Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi (2011).jpg
Agassi at the 2011 Champions Shootout
Full nameAndre Kirk Agassi
Country (sports)United States
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Born (1970-04-29) April 29, 1970 (age 50)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Turned pro1986
Retired2006
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachEmmanuel Agassi (1970–83)
Nick Bollettieri (1983–93)[1]
Brad Gilbert (1994–2002)
Darren Cahill (2002–2006)
Prize moneyUS$31,152,975
Int. Tennis HoF2011 (member page)
Singles
Career record870–274 (76.0%)
Career titles60 (10th in the Open Era)
Highest rankingNo. 1 (April 10, 1995)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003)
French OpenW (1999)
WimbledonW (1992)
US OpenW (1994, 1999)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1990)
Olympic GamesW (1996)
Doubles
Career record40–42
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 123 (August 17, 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenQF (1992)
US Open1R (1987)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1990, 1992, 1995)
Coaching career (2017–)
Medal record
Olympic Games – Tennis
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Singles

Andre Kirk Agassi (/ˈæɡəsi/ AG-ə-see;[2][3] born April 29, 1970) is an American retired professional tennis player and former world No. 1.[4] In singles, Agassi is an eight-time Grand Slam champion and a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, as well as being a runner-up in seven other Grand Slam tournaments.

During the Open Era, Agassi was the first male player to win four Australian Open titles, a record that was later surpassed by Novak Djokovic when he won his fifth title in 2015, and then by Roger Federer in 2017. Agassi is 2nd of five male singles players to achieve the Career Grand Slam in the Open Era after Rod Laver and before Federer, Nadal and Djokovic and fifth of eight in history,[5][6] the first of two to achieve the Career Golden Slam (Career Grand Slam and Olympic Gold Medal, the other being Rafael Nadal), and the only man to win a "Career Super Slam" (all four majors, plus the Olympic gold medal, plus at least one title at the ATP Tour World Championships).[7]

Agassi was the first male player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments on three different surfaces (hard, clay and grass), and the last American male to win both the French Open (in 1999)[8] and the Australian Open (in 2003).[9] He also won 17 ATP Masters Series titles and was part of the winning Davis Cup teams in 1990, 1992 and 1995.[10] Agassi reached the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in 1995 but was troubled by personal issues during the mid-to-late 1990s and sank to No. 141 in 1997, prompting many to believe that his career was over.[11] Agassi returned to No. 1 in 1999 and enjoyed the most successful run of his career over the next four years. During his 20-plus year tour career, Agassi was known by the nickname "The Punisher".[12][13][14][15]

After suffering from sciatica caused by two bulging discs in his back, a spondylolisthesis (vertebral displacement) and a bone spur that interfered with the nerve, Agassi retired from professional tennis on September 3, 2006, after losing in the third round of the US Open to Benjamin Becker. He is the founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation,[16] which has raised over $60 million for at-risk children in Southern Nevada.[17] In 2001, the Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, a K-12 public charter school for at-risk children.[18] He has been married to fellow tennis player Steffi Graf since 2000.

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  12. ^ Jhabvala, Nick. "Tale of the Tape". Archived January 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Sports Illustrated. November 2, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
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  16. ^ "Andre Agassi Foundation For Education". Archived from the original on October 29, 2002. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  17. ^ "Tribute to a legend: Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation". ATP Tour, Inc. Retrieved February 15, 2007.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Homepage of". Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy. Archived from the original on February 25, 2007. Retrieved February 15, 2007.