Open: An Autobiography Book

Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi

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Andre Agassi

A book by Andre Agassi

Andre Kirk Agassi - American professional tennis player and philanthropist of Armenian origin, winner of eight Grand Slam tournaments, Olympic champion. Born April 29, 1970 in Las Vegas. The son of an immigrant from Iran, Andre Agassi began learning to play tennis from early childhood. At the age of 13, having entered the tennis academy of Nick Bollettieri, at the age of 16 he became one of the hundred best tennis players in the world, and by the age of 19 he had earned more than two million dollars and rose to third place in the ranking of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Over the next career, he won 60 individual tournaments, including eight Grand Slam tournaments, in singles and one in doubles, and became the first ever winner of the career "Golden Slam" among men, winning all four Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic games. As part of the US team, he won the Davis Cup three times - the most prestigious tennis trophy at the level of national men`s teams. Between 1995 and 2003, he was the number one player in the world for a total of 101 weeks, becoming the oldest player in history to top the ATP rankings in 2003. In addition to sporting success, Agassi is known for his charity work. He is the founder of the André Agassi Education Foundation, the André Agassi Sports Club for girls and boys and the André Agassi College Preparatory Academy, and the co-founder of Athletes for Hope. His achievements in the humanitarian sphere were twice awarded the ATP prize “For Humanity and Charity” named after Arthur Ashe. In 2011, André Agassi`s name was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, despite an admission to methamphetamine in an autobiography two years earlier. Andre Agassi is a successful businessman with interests in the construction, restaurant and hotel business, real estate, sports and nightclubs. After a divorce from his first wife, actress and model Brooke Shields, with whom he was married from 1997 to 1999, Agassi in 2001 married the famous tennis player, owner of the classic "Golden Slam" Steffi Graf. Andre and Steffi have two children. Andre still occasionally takes to court in exhibition matches, often with Steffi Graf, and their performances continue to generate public interest, gathering stands at Wimbledon and Madison Square Garden. In recent years, Agassi`s rivals in such matches have included Tim Henman, Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic, as well as Kim Kleisters and Martina Hingis in mixed pairs. According to his young compatriot, two-time Grand Slam doubles winner Jack Sock, Agassi has a great backhand six years after the end of his professional career. In May 2017, Serb Novak Djokovic, a former ATP leader who is experiencing a severe downturn in the game, invited Agassi as a coach. Their collaboration lasted about ten months. At the end of March 2018, Agassi announced that he had left the Serbian tennis team.

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