- Andre Agassi – eight-time Grand Slam champion
I can remember when I was a kid, watching Agassi on TV against guys like Sampras, Federer, and many others.
I was mesmerized by the way this guy played the game, and to be honest, I still am when I look back at HIS HILIGHTS.
Of course, as a kid, I was only concerned with what I saw him doing on a tennis court. I didn’t really dive into his personal life until later, which is when I discovered that he actually married Brooke Shields back in 1997.
Full Disclosure – I had absolutely no idea that he was married prior to Steffi Graf!
And for those that don’t know, Brooke Shields was an actress and model, something that obviously appealed to the young Andre Agassi.
But while they got married young, things weren’t to last, and they separated just two years AFTER GETTING MARRIED.
With that said, they actually started dating back in 1993, so they clearly had a long-lasting relationship before the firecracker marriage.
The two obviously led quite different lives, with Agassi competing all over the world and Shields working on a plethora of movies at the time.
And from what I’ve read, they have both led happy and successful lives since the divorce.
Shields’ Life Beyond Andre Agassi
Since the divorce in 1999, it would be fair to say that Brooke Shields has been pretty successful. She remarried in 2001, just two years after meeting her current spouse, Chris Henchy.
The couple have two children together, and they live in Greenwich Village, New York. To this day, Shields has continued to work in Film & fashion, and she has continued to Model.
Of course, these professions have taken her down a path that is entirely different from the one that Agassi has walked since.
And while I’m by no means a qualified relationship expert, I believe she has been happy and successful since the divorce in 1999.
Agassi’s Life Beyond Brooke Shields
Andre Agassi was 29 years of age when he married Brooke Shields, so it’s not like he rushed into marriage TOO YOUNG.
However, as history now shows us, he was to divorce Shields just two years later at the age of 31.
Interestingly, just like Brooke Shields, Agassi remarried just two years later, this time to a tennis player, and a very successful one at that!
He married Steffi Graf in 2001 at their home in Las Vegas, and it’s fair to say that this was probably the most powerful tennis marriage in history.
By powerful, I mean the talents and success that the couple shared.
Agassi alone managed to win 8 Grand Slams, which was significant and still is TO BE FAIR.
This might be overshadowed by the numbers posted by guys like Djokovic and Federer since, but 8 slams cannot be taken away or overlooked.
However, his wife Steffi Graf managed to win 22 Grand Slams, a simply sensational achievement. The couple also has TWO KIDS together, and I can only imagine the tennis-playing genes that these kids must have!
But interestingly, Agassi and Graf aren’t pushing their kids to play the game, which is admirable in a way.
More on Agassi’s Tennis Playing Days
Now that I’ve discussed Agassi’s relationship with Shields, and what both of them have done since this marriage, I’d like to take a trip down memory lane.
And by memory lane, I mean I’d like to discuss the amazing achievements of Andre Agassi on a tennis court:
8 Grand Slam Titles
During his impressive career, Agassi managed to win 8 Grand Slam events.
This included 4 Australian Open titles, 1 French Open, 1 Wimbledon, and 2 US Open titles.
This meant that he was competing in an extremely high-level era, which makes his 8 Grand Slams all the more impressive.
Of these 8 Grand Slam titles, he also managed to win the Australian Open on his very first attempt back in 1995.
The reason he was able to win so many top-level events was down to his sensational ball striking, competitive mentality, and amazing return skills.
This served him well throughout his career, hence the success he obviously enjoyed.
Career Grand Slam
Agassi was also a career Grand Slam winner, which means that he managed to hold all 4 Grand Slams at some point in time.
This is an achievement that has also been matched by guys like Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic, which puts him in quite an exclusive club, to say the least.
Many thought that Agassi wouldn’t be able to do this given HOW FLAT HE PLAYED THE BALL, something which served as quite a hindrance to Agassi when it came to the clay-court season.
However, he put the critics to bed and achieved this during the 1990s, even if he did lose in a number of Grand Slam finals along the way.
First Man to Win All Grand Slams on Different Surfaces
The career Grand Slam wasn’t a breakthrough achievement. Now, that’s not to say that this isn’t an enormous achievement – it is.
However, he wasn’t the first man to achieve SUCH A FEAT.
With that said, he holds the record for being the first man to win Grand Slams on all 4 surfaces, and this record will never be broken.
After all, he was the first to do it, and you can only be first one time!
For me, the most impressive thing about this was that he was able to win the French Open back in 1999.
Given the way in which he played, I never thought he would win the French, but he adapted and ultimately lifted the title.
Again, this showed how versatile his game was, and how determined Agassi was in general to become the very best player he could be.
And finally, if you have a chance to read his autobiography, I highly recommend it!
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