“There's no way to explain what it feels like to step over an obstacle that you fundamentally didn't think you could overcome. Once the shock is over, emotions emerge…”.
It was June 6, 1999, when a guy from Las Vegas finally experienced the thrill of victory on the central court of the French Open. As the match came to an end, he dropped his racket and released an unexpected and irrepressible joy.
This man was Andre Agassi, one of the greatest tennis players of all time and the first to win all four Grand Slam tournaments on three different surfaces: grass, clay and the hard court.
From 2017 to 2019, he was Lavazza’s Global Ambassador. This collaboration was quite the legendary partnership, one between timeless icons. It became an iconic sports story, thrilling up to the very last moment.
Andre Agassi was born on April 29, 1970 in Las Vegas. Despite his love and respect for his beloved sport, his relationship with tennis was conflicted, as he started practicing at the very early age of two. Due to his reluctance to follow the rules, Wimbledon was always a source of love and hate for the Las Vegas champion.
Alongside Lavazza, he experienced some of the most important moments of his incredible career, including the 1992 final against Goran Ivanišević, a tremendous opponent whom Agassi both feared and admired. It was a battle until the very last shot. This decisive final match wrote a new page in for this legend of tennis, as the Croatian giant lost his service game and the trophy went to an incredulous and exhausted Andre Agassi.
The first time Andre played Wimbledon, he had never played on grass, or “ice plastered with Vaseline” as he defines it, and had no idea what to expect.
Far from being the favorite, Andre Agassi began his ascent toward the Wimbledon final, facing some of tennis’s biggest legends.
As he continued his march towards the final, where he was sure to meet his eternal rival Pete Sampras, he was surprisingly respectful towards the rules and regulations of the oldest tournament of the Slam.
He recalls the special atmosphere on the central court that made everything even more magical: the whispers of the spectators and the smell of the grass created a quiet intensity that was very unique.
Andre remembered this fondly as he retraced the journey to the heart of the temple of tennis with us.
Our journey continues retracing Andre Agassi’s experience at Roland-Garros, recalling his love/hate relationship with red clay. Both the 1990 and 1991 editions of the prestigious tournament saw a young Agassi repeatedly eliminated in the final. Only in 1999 did Andre have his revenge.
Agassi’s commitment, constant dedication and pursuit of perfection led to this Grand Slam win. Though a very challenging one, as he played from the bottom of the court, this victory made Agassi one of eight players capable of winning all four Grand Slam Tournaments (the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open). Open.
June 6, 1999: Andre Agassi was in the final once again.
The 1990 and 1991 editions saw him give up the trophy at the very last hurdle, first against Andres Gomez, then in favor of Jim Courier.
The tension was through the roof and his opponent, Andrei Medvedev, seemed to dominate the match. But something happens in the last part of the third set, and the rest is history.
Andre Agassi won the French Open.
The champion retraced the milestones from his climb to the Olympus of tennis with us.