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Five Facts About Andre Agassi’s Remarkable Career For His 50th Birthday

Ubitennis looks back on the record-breaking career of one of America’s most successful tennis players of all time.

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On Wednesday April 29th Andre Agassi will be celebrating a brand new milestone in his life.

 

The former American tennis star turns 50 today and to celebrate Ubitennis has constructed five interesting facts about Agassi’s standout career. Between 1987-2005 he won 60 titles on the ATP Tour with 48 of those occurring on a hard court. On top of that he also made 61 appearances in grand slam main draws, which was nine more than former rival Pete Sampras.

Here are five things you should know about Agassi’s life as a tennis player.

1. His historic 1994 US Open win

At the age of 24, Agassi re-wrote the record books at the 1994 US Open when he lifted his maiden grand slam title. He became the first player in the tournament’s history to defeat five seeded players in a row. Scoring wins over Wayne Ferreira (12), Michael Chang (6), Thomas Muster (13), Todd Martin (9) and Michael Stich (4). Against those five players he lost only three sets. Two against Chang in the fourth round and one against Martin in the semi-finals.

At the same tournament Agassi became the first unseeded player in the Open Era to lift the men’s title and the first since Fred Stolle back in 1966. Since then, the US Open men’s title has always been won by a seeded player.

2. Record against top 10 opposition

Agassi achieved a total of 109 wins over top 10 players throughout his career against 90 losses. Working out as a winning percentage of 55%. Out of the 109, 10 of his victories were against somebody ranked No.1 at the time. Incredibly, there is a 19-year gap between his first top-10 scalp and last. His first was against Pat Cash (No.7) in 1987 and the last was against Marcos Baghdatis (No.8) in 2006.

List of wins over No.1 players
1990 – Defeats Pat Rafter at the ATP World Tour Championships
1992 – Defeats Stefan Edberg in the Davis Cup
1994 – Defeats Pete Sampras in Paris, France
1995 – Defeats Sampras at the Australian Open. Later that same year he also got the better of his compatriot at the Miami Masters
1998 – Three years later he scores two more victories over No.1 Sampras in San Jose and Toronto
2000 – Upsets Marat Safin at the Tennis Masters Cup
2001 – Defeats Gustavo Kuerten in Los Angeles
2002 – Last victory over a No.1 player was at his home grand slam in Flushing Meadows when he stunned Lleyton Hewitt

3. His time at the top

50-year-old Agassi spent a total of 101 weeks as world No.1 between 1995 and 2003. Overall, he enjoyed six different stints at the top with his longest reign being 52 consecutive weeks between 1999-2000.

Agassi has the ninth-longest No.1 reign in ATP rankings history. He is one out of five American men to have held the top spot for more than 100 weeks.

Periods as world No.1

First April 10, 1995 November 5, 1995 30 weeks
Second January 29, 1996 February 11, 1996 2 weeks
Third July 5, 1999 July 25, 1999 3 weeks
Fourth September 13, 1999 September 10, 2000 52 weeks
Fifth April 28, 2003 May 11, 2003 2 weeks
Sixth June 16, 2003 September 7, 2003 12 weeks

4. The record he shares with Nadal

In 1996 the American stuck gold on home soil when he lifted the men’s title at the Atlanta Olympic Games. As the top seed in the tournament, he dropped only six games against Spain’s Sergi Bruguera in the final, which was the best-of-five sets. It was at the same tournament where he defeated Italy’s Andrea Gaudenzi in the third round. Gaudenzi is now the chairman of the ATP Tour.

The victory made Agassi the first man in history to have won all four grand slam titles and a singles Olympic gold medal in their career. An achievement that has only ever been replicated by Rafael Nadal. The current world No.2 achieved the milestone when he clinched his maiden US Open trophy back in 2013.

5. A prize money great

Despite retiring almost 14 years ago, Agassi remains one of the highest earning tennis players of all-time. He made a total of $31,152,975 in prize money during his career in what is the eighth highest amount in the history of men’s tennis. Five out of the seven ranked above him are still playing on the professional circuit. The two exceptions being David Ferrer and Pete Sampras.

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Iga Swiatek To Quarantine After Close Contact With Polish President

Iga Swiatek will quarantine after being in close contact with the Polish President, who tested positive for COVID-19.

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Iga Swiatek will quarantine for a few days after Polish President Andrzej Duda tests positive for COVID-19.

 

The recent Roland Garros champion met the Polish President a few days ago after achieving a historic sporting moment for Poland.

Becoming the first Polish Grand Slam tennis champion in singles warranted a huge congratulations from Political and historical leaders as the 19 year-old prepares for life under the spotlight.

However this morning, Swiatek announced that she will now undergo quarantine after coming into close contact with the Polish President, who tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement on Twitter in Polish, Swiatek stated, “Neither I nor my teammates have symptoms of the Coronavirus,” the Pole said.

“We perform tests regularly. In accordance with the applicable procedures, we are quarantined. We will repeat the tests in three days. We wish you a lot of health, take care.”

Although tests are negative so far, the incubation period is 10 days so Swiatek will have to quarantine until then.

One bit of good news for Swiatek, is she got to meet her idol Rafael Nadal via a zoom call.

Swiatek, who idolised Nadal when she was younger, met Nadal as she talked about her 2021 preparations and winning Roland Garros.

No doubt the 19 year-old will be eager to meet Nadal in Australia as she looks to win more grand slams next year.

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Jelena Ostapenko cruises into the second round with a straight-set win over Petra Martic in Ostrava

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Former Roland Garros champion and world number 44 Jelena Ostapenko cruised past number 5 seed Petra Martic 6-3 6-1 after 57 minutes to reach the second round at J&T Banka Ostrava Open. 

 

Martic won her previous two head-to-head matches against Ostapenko at Indian Wells in 2018 and in Birmingham in 2019. 

Ostapenko has scored her milestone 20th career over a top-20 rival. The Latvian player hit 30 winners to 15 unforced errors. 

Martic got an early break in the first game and consolidated it with a hold of serve to take a 2-0 lead. Ostapenko saved two break points and held serve for 1-2 before breaking serve with a forehand passing shot in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. The Latvian player reeled off five consecutive games to open up a 5-2 lead. Martic held serve to claw her way back to 3-5. Ostapenko served out the set at love. Ostapenko hit 20 winners to 10 unforced errors. 

Ostapenko got an early break with a forehand crosscourt winner. The 2017 French Open champion went up a double break and hit a series of forehand winners to race out to a 4-0 lead extending her winning streak to five consecutive games. Martic held serve in the fifth game to close the gap to 1-4. Ostapenko held serve easily to build up a 5-1 lead with a crosscourt backhand winner. In the next game Ostapenko earned two match points, as Martic hit the netcord with a dropshot and closed out the match with a forehand down the line. 

“I think I played really well well today. I just got used to playing the first couple of games, but then I played really well and I did not give her any chances to play her game, and I made so many winners. I played very smart and also used dropshots and mixed it up a little bit, which helped me, but in the deciding moments I was still aggressive. I knew Martic was going to make a lot of balls in play and I would have to be very focused and very consistent to beat her”, said Ostapenko. 

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Maria Sakkari reaches her third quarter final of the season in Ostrava

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Maria Sakkari got through to her third quarter final of the season after beating Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3 at the J&T Banka Open in Ostrava with five breaks and 32 winners. 

 

Sakkari has already reached two quarter finals in 2020 in St. Petersburg and at the Western and Southern Open in New York and scored the fourth win of her career against a top 5 player. 

Sakkari went up a 3-0 lead with a double break. Svitolina pulled one of the two breaks back in the fourth game to claw his way back to 1-3. Sakkari converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the first set 6-3. 

Svitolina earned her first break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Sakkari battled to deuce four times and converted her third break points in a marathon fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Sakkari earned another brek to open up a 5-3 lead to close out the match after 1 hour and 16 minutes. 

“Obviously winning against a player like Elina, the way I played I think that made me happy today. I think playing like me gives me a lot of confidence. Getting another top 5 win is very important for me. When I was starting my career, I had people telling me that I cannot play indoors. I think it was a big mistake listening to them. I have beaten very good indoor players in St. Petersburg and here in Ostrava. I have developed my game in a way that I can now be dangerous indoor sas well. My serve is big, and I am playing a little bit more aggressive. So I am super happy. I have proved these people wrong”, said Sakkari.

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