Andre Kirk Agassi
Birth date: April 29, 1970
|Place of Birth:
||USA, Las Vegas (Nevada)
SINGLES CAREER TITLES (63):
Grand Slam (8):
Australian Open 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003
Roland Garros 1999
US Open 1994, 1999
Master Series (17):
Indian Wells 2001
Miami 1990, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003
Montreal/Toronto 1992, 1994, 1995
Cincinnati 1995, 1996, 2004
Paris 1994, 1999
Grand Prix (20):
Forest Hills 1988
Stratton Mountain 1988
Stuttgart Outdoor 1988
Orlando 1989, 1991
San Francisco 1990, 1993
Washington 1990, 1991, 1995
Scottsdale 1993, 1994
New Haven 1995
San Jose 1995
International Series (12):
Scottsdale 1998, 2002
San Jose 1998, 2003
Los Angeles 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005
Hong Kong 1999
Los Angeles 2005
International Series Gold (2):
Washington 1998, 1999
ATP Tour World Championship 1990
Atlanta Olympics 1996
Davis Cup 1990, 1992
DOUBLES CAREER TITLES (1):
Master Series (1):
1987- Made presence known with SF appearances in Stratton Mountain and Basel. Won first ATP title as a wild card in Itaparica (d. Mattar).
1988- Won six titles in seven finals.
1990- Reached first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros (l. to Gomez) and followed later in year with final at US Open (l. to Sampras). Captured inaugural ATP World Championship in Frankfurt, defeating Becker in SF and Edberg in final. Helped U.S. to Davis Cup title over Australia.
1991- Finalist for second year at Roland Garros (l. to Courier).
1992-Defeated three-time champs Becker and J. McEnroe to reach Wimbledon final, where he defeated Ivanisevic in five sets for first Grand Slam title. Led U.S. over Sweden (SF) and Switzerland (F) to win Davis Cup.
1993- Underwent right wrist surgery on Dec. 20, 1993.Won titles in San Francisco and Scottsdale and first career doubles title in Cincinnati (w/Korda).
1994- Returned from wrist surgery to capture five titles, including US Open (d. Stich). Defeated five seeded players en route to US Open title, becoming first unseeded champion since Fred Stolle in 1966.
1995- Won career-high seven titles in a personal-best 11 finals, compiled a personal-best 73-9 match record and became 12th player in history of ATP Rankings to rank No. 1 on April 10. Ranked No. 1 until Nov. 5 (total of 30 weeks). Compiled a career-best 26-match winning streak during summer hard court circuit. The streak ended when he lost to Sampras in US Open final. The rivals met in three AMS finals during the year-Indian Wells (lost), Miami (won) and Montreal (won).
1996- Became first player to win Miami title three times. First American man to win Olympic Gold medal in singles (d. Bruguera) since Vincent Richards in 1924. Held No. 1 ranking for two weeks (Jan. 29-Feb. 5). Qualified for ATP World Championship and went 0-1 in round robin play before withdrawing because of illness.
1997- Played in Davis Cup QF tie and defeated Siemerink and Schalken. After reaching as low as No. 141 on Nov. 10, took a wild card into his hometown Las Vegas Challenger and reached final (l. to Vinck).
1998- Made biggest one-year jump into Top 10 in history of ATP Rankings (since 1973) by climbing from 122 previous year to No. 6. Compiled a 68-16 record and won five titles while reaching five other finals. Won his 500th career match victory in 1st RD (d. Calatrava) at Wimbledon. Played in 1st RD Davis Cup tie vs. Russia and beat Safin in second rubber to tie Bill Tilden's 72-year-old U.S. record of 16 straight Cup victories.
1999- Finished No. 1 for first time in his career by compiling a 23-2 record in Grand Slams, winning his first Roland Garros title (d. Medvedev), reaching Wimbledon final (l. to Sampras) and capturing a second US Open crown (d. T. Martin). He became fifth man, second American, to win all four Grand Slam titles in his career, joining Hall of Fame greats Don Budge, Rod Laver, Fred Perry and Roy Emerson. Also first player since Courier in 1993 to reach three consecutive Grand Slam finals in a season and oldest (29 years, 8 months) year-end No.1 since Ivan Lendl in '89. In Roland Garros vs. Medvedev, lost first two sets (1-6, 2-6) before becoming only third player in Open Era to overcome a two-set deficit in a Grand Slam final, first since Lendl won Roland Garros in 1984. Continued success on grass at Wimbledon where he reached final (l. to Sampras). Returned to No. 1 on Sept. 13 and held top spot rest of year. Closed indoor season with 14-4 record, winning 10th career AMS title in Paris (d. Safin) and reached final at ATP World Championship in Hannover (l. to Sampras). Second player after Wilander to win Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces. Reached finals on four different surfaces for first time. Earned a career and ATP-best $4,269,265.
2000- Began season by capturing his sixth career Grand Slam title, his third in four Slam appearances going back to Roland Garros in '99. Became first player to reach four straight Grand Slam finals since Rod Laver won Grand Slam in 1969. Lifted U.S. to a 3-2 Davis Cup 1st RD victory in Zimbabwe with wins over Wayne and Byron Black. The two victories moved him past Arthur Ashe and into second place on all-time U.S. Davis Cup singles wins list (28), trailing only John McEnroe (41). In Davis Cup QF vs. Czech Republic, helped U.S. to another 3-2 victory by winning both of his matches. Improved Cup record to 30-5 (all singles) in 21 career ties and has won 21 of his last 22 Cup singles matches. Qualified for Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon and reached final (d. Kuerten, Kafelnikov, Norman in round robin and Safin in SF before losing to eventual No. 1 Kuerten.
2001- The oldest player (31) to finish in Top 3 since 32-year-old Jimmy Connors was No. 2 in 1984..Opened season by winning his seventh career Grand Slam crown at Australian Open (d. Clement in F) and only player on ATP circuit during year to reach QF or better in all four Grand Slam tournaments (also accomplished feat in 1995).In March, won first title in Indian Wells in his 15th attempt, defeating Hewitt in SF and rival Sampras in final. Continued his success in Miami where he dropped only one set, beating Rafter in SF and Gambill in final to become first man to win four singles titles in tournament history. Began first three months with a 22-2 match record.
2002- Became oldest player (32 years, 8 months) to finish No. 2 in history of ATP Rankings (since 1973). He had won at least one Grand Slam title each of past three years and picked up 53 match wins . Missed Australian Open with a right wrist injury and ended his career-best streak of 17 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments played. Captured his fifth career crown in Miami, defeating Federer in four sets (also recorded his 700th career match win). During clay court circuit, compiled a 13-2 mark highlighted by his first ATP Masters Series Roma crown without dropping a set (d. Haas). After a six-week break, returned to action in Madrid and won first-year tournament, defeating Ferrero (QF), Grosjean (SF) and Novak (F), who withdrew due to a hamstring injury. Qualified for Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai and went 0-2 in round robin play before pulling out of last match due to a hip injury. Had a 46-1 match record when winning first set in a match. Compiled records of 37-8 on hard, 13-2 on clay, 2-1 on carpet and 1-1 on grass.
2003- Oldest player to finish in Top 5 since Jimmy Connors (35) was No. 4 in 1987. Captured four titles in first four months of season, including eighth career Grand Slam title and 16th career AMS crown. Compiled a 19-3 record in Grand Slam play, reaching 4th RD or better in all four Slams. Became oldest player to hold No. 1 ATP Entry Ranking at 33 years, 13 days on May 11 and held top position for 14 weeks. Took over as ATP Champions Race leader following his fourth career Australian Open title (d. Schuettler) and held top spot until June 8. His season-high 12-match winning streak came to an end with a 1st RD exit to Enqvist in Scottsdale. Following week in Indian Wells withdrew due to a right shoulder injury.Won AMS Miami for a tournament record sixth time (d. Moya), surpassing wife Stefanie Graf's mark of five titles. Did not play for two months after US Open until Tennis Masters Cup Houston where he reached final, defeating Ferrero and Nalbandian in round robin and Schuettler (SF) before losing to Federer for second time. Oldest player to reach final of year-end championship since 35-year-old Arthur Ashe in 1978. No. 2 in return games won (34 percent), No. 4 in break points converted (47 percent) and No. 5 in service games won (86 percent). 32-6 on hard, 9-2 on clay and 6-2 on grass.
2004- The Las Vegas resident finished in Top 10 for 15th time in his 19-year career and at 34 became oldest player to finish in Top 10 since Jimmy Connors (36) was No. 7 in 1988. Became sixth player in Open Era to reach 800 career wins with 1st RD victory over Bogomolov in Los Angeles in July. He broke a 17-tournament title drought with his ATP-best 17th career ATP Masters Series title and he has won at least one title in 17 of last 18 years (except 1997). Opened season by reaching SF at Australian Open, falling in five sets to Safin and ending his 26-match winning streak Down Under (last loss came in '99 4th RD).Compiled records of 37-10 on hard, 0-2 on clay and 0-1 on grass. Ranked in Top 10 in four serving categories - No. 3 in second serve points won (56 percent) and points won returning second serve (55 percent), No. 4 in break points saved (69 percent) and No. 5 in service games won (88 percent).
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Official Website: www.agassiopen.com
Other interesting information: Full name is Andre Kirk Agassi. In 1986, emerged as a 16-year-old prodigy of Nick Bollettieri, with whom he worked until July 1993. One of four children (brother Phillip, and sisters Rita and Tami) to parents, Mike, a former boxer who participated in the 1952 Olympics and introduced tennis to his son; and Elizabeth. Childhood best friend Perry Rogers is President of Agassi Enterprises, Inc. and the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, which was founded in 1994 to assist at-risk youth in Las Vegas. Since the first "Grand Slam for Children" benefit concert was held in 1995, more than $42.2 million has been raised through nine fundraisers. The 2004 event raised $6.1 million and over the years, such entertainers have included Elton John, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Dennis Miller, Jay Leno and Robin Williams. On Aug. 30, 2001, The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a charter school for at-risk youth, opened in West Las Vegas for grades 3-5. On Aug. 25, 2003, Phase II (grade 7) opened, with grades 8-12 opening through 2008. The charter school is jointly funded by Agassi Foundation, Nevada State Department of Education along with other grant sources..In April 1997, the Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club in Las Vegas opened after a $1.25 million contribution was made. One year later, the club was officially chartered the 2,000th Boys & Girls Club established in the U.S. Named winner of the ATP's Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for 1995 and 2001 for helping disadvantaged youth in Las Vegas. Was honored along with NBA player Alonzo Mourning as USA Today WEEKEND "Most Caring Athletes" in 2001. Voted as "Champion of the Champions" in 1999 by French sports paper L'Equipe. Named ATP Most Improved Player of Year in 1998 and ATP Player of Year in 1999. Voted ITWA Most Quotable Player of Year for 2002. Wife, Stefanie Graf (married Oct. 22, 2001 in Las Vegas) is a winner of 22 Grand Slam singles titles; son, Jaden Gil (born Oct. 26, 2001); daughter, Jaz Elle (born Oct. 3, 2003). A member of three winning Davis Cup teams (1990, '92 and '95) and has a 30-5 career record in 21 ties since 1988.