Las Vegas, Nev.
One of the most popular and colorful players in the history of tennis, Agassi burst onto the tennis scene as an 18 year old in 1988, winning six singles titles and promising to "wake up the country club." Agassi won his first Grand Slam title in 1992, when he defeated Goran Ivanisevic in five sets at Wimbledon. Two years later, he won the U.S. Open, becoming the first unseeded player to win the national championship since 1966. In 1995, Agassi won the Australian Open, obtained the No. 1 ranking for the first time and developed an intense rivalry with fellow American and potential Olympic teammate Pete Sampras.
In team competitions, Agassi has helped the United States to three Davis Cup titles: 1990, 1992 and 1995. Agassi has won his last 13 Davis Cup singles matches, the most since John McEnroe won 13 straight Davis Cup singles matches in 1981 and 1982.
The 1996 Games would be Agassi's first appearance in the Olympics and make him the second athlete in his family to participate. His father, Mike Agassi, appeared in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics as a member of the Iranian Olympic Boxing Team.
Born April 29, 1970. His tennis coach is Brad Gilbert, a bronze medalist at the 1988 Olympics. Agassi became engaged to actress Brooke Shields this year.
Back to top