drive that he persisted the longest out of all of us."
      -Todd Martin (former tennis player)

    • "He's a guy who has given a lot to the game and who grew up in front of all of us. People remember him with the long hair and the attitude, but he grew to be an ambassador, maybe the best the game has ever seen." - Brad Gilbert (former coach)

    • Andre is 1 of only 5 men to win singles titles at all 4 majors- Australian Open, French Open (Rolland Garros), Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open.

    • Andre Agassi By The Numbers

      8 Grand Slam Titles
      20 Years In Pro Tennis
      31 Millions of Dollars In Prize Money
      60 Singles Titles
      870 Career Wins

    • Andre used to be sponsered by Nike, but changed to Adidas in 2005 because they sponsered his wife and offered to donate more money to his foundation.

    • Andre is only one of 6 men to have won at least four titles in at least one of the four Grand Slam events.

    • On June 24, 2006, Andre announced he plans to retire after the 2006 U.S. Open.

    • To date, Andre has one doubles title (the 1993 Cincinnati Masters with Petr Korda of the Czech Republic).

    • In the 2005 U.S Open Final, Andre lost to Roger Federer.

    • Andre has been a professional tennis player since 1986.

    • He and wife Steffi Graff have 2 children, son Jaden Gil was born October 26, 2001 and daughter Jaz Ellie born October 3rd, 2003.

    • Andre has been married to former tennis star Steffi Graf since October 22, 2001.

    • To date, Andre has 60 career titles, including eight career grand slams titles; Wimbledon (in 1992), U.S. Open (in 1994 & 1999), Australian Open (in 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003), and the French Open (in 1999).

    • In 1995, Andre had his 26-match winning streak snapped by Pete Sampras in the U.S. Open final.

  • Quotes

    • Andre: I feel old when I see mousse in my opponent's hair.

    • Andre: I've been motivated by overcoming challenge and overcoming the hurdles and obstacles that face me. There still is plenty out there to get motivated by.

    • Andre: You grow up with a guy, you compete against him for so long, he's such a big part of your career, something that's pretty special, so you do have that sense of personal regret that he's not around any more. You miss having that around.

    • Andre (about sleeping with a tennis ball over his bed as a child): (My dad) was convinced if my eyes are going to move around as a little baby, I might as well be looking at a tennis ball.

    • Andre Agassi: The scoreboard said I lost today. What the scoreboard doesn't say is how much I've won. I found loyalty...You've willed me to succeed. I've found generosity. You've allowed me to stand on your shoulders to reach my dreams. And I will take you in my memory for the rest of my life. (After his third round loss at the 2006 U.S. Open)

    • Andre Agassi: This was the place that first taught me to respect the sport, to really appreciate the opportunity and privilege it is to play a game for a living. (Regarding playing at Wimbledon early on in his career)

    • Andre Agassi: It's been a lot of incredible years here. I'll never be able to repay you for how you've embraced me over the years and I thank you for that. ... You guys are awesome tennis fans, you have shown me so much love. (To the fans after his loss to Rafael Nadal at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships)

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Andre Agassi is one of the most legendary and awesome players to have walked on a tennis court.

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    What can I say about Andre Agassi? In the short time that I have been watching and casually playing tennis, I came to enjoy the way he plays his games. He does a great job of hitting hard during his matches, no matter who he plays in a particular tournament. I also find Andre to be a class act when he happens to be eliminated from a particular tournament; I always find it classy at how he graciously commends his opponents and thanks his fans from the bottom of his heart for their many years of support.



    However, one thing that I am going to be missing in the world of men’s tennis after Andre’s loss in the U.S. Open is the heart that he always brought to the court. Right now, the game doesn’t feel like it will be the same knowing that Andre won’t be playing anymore now that he’s joining his wife Steffi in retirement.



    In all, now that Andre has retired, I really wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors and that he enjoys spending as much time as he can with his family. You rock Andre!moreless
  • He's Andre Agassi! He's an inspiration to all, and a great tennis player! How can you not love him?

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    As a tennis player myself, Andre has been an inspiration to me on and off the court. His style and strokes are just magnificent. His attitude is always positive, which is hard, because in tennis, you always have to try and remain calm. Andre is just such a great person that words could never describe.



    From his early days where he was a "rebel" to today where he wears his "Daddy Rocks" necklace he has pushed American tennis players to be the best that they can, and try to succeed as others such as Federer and Nadal. Andre will be missed so much by so many after the U.S. Open; it will seem sureal, and it might seem unfair, but Andre was the best American tennis player ever. He has set the standard for others, and decided to live a calmer lifestyle. Congratulations Andre!moreless
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