- April 29, 1970
- Place of Birth:
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- United States
- Induction Category:
- Recent Player
- Year of Induction:
- Highest Ranking
Perhaps the most transcendent athlete yet to reside among the elite competitors in tennis, ever evolving, refusing to rest on his laurels, Andre Kirk Agassi was an individual in the strictest sense of the word. Everything about the inimitable Agassi was distinctive, from his brand of play to his wardrobes on the court, from the size of his personality to the scope of his achievements and philanthropic work, from his quick-witted analytical mind to the capacity to recognize how to go about realizing his goals.Agassi turned sports fans into tennis followers and captured the imaginations of those who had previously paid little attention to tennis.
Agassi held the world No. 1 ranking for 101 weeks, winning 60 titles during his career. Having captured eight Grand Slam titles and an Olympic Gold Medal, Agassi is undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes of the sport— a true tennis legend. Agassi turned professional in 1986 at the age of 16, and made his way into the top-100 in his first professional year, finishing the season ranked No. 91. He won his first Tour-level title in 1987, and closed out his second professional season ranked No. 25 in the world. In 1988 his year-end ranking was No. 3 and he surpassed $2 million (US) in career prize money, after playing in just 43 career tournaments - the fastest anyone in history had reached that mark. Agassi enjoyed a long, successful career through 2006, during which time he earned more than $30 million (US) in prize-money, fourth only to Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal to date.
However, arguably his greatest legacy is a result of work off the tennis courts. During his career, and particularly since retirement, Agassi has turned the opportunities afforded by his career into incredible philanthropic ventures focused on children and education. In 2001, he opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a tuition free public charter school for kindergarten through Grade 12 in Las Vegas’ most at-risk neighborhood. In 2009, 2010, and 2011 its graduating class had a 100% acceptance rate to higher education.
Since the inception of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education $150 million has been raised to benefit the mission of the Foundation.
In 2007, Agassi joined forces with Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning and Cal Ripken, Jr. to found Athletes for Hope. The non-profit organization helps professional athletes get involved in charitable causes and aims to inspire the sports community, especially athletes, to make a difference and to inspire others to pass their passion for philanthropy from generation to generation.
Agassi is married to retired professional tennis player and 2004 Hall of Famer Stefanie Graf, and they reside in Las Vegas with their two children.
In his Hall of Fame induction speech, Agassi acknowledged the sport for the opportunities it has afforded him and for the opportunities tennis has helped him to create. “I fell in love with tennis far too late in my life, but the reason that I have everything that I hold dear is because of how much tennis has loved me back. I look at my wife and my children who I live for, and I say, thank you, tennis. I look to the future, my efforts to build high performing charter schools in inner cities across the U.S., schools that will impact tens of thousands, and I say, thank you, tennis, for making that possible.”
Photos: Mike Baz, Kate Whitney Lucey, John Russell
Grand Slam Record
- Singles Champion - 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003
- Singles Champion - 1999
- Singles Champion - 1992
- Singles Champion - 1994,1999
- Career Record: 870–274
- Olympic Gold Medalist: 1996
- Davis Cup Team Member: 2005, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988
- Member of Winning Davis Cup Team: 1992, 1991, 1988
- ATP World Tour Championships Winner: 1990