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Definition: Agassi, Andre (Kirk) from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ US tennis player

Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is one of the few players to have won the men's singles at each of the Grand Slam events, with victories at Wimbledon (1992), the US Open (1994 and 1999), the French Open (1999) and the Australian Open (1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003). He was also a member of the victorious US Davis Cup teams of 1990 and 1992, winner of the inaugural ATP world championship in 1991, and gold medallist at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. In 2001 he married Steffi Graf. He was forced to retire through injury in 2006.

Summary Article: Agassi, Andre (Kirk)
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US tennis player who has won eight Grand Slam tournaments. A flamboyant right-handed player, renowned for his service returns and hard-hitting forehand, he turned professional in 1986 at the age of 16. He won the Wimbledon men's singles title in 1992. Two years later he became the first unseeded player since 1966 to win the US Open. In 1995 he again proved himself by winning the Australian Open at his first attempt. In 1999 he won the French Open to become only the fifth man in history to win all the Grand Slam singles titles. In 2003 he gained his eighth Grand Slam singles title by winning the Australian Open for the fourth time.

Career highlights

Wimbledon 1992

US Open 1994, 1999

French Open 1999

Australian Open 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003

ATP Tour World Championship 1990

ITF world champion 1999

Olympic Games gold 1996

Davis Cup 1990, 1992, 1995

Tournament wins 61

Aside from his eight Grand Slam victories, he has also played in a further seven Grand Slam finals, reaching the final of the US Open six times in total. He played in the US teams which won the Davis Cup in 1990, 1992, and 1995. He first reached the number one ranking position in 1995. He won the Olympic men's singles title at the Atlanta Games in 1996. In 1999, Agassi reached the final of the men's singles at Wimbledon, where he lost to Pete Sampras. However, his good showing at Wimbledon, which followed his victory in the French Open, meant that when the next list of the ATP World Rankings was published after the final, Agassi was back in the number one spot for the first time since 1996.

The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 to provide educational and recreational facilities to disadvantaged youths in Agassi's hometown of Las Vegas. The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a charter school also in Las Vegas, opened in 2001. He published the memoir Open: An Autobiography in 2009.

Agassi was married to US actor Brooke Shields 1997–99 and former US tennis champion Steffi Graf from 2001.


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