Andre Agassi, Fifty Years of Affection and Hate for the Tennis

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Andre Agassi, meets this Wednesday, 50 years. Half a century of a life devoted to tennis, a sport that he confessed that he hated since his father put a racket in his fingers when he was two years outdated, however through which he managed a revolution to develop into one of many seven gamers able to profitable the 4 Grand Slams.

The man of the footwork shorts, the of wigs to cover his alopecia, the quirky participant who wore denim shorts to leap to the monitor, which seemed excellent, and he even admitted that he had taken methamphetamine, he performed his final match on the US Open in 2006 earlier than the German Benjamin Becker after I was 36 years outdated. But, till then, had wrought already a robust historical past.

Athletically, Agassi will at all times be remembered as a result of it has been one of many 26 numbers one which has had the tennis, a place he held for 101 weeks and managed to complete as soon as a season, in 1999, and since she gained 60 tournaments, eight of them of the Grand Slam.

In this side you could feel blissful as a result of it’s the just one in historical past that has gained the seven most prestigious titles in tennis males’ singles: all 4 of the Grand Slam, the Masters, now referred to as the ATP Finals, the Olympic gold medal (JJ.OO. Atlanta 1996) and Davis Cup (1990, 1992 and 1995).

He was additionally the participant with the bottom age in exceeding one million {dollars} in prizes, after solely dispute 43 tournaments. But a look at his biography exhibits that in these 50 years, your life has not been so blissful.

Although the kids worshipped him, though he was the irreverent and “cool” that many praised, Agassi by no means felt like by the good American public to a larger extent devoted her like to Pete Sampras, with whom he rivaled in its finest moments, and to whom he devoted then compliments corresponding to, it was extra robotic than a parrot.

Was, that if, a banner advert, a breath of recent air that splashed and revolutionized ladies’ tennis together with her look, the exterior of the canons that have been used then. With his racket, he was starred in what was referred to as Rock and Roll tennis. But ultimately his complete determine, was subjected to a phrase that he pursued: “image is everything”.

In his biography “Open”, additionally signed by Pulitzer prize winner J. R. Moehringer and printed in 2009, a lot of their truths hidden for a time have been uncovered. Your concern while you jumped the monitor with a wig and he was afraid that he would possibly fall was one in all his foremost obsessions.

I bought to hope when warming up earlier than the match (ultimate of Roland Garros in 1990 towards Ecuadorian Andres Gomez). It was not for victory, however for the wig to not wish to harm me, described there.

The hatred that he felt for the sport of tennis, a sport that was imposed by his father, Emmanuel “Mike” Agassi, who competed within the Olympic Games of 1948 and 1952, representing Iran in boxing, marked his whole profession. Agassi didn’t select this sport, however sure to his father that he dreamed that one in all their 4 youngsters was determined with the racquet.

Prodded by his father, Agassi took “Speed” without understanding it till his brother Philly be warned. Later, when struggling within the lowest moments of his profession, sunk into the place 141 with severe wrist damage, admitted that he had additionally swallowed Glass, as is thought to the methamphetamine.

Agassi turned to what may have been a penalty of three months to the purpose that it had been “a mistake of his assistant” and is saved from the penalty.

That repentance was revealed in his biography. Also its laborious years within the academy of Nick Nick the place he met, amongst others, with Jim Courier, his relationship and marriage to the American actress Brooke Shields and her subsequent wedding ceremony with the German Steffi Graf, an icon of the American to remain in form, whose picture was on the fridge.

Razored already, sporting with satisfaction his bald head, Agassi and Graf married in 2001 in Las Vegas with solely three folks within the room, the choose and them joined and the moms of each. Then had two youngsters, Jaden Gil and Jaz Elle.

Life has since modified for him. His basis, Andre Agassi For Education, devoted to the kids appears to have modified and improved. He has been a coach, momentary, Grigor Dimitrov, and Novak Djokovic, and has been declared admirer of Rafael Nadal, whom he considers to be even above Roger Federer.

Your sentence I Play tennis as a lifestyle even supposing I hate him, I hate him with secret ardor and at all times what I’ve executed, will stay within the reminiscence but also his legacy as a participant rebellious, irreverent and sympathetic. Madrid, 28 Apr (EFE).-

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