only tennis player in the open era to have won
every Grand Slam singles title, to have won the
Tennis Masters Cup, to have been part of the
Davis Cup winning team, and to
have won an Olympic gold medal
Andre Kirk Agassi was born in
Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 29, 1970. His father
was a member of the Iranian boxing team at the
1948 and 1952 Olympic Games before immigrating to
the United States. He honed Andre's hand-eye
coordination by hanging tennis balls above his
crib, and gave him paddles and balloons when he
was still in a high chair. When he was five years
old Andre was already practicing with such pros
as Jimmy Connors and Roscoe Tanner. At the age of
14, Andre was sent to Nick Bollettieri's Tennis
Academy in Florida. He turned professional at the
age of 16, and won his first top-level singles
title in 1987, at Itaparica. He won six more
tournaments in 1988, and, by December of that
year, had accumulated more than $2 million in
prize money -- the fastest rise through the
professional ranks in tennis history.
By the time he ended his
career, Agassi had become one of only five
players in the world to have won all four Grand
Slam singles events during his career. He is the
only player in the open era to have won every
Grand Slam singles title, to have won the Tennis
Masters Cup, to have been part of the Davis Cup
winning team (1990, 1992, and 1995), and
to have won an Olympic gold medal. He is also the
only male tennis player to have been ranked in
the Top 10 in three different decades.
Chronology of His
the final round of the French Open, to
Andrés Gómez. Lost in the final round
of the U.S. Open, to Pete Sampras.
the final round of the French Open, to
Jim Courier. Made it to the quarterfinals
Wimbledon by defeating Goran Ivanisevic
in five sets.
by wrist surgery.
to become the first man to win the U.S.
Open as an unseeded player, beating
Michael Stich in the final round.
career-high seven singles titles, and was
ranked Number 1 in the world by April.
Won the Australian Open by
defeating Pete Sampras.
Also won the Cincinnati Masters, the
Miami Master, and the Canada Masters.
Held the Number 1 ranking for a total of
30 weeks, during which period he won 26
matches in a row.
The streak was ended by a loss to Sampras
in the U.S. Open finals.
Win-loss record for the year was 72-10.
gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in
Atlanta by defeating Sergi Bruguera of
injury resurfaced, and he was only able
to play 24 matches that year.
He won no top-level titles and fell to
141st in the rankings.
Married actress Brooke Shields on
April 19, 1997.
Challenger Series tournaments (a circuit
for professional players ranked outside
the world's top 50).
By the end of the year he had won five
titles and jumped up to Number 6 in the
rankings -- the highest jump into the Top
10 ever made.
French Open by defeating Andrei Medvedev.
Lost the Wimbledon final to Pete Sampras.
Won the U.S. Open final by defeating Todd
Was once again ranked Number 1 in the
world by year's end.
Obtained a divorce from Brooke
Shields on April 9, 1999.
his second Australian Open title by
defeating Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Became
the first male player to have reached
four consecutive Grand Slam finals since
Rod Laver did so in 1969. He also became
only the third player since Laver to be
the reigning champion of three of four
Grand Slam events, missing only the
Lost the semifinals at Wimbledon to
Defeated in the final of the Tennis
Masters Cup in Lisbon by Gustavo Kuerten
in three straight sets.
Fell to 6th in the world.
Australian Open title with a straight
sets final win over Arnaud Clement.
Lost to Pat Rafter in the semifinals at
Lost to Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals
of the U.S. Open.
Married retired tennis star Stefi
Graf on October 22, 2001. Their son,
Jaden Gil, was born on October 26, 2001,
and their daughter, Jaz Elle, was born on
October 3, 2003.
Pete Sampras in the finals of the U.S.
Won the Miami Masters, the Rome Masters,
and the Madrid Masters.
Finished the year at Number 2, making him
the oldest man to achieve that ranking
(32 years and 8 months).
eighth Grand Slam title of his career at
the Australian Open, by defeating Rainier
Schattler in straight sets.
Won his 6th Miami Masters title, breaking
Steffi Graf's record of five Miami wins. With
that victory Agassi also became both the
youngest (19 years old) and oldest (32
years old) winner of the tournament.
Recaptured his Number 1 status by
defeating Savier Malisse in the
quarterfinal match of the Stella Artois
Tennis Championships at Queens. At 33
years and 13 days, he also became the
oldest Number 1 ranked male tennis player
Held the Number 1 ranking for fourteen
weeks before losing to Roger Federer in
the final match of the Tennis Masters
Finished the year ranked Number 4.
34-year-old Agassi became the
second-oldest man to win the Cincinnati
Masters (Ken Rosewall was 35 years old
when he won the title in 1970). The win
brought Agassi's career total to 59
top-level singles titles and a record 17
ATP Masters Series titles.
Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the
Australian Open, the semifinals at Dubai,
and the semifinals at Miami.
Forced to withdraw from competition at
Indian Wells due to a swollen big toe.
Lost to Guillermo Coria in the semifinals
Endured severe back pain en route to a
first-round loss to Jarkko Nieminen at
the French Open.
Won his fourth Mercedes Benz Cup at Los
Angeles, becoming the fourth player to
win the tournament four times. It was
also the 60th win of his career, making
him only the seventh player in the open
era to win at least 60 singles titles.
Won in Los Angeles and made the final at
Montreal before falling to Number
2-ranked Rafael Nadal.
Lost the U.S. Open to Roger Federer.
Forced to withdraw from the Tennis
Masters Cup in Shanghai due to an
aggravated ankle injury.
Ended the year ranked Number 7 in the
withdraw from the Australian Open due to
continuing back problems.
Lost in the quarterfinals of Delray
Withdrew from the SAP Open.
Lost in the second round of the Dubai
Lost in the third round of the Pacific
Life Open at Indian Wells.
Withdrew from the NASDAQ-100 Open in
Miami just two hours before his first
match was scheduled to begin.
Seeded 25th at Wimbledon; defeated in the
third round by Number 2-ranked Rafael
Nadal in straight sets.
Seeded 5th at the Countrywide Classic in
Los Angeles; lost in the quarterfinals to
third-seeded Fernando Gonzalez.
Unseeded at the U.S. Open for the first
time since 1997; managed to survive
serious back pain to make it to the third
round, but was defeated by 112th-ranked
On September 3, during the press
conference following his U.S. Open loss
to Becker, Agassi formally announced his
retirement from professional tennis.
Andre Agassi is
the founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable
Foundation, which has raised over $60 million for
at-risk children in southern Nevada. In 2001, the
Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College
Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, a K-12 public
charter school for at-risk children.
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