Andre Agassi, whose full name is Andre Kirk Agassi, was born on 29 April 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was an American professional tennis player who won eight Grand Slam titles together with the “career Grand Slam” for netting each of the four main tennis tournaments: Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the French Open as well as the US Open at least once.
His Early Life
Agassi first picked up a tennis racket when he was a toddler at the persistence of his father. His father, who was an immigrant from Iran and an ex Olympic boxer, served as his first coach, making Agassi practise for hours at the family’s Nevada home.
In his mid-teens, Agassi abandoned his education in order to train full time. He moved to Florida where he attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Agassi was one of the top junior players in the sport, netting several US Tennis Association national titles. At the age of 16, Agassi decided it was time to play in the big leagues. The young tennis player went professional in 1986.
When he first landed on the tennis scene, Agassi turned heads and raised a couple of eyebrows with his wild hair and bright clothes. The energetic athlete quickly had an endorsement deal with Nike before even winning a title. Some wondered if there was any substance behind of his young good looks and flashy style. While Agassi won his very first competition in 1987 however he failed to clinch a major tennis title during his early career. In 1992, Agassi muzzled his critics with a win at Wimbledon, which was his first Grand Slam title.
His Personal Life
He and Steffi Graf began dating in 1999 and two years later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child. The high-profile pair got married on 22 October 2001 in a private ceremony in Las Vegas. Steffi gave birth to a baby boy, Jaden Gil, just four days later. In October 2003 the happy couple announced the birth of their second child, a girl called Jaz Elle.
Agassi retired from tennis after he was defeated at the US Open by Benjamin Becker in 2006. It brought a career which lasted almost two decades and yielded eight grand-slam titles to an end however only after an applause that reduced the American to tears on multiple occasions. After suffering from sciatica which was as a result by two bulging discs in his back, a spondylolisthesis (vertebral displacement) – as well as a bone spur that restricted the nerve, Agassi retired from professional tennis.
What Does Agassi Do Now?
As of December 2022, Andre Agassi’s net worth is roughly $145 million which would be a record win at an online NZ casino.
He is the creator of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation which has raised over $60 million for at-risk children in Southern Nevada. In 2001, the Foundation started the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas that is a K–12 public charter school for at-risk children.