04 August 2011

30 Days of Tennis Challenge: Favourite retired men's player

Andre Agassi
My tennis love started with Andre. He was cute, he had frosted hair, he had a great smile. He wore denim and beat all the legends who thought he was a punk (which of course he was back then). Andre was the next big thing, and made slam finals only to lose to Andres Gomez, Pete Sampras and Jim Courier. He was the whiz kid, but found himself losing his first three slam finals and it seemed perhaps that talent could win tourneys and get him to #3 in the world but maybe he couldn't win the big ones. But of course he would, and he'd win them all. Andre was short with a funny walk, not a tall giant who could win heaps of points on serve (too easy). Instead he won with his returns, his movement and his heart. And, originally on a diet of Taco Bell.
What's not to love?

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