|Estimated value:||€155 million|
|Country of origin:||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth:||tennis player|
Andre Kirk Agassi is a career-winning tennis player who has won all four Grand Slam tournaments at least once. He is still one of the most successful tennis players in the world. Andre Agassi is currently a businessman and founder of the Agassi Foundation, which works to help disadvantaged children.
Andre Agassi was born in the western United States, in Las Vegas, where he also spent much of his childhood. His father Emmanuel, an Iranian professional boxer, was already preparing him for a professional sports career at this time and trained him on local tennis courts. Emmanuel Agassi encouraged his son from an early age and brought him closer to sporting ambition. He introduced his son to the circles of professional tennis players at an early age. At a young age, Andre Agassi trained with tennis legends such as the Swedish player Björn Borg or the American Jimmy O’Connors.
At the age of 13, Andre Agassi came to the tennis academy, Nick Bollettieri’s renowned tennis school in the US state of Florida, where his talent was promoted. After two years he left the academy and played professional tournaments. In early 1986 he was able to reach the semi-finals of an ATP tournament for the first time. Just one year later, Agassi won his first major professional tournament in Brazil. More years of great success followed and Andre Agassi ended up third in the world rankings. In 1992, Andre Agassi won his first Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon. 1995 was the victory against compatriot Pete Sampras, as a result Agassi won the “Australian Open”. Throughout his career, Agassi was feared by his opponents because of his very good baseline play. The tennis legend played with great confidence and a lot of pressure, and his unique footwork was repeatedly praised.
Andre Agassi won all four Grand Slam tournaments and a total of 60 individual titles, including four times the “Australian Open”, twice the big match of the “US Open” and once each the “French Open” and “Wimbledon”. He was also able to triumph in three Davis Cup victories. In April 1995, after winning the Australian Open, he was at the top of the world rankings. In 1996 he also won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
“If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win.” – [“Wenn du nicht trainierst, hast du es nicht verdient zu gewinnen.”]
“Being number two sucks.” – [“Zweiter zu sein, ist scheiße.”]
“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.” – [“Was eine Sache besonders macht, ist nicht nur das, was du gewinnen kannst, sondern was du verlieren kannst.”]
“What you feel doesn’t matter in the end; it’s what you do that makes you brave.” – [“Was du fühlst ist am Ende egal; dein Handeln ist das, was dich mutig sein lässt.”]
“There are many ways of getting strong, sometimes talking is the best way.” – [“Es gibt viele Wege stark zu werden, manchmal ist die Sprache der beste Weg.”]
“Even if it’s not your ideal life, you can always choose it. No matter what your life is, choosing it changes everything.” – [“Auch wenn du nicht dein perfektes Leben lebst, hast du immer eine Wahl. Egal, wie dein Leben ist, die Wahl überhaupt zu haben, ändert alles.”]
During his career, Andre Agassi attracted attention again and again with his long, wild hair and the flashy, unusual sportswear. As a result, he already had the reputation of a rebel at the tennis academy when he was young. Especially at traditional tennis tournaments like “Wimbledon”, his appearance met with less understanding. In the years between 1988 and 1991, Andre Agassi even refused to take part in this major tournament because he did not want to accept the rigid dress code. In the media, his rivalry with his compatriot Pete Sampras always provided plenty of topics for discussion, which Andre Agassi fueled with comments that were effective in the media.
|Estimated value:||€155 million|