American tennis player Andre Agassi stretches to return a shot by Andrei Medvedev of Ukraine in the 1999 French Open menís singles final. Agassi won the match in five sets, becoming only the fifth male player to win the singles title at all four grand slam tournaments during his career.
Andre Agassi, born in 1970, American tennis player, one of the few menís players to earn victories at each of the four major professional tennis tournaments: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the United States Open. Agassiís flair for showmanship made him one of the most popular players of the 1990s.
Andre Kirk Agassi was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trained by his father, a former world-class boxer, he began playing tennis as a toddler. By the time he was 12 years old he had practiced with noted professional players such as BjŲrn Borg and Jimmy Connors. After receiving coaching at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, Agassi turned professional in 1986 and won his first title in 1987. He became known for his powerful, aggressive forehand, and in 1988 he won several tournaments, including the Volvo International and the United States clay court championships. He continued his success over the next few years, rising in the professional rankings, winning Wimbledon in 1992, and playing on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1991 and 1992.
Although Agassi could be temperamental and his play was sometimes erratic, he became popular with fans. His flamboyant personality and on-court success gained him lucrative product endorsements. In 1993, however, Agassiís ranking dropped after he underwent surgery and was unable to maintain a full schedule of tournaments. He subsequently rededicated himself to tennis, winning the 1994 U.S. Open as an unseeded player.
In 1995 Agassi continued to moderate his public image and to improve his play. He won the 1995 Australian Open and played on the U.S. Davis Cup team. At the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, Agassi won the gold medal in tennis. After another precipitous drop in the rankings, he came back and won the 1999 French Open, joining Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, and Fred Perry as the only players to win the men's singles title at each of the four major tournaments. Agassi continued his success by winning the 1999 U.S. Open and the Australian Open in 2000, 2001, and 2003.
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