Andre Agassi was just inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. this Saturday.
“I fell in love with tennis far too late in my life. But the reason I have everything I hold dear is because tennis has loved me back,” Agassi said as he was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, reported the Associated Press. “If we’re lucky in life, we get a few moments where we don’t have to wonder if we made our parents proud. I want to thank tennis for giving me those moments.”
Agassi, 40, an eight-time Grand Slam champ, once No.1 in the world for 101 weeks and an Olympic Gold Medalist was inducted along with Fern Kellmeyer, a notable women’s professional tennis player and a tennis industry executive who was hired as the very first employee of the WTA Tour in 1973.
Agassi was the sole inductee in the Recent Player category. In the Contributor Category, Fern Lee “Peachy” Kellmeyer was inducted.
“Andre Agassi and Peachy Kellmeyer have achieved extraordinary success in their tennis careers, while improving the lives of so many. Through their determination and commitment they have made the sport of tennis better and have had an immensely positive impact on the world. We are very pleased to recognize their hard work and great accomplishments with the highest honor in tennis— induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame,” said Christopher Clouser, chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in a news release. “The Induction Ceremony will be an extraordinary day and we look forward to sharing it with their families, friends and many fans— those attending the ceremony and those following the festivities on television around the world.”
Agassi is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players that ever was. He achieved a career singles record of 870-274 and won 60 titles with 17 Masters 1000 events. Agassi also earned a Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympics by taking the Singles title in Atlanta. He was also a member of two winning American Davis Cup teams (1990, 1992) and achieved a career record of 30-6 in Davis Cup play for the United States.
Agassi is now married to retired professional tennis player, Stefanie Graf, with whom he has two children.