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Overview (3)

Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Birth NameAndre Kirk Agassi
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Andre Kirk Agassi (born April 29, 1970) is an American retired professional tennis player and former World No. 1, who was one of the game's most dominant players from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s. Generally considered by critics and fellow players to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Agassi had been called the greatest service returner in the history of the game. Described by the BBC upon his retirement as "perhaps the biggest worldwide star in the sport's history", Agassi compiled performances that, along with his unorthodox apparel and attitude, saw him cited as one of the most charismatic players in the history of the game. As a result, he is credited for helping to revive the popularity of tennis during the 1990s.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dibyayan Chakravorty

Spouse (2)

Steffi Graf (22 October 2001 - present) ( 2 children)
Brooke Shields (19 April 1997 - 9 April 1999) ( annulled)

Trivia (43)

Practiced with Ilie Nastase and Jimmy Connors as a youngster.
Jaden Gil Agassi born at 3:30 a.m. at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas to Agassi and Steffi Graf. He was delivered by Dr. Joseph A. Rojas II, and weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces. In a February 2002 interview, Graf disclosed Jaden comes from a masculine form of "jade," a word she had always liked, and Gil was in honor of Agassi's trainer, Gil Reyes. [October 2001]
1996 Summer Olympics champion. He and wife Steffi Graf are the first male and female players in tennis history, respectively, to win all four majors singles titles and an Olympic gold medal.
Youngest of four children.
Print and TV ads for cell phone company T-Mobile with Steffi Graf debuted in Europe. The ads were shot in Las Vegas. [April 2002]
Became only 8th male player in the Open Era to win 50 singles titles. [April 2002]
Surpassed $1 million in career prize money in December 1988, after just 43 tournaments -- the quickest player in history to do so.
Although they had already divorced, Agassi cooperated with Brooke Shields request to obtain an annulment so that she could marry Chris Henchy in the Catholic Church.
The original family surname is Agassian, but his father shortened it to "Agassi" upon immigrating to America.
Was rear-ended as he rode to his Las Vegas home from the airport after returning from Wimbledon, injuring his back. [July 2000]
Former brother-in-law of Pancho González. González and Rita Agassi's son, Skylar, played on Bishop-Gorman High School's (Las Vegas) tennis team.
Became the first unseeded player since 1930 to win the US Open. [1994]
After losing in the first round in 1987, Agassi passed up Wimbledon three years in a row. The reason he gave was that he wasn't allowed to wear his colorful outfits.
Son of Mike Agassi.
With only their mothers as witnesses, Agassi and Steffi Graf were married at his Las Vegas home by District Judge Michael Cherry. So secret was the ceremony, the rest of Agassi's family didn't learn of it until after the fact. [October 2001]
Upon the birth of arch-rival Pete Sampras' son Christian on November 2002, in London, UK bookmakers gave the baby a 2,000-1 shot to beat Agassi's and Steffi Graf's son, Jaden Gil, in a Wimbledon final.
The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a charter school for underprivileged children, opens in West Las Vegas. It is jointly funded by the Agassi Foundation and the Nevada State Department of Education. (August 30, 2001)
Owns a 10-seat JetStar, its call letters representing his first Grand Slam title, the 1992 Wimbledon (N-792AA)
Has a "career" Grand Slam: the Australian (1995; 2000; 2001; 2003), Roland Garros (1999), Wimbledon (1992) and the U.S. Open (1994; 1999).
By winning the 2003 Australian Open, Agassi becomes the oldest man to win a Grand Slam singles title since Ken Rosewall won the Australian in 1972, and only the second man to win a Slam after becoming a father. (25 January 2003).
Career singles match record: 860-265; career singles titles: 60; prize money: $30,951,275 (as of September 2005)
Became the oldest men's player - 32 years, 11 months - in ATP history to be ranked #1. Agassi first became #1 on 10 April 1995 and has spent a total of 87 weeks at #1. His most recent time at #1 was from 13 September 1999 - 10 September 2000. (26 April 2003)
Armenian and Assyrian on his father's side.
Daughter Jaz Elle Agassi was born on Friday October 3rd, 2003 at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada
Always bows and kisses to the public after having won a match.
Has a record of holding the most Tennis Masters titles (17) as for August 2004.
Is one of only 6 players to have won more than 800 matches.
US-born Agassi is the most famous sports personality of Armenian extraction. Acclaimed USSR-born director Sergei Parajanov is the most famous filmmaker of Armenian ethnicity.
Won the Australian Open the first time he entered it. It also marked his first and only victory over Pete Sampras in a majors final. (1995).
Brother of Phillip Agassi and Tami Agassi.
In 2006, he donated $1,070,000 to the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation.
In 2004, his net worth was estimated to be $162 million.
Two months after he resigned as Agassi's business manager in October 2008, former boyhood friend Perry Rogers sued Steffi Graf for $50,000 in management fees.
Ex-son-in-law of Teri Shields.
Son-in-law of Peter Graf and Heidi Graf.
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.
Release of the book, "Agassi and Ecstasy: The Turbulent Life of Andre Agassi" by Paul Bauman. [1997]
Release of the book, "Agassi: The Fall and Rise of the Enfant Terrible of Tennis" by Robert Philip. [1993]
Release of his book, "Open: An Autobiography". [October 2009]
Middle name "Kirk" is in honor of family friend Kirk Kerkorian.
Brother-in-law of Michael Graf.
Novak Djokovic announced that Agassi will coach him at the French Open and at Wimbledon. [May 21, 2017].
He admitted in 2009 that the famous long blonde hair he sported in the early nineties was actually a wig he wore to cover his hair loss. He also blamed it for costing him his first Grand Slam final due to being so worried about it falling off.

Personal Quotes (9)

I consider myself quite boring, to be honest.
[about he and longtime rival Pete Sampras] If either of us woke up as the other one, we would probably go back to sleep, praying it was a dream.
I've had those years where tennis hasn't been the top priority. There can be some regrets there, but I think that has saved me for the long run. I think my best tennis can still be ahead of me.
[on playing with wife Steffi Graf] She always wins. The problem is I can't always keep my eyes on the ball.
What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.
Felt like I've been playing well; played well in Australia, played well last week. You know, was playing well this week but just ran into a guy that played a lot better.
Every day, you have to be better than one person. And what is required each day is always different.
Image is everything.
Tennis is lonely. I would have been better off in a team sport. When I started to make a difference in children's lives, I felt like I finally had my team.

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