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Andre- Thanks for all the memories!

Posted by Sports Snob on September 5, 2006

It’s easy to sit here and write about Agassi’s 8 grand slams, his 1992 Wimbledon title, his achievements including the career grand slam, numerous affairs including Barbra Streisand and Brooke Shields in the 1990s, the transformation from a rebel to a legend, his marriage to Steffi Graf, his groundstrokes, his return of serve, his rivalry with Pete Sampras and ofcourse his charity work but nothing I write is ever going to do justice to this man. The facts simply do not tell the entire story and for once in my life, I am very badly short of adjectives.

One of his best attributes was was his tremendous resilience. He had plummeted down the rankings and was torn to shreds by the media but he fought his way back playing in the small tournaments and boosting his ranking enough to get into the grandslams. In the course of a year he had transformed his game and had become the best in the business. As Confucius said โ€œOur greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.โ€

Men’s Tennis has just lost its most popular player ever. And more importantly the sport has lost a great personality. I can’t think of a single player on both the men’s and the women’s tours who had the same charisma as Agassi. And he kept men’s tennis cool despite the repeated threats from sexy Russian babes. So long, and thanks for all the wonderful memories!


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5 Responses to “Andre- Thanks for all the memories!”

  1. Andre is my all-time favourite sportsperson. He added this human touch to the game which was missing in Sampras. Andre is also a very versatile allround player. But apart from all this, we all would remember him for the way he came back from his mid-career slump where went below rank 500. Legend!

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  2. DS said

    Well said. Have been an ardent Agassi fan through the ages. However, I find myself tongue tied when I attempt to express what he meant to me and the world of tennis.

    Reading the tributes pouring in, I find it incredible that there were so many aspects to his personality that endeared him to the millions, some of which I hadn’t realised.

    This US Open has been a phenomenal tribute to him and in some ways, given his physical condition and thereby, his inability to challenge for the title this year, the first Sunday was probably a good time for the AA Show to end. What a show it has been !!!!

  3. Ravi said

    there is a subtle irony in agassi being beaten in his farewell match by a german with the initials b becker. that speech of his was moving stuff!!

  4. Z said

    The speech was lovely…and my mum was in tears. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Prof said

    In the era of Sampras and now in Federer’s time, he has created a legacy for himself… all surfaces … opponents across generations… from the man who refused to play tournaments with dress code(!!!) to the lovable champion… you could relate to Agassi… he was ‘human’ and the love for the game shone through
    The marriage to Steffi did no harm to his popularity ๐Ÿ˜‰

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