Andre Kirk Agassi is an American retired professional tennis player and former world No. 1. In singles, Agassi is an eight-time Grand Slam champion and a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, as well as being a runner-up in seven other Grand Slam tournaments. Agassi was the first male player to win four Australian Open titles during the Open Era.
He is the only player to win the Career Golden Slam and the ATP Tour World Championships: a distinction dubbed as a "Career Super Slam". Agassi was the first male player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments on three different surfaces (hard, clay and grass), and the last American male to win both the French Open (in 1999) and the Australian Open (in 2003).
During his more than 20 years tour career, Agassi was known by the nickname "The Punisher". Agassi retired from professional tennis on September 3, 2006. He has been married to fellow tennis player Steffi Graf since 2001.
Who is Steffi Graf?
Stefanie Maria Steffi Graf, better known as just Steffi Graf is a former German professional tennis player. Graf was ranked world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) for a record 377 total weeks - the longest period for which any player, male or female, has held the number-one ranking since the WTA and the Association of Tennis Professionals began issuing rankings.
She has also won 22 Grand Slam singles titles - six French Open singles titles, seven Wimbledon singles titles, four Australian Open titles, and five U.S. Open singles titles. She has won 107 singles titles, which ranks her third on the WTA's all-time list after Martina Navratilova (167 titles) and Chris Evert (157 titles).
How did Andre And Steffi Meet?
Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi were connected by a remarkable weekend 20 years ago at Roland Garros in the city of love Paris, before the two became the power tennis couple off court. At the 1999 French Open, Graf and Agassi both won their matches which initially seemed out of hand. They both made mesmerizing comebacks only to be bonded as the storied champions and beginning of a magical journey of love.
After Agassi’s marriage to actress Brooke Shields ended, he pursued Graf, sending her a note which turned out successful. The two then met up for dinner in California around the same time Graf was set to play her final career match. They ended up getting married and have been together ever since.
Graf, who had triumphed five times at Roland Garros, was making her final appearance in Paris. The 29-year-old came over a set and a break down to defeat the then top seeded 18 year old Martina Hingis, and emerge a true champion.
As for Agassi, he was the clear favorite in his final championship showdown with Andrei Medvedev. Much was on line for the beloved American, as he sought to become the first man since Rod Laver to complete a career Grand Slam and having lost in the Roland Garros title match twice in 1990 and 1991. He fought his way to win his first French Open, 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. And it was fate’s exceptional way of working itself out for Agassi to follow in the footsteps of his future wife Graf.
Have Andre And Steffi Played Together?
Professionally they’ve played not many games together, but a few exhibition matches. At home, they do play for fun together. In an interview , Agassi mentioned that Graf is tough to play with. It’s difficult to watch the ball when he plays with her.
How many kids do Andre and Steffi have?
They have two children: son Jaden Gil (born 2001) and daughter Jaz Elle (born 2003). Agassi has said that he and Graf are not pushing their children toward becoming tennis players. The Graf-Agassi family resides in Summerlin, a community in the Las Vegas Valley. Graf's mother and brother, Michael, with his four children also live there.