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Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi 2005 US Clay Court.jpg
Nickname(s) The Punisher[1]
Country  United States
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Date of birth April 29, 1970 (1970-04-29) (age 39)
Place of birth Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 80 kg (180 lb)
Turned pro 1986
Retired September 3, 2006
Plays Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Career prize money US$31,152,975
Singles
Career record 870–274 (76.05%)
Career titles 68 including 60 listed by the ATP
Highest ranking No. 1 (April 10, 1995)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003)
French Open W (1999)
Wimbledon W (1992)
US Open W (1994, 1999)
Major tournaments
Tour Finals W (1990)
Olympic Games W (1996)
Doubles
Career record 40–42
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 123 (August 17, 1992)
French Open QF (1992)
US Open 1R (1987)
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's tennis
Gold 1996 Atlanta Singles
Andre Kirk Agassi (pronounced /ˈɑːndreɪ ˈæɡəsi/; born April 29, 1970) is an American former World No. .1 professional tennis player who won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in singles.^ Only one singles player has been eliminated from the national tournament, and one singles player and two doubles teams are still competing in winners bracket play.
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^ Three University of Arkansas - Fort Smith singles tennis players kept their bid for a consolation championship alive with quarterfinal wins on Tuesday afternoon in the NJCAA national tournament at Randolph Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.
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^ University of Arkansas - Fort Smith tennis players won the recent Fort Smith City Doubles Championships and the Mixed Doubles Championships at Fort Smith Athletic Club.
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.Generally considered by critics and fellow players to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time,[2][3][4] he has been called the best service returner in the history of tennis.^ She is an excellent all-court player, and we expect her to immediately make a strong impact for the Lady Lions tennis team, Huckelbury said.
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^ This 2010 mens team returns its top six players and has added three freshman, one redshirt and one former player to the roster.
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^ Shes an all-court player with a strong forehand and a one-handed backhand, Huckelbury said.
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[2][5] .Known for his unorthodox apparel and attitude, Agassi is often cited as one of the most charismatic players in the history of the game, and is credited for helping revive the popularity of tennis during the 1990s.^ One of the guys who was in my group was like I feel really good that I used a Saturday to help people, said UA Fort Smith tennis player Cameron Terrell, who helped organize the food drive.
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[2][4][6] He is married to fellow retired professional tennis player and multiple Grand Slam champion Steffi Graf.
.Agassi is, with Rod Laver, Don Budge, Fred Perry, Roy Emerson, and Roger Federer, one of only six men to have achieved a Career Grand Slam, one of only three (with Laver and Federer) since the beginning of the Open Era, and the only male player to have achieved a Career Golden Slam.^ UT-Tyler only had four players, which led to UA Fort Smith (14-9) winning one doubles match and two singles matches by default.
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^ This 2010 mens team returns its top six players and has added three freshman, one redshirt and one former player to the roster.
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^ Only one singles player has been eliminated from the national tournament, and one singles player and two doubles teams are still competing in winners bracket play.
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[7] .In addition to his Grand Slam and Olympic singles titles, he won the Tennis Masters Cup and was part of a winning Davis Cup team.^ Whittemore, who is from McAllen, Texas, beat Tyler Junior Colleges Anna Zurek 6-3, 7-6 to win the singles title.
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^ The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith mens tennis team remained undefeated on Monday with its first-ever win against NCAA Division II Harding University.
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^ The world No.12 is hopeful of being fit for the opening grand slam of the year, but won't make a decision until later this week.

He won 17 ATP Masters Series tournaments, more than any other player.[8] Agassi's Grand Slam composition is (4 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 1 Wimbledon, 2 US Open) for his career.
After suffering from sciatica caused by two bulging discs in his back, a spondylolisthesis (vertebral displacement) and a bone spur that interferes with the nerve, Agassi retired from professional tennis on September 3, 2006, after losing in the third round of the US Open. He is the founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation,[9] which has raised over $60 million for at-risk children in Southern Nevada.[10] In 2001, the Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, a K-12 public charter school for at-risk children.[11]

Contents

1970–1985: Early life

Agassi was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Emmanuel "Mike" Aghassian and Elizabeth "Betty" Agassi (née Dudley).[12] .His father is an Iranian of Armenian and Assyrian[13][14][15][16] ethnicity who represented Iran in boxing at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games before emigrating to the United States.^ Those wins helped propel the Lady Bison (14-5) to a 6-3 win against the Lady Lions (13-9), who also lost the first encounter with Harding 5-4.
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[17] 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.[17] He was meant to stay for only 3 months 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.[18]

International tennis career biography

1986–1993

He turned professional at the age of 16 and his first tournament was in La Quinta, California. .He won his first match against John Austin 6–4, 6–2 but then lost his second match to Mats Wilander 6–1, 6–1. By the end of the year, Agassi was ranked World No.^ UA Fort Smith won two of its three doubles matches against Harding.
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^ During Tuesday nights late singles matches, freshman Martin Tabler of Bentonville, Ark., lost to Wade Henderson of Meridian Community College 6-2, 6-3 in the No.
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^ Those wins helped propel the Lady Bison (14-5) to a 6-3 win against the Lady Lions (13-9), who also lost the first encounter with Harding 5-4.
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91.[19] Agassi won his first top-level singles title in 1987 at the Sul American Open in Itaparica.[17] .He ended the year ranked World No.^ The world No.12 is hopeful of being fit for the opening grand slam of the year, but won't make a decision until later this week.

.25.[17] 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),[17] and, by December of that year, he had surpassed US$2 million in career prize money after playing in just 43 tournaments – the fastest anyone in history had reached that level.^ This was a very tough mens tournament with D-II teams like Ouachita Baptist, a Top 10 team; Drury, a Top 15 team; and Abilene Christian, a Top 25 team, Huckelbury said.
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[citation needed] 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.[17]
.In addition to not playing the Australian Open (which would later become 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.^ They lost 8-2 to Delta States Benzaki and Tatiana Bouchard in the first round and lost to Arkansas Techs Brittany Turner and Brown 8-2 in consolation play.
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^ Bryson lost to Delta States Cecile Benzaki 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and lost to Southeastern Oklahomas Sofia Molina 8-4 in the quarterfinals of consolation play.
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^ Pohlers, whos from Nixa, Mo., lost to Delta States Milena Araujo 6-1, 6-3 in the first round and lost to Henderson States Meredith Massey 8-2 in consolation play.
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Strong performances on the tour meant that Agassi was quickly tipped as a future Grand Slam champion. While still a teenager, he reached the semi-finals 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.^ After losing her first round match in winners bracket play, Kenzie McCullough of Henryetta, Okla., won four consecutive matches to capture the No.
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.He reached his second Grand Slam final of the year at the US Open, defeating defending champion Boris Becker in the semifinals.^ UA Fort Smith, which is in its final year as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, is currently in the second year of the three-year Division II membership process.
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.His opponent in the final was Pete Sampras; a year earlier, Agassi had beaten Sampras 6-2, 6-1 after which he told his coach that he felt bad for Sampras because he was never going to make it as a pro.^ Shes beaten our girls for four years now, and Im glad to see her go.
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.Agassi lost the US Open final to Sampras 6–4, 6–3, 6–2.[17] The rivalry between these two American players became the dominant rivalry in tennis over the rest of the decade.^ Two University of Arkansas - Fort Smith players and two teams recently earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors for their performances in the classroom this past year.
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.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.^ Even though Zane was seeded first, this was a mild upset over the former Razorback All-American, Aussie Davis Cup player and Wimbledon quarterfinalist, UA Fort Smith coach Bob Huckelbury said.
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^ Gilham and freshman Emily Singleton of Cheshire, United Kingdom, advanced to the back draw finals of the Black Singles Division with Singleton winning the match when Gilham retired from the match.
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^ The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith mens tennis team remained undefeated on Monday with its first-ever win against NCAA Division II Harding University.
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In 1991, Agassi reached his second consecutive French Open final, where he faced fellow Bollettieri Academy alumnus Jim Courier. Courier emerged the victor in a five set final. Agassi decided to play at Wimbledon in 1991, leading to weeks of speculation in the media about the clothes he would wear. He eventually emerged for the first round in a completely white outfit. He went on to reach the quarter-finals on that occasion, losing in five sets to David Wheaton.
Agassi's Grand Slam tournament breakthrough came at Wimbledon, not at the French Open or the US Open where he had previously enjoyed success. In 1992, he defeated Goran Ivanišević in a five set final.[17] Along the way, Agassi overcame two former Wimbledon champions in Boris Becker and John McEnroe. .No other baseliner would triumph at Wimbledon until Lleyton Hewitt ten years later.^ The world No.12 is hopeful of being fit for the opening grand slam of the year, but won't make a decision until later this week.

.Agassi was named the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year in 1992. Agassi once again played on the United States' Davis Cup winning team in 1992. It was their second Davis cup title in three years.^ Tabler, a 5-10 freshman, played singles and doubles for Bentonville High Schools state runner-up team.
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^ She played in 141 games as a freshman and was second on the team with 345 kills and third with 52 aces.
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^ Todd, a 6-0 freshman, played singles and doubles for Bentonville High Schools state runner-up team.
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.1993 saw Agassi win the only doubles title of his career, at the Cincinnati Masters, partnered with Petr Korda.^ Lady Lions only doubles win.
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^ UT-Tyler only had four players, which led to UA Fort Smith (14-9) winning one doubles match and two singles matches by default.
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Agassi missed much of the early part of that year with injuries. Although he made the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon title defense, he lost to eventual champion and World number one Pete Sampras in five-sets. .Agassi lost in the first-round at the US Open to Thomas Enqvist and required wrist surgery late in the year.^ Hudson, whos from Fort Smith, lost to Arkansas Techs Kristen Brown 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and lost to Ouachita Baptists Katie Potts 9-8 (2-0) in consolation play.
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^ Tabler, who received a first-round bye, lost to Luis Sperb of Johnson County Community College 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of winners bracket play.
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^ They lost 8-2 to Delta States Benzaki and Tatiana Bouchard in the first round and lost to Arkansas Techs Brittany Turner and Brown 8-2 in consolation play.
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1994–1997

With new coach Brad Gilbert on board, Agassi began to employ more of a tactical, consistent approach, which fueled his resurgence. Agassi started slowly in 1994, losing in the first week at the French Open and Wimbledon. .Nevertheless, Agassi emerged during the hard court season, winning the Canadian Open.^ The Lady Lions went 2-1 during their recent three-match stint with wins against UAPB and Hendrix and a loss to Harding.
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.His comeback culminated at the 1994 US Open with a 5-set fourth-round victory against compatriot Michael Chang and then becoming the first man to capture the US Open as an unseeded player, beating Michael Stich in the final.^ After losing in the first round of Flight 3 doubles, the UA Fort Smith tandem of Todd and freshman Martin Tabler of Bentonville, Ark., won the consolation championship, beating Oklahoma Baptists Scott Milner and Michael Canavan 8-6.
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^ The round-robin tournament is used by top male players, incluing six ranked in the top eleven, as a warm-up to the Australian Open.

^ After losing her first round match in winners bracket play, Kenzie McCullough of Henryetta, Okla., won four consecutive matches to capture the No.
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[17]
In 1995, Agassi shaved his balding head, breaking with his old "image is everything" style. .He competed in the 1995 Australian Open (his first appearance at the event) and won, beating Sampras in a four set final.^ The Lions won all but one of their singles matches in straight sets, except for Da Silva who beat Schaeffer 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
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^ UA Fort Smith (10-7) beat Missouri Southern 9-0 and won all but one match in straight sets.
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^ After losing her first round match in winners bracket play, Kenzie McCullough of Henryetta, Okla., won four consecutive matches to capture the No.
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[17] .Agassi and Sampras met in five tournament finals in 1995, all on hardcourt, with Agassi winning three.^ Against Oklahoma Wesleyan, the Lions dominated from the start, winning all three doubles matches.
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^ The Lady Lions set the tone early in the match, winning all three doubles matches by decisive margins.
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^ The Lady Lions did much the same, sweeping all three doubles matches to spark their lopsided win.
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Agassi won three Masters Series events in 1995 (Cincinnati, Key Biscayne, and the Canadian Open) and seven titles total.[17] .He compiled a career-best 26-match winning streak during the summer hardcourt circuit, which ended when he lost the US Open final to Sampras.^ During Tuesday nights late singles matches, freshman Martin Tabler of Bentonville, Ark., lost to Wade Henderson of Meridian Community College 6-2, 6-3 in the No.
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^ Thursday afternoon to extend her winning streak to 13 matches.
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^ Gilham and freshman Emily Singleton of Cheshire, United Kingdom, advanced to the back draw finals of the Black Singles Division with Singleton winning the match when Gilham retired from the match.
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Agassi reached the World No. 1 ranking for the first time in April 1995. He held that ranking until November, for a total of 30 weeks. In terms of win/loss record, 1995 was Agassi's best year. .He won 73 matches and lost only 9. Agassi was also once again a key player on the United States' Davis Cup winning team - the third and final Davis Cup title of Agassi's career.^ After spending the early part of the fall term scrimmaging against each other, Huckelburys Lions and Lady Lions are ready to finally play some matches against another team.
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^ The 2009 team has the most wins in school history with 16 dual match victories.
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^ UT-Tyler only had four players, which led to UA Fort Smith (14-9) winning one doubles match and two singles matches by default.
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.1996 was a less successful year for Agassi, as he failed to reach any Grand Slam final.^ The world No.12 is hopeful of being fit for the opening grand slam of the year, but won't make a decision until later this week.

.He suffered two early round losses at the hands of compatriots Chris Woodruff and Doug Flach at the French Open and Wimbledon, respectively, and lost to Chang in straight sets in the Australian and US Open semifinals.^ The Lady Lions suffered first-round losses at Nos.
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.At the time, Agassi blamed the loss on the windy conditions but later admitted in his biography that he had tanked (lost on purpose) this match as he bore a grudge against Boris Becker whom he would have faced in the final.^ After spending the early part of the fall term scrimmaging against each other, Huckelburys Lions and Lady Lions are ready to finally play some matches against another team.
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^ The Lady Lions went 2-1 during their recent three-match stint with wins against UAPB and Hendrix and a loss to Harding.
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.The high point for Agassi was winning the men's singles gold medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, beating Sergi Bruguera of Spain in the final 6–2, 6–3, 6–1.[17] Agassi also successfully defended his singles titles in Cincinnati and Key Biscayne.^ Whittemore, who is from McAllen, Texas, beat Tyler Junior Colleges Anna Zurek 6-3, 7-6 to win the singles title.
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^ Gilham and freshman Emily Singleton of Cheshire, United Kingdom, advanced to the back draw finals of the Black Singles Division with Singleton winning the match when Gilham retired from the match.
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^ Bryson leads the team in singles wins with an 18-7 win-loss mark this fall and spring, while Polhers won her seventh singles match in a row to improve to 17-9.
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1997 was the low point of Agassi's career. .His wrist injury resurfaced, and he played only 24 matches during the year.^ Tsonga is returning to play subsequent to dealing with a wrist injury that caused him to withdraw from last week's Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

^ He also played for the Brasilia team during the National Team Championships for three years (2004-06).
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^ He advanced to the semifinals of doubles play in the Collin County Community College Fall Open and was 4-2 in singles play and 4-4 in doubles play during the Lions fall matches.
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He would later confess that he started using crystal methamphetamine at that time, allegedly on the urging of a friend.[20] He failed an ATP drug test, but wrote a letter claiming the same friend spiked a drink. The ATP dropped the failed drug test as a warning. He stated upon admitting to his drug use that the letter was a lie.[21] He quit the drug soon after. .He won no top-level titles and his ranking sank to World No.^ Webber International competes at the NAIA level and traditionally is ranked in the Top 30 nationally.
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141 on November 10, 1997.[17]

1998–2003

Agassi serving
.In 1998, Agassi began a rigorous conditioning program and worked his way back up the rankings by playing in Challenger Series tournaments (a circuit for professional players ranked outside the world's top 50).^ Only one singles player has been eliminated from the national tournament, and one singles player and two doubles teams are still competing in winners bracket play.
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^ Evan Piche had a very good singles tournament despite playing in the top flight and had two very good wins, Huckelbury said.
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^ Olsen, who was the top-seeded singles player in the tournament, beat second-seeded Doohan 6-7, 6-4, 10-7.
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.He played some classic matches in this period, most notably against his rival Pete Sampras and popular Australian Patrick Rafter.^ After spending the early part of the fall term scrimmaging against each other, Huckelburys Lions and Lady Lions are ready to finally play some matches against another team.
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.In 1998, Agassi won five titles and leapt from World No.^ The Lady Lions won five of the six singles matches with Gilham beating Keilova 6-2, 6-1 in the No.
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122 at the start of the year to World No. .6 at the end of it, making it the highest jump into the top 10 made by any player during a single calendar year.^ She was 9-1 in singles and 10-0 in doubles during her senior season at Flower Mound.
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^ Olsen, who was the top-seeded singles player in the tournament, beat second-seeded Doohan 6-7, 6-4, 10-7.
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^ He was consistently ranked in the Top 10 of the Arkansas Junior Tennis Association and finished the year ranked seventh in the state.
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[22] At Wimbledon that year, he had an early loss in the second round to ATP player Tommy Haas. .He won five titles in ten finals and was runner-up at the Masters Series tournament in Key Biscayne, losing to Marcelo Ríos, who became World No.^ The world No.12 is hopeful of being fit for the opening grand slam of the year, but won't make a decision until later this week.

^ She helped lead the Lady Lions to a 44-4 record, the Bi-State Conference regular-season title, the NJCAA Region II tournament title and a runner-up finish in the national tournament.
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^ She will play in the Australian Open Series Sydney International Tennis Tournament in the lead-up to the Australian Open.

1 as a result of winning that tournament.
.Agassi entered the history books in 1999 when he came back from two sets to love down to beat Andrei Medvedev in a five-set French Open final, thereby becoming, at the time, only the fifth male player (joining Rod Laver, Fred Perry, Roy Emerson and Don Budge-these have since been joined by a sixth, Roger Federer) to have won all four Grand Slam singles titles during his career.^ He was 68-0 in singles play and 69-4 in doubles play during his high school career.
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^ UA Fort Smith (10-7) beat Missouri Southern 9-0 and won all but one match in straight sets.
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^ The world No.12 is hopeful of being fit for the opening grand slam of the year, but won't make a decision until later this week.

.This win also made him the first (of only two, the second being Roger Federer) male players in history to have won all four Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces (clay, grass, and hard courts), a tribute to his adaptability, as the other four men had won their Grand Slam titles on clay and grass courts.^ She is an excellent all-court player, and we expect her to immediately make a strong impact for the Lady Lions tennis team, Huckelbury said.
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^ UT-Tyler only had four players, which led to UA Fort Smith (14-9) winning one doubles match and two singles matches by default.
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^ Two University of Arkansas - Fort Smith players and two teams recently earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors for their performances in the classroom this past year.
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.Agassi also became the first male player to win the Career Golden Slam, consisting of all four Grand Slam tournaments plus an Olympic gold medal.^ UT-Tyler only had four players, which led to UA Fort Smith (14-9) winning one doubles match and two singles matches by default.
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^ The round-robin tournament is used by top male players, incluing six ranked in the top eleven, as a warm-up to the Australian Open.

^ The sophomore is the first Lady Lions tennis player to win a championship of any kind at the national tournament.
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Agassi followed his 1999 French Open victory by reaching the Wimbledon final, where he lost to Sampras in straight sets.[17] .He rebounded from his Wimbledon defeat by winning the US Open, beating Todd Martin in five sets (rallying from a 2 sets to 1 deficit) in the final.^ University of Arkansas - Fort Smith freshman Kane Olsen rallied from a first-set loss on Sunday afternoon to beat former Arkansas Razorback Peter Doohan in three sets to win the Fort Smith City Singles Championships at Fort Smith Athletic Club.
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^ Freshmen Martin Tabler and Andrew Todd of Bentonville, Ark., beat Scott Milner and Ben Allen 8-2 in the No.
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^ Martin Tabler and Andrew Todd of Bentonville, Ark., beating Michael Canavan and Lance Ruder 8-1 and the No.
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Agassi ended 1999 as the World No. .1, ending Sampras's record of six consecutive year-ending top rankings (1993–1998).^ The round-robin tournament is used by top male players, incluing six ranked in the top eleven, as a warm-up to the Australian Open.

^ He was consistently ranked in the Top 10 of the Arkansas Junior Tennis Association and finished the year ranked seventh in the state.
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[17] This was the only time Agassi ended the year at number one.
.Agassi began the next year by capturing his second Australian Open title, beating Sampras in a five-set semifinal and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in a four-set final.^ Serena Williams, USA Photos by Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images) SYDNEY — Serena Williams stormed into the semi-finals of the Sydney International on Wednesday, cranking up the heat on her opponents ahead of next week's Australian Open.

^ Top seed Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Sydney International with a shoulder injury which also has the Frenchman in doubt for the Australian Open starting in Melbourne next Monday.

^ UA Fort Smith, which is in its final year as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, is currently in the second year of the three-year Division II membership process.
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[17] .He was the first male player to have reached four consecutive Grand Slam finals since Rod Laver achieved the Grand Slam in 1969.[23] At the time, Agassi was also only the fourth player since Laver to be the reigning champion of three of four Grand Slam events, missing only the Wimbledon title.^ UT-Tyler only had four players, which led to UA Fort Smith (14-9) winning one doubles match and two singles matches by default.
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^ After losing her first round match in winners bracket play, Kenzie McCullough of Henryetta, Okla., won four consecutive matches to capture the No.
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[24]
.2000 also saw Agassi reach the semifinals at Wimbledon, where he lost in five sets to Rafter in a match considered by many to be one of the best ever played at Wimbledon.^ The Lions won all but one of their singles matches in straight sets, except for Da Silva who beat Schaeffer 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
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^ UA Fort Smith (10-7) beat Missouri Southern 9-0 and won all but one match in straight sets.
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^ UA Fort Smith dominated all but one of the singles matches in straight sets.
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[25] At the inaugural Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon, Agassi reached the final after defeating Marat Safin 6–3, 6–3 in the semifinals to end the Russian's hopes to become the youngest World No. 1 in the history of tennis. .Agassi then lost to Gustavo Kuerten in the final, allowing Kuerten to be crowned year-end World No.^ The world No.12 is hopeful of being fit for the opening grand slam of the year, but won't make a decision until later this week.

1.
Agassi opened 2001 by successfully defending his Australian Open title with a straight-sets final win over Arnaud Clément.[17] Enroute, he beat a cramping Rafter (7–5, 2–6, 6–7, 6–2, 6–3) in front of a sell-out crowd in what turned out to be the Aussie's last Australian Open. At Wimbledon, they met again in the semifinals, where Agassi lost another close match to Rafter, 8–6 in the fifth set. .In the quarterfinals at the US Open, Agassi lost a 3 hour, 33 minute epic match[26] with Sampras 6–7(7), 7–6(7), 7–6(2), 7–6(5),[27] with no breaks of serve during the 48-game match.^ During Tuesday nights late singles matches, freshman Martin Tabler of Bentonville, Ark., lost to Wade Henderson of Meridian Community College 6-2, 6-3 in the No.
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^ He advanced to the semifinals of doubles play in the Collin County Community College Fall Open and was 4-2 in singles play and 4-4 in doubles play during the Lions fall matches.
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.Despite the setback, Agassi finished 2001 ranked World No.^ He finished this past regular season ranked No.
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.3, becoming the only male tennis player to finish a year ranked in the top 10 in three different decades[28] (1980s - finishing World No.^ He has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 in the Arkansas Junior Tennis Association.
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^ He was consistently ranked in the Top 10 of the Arkansas Junior Tennis Association and finished the year ranked seventh in the state.
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^ This 2010 mens team returns its top six players and has added three freshman, one redshirt and one former player to the roster.
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3 in 1988 and No. 7 in 1989; 1990s - finishing World No. 4 in 1990, No. 10 in 1991, No. 9 in 1992, No. 2 in 1994 and 1995, No. 8 in 1996, No. 6 in 1998 and No. 1 in 1999; 2000s - finishing World No. 6 in 2000, No. 3 in 2001, No. 2 in 2002, No. 4 in 2003, No. 8 in 2004 and No. 7 in 2005). .He also was the oldest player (age 31) to finish in the top three since 32-year old Connors finished at World No.^ Olsen, a 5-11 freshman, has played since he was 9-years-old and was No.
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^ This 2010 mens team returns its top six players and has added three freshman, one redshirt and one former player to the roster.
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^ She has played tennis since she was 11-years-old and was ranked as high as 60th in the Texas SuperChamps Division.
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2 in 1984.[22]
.2002 opened with disappointment for Agassi, as injury forced him to skip the Australian Open, where he was a two-time defending champion.^ He was a two-time champion of the Masters Tennis Open.
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The last duel between Agassi and Sampras came in the final of the US Open, which Sampras won in four sets and left Sampras with a 20–14 edge in their 34 career meetings. The match proved to be the last of Sampras's career. Agassi's US Open finish, along with his Masters Series victories in Key Biscayne, Rome, and Madrid, helped him finish 2002 as the oldest year-end World No. 2 at 32 years and 8 months.[22]
.In 2003, Agassi won the eighth (and final) Grand Slam title of his career at the Australian Open, where he beat Rainer Schüttler in straight sets in the final.^ The Lions won all but one of their singles matches in straight sets, except for Da Silva who beat Schaeffer 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
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^ UA Fort Smith (10-7) beat Missouri Southern 9-0 and won all but one match in straight sets.
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In March, he won his sixth career and third consecutive Key Biscayne title, in the process surpassing his wife, Steffi Graf, who was a 5-time winner of the event. .The final was his 18th straight win in that tournament, which broke the previous record of 17 set by Sampras from 1993–1995. (Agassi's winning streak continued to 20 after winning his first two matches at the 2004 edition of that tournament before bowing to Agustín Calleri.^ UT-Tyler only had four players, which led to UA Fort Smith (14-9) winning one doubles match and two singles matches by default.
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^ Evan Piche had a very good singles tournament despite playing in the top flight and had two very good wins, Huckelbury said.
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^ The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith mens tennis team took advantage of its first-round draws in doubles play by winning two of three second-round matches on Tuesday during the NJCAA national tournament at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas.
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) With the victory, Agassi became the youngest (19 years old) and oldest (32) winner of the Key Biscayne tournament. On April 28, 2003, he recaptured the World No. .1 ranking after a quarterfinal victory over Xavier Malisse at the Queen's Club Championships to become the oldest top ranked male player since the ATP rankings began at 33 years and 13 days.^ University of Arkansas - Fort Smith tennis players won the recent Fort Smith City Doubles Championships and the Mixed Doubles Championships at Fort Smith Athletic Club.
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^ She has played tennis since she was 11-years-old and was ranked as high as 60th in the Texas SuperChamps Division.
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^ She was ranked in the Top 30 as an under-18 junior tennis player in Ontario.
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He held the World No. 1 ranking for two weeks when Lleyton Hewitt took it back on May 12, 2003. Agassi then recaptured the World No. 1 ranking once again on June 16, 2003, which he held for 12 weeks until September 7, 2003. During his career, Agassi held the World No. 1 ranking for a total of 101 weeks.[29] Agassi's ranking slipped when injuries forced him to withdraw from many events. He did manage to reach the US Open semifinals, where he lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero and surrendered his World No. 1 ranking to Ferrero. .At the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup, Agassi lost in the final to Federer and finished the year ranked World No.^ The world No.12 is hopeful of being fit for the opening grand slam of the year, but won't make a decision until later this week.

^ He finished this past regular season ranked No.
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^ She has played tennis since she was 11-years-old and was ranked as high as 60th in the Texas SuperChamps Division.
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.4. At age 33, he was the oldest player to rank in the top five since Connors, at age 35, was World No.^ She was ranked in the Top 30 as an under-18 junior tennis player in Ontario.
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^ The 2010 womens team returns five of its top six players and has added three promising freshmen and one redshirt.
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4 in 1987.[22]

2004–2006

.In 2004, Agassi won the Masters series event in Cincinnati to bring his career total to 59 top-level singles titles and a record 17 ATP Masters Series titles, having already won seven of the nine ATP Masters tournament—all except the tournaments in Monte Carlo and Hamburg.^ Evan Piche had a very good singles tournament despite playing in the top flight and had two very good wins, Huckelbury said.
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^ Olsen, who was the top-seeded singles player in the tournament, beat second-seeded Doohan 6-7, 6-4, 10-7.
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^ The Lions won all but one of their singles matches in straight sets, except for Da Silva who beat Schaeffer 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
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.At 34, he became the second-oldest singles champion in Cincinnati tournament history (the tournament began in 1899), surpassed only by Ken Rosewall who won the title in 1970 at age 35. He finished the year ranked World No.^ Tamra Bryson of La Porte, Texas, who is ranked No.
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^ Only one singles player has been eliminated from the national tournament, and one singles player and two doubles teams are still competing in winners bracket play.
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^ Kenzie McCullough of Henryetta, Okla., who is ranked No.
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.8, the oldest player to finish in the top 10 since the 36-year-old Connors was World No.^ Olsen, a 5-11 freshman, has played since he was 9-years-old and was No.
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^ Olsen, who was the top-seeded singles player in the tournament, beat second-seeded Doohan 6-7, 6-4, 10-7.
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^ She has played tennis since she was 11-years-old and was ranked as high as 60th in the Texas SuperChamps Division.
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.7 in 1988.[22] Agassi also became only the sixth male player during the open era to reach 800 career wins with his first round victory over Alex Bogomolov in Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles.^ UT-Tyler only had four players, which led to UA Fort Smith (14-9) winning one doubles match and two singles matches by default.
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^ UA Fort Smith went 3-2 in singles play during Mondays first round at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas.
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^ During the Lady Lions win against Texas Womans University on Thursday, Nass had a career-high 20 kills.
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Agassi's 2005 began with a quarterfinal loss to Federer at the Australian Open. Agassi had several other deep runs at tournaments but had to withdraw from several events due to injury. .He lost to Jarkko Nieminen in the first round of the French Open.^ Hudson, whos from Fort Smith, lost to Arkansas Techs Kristen Brown 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and lost to Ouachita Baptists Katie Potts 9-8 (2-0) in consolation play.
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^ McCullough, who is from Henryetta, Okla., beat University of Ozarks Lea Rena 6-0, 7-5 in the first round and lost to Southeastern Oklahomas Deana Brooks 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
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^ They beat Henderson States Massey and Rebecca Staton 8-1 in the first round and lost to Ouachita Baptists Tavu Fa and Natalia Drada 8-1 in the quarterfinals.
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He won his fourth title in Los Angeles and reached the final of the Rogers Cup before falling to World No. 2 Rafael Nadal. Agassi's 2005 was defined by an improbable run to the US Open final. .After beating Răzvan Sabău and Ivo Karlović in straight sets and Tomáš Berdych in four sets, Agassi won three consecutive five-set matches to advance to the final.^ Delvaux needed three sets to beat Anderson 3-6, 6-0, 13-11 in the No.
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^ Lady Lions won five of the six singles matches.
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^ Pohlers beat Medina 6-3, 6-3 in a hard-fought match in 95-degree heat to advance to the winners bracket quarterfinals, where she will play No.
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.The most notable of these matches was his quarterfinal victory over James Blake, where he rallied from two sets down to win 3–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3, 7–6(6).^ The 2009 team has the most wins in school history with 16 dual match victories.
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^ UT-Tyler only had four players, which led to UA Fort Smith (14-9) winning one doubles match and two singles matches by default.
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^ In UA Fort Smiths toughest match of the afternoon, Harvanova held off Anderson in a third-set tiebreaker to win a battle of No.
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His other five-set victims were Xavier Malisse in the fourth round and Robby Ginepri in the semifinals. In the final, Agassi faced Federer, who was seeking his second consecutive US Open title and his sixth Grand Slam title in two years. .Federer defeated Agassi in four sets, although Agassi gave him a scare when Agassi was up a break in the third set after splitting the first two sets.^ After losing the first set, which lasted about 1 hours, Olsen, whos from Hamilton, New Zealand, took an early two-break lead in the second set and held on to win and force a tiebreaker.
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Before the 2005 Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, Agassi rolled his ankle in a racquetball accident and tore several ligaments. He was unable to walk for weeks. .He nevertheless committed to the tournament, in which he was seeded third, and played Nikolay Davydenko in his first round robin match.^ Tuesday in the first round of consolation play.
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^ Hudson, whos from Fort Smith, lost to Arkansas Techs Kristen Brown 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and lost to Ouachita Baptists Katie Potts 9-8 (2-0) in consolation play.
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^ Tabler, who received a first-round bye, lost to Luis Sperb of Johnson County Community College 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of winners bracket play.
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Agassi's movement was noticeably hindered, particularly on his backhand return of serve, and he lost in straight sets. He then withdrew from the tournament.
.Agassi finished 2005 ranked World No.^ He finished this past regular season ranked No.
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.7, his 16th time in the year-end top 10 rankings, which tied Connors for the most times ranked in the top 10 at year's end.^ He has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 in the Arkansas Junior Tennis Association.
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^ He was consistently ranked in the Top 10 nationally and was ranked as high as sixth in 2004.
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^ He was consistently ranked in the Top 10 of the Arkansas Junior Tennis Association and finished the year ranked seventh in the state.
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In 2005, Agassi left Nike after 17 years and signed an endorsement deal with Adidas.[30] A major reason for Agassi leaving Nike was because Nike refused to donate to Agassi's charities and Adidas was more than happy to do so.
Agassi had a poor start to 2006. He was still recovering from an ankle injury and also suffering from back and leg pain and lack of match play. Agassi withdrew from the Australian Open because of the ankle injury, and his back injury and other pains forced him to withdraw from several other events, eventually skipping the entire clay court season, including the French Open. .This caused his ranking to drop out of the top 10 for the last time.^ They had one more girl in the lineup (Cielo) that was out the last time, and that moved everybody down a little bit.
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^ He has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 in the Arkansas Junior Tennis Association.
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^ He was consistently ranked in the Top 10 nationally and was ranked as high as sixth in 2004.
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Agassi returned for the grass court season, playing a tune-up and then Wimbledon. He was defeated in the third round by World No. 2 (and eventual runner-up) Rafael Nadal 7–6(5), 6–2, 6–4. Against conventions, Agassi, the losing player, was interviewed on court after the match.[31] At Wimbledon, Agassi announced his plans to retire following the US Open.
.Agassi played only two events during the summer hardcourt season, with his best result being a quarterfinal loss at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles to Fernando González of Chile 6–4, 3–6, 7–5. As a result, he was unseeded at the US Open.^ Only one singles player has been eliminated from the national tournament, and one singles player and two doubles teams are still competing in winners bracket play.
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^ McCullough and Bryson was eliminated with an 8-6 loss to Daria Egorova and Aline Ferreira of Hinds Community College in the quarterfinals of consolation play.
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Agassi had a short but dramatic run in his final US Open. Because of extreme back pain, Agassi was forced to receive anti-inflammatory injections after every match. .After a tough four-set win against Andrei Pavel, Agassi faced eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis in the second round, who had earlier advanced to the 2006 Australian Open final and Wimbledon semifinals.^ Tabler, who received a first-round bye, lost to Luis Sperb of Johnson County Community College 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of winners bracket play.
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^ He advanced to the Sweet 16 of singles play in the NJCAA national tournament this past May, and he and Vilarinho advanced to the second round of doubles play.
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^ Olsen, who was the top-seeded singles player in the tournament, beat second-seeded Doohan 6-7, 6-4, 10-7.
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Agassi won 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 5–7, 7–5 as the younger Baghdatis succumbed to muscle cramping in the final set. In his last match, Agassi fell to 112th ranked big-serving Benjamin Becker of Germany in four sets. Agassi received an eight minute standing ovation from the crowd after the match and delivered a memorable retirement speech.

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.[citation needed]

Post retirement

Since retiring after the 2006 US Open, Agassi has participated in a series of charity tournaments and continues his work with his own charity. On September 5, 2007, Agassi was a surprise guest commentator for the Andy Roddick/Roger Federer US Open quarterfinal. .He played an exhibition match at Wimbledon, teamed with his wife, Steffi Graf, to play with Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters.^ After spending the early part of the fall term scrimmaging against each other, Huckelburys Lions and Lady Lions are ready to finally play some matches against another team.
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^ The teams play home matches and practice at Creekmore Tennis Center, which is located at 3303 South M Street in Fort Smith.
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.He will play World Team Tennis for the Philadelphia Freedoms in the summer of 2009[32] and played at the Outback Champions Series event for the first time.^ The teams play home matches and practice at Creekmore Tennis Center, which is located at 3303 South M Street in Fort Smith.
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^ The Lions will begin doubles play on Tuesday after all three teams earned first-round byes.
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^ She will play in the Australian Open Series Sydney International Tennis Tournament in the lead-up to the Australian Open.

.He played the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tennis Championships at Surprise, Arizona where he reached the final before bowing to eventual champion Todd Martin who captured his fourth career Outback Champions Series win.^ The teams play home matches and practice at Creekmore Tennis Center, which is located at 3303 South M Street in Fort Smith.
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^ Even with what UA Fort Smith tennis coach Bob Huckelbury called a tough draw, the Lady Lions captured one championship during the NJCAA national tournament at Randolph Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.
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^ The sophomore is the first Lady Lions tennis player to win a championship of any kind at the national tournament.
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[33] On the way to the finals, Agassi beat Mikael Pernfors in the quarterfinals and Wayne Ferreira in the semifinals. .However, he clarified that he will not be playing the tour on a full-time basis as he only played the tournament as a favor to long-time friend Jim Courier.^ Only one singles player has been eliminated from the national tournament, and one singles player and two doubles teams are still competing in winners bracket play.
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[34]

Playing style

Agassi backhand
.Early on in his career, Agassi would look to end points quickly, typically by inducing a weak return with a deep, hard shot, and then playing a winner at an extreme angle.^ Pohlers beat Medina 6-3, 6-3 in a hard-fought match in 95-degree heat to advance to the winners bracket quarterfinals, where she will play No.
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His return of serve, baseline game, and keen sense of anticipation were among the best in the game, and helped him win the Wimbledon title in 1992. On the rare occasion that he charged the net, Agassi liked to take the ball in the air and hit a swinging volley for the winner.
Agassi continually put pressure on opponents with a preference to taking the ball early and was famously known for swinging deep angles like a smoking backhand up the line. His strength was dictating play from the back of the court. While growing up his father and Nick Bollettieri trained him in this way. .He was never known for a strong serve, net work or volleying.^ Shawna has a very strong serve and groundstroke and can attack the net as well with her height, Huckelbury said.
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[35] When in control of a point, Agassi would often pass up an opportunity to attempt a winner and hit a slightly more conservative shot, both to minimize his errors and to make his opponent run more. His penchant for running players around point after point has earned him the nickname "The Punisher".[1]
Agassi's serve was never the strength of his game, but it improved steadily over the course of his career, and went from being a liability to being above average. He often used his hard slice serve in the deuce service box to seek to send his opponent off the court, followed by a shot to the opponent's opposite corner. Agassi's service speed when hitting a flat first serve would often range between 110 mph (177 km/h) to 125 mph (201 km/h). His second serve however was usually only in the mid 80's. He relied on a heavy kick serve for his second serve.

Personal and family 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, Meth Man 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.[36] 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".[37][38] 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.[39][40]
Agassi's autobiography, Open (written with assistance from J. R. Moehringer [41]) was published in November 2009. In it, Agassi admitted to using and testing positive for methamphetamine in 1997,[20][42][43] 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.[44] He also revealed that he had always hated tennis during his career, because of the constant pressure it exerted on him. He also revealed he thought Pete Sampras was "robotic".[45][46] The book reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list[47] and received favorable reviews.[48]

Politics

Agassi is a registered Democrat[49] and has donated more than $100,000 to Democratic candidates.[50]

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.[51]
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.^ Shes beaten our girls for four years now, and Im glad to see her go.
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^ The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith tennis teams are both ranked in the Top 20 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Associations Fall Junior College National Rankings.
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^ He was consistently ranked in the Top 10 of the Arkansas Junior Tennis Association and finished the year ranked seventh in the state.
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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 Preparatory Academy[52] in Las Vegas, a tuition-free charter school for at-risk children in the area.^ Agassi Prepatory College Academy (1) .

^ Andre Agassi Prepatory Academy (1) .

In 2009, the graduating class had 100 percent graduation rate and a 100 percent college acceptance rate[citation needed]. 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."[citation needed]
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 [53], which helps professional athletes get involved in charitable causes and inspires millions of non-athletes to volunteer and support the community.

Recognition

Tennis magazine named him the 7th greatest male player—and 12th greatest player overall—for the period 1965 through 2005.[8]

Records

  • These records were attained in Open Era of tennis.
Grand Slam Years Record accomplished Player tied
Wimbledon
US Open
Australian Open
Olympics
French Open
1992
1994
1995
1996
1999
Career Golden Slam Stands alone
Wimbledon
US Open
Australian Open
French Open
1992
1994
1995
1999
Career Grand Slam Rod Laver
Roger Federer
Don Budge
Fred Perry
Roy Emerson,
Australian Open 1995–2003 4 wins overall Roger Federer
Australian Open 2000-04 26 consecutive match victories Stands alone
Australian Open 2000-03 3 wins in 4 years Roger Federer
Australian Open 2000-01 2 consecutive titles Ken Rosewall
Guillermo Vilas
Johan Kriek
Mats Wilander
Stefan Edberg
Ivan Lendl
Jim Courier
Roger Federer
Other records:
Most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (formerly ATP Masters Series) titles: 17
Oldest top ranked male player in the ATP Entry Rankings: 33 years 4 months.

Career statistics

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "The Career of Andre Agassi". igotennis.com. 2009-03-15. http://www.igotennis.com/2009/03/15/the-career-of-andre-agassi.html. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  2. ^ a b c CBC Sports: "Tennis's love affair with Agassi comes to an end"
  3. ^ Telegraph.co.uk: "Grand-slammed"
  4. ^ a b BBC: "Stars pay tribute to Agassi"
  5. ^ LA Times: "Sampras, Agassi Have Just Begun to Fight"
  6. ^ The Independent: "Don't Walk Away, Andre"
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times coverage
  8. ^ a b Tennis.com: "40 Greatest Players of the Tennis Era"
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Tribute to a legend: Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation". ATP Tour, Inc.. http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/tribute/agassi/agassi_charity.asp. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  11. ^ "Homepage of". Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy. http://www.agassiprep.org. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  12. ^ "Andre Agassi Biography". Netglimpse.com. http://www.netglimse.com/celebs/bio/andre_agassi.shtml. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  13. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=5R1y1nvcWccC&pg=PA278&lpg=PA278&dq=andre+aghassi+Armenian+-wikipedia.org&source=bl&ots=MiSYlmHbHG&sig=wMd8xu9J8iOQyv_RuVwJvaJWiyc&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=48&ct=result
  14. ^ http://www.persianmirror.com/culture/famous/bios/andreagassi.cfm
  15. ^ http://www.zindamagazine.com/html/archives/1995/zn082895.html
  16. ^ http://www.peopleandprofiles.com/ProfilesDet-28/Andre+Agassi.html?profile_id=127
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Jensen, Jeffry (2002) [1992]. Dawson, Dawn P. ed. Great Athletes. 1 (Revised ed.). Salem Press. pp. 17–19. ISBN 1-58765-008-8. 
  18. ^ "Coming Into Focus". Gary Smith for Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/magazine/08/30/agassi0717/index.html. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  19. ^ "http://www.tennis28.com/rankings/history/agassi.html". Tennis28. http://www.tennis28.com/rankings/history/agassi.html. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  20. ^ a b http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=4600027
  21. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8329193.stm
  22. ^ a b c d e Andre Agassi player profile
  23. ^ Roger Federer has since duplicated this feat, appearing in ten consecutive Grand Slam finals from 2005–2007.
  24. ^ Pete Sampras held the 1993 Wimbledon, 1993 US Open, and 1994 Australian Open titles simultaneously. Jimmy Connors won all three of those events in 1974, although at the time all three were on grass courts. Mats Wilander won all but Wimbledon in 1988 during his similar rise to be the year-end World No. 1. Federer has since duplicated this feat, holding all Grand Slam titles except the French Open at the end of 2004 as well as throughout 2006 and 2007. Rafael Nadal won the 2008 French Open, 2008 Wimbledon, and 2009 Australian Open.
  25. ^ "Classic Matches: Rafter v Agassi". BBC Sport. 2004-05-31. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/wimbledon_history/3742067.stm. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  26. ^ Believe the hype
  27. ^ Unbreakable
  28. ^ [2]
  29. ^ Weeks at Number One
  30. ^ ESPN - Agassi signs Adidas deal after long-term deal with Nike - Tennis
  31. ^ "Upsetting day: Agassi, then Roddick ousted". Associated Press. NBC Sports. 2006-06-01. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13653101. Retrieved 2007-10-27. 
  32. ^ Andre Agassi Will Play WTT SI.com, March 1, 2009
  33. ^ [3]
  34. ^ [4]
  35. ^ Open: Andre Agassi HarpersCollins 2009
  36. ^ Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf Wed
  37. ^ Father Knew Best
  38. ^ Peter Bodo Blog: Papa Gil
  39. ^ Alliance Sports Management v. Stephanie Graf Las Vegas Sun. Accessed 23 October 2009
  40. ^ "Ex-manager for Agassi sues Graf" Las Vegas Review-Journal 7 December 2008. Accessed 23 October 2009
  41. ^ "Agassi Basks in His Own Spotlight" by Janet Malin New York Times November 8, 2009 Accessed 11 December 2009
  42. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/10/27/2009-10-27_agassi.html
  43. ^ http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports/NATL-Andre-Agassi-Admits-to-Using-Crystal-Meth-66510482.html
  44. ^ Andre Agassi admits long hairstyle was a wig, www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved on 31 October 2009.
  45. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=ap-sampras-agassibook&prov=ap&type=lgns
  46. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (2009-10-29). "Why did Andre Agassi hate tennis?". guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/oct/29/andre-agassi-hate-tennis. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  47. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/books/bestseller/besthardnonfiction.html?ref=bestseller
  48. ^ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2009/11/book-reviews-agassi-mayle-mourlevat-palin.html
  49. ^ Hollywood, sports celebs not on same donation page
  50. ^ Andre Agassi's Federal Campaign Contribution Report
  51. ^ Sportsman/Person of the Year
  52. ^ [5]
  53. ^ [6]

Further reading

  • Agassi, Mike; Cobello, Dominic; Welsh, Kate (2004). The Agassi Story. Toronto: ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-656-8. 
  • Open Andre Agassi HarperCollins 2009

Video

  • Wimbledon 2000 Semi-Final - Agassi vs. Rafter (2003) Starring: Andre Agassi, Patrick Rafter; Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005, Run Time: 213 minutes, ASIN: B000A343QY.
  • Charlie Rose with Andre Agassi (May 7, 2001) Charlie Rose, Inc., DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006, Run Time: 57 minutes, ASIN: B000HBL6VO.
  • Wimbledon Record Breakers (2005) Starring: Andre Agassi, Boris Becker; Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005, Run Time: 52 minutes, ASIN: B000A3XYYQ.

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Quotes

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From Wikiquote

Andre Agassi (born 1970-04-29 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States.

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  • Being number two sucks.
  • Everybody here is taking the day out of their lives to come watch me, and I thank you for that.
  • He was too good. I would suggest to his next opponent that he doesn't look to me for advice.
  • I feel old when I see mousse in my opponent's hair.
  • I got a hundred bucks says my baby beats Pete's baby. I just think genetics are in my favour.
  • I love you too man!
    • When a fan would say "We love you Andre!"
  • I question myself every day. That's what I still find motivating about this. I don't have the answers, I don't pretend that I do just because I won the match. Just keep fighting and maybe something good happens.
  • I think I've always had the shots. But in the past, I've suffered too many mental lapses. Now, I'm starting to get away from that and my mental discipline and commitment to the game are much better. .I think I'm really taking a good look at the big picture.^ I think she can be really good.

    That's the difference between being around for the final or watching the final from my sofa at home.
  • I'm going to go down swinging. ... I'm sure as heck not going to go home and say I had a bad tournament.
  • I've been motivated by overcoming challenge and overcoming the hurdles and obstacles that face me. There still is plenty out there to get motivated by.
    • During the 2005 U.S. Open
  • It has meant a lot to me to challenge the best players in the world and to beat them. .And it means a lot to me to be out here and fighting for the title and, you know, it hurts not to win it.
  • It's shocking how little there is to do with tennis when you're just thinking about nothing except winning every point.
  • Let's be clear about something.^ There were a lot of good teams here this year.
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    I wasn't the winner, tennis was. .I never felt I was going to win that match but somehow it just fell my way.
  • Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.^ Thats hard to do no matter who you play, said UA Fort Smith coach Bob Huckelbury of winning 13 consecutive matches.
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    ^ The Lady Lions went 2-1 during their recent three-match stint with wins against UAPB and Hendrix and a loss to Harding.
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    I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.
  • Some moments it feels longer, other moments it feels like it's flown by; you can't believe you've done it all that time, ... Overall, you have a strong sense for the full spectrum that you've sort of traveled.
  • Sometimes it's just harder to remind yourself about what you're doing and why you're doing it, ... Other times, you have a great desire for it, but physically you're not responding the way you want. That presents other challenges. Then sometimes it all comes together.
  • Thanks. The scoreboard said I lost today, but what the scoreboard doesn't say is what it is I have found. Over the last twenty-one years, I have found loyalty: you have pulled for me on the court and also in life. I've found inspiration: you have willed me to succeed sometimes even in my lowest moments. And I've found generosity: you have given me your shoulders to stand on to reach for my dreams, dreams I could have never reached without you. Over the last twenty-one years, I have found you and I will take you and the memory of you with me for the rest of my life. Thank you. .
    • Said to his fans on September 3, 2006 after playing his final match to Benjamin Becker in the 2006 U.S. Open's third round
  • What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.
  • You grow up with a guy, you compete against him for so long, he's such a big part of your career, something that's pretty special, so you do have that sense of personal regret that he's not around any more.^ After spending the early part of the fall term scrimmaging against each other, Huckelburys Lions and Lady Lions are ready to finally play some matches against another team.
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    ^ Thats hard to do no matter who you play, said UA Fort Smith coach Bob Huckelbury of winning 13 consecutive matches.
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    ^ He advanced to the semifinals of doubles play in the Collin County Community College Fall Open and was 4-2 in singles play and 4-4 in doubles play during the Lions fall matches.
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    You miss having that around.
    • About Pete Sampras' retirement

About Andre Agassi

  • If I had to name the top five or six guys at this point, I would put Sampras, I would put Laver, I'd have to put Borg up there because he won the eleven, I'd put Federer in there now, I'd put Agassi in there...if I could be thrown in the same breath as those guys I'd be happy."
  • He has some limitations, like he can’t serve and volley, yet he has won all four Slams. He has a very high energy level, quite like Borg. He is on fifth gear from the very first point. There is some abnormality in his eyes, otherwise he wouldn’t have had such a phenomenal return. He sees the ball like no one else and just guides it wherever he wants to. He’s just played a Grand Slam final at 35, that tells me he wasted the first five years of his career, otherwise he couldn’t have lasted this long. No one has done more to tennis than Agassi and Borg.

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Andre Kirk Agassi (born April 29, 1970) is a retired professional tennis player from the United States. He is the only tennis player to have won all Grand Slam tournaments on four different surfaces. He is one of the most successful tennis players in history and was formerly ranked number 1 in the world.[1] He is married to former women's number one tennis player Steffi Graf.[1]

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