Report: Agassi Heading to Hall
Las Vegas sports legend Andre Agassi will soon add another milestone to his legendary tennis career. The “Las Vegas Review-Journal” reports Agassi will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this summer, in his first year of eligibility. The official announcement is expected to come Thursday at the Agassi Prep Academy in Las Vegas. The 40-year-old Agassi retired from the sport following the 2006 U.S. Open, after a highly successful, often flamboyant career. Agassi won eight grand slam titles during his career, spanning from Wimbledon in 1992 to the Australian Open in 2003. The Vegas native also won an Olympic gold medal in 1996, held the world’s number one ranking for 30 weeks in 1995, and is one of only a handful of players to win a “career grand slam,” with at least one title in all four tennis majors.
His career was also marked by off-the-court news, including long hair, headbands, and flamboyant outfits that became his trademarks early on, his rocky marriage to model/actress Brooke Shields, and substance abuse problems which he disclosed in a 2009 autobiography. Agassi married fellow tennis star Steffi Graf in 2001, and the couple remains together to this day with two children. He will join Graf in the hall of fame. She was inducted back in 2004. This year’s induction ceremony is scheduled for July 9th in Newport, Rhode Island.