Andre Agassi

Personal Information
Full Name : Andre Kirk Agassi
Public : Andre Agassi
Nickname : The Punisher
Country : United States (USA)  
DOB : April 29, 1970  (Age 41)
Place : Las Vegas, Nevada
Height : 5' 11"
Weight : 177 lbs.
Sport : Tennis
Level : Professional
Status : Superstar
   
Quick Facts
Grand Slam Results
Australian Open 4 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003
French Open 1 1999
Wimbledon 1 1992
US Open 2 1994, 1999

Career
Career prize money : $31,152,975 (3rd in all-time rankings)
Singles
Career record : 870 - 274
Career titles : 68 (including 60 listed by the ATP)
Highest rank : 1st on April 10, 1995
Doubles
Career record : 40 - 42
Career titles : 1
Highest rank : 123rd on August 17, 1992

1996 Olympics (Atlanta)
Gold Men's tennis Singles

Career Honor :
#12 on Tennis' 40 Greatest Players of the Tennis Era

Mini Biography

Andre Kirk Agassi was a former World's No. 1 professional tennis player, who won eight (8) Grand Slam singles tournaments.  Agassi also won an Olympic Gold Medal. He is the only male tennis player to win a Golden Slam in tennis history. In addition to the singles tournaments, he also won the Tennis Masters Cup and was part of the prestigious Davis Cup Team.

He also won 17 ATP Masters Series tournaments - the only tennis player to do so - which made "Tennis Magazine" name him the 12th Greatest Player (male or female) from 1965 through 2005. He had to retire from tennis on September 3, 2006 after suffering from an injury in his spine. This was the same year that he lost in the third round of the US Open.

Agassi is married to Steffi Graf (also a professional tennis player herself) and they have two children. Agassi founded the Andre Agassi Charitable Institution which, so far, has raised over $60 million for the benefit of "at-risk" children in Southern Nevada.




Early Life

Agassi was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Emmanuel "Mike" Aghassian and Elizabeth "Betty" Agassi (née Dudley). His father is an Iranian of Armenian and Assyrian ethnicity who represented Iran in boxing at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games before emigrating to the United States. Andre Agassi's mother, Betty, is a breast cancer survivor.

Mike Agassi was renowned for his domineering nature, reportedly taking a hammer to matches and banging on the fences in disgust when Andre lost a point. He sometimes screamed at officials and was ejected more than once. At age 13, Andre was sent to Nick Bollettieri's Tennis Academy in Florida. He was meant to stay for only eight weeks because that was all his father could afford. However, after ten minutes of watching Agassi rally, Bollettieri called Mike and said: "Take your check back. He's here for free," claiming that Agassi had more natural talent than anyone else he had seen.



Career (Pro, College, HS, Olympic, International, Contracts, Earnings)

Earnings

Agassi earned more than US$ 30 million in prize-money during his career, third only to Sampras and Federer to date. He also earned more than US $25 million a year through endorsements, during his career and fourth in all sports at the time.




Stats

Career Stats (Singles)

Career Record : 870 - 274 (76.05%)
Career Titles : 68 including 60 listed by the ATP
Highest Ranking : No. 1 (April 10, 1995)
Career Prize Money : US $31,152,975




Recognition (Records, Awards, Achievements, Highlights, Milestones)



Endorsements



Personal Life

Agassi married actress Brooke Shields on April 19, 1997. In February 1998, they filed suit against The National Enquirer claiming it printed "false and fabricated" statements about the couple, but the case was dismissed. The couple later filed for divorce, which was granted on April 9, 1999.

At the 1999 French Open, Agassi and Steffi Graf were the surprise champions, since he had not won a Grand Slam title since 1995 and she since 1996. At the winners' ball, they met each other for the second time. Shortly after they started dating. Graf retired after they both reached the Wimbledon final in July. They were married on October 22, 2001. Their son, Jaden Gil, was born four days later, October 26. Their daughter, Jaz Elle, was born on October 3, 2003. The couple live in the Las Vegas area and own several vacation homes.

Agassi's older sister, Rita, was married to tennis player Pancho Gonzales. In 1995, when Gonzales died in Las Vegas, Agassi paid for the funeral. Long-time trainer Gil Reyes has been called one of Agassi's closest friends; some have described him as being a "father figure". Andre Agassi's other sister, Tami, like their mother, Betty, is a breast cancer survivor.

In December 2008, Agassi's childhood friend and former business manager Perry Rogers sued Graf for $50,000 in management fees he claimed that she owed him.

Agassi's autobiography, Open (written by J. R. Moehringer) was published in November 2009. In it, Agassi admitted to using and testing positive for methamphetamine in 1997, and that his then-distinctive long hair was actually a wig; in Agassi's opinion, his defeat in the 1990 French Open final was partly due to issues with the wearing of the wig. He also revealed that he had always hated tennis during his career, because of the constant pressure it exerted on him. The book reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list and received favorable reviews.



Trivia & Notes



Equipment



Health & Fitness (Injuries & Illnesses, Diet & Nutrition, Training Schedule)



Off the Field (Charity, Pop Culture, Controversy)

Philanthropy

Agassi has participated in many charity organizations and founded the Andre Agassi Charitable Association in 1994, which assists Las Vegas' young people. Agassi was awarded the ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian award in 1995 for his efforts to help disadvantaged youth. He is regularly cited as the most charitable and socially involved player in professional tennis. It has also been surmised that he may be the most charitable athlete of his generation, which includes Lance Armstrong.

Andre Agassi's charities help in assisting children reach their athletic potential. His Boys & Girls Club sees 2,000 children throughout the year and boasts a world class junior tennis team. It also has a basketball program (the Agassi Stars) and a rigorous system that encourages a mix of academics and athletics.

In 2001, Agassi opened up the Andre Agassi College Prepatory Academy in Las Vegas, a tuition-free charter school for at-risk children in the area. In 2009, the graduating class had 100 percent graduation rate and a 100 percent college acceptance rate. Among other child-related programs that Agassi supports through his Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation is Clark County's only residential facility for abused and neglected children called Child Haven. In 1997, Agassi donated funding to Child Haven for a six-room classroom building now named the Agassi Center for Education. His foundation also provided "$720,000 to assist in the building of the Andre Agassi Cottage for Medically Fragile Children. This facility opened in December 2001 and accommodates developmentally delayed or handicapped children and children quarantined for infectious diseases. It houses approximately 20 beds and gives children with special needs the special attention needed to make them feel comfortable in their new surroundings."

In 2007, Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning and Cal Ripken, Jr. founded the charity Athletes for Hope, which helps professional athletes get involved in charitable causes and inspires millions of non-athletes to volunteer and support the community.




Legacy