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.
Roger Federer Targets Djokovic And Alcaraz For Laver Cup 2024 After Team World Thrashes Europe
Roger Federer says he would love to see the two highest-ranked players on the men’s Tour play in the next Laver Cup after this year’s tie ended in a crushing defeat for Europe.
Team World, which is captained by John McEnroe, dominated the clash in Vancouver after surging to a 10-2 lead heading into the final day of competition. On Sunday they were required to win only one match to claim the overall title which they did in the opening doubles match. Ben Shelton and Frances Tiafoe ousted the European duo of Andrey Rublev and Hubert hurkacz 7-6(4), 7-6(5).
“I am proud of these guys. We brought together a great group of some youth and experience, guys that have been here before. Everybody played well,” McEnroe said of his team’s 13-2 victory.
“It was an awesome week. We kicked some ass.”
“Winning is a whole lot better than losing. We struggled the first couple of years, and now we have tasted winning and it feels good.”
In contrast, Europe didn’t have much joy at the event with their only victory being from Casper Ruud who defeated Tommy Paul on the second day of the tie. Since the start of the competition in 2017, Europe won four consecutive titles but 2023 is the second year in a row that they have been defeated.
Hoping that this losing streak will come to an end next year when the event is held in Berlin, Federer says he wishes Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz will play. Djokovic has played in the Laver Cup twice before but Alcaraz is yet to make his debut.
“They destroyed Team Europe. Team World played fantastic, they really brought the energy. Everybody brought a point, they were stronger in the doubles. In the singles too, they were moving fast, they were ready to go. They thoroughly deserved victory,” said Federer.
“I would like to see Novak again, Alcaraz and Novak on the same team. Sascha Zverev would be great for the German market. Someone like [Holger] Rune, that really hurt Team Europe. Rune and [Stefanos] Tsitsipas pulling out. [Daniil] Medvedev would be great. I like watching [Andrey] Rublev, and maybe someone will come through,” he added.
Federer is a co-founder of the Laver Cup with his management company Team 8 partnering up with Tennis Australia and Jorge Paulo Lemann to create the event. In 2019 the team competition was awarded ATP Tour status with a spot on the official calendar and access to marketing facilities under an agreement. However, ranking points are not awarded to players.
Due to the nature of the format, only one match was played on Sunday with fans not getting the chance of watching any singles. Something two-time French Open champion Ruud admits is a problem.
“Two of the times that I have played was maybe in a way a little bit unfortunate with only one deciding doubles (match) on Sunday,” Ruud commented.
“The crowd didn’t get to see a singles (match) after or whatever. That’s not in my hands to decide what the format looks like.’
“But last year in London was great in many ways because you had so many great players and it came down to almost the last match. When I watched on TV the first series, it was so exciting because Roger played a couple of times, the final match of the Sunday and clutched it for Team Europe. It’s been a couple of years without playing that last singles match. But it’s a great initiative. Me, as a golf fan, watching the Ryder Cup all my life in my childhood, it’s great for tennis to have this event.”
The 2024 Laver Cup will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin between September 20-22.
India’s Sumit Nagal Receives Sponsorship Boost After Revelling Financial Struggles
A leading food and drink company has pledged to support India’s highest-ranked men’s player who was unable to train at his usual facility in Germany earlier this year due to a lack of money.
Earlier this week world No.159 Sumit Nagal made a public plea for financial support to help him continue his career as a tennis player. In recent years he has been based at the Nansel Tennis Academy in Germany but was unable to train there during the first three months of the 2023 season due to a lack of funds. During this period he relied on his friends, including former player Somdev Devvarman, to help maintain his fitness.
“If I look at my bank balance, I have what I had at the beginning of the year. It is 900 euros. I did get a bit of help. Mr Prashant Sutar is helping me with MAHA Tennis Foundation and I also get monthly (salary) from IOCL but I don’t have any big sponsor,” Nagal told the Press Trust of India.
“I am investing whatever I am making. The yearly cost where I travel with one coach is costing me around Rs 8 million to Rs 10 million (90,000-113,000 euros) and that is just with one travelling coach (no physio). Whatever I have made I have already invested,” he added.
Nagal, who is 26 years old, has reached the semi-finals of better at five tournaments on the lower-level Challenger Tour so far this season. His only Grand Slam result was at the US Open where he lost in the first round of qualifying to Taro Daniel. It was at the US Open where he took a set off Roger Federer before losing in 2019.
Despite being the only player from his country to be ranked in the top 400, Nagal is currently not part of the Target Olympics Podium Scheme. An initiative set up by the Indian government to provide support to their top athletes.
After learning about Nagal’s ongoing struggles on the Tour, a leading company has decided to support the tennis player by signing a three-year deal with him. Gatorade specializes in sports drinks and is manufactured by PepsiCo. Under the deal, Nagal will receive support with his recovery and nutrition from experts at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI).
“I am deeply moved and grateful to join hands with Gatorade. This association comes to me at a pivotal time, and I am thankful my hard work and passion is getting recognized and appreciated. With Gatorade by my side, I am sure I will reach new heights and give it my all both on and off the court,” the Indo-Asian News Service quoted Nagal as saying on Thursday.
Speaking about the new partnership, Ankit Agarwal from PepsiCo India has hailed the collaboration. Agarwal is the company’s Associate Director of Energy & Hydration.
“Sumit is a role model for the new-gen athletes of India with his career being a true example of hard work and sweat that makes talent shine,” he said.
“As a brand that is dedicated to supporting athletes in removing barriers to sporting success, we are delighted to welcome Sumit to the Gatorade squad.”
Nagal has been ranked as high as No.122 in the world. So far in his career, he has won four Challenger titles with two of those occurring this year in Italy and Finland.
(VIDEO): Malaga Line-Up Set As Davis Cup Most Unpredictable Tournament In History
UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why any of the eight teams in Malaga could win November’s Davis Cup Finals
The Davis Cup quarter-final line-up is set after an incredible Group Stage over Bologna, Split, Manchester and Valencia.
Now eight teams remain including Novak Djokovic’s Serbia, Great Britain and Australia.
However surprise teams such as the Netherlands, Finland and the Czech Republic will also appear in the quarter-finals.
Ten-time champions Great Britain will face Serbia with the winners taking on the winner of the quarter-final between Italy and the Netherlands.
In the other half of the draw Canada will be heavy favourites against Finland while the Czech Republic face Australia.
The final eight tournament will take place in Malaga and will take place between the 21st and the 26th of November.
However this year’s Davis Cup could be the most unpredictable version in the tournament’s history with there being no Spain or USA.
It really could be anyone’ tournament with Tennis’ most prestigious team competition up for grabs in November.
In this video UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why this year’s Davis Cup finals could be the most unpredictable edition of all-time and why any of the teams could win the title.
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