Andre Agassi

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Andre Agassi : biography

29 April 1970 –
Time span Other selected records Players matched
1988–2005 13 Year-End Championship appearances Stands alone
1986–2006 title=FedEx ATP Reliability Index – Winning percentage on Hard|url=http://www.atpworldtour.com/Reliability-Zone/Reliability-Hard-Career-List.aspx|accessdate=19 July 2012|publisher=ATP World Tour}} Stands alone
1990–2003 6 Miami Masters titles Stands alone
1995–2003 title=Federer Rises Above|url=http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/DEUCE-Tennis/Federer-No1/Federer-No1-Tribute.aspx|first=James|last=Buddell|location=London|date=16 July 2012|accessdate=16 July 2012|publisher=ATP World Tour|quote=Andre Agassi, who remains the oldest player to have been no. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, at 33 years and 131 days in 2003, proved to be a great inspiration.}} Stands alone
1988–2005 Ended 16 years ranked inside the top 10 Jimmy Connors

Video games

  • Andre Agassi Tennis for the SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Master System, and Mobile phone
  • Agassi Tennis Generation for PS2 and GBA
  • Smash Court Pro Tournament for PS2
  • Top Spin 4 (On cover of game) for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii

International tennis career biography

1986–1993

He turned professional at the age of 16 and competed in his first tournament at La Quinta, California. He won his first match against John Austin, but then lost his second match to Mats Wilander. By the end of the year, Agassi was ranked world no. 91. He won his first top-level singles title in 1987 at the Sul American Open in Itaparica and ended the year ranked world no. 25. He won six additional tournaments in 1988 (Memphis, U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships, Forest Hills WCT, Stuttgart Outdoor, Volvo International and Livingston Open), and, by December of that year, he had surpassed US$1 million in career prize money after playing in just 43 tournaments—the fastest anyone in history had reached that level. During the year, he set the open-era record for most consecutive victories by a male teenager, a record that stood for 17 years until Rafael Nadal broke it in 2005. His year-end ranking was world no. 3, behind second-ranked Ivan Lendl and top-ranked Mats Wilander. Both the Association of Tennis Professionals and Tennis magazine named Agassi the Most Improved Player of the Year for 1988.

In addition to not playing the Australian Open (which later became his best Grand Slam event) for the first eight years of his career, Agassi chose not to play at Wimbledon from 1988 through 1990 and publicly stated 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.

Strong performances on the tour meant that Agassi was quickly tipped as a future Grand Slam champion. While still a teenager, he reached the semifinals of both the French Open and the US Open in 1988 and made the US Open semifinals in 1989. He began the 1990s, however, with a series of near-misses. He reached his first Grand Slam final in 1990 at the French Open, where he was favored before losing in four sets to Andrés Gómez. He reached his second Grand Slam final of the year at the US Open, defeating defending champion Boris Becker in the semifinals. His opponent in the final was Pete Sampras; a year earlier, Agassi had crushed Sampras, after which he told his coach that he felt bad for Sampras because he was never going to make it as a pro. Agassi lost the US Open final to Sampras in three sets. The rivalry between these two American players became the dominant rivalry in tennis over the rest of the decade. Also in 1990, Agassi helped the United States win its first Davis Cup in 8 years and won his only Tennis Masters Cup, beating reigning Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg in the final.