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 “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
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!