Andre Agassi quotes page 1
Andre Kirk Agassi was born on the 29th of April in 1970. Agassi is a former tennis player who once ranked top in
the world. From his childhood, his passion for the game was apparent even though he was born with a spine
abnormality. Agassi worked hard to learn the game and even abandoned his studies so he could fully focus on tennis.
After winning numerous local competitions and awards, Agassi finally decided to compete in the bigger leagues at
the age of 16. The young star had a certain charisma about him and it wasn't long before he became a favorite among
the people. At first he had difficulty getting through the big leagues and in his first few years, he didn't win
any major titles. However his hard work and determination soon paid off when he won his first grand slam title in
Wimbledon in 1992. After that, Andre Agassi was unstoppable going on to win numerous grand slam titles and others
including a gold medal in the 1996 summer Olympics. After 1997, Agassi faced a downfall in his career. Rumors broke
out about him being on drugs and were proven true when a drug test came out positive. He claimed that the drug use
was by mistake and a friend had tricked him into it. Till 1999 Andre Agassi didn't win any titles. However he was
soon on the road to recovery, winning the French and U.S open. Andre Agassi went on to win numerous titles till the
end of 2005 and reaching ATP place no. 7, a top 10 year-ending position for the 16th time in his career. In 2006
his health deteriorated as his back problems worsened. Agassi could not continue and on 4th September 2006, he lost
his last match and said goodbye as an active tennis player. Agassi never focused much on his personal life during
his career. He was married to Brooke Shields from 1997 to 1999. In 1994 he founded the Andre Agassi
Charitable Association to assist Las Vegas' young people. He married Steffi Graf in 2001 and together they have two
Tennis is the sport in which you talk to yourself. No athletes talk to themselves like
players. Pitchers, golfers, goalkeepers, they mutter to themselves, of course, but tennis
players talk to themselves - and answer. In the heat of a match, tennis players look
lunatics in a public square, ranting and swearing and conducting Lincoln-Douglas debates with
their alter egos. Why? Because tennis is so damn lonely.
Tennis is about degrees of aggression. You want to be aggressive enough to control a point,
not so aggressive that you sacrifice control and expose yourself to unnecessary risk.
One thing I've learned in twenty-nine years of playing tennis: Life will throw everything but
the kitchen sink in your path, and then it will throw the kitchen sink. It's your job to avoid
the obstacles. If you let them stop you or distract you, you're not doing your job, and failing
to do your job will cause regrets that paralyze you more than a bad back.
I was late in discovering the magic of books. Of all my many mistakes that I want my children
to avoid, I put that one near the top of the list.
What you feel doesn't matter in the end; it's what you do that makes you brave.
Asshole, they say. Rude, condescending, egomaniac prick. But I thought he'd treat me
differently, I thought he'd show me some love, given our longtime connection. Just for that,
I'll tell Perry, I'm beating this guy in three easy sets - and he's going to win no more than
nine games... Running on adrenaline and anger, I punk the legend in the final set, 6-1. After
the match, I tell reporters about me pre-match prediction, and then they tell Connors. He
says: I enjoy playing guys who could be my children. Maybe he's one of them. I spent a lot of
time in Vegas.
Andre Agassi, on Jimmy Connors
Tennis gave me the chance to meet so many of these people, to travel the world and visit
places where the human spirit shines brightest because life is darkest. Tennis taught me that
the needs of this world are great but they are no match, nor will they ever be a match, for
the human spirit.
Andre Agassi, Andre Agassi's Hall of Fame Induction Speech
What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is
It's no accident, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault,
break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every
match is a life in miniature. Even the structure of tennis, the way the pieces fit inside one
another like Russian nesting dolls, mimics the structure of our days. Points become games
become sets become tournaments, and it's all so tightly connected that any point can
become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours,
and any hour can be our finest. Or darkest. It's our choice.
I tell the players: You'll hear a lot of applause in your life, fellas, but none will mean more for
you than that applause - from your peers. I hope each of you hears that at the end.
I've had a crush on Steffi since I first saw her doing an interview on French TV. I was
thunderstruck, dazzled by her understated grace, her effortless beauty. She looked,
somehow, as if she smelled good. Also, as if she was good, fundamentally, essentially,
inherently good, brimming with moral rectitude and a kind of dignity that doesn't exist
anymore. I thought I saw, for half a second, a halo above her head.
My primary concern is children at risk. Adults can always ask for help, but children are
voiceless, powerless. So the first project my foundation undertakes is a shelter for abused
and neglected children who've been placed in a protective custody of the courts.
I feel old when I see mousse in my opponent's hair.
My father says that if I hit 2,500 balls each day, I'll hit 17,500 balls each week, and at the
end of one year I'll have hit nearly one million balls. He believes in math. Numbers, he says,
don't lie. A child who hits one million balls each year wil be unbeatable.
I never chose tennis. I didn't choose it until I was 27 years old.
I marvel at how unexciting it is to be famous, how mundane famous people are. They're
confused, uncertain, insecure, and often hate what they do. It's something we always hear -
like that old adage that money can't buy happiness - but we never believe it until we see it
for ourselves. Seeing it in 1992 brings me a new measure of confidence.
My father actually moved out from Chicago just so he could play tennis 365 days a year, so it
was - it was a place we played every day. We played before school. We played after school.
We woke up. We played tennis. We brushed our teeth in that order.
A friend tells me that the four surfaces in tennis are like the four seasons. Each asks
something different of you. Each bestows different gifts and exacts different costs. Each
radically alters your outlook, remakes you on a molecular level.
In a moment dripping with irony, Wimbledon officials break with tradition to hold an on-court
interview with Nadal and me. They never hold on-court interviews. I tell Gil: Sooner or later, I
knew I'd get Wimbledon to break with tradition.
Being number two sucks.
Mrs. G and Doc G have instituted dozens of rules at Bradenton Academy, and one of the most
strictly enforced is their ban on jewelry. Thus, I go out of my way to pierce my ears. It's an
easy show of rebellion, which, as I see it, is my last resort. Rebellion is the one thing I get to
choose every day, and this rebellion comes with the added bonus that it represents a neat
little fuck-you to my father, who's always hated earrings on men. Many times I've heard my
father say that earrings equal homosexuality. I can't wait for him to see mine. (I buy both
studs and dangly hoops.) He'll finally regret sending me thousands of miles from home and
leaving me here to be corrupted.
If you don't practice you don't deserve to win.
I've been cheered by thousands, booed by thousands, but nothing feels as bad as the booing
inside your own head during those ten minutes before you fall asleep.