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Andre Agassi

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Andre Agassi Timeline Andre Agassi is born on April 29th 1970. When he was 7 his dad Mike Agassi, built a tennis court in their backyard in rural Las Vegas, Nevada. Mike also created an automatic tennis ball firer that Andre called 'The Dragon'. Since then Andre has always hated tennis. When he was 8 he played Bjorn Borg, Illie Nastase and Jimmy Connors. He was born with Spondylolisthesis (a bottom vertebrae that parted from the other vertebraein his back). Goes to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and wins the gold medal in tennis mens singles for the USA.

On April 19th 1997 he gets married to Brooke Shields in a small church in Monterey, CA.

In 197Andre uses Crystal Meth and lies saying he unknowingly took the substance, after the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) accuses him. Andre starts working with Gil Reyes, his trainer, companion, mentor and friend.
In the 1992 Wimbledon Championships he wins his first slam.
In late November he injures his wrist shoveling his Hummer out of the desert and hitting something hard, while with Brooke Shields (his future wife.)
December 19th 1993 he flies to Santa Barbra with Gil, to have surgery on his wrist. 1990-1993 He falls down in the rankings and has to restart by working his way up again from the bottom by playing in minor tournaments and against lower ranked opponents. He couldn't just skip practices and exhibition games, he had to work for his comeback and dig himself out of the hole he had made.

He finally works his way to the top 20 in 1999 and then wins the French Open and completes his 4th Grand Slam. 1998-1999 1994-1995 1996-1997 Was forced to go to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy at age 12 in Florida and absolutely hated it. Soon after he arrived he decided to rebel by getting his hair shaved into a mohawk mullet and dying it pink, smoking pot and drinking. He dropped out of the school near the academy in grade 9. Andre turns pro at age 16 on April 29th 1986 and sets out on the ATP tour. The day after he turns pro he gets sponsorship from Nike for $25,000 a year for 2 years. By age 14 he was 610th in the world. Andre wins his first tournament with his new coach Brad Gilbert. In 1994 just after the Canadian Open, he is the first unseeded palyer to win the U.S. Open since 1966.

In 1995 he becomes the #1 ranked tennis player in the world. Also in 1995 his dad Mike has open heart surgery while Andre is playing in Key Biscayne and wins it for his him.

In 1995 alone he wins a total of 63/70 matches, 44/46 of them on hardcourt. Andre starts his school, Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in 2005. The foundation has raised more than 40 million dollars in total over the past 7 years. Agassi earned more than $30 million in prize-money during his career. He also earned more than $25 million a year through sponsors and endorsements. 2001-2002 Andre Agassi gets married to Stefanie Graf, who is considered to be one of the best female tennis players ever.

He wins the Australian Open for the second time in a row.

He finished 2001 ranked number 3 in the world.

The last match between Pete Sampras (his rival) and Andre was the 2002 US Open and Pete won. In both their careers they have faced each other 34 times Agassi won 14of those matches, and Sampras 20. Andre Agassi once said after a long year in 1999 "Big dreams are so damn tiring." But after that he said "If you don't work hard you don't deserve to win. "QUOTES" By Andre Agassi Overall Winnings Andre Agassi has had a ripple effect on children at his school(Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy) because of the time and effort he took to start the school, build it and fund it through donations and fundraisers. He has given kids who would have probably never gotten the opportunity to go farther than grade nine, like him, to get ready for college. He set the school up in the rough part of Las Vegas so that getting to school for most of the kids would be easier. He also has all the latest technology so learning would be fun and kids would want to come to school, whereas he hated school, and coming every day to a place where no one cared how he did. He also brought in school uniforms so that there would be no social separation on what clothes you would wear. Andre Agassi also affected me because, since now I have always wanted my kids to have done gymnastics, and be really good at it because they would have started from a young age. But now hearing his story, and how his dad forced him to play tennis and hating his dad for it, I realise how my kids will do what they love and if they like I will let them do it, but I won’t make them go to a place where they can’t stand and would rather be somewhere else.
I think think that every life is just as valuable as the next, people just decide for you by your actions and how it affects them, just how valuable it is. There is no right answer, but there are opinions and everyone has their own. Andre Agassi’s Ripple Effect What makes on life more valuable than another? Currently he is married to Stefanie Graf and has 2 kids, Jaeden and Jaz Agassi
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