Andre Agassi

The man is retiring. I just hope that he wins either the Wimbledon or the US open in style, and exit the courts that he has graced so well, and for so long.

There can be endless debates about who is the better player between Sampras and Agassi. But to me, I would always prefer to be on Agassi’s side. For his rebel attitude that caught everyone’s imagination in the early nineties, for his sublime tennis in the mid nineties, for his re-invention in the late nineties, and for the extraordinary tennis that he has played in the last three-four years, Agassi has been a player who has always kept me hooked to tennis. Maybe, the extra dimension Agassi got in the game, may be the fact that he used to go to the court and do something previously considered impossible ( base liner winner Wimbledon, his matches against Rafter in Wimbledon, where he was written off before the match, but where he produce scintillating tennis).

Perhaps, the Agassi-Sampras rivalry is the best ever, and may remain unmatched (Ah! who can compete with the magician on court: Fedrer).
As Aggasi said on Sampras’s emotionally charged farewell in the US open, “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. You miss having that around.” That just sums up the rivalry.


In many ways, Agassi’s life is so fit for a movie. It has it all. Again, the rebellious young age, a sad and long drawn affair, that (at least to me, prevented Agassi from winning two-three grand slams) with (the bitch) brooke shields, amazing commitment shown by agassi to come from 141 to rank 6, playing the challenger series and all, reinventing his form in the way, finding a true soul-mate in steffi graf along the road, is just so like a filmi story.

Hoping that the Agassi legend lives on and on. Through his Tennis academy (where I hope he goes as a coach) and through his charity, may his name live on.

And what say, fifeteen years down the line, we might have a player with the tennis genes of two legends taking the courts by strom.

Cannot wait for the farewell show (hopefully one is organized) for Agassi at flushing meadows!!!

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  1. #1 by Yadhvi on June 26, 2006 - 6:15 pm

    Agassi, Sampras, Becker, Steffi, Seles… golden period of my tennis-spectator history!!
    Agassi was always my favorite too..

  2. #2 by Moi on June 27, 2006 - 1:16 am

    mine too……absolute favourite!!! right from his pony-tail days!!!
    and when it comes to flair…….he ‘s a true blue las vegas boy, i guess!!!
    wonder if we’ll have another like him!!!

  3. #3 by Deb on June 29, 2006 - 11:42 pm

    Actually, you have to go back earlier than the nineties with Agassi. I’ve been a fan since the first time he stepped on the court, which was actually in the 80’s (when he looked like something straight out of flashdance….pink tights, headbands, etc.). I’ve posted about it as well. I will cry when the U.S. opens wraps up. He WAS tennis to me.

  4. #4 by Deb on June 29, 2006 - 11:42 pm

    Actually, you have to go back earlier than the nineties with Agassi. I’ve been a fan since the first time he stepped on the court, which was actually in the 80’s (when he looked like something straight out of flashdance….pink tights, headbands, etc.). I’ve posted about it as well. I will cry when the U.S. opens wraps up. He WAS tennis to me.

  5. #5 by Deb on June 29, 2006 - 11:43 pm

    *Open (see, I’m already flustered and rattled!)

  6. #6 by Srirkishna on July 3, 2006 - 12:42 pm

    wow,a general blog after quiet some time da…
    last 5 years he was great da..
    u can call that the steffi years!!
    -srikrishna

  7. #7 by Suresh on July 7, 2006 - 3:23 am

    Oh Yeah! Agassi’s best Grandslam years came while he was close to 30. Of the 8 Slams he has won(till date), 5 have come after he turned 29 !!!! But then again, god only knows how many slams he would have ended up with if not for Pistol Pete ..!

    Yes, me too looking forward to Flushing Meadows..!!! 🙂

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  9. #9 by Mukund on July 15, 2006 - 5:55 pm

    used to be an awesome sight with his ponytails flying all over!!! it’ll be a really sad day for tennis when he finally hangs up his boots this year…

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