Legendary US tennis player Andre Agassi has been named as the US Tennis Association’s 2012 inductee into the famous US Open Court of Champions.
As confirmed by the USTA, Agassi is set to be inducted into the Court of Champions during a ceremony at the Arthur Ashe Stadium taking place prior to the start of the Men’s Singles Championships on Sunday 9th September. “Few…players have impacted the sport of tennis more than Andre Agassi” explained Jon Vegosen, Board Chairman and USTA President, during the announcement, “he is a champion both on and off the court…He truly deserves this honour.”
Even from a young age Agassi was born into tennis, growing up with a ball machine in his back garden. Having developed unusually keen hand-eye coordination, which is yet to be matched even by the current crop of phenomenal players, Agassi turned pro at 16 and quickly established himself as a prodigious tennis talent. Dominating Grand Slams and majors throughout the nineties, Agassi was the first unseeded player in the Open era to win the US Open in 1994, and did so again in 1999. Amassing a wealth of titles and achievements, including the fabled career slam and an Olympic gold medal in 1996, Agassi was both a fan favourite and the ideal exponent of the sport. Retired from professional tennis, today Agassi’s efforts are concentrated on his two educational ventures – the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.
Recognising performance at the tournament itself and the general impact on the growth and development of profession tennis, each inductee into the Court is chosen by a panel of international print and broadcast journalists from the current roster of singles champions. Members are honoured with their own individual monuments, which stand in a 9000 square foot outdoor pavilion at the home of the US Open – the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Agassi will join a star-studded list of the world’s greatest tennis players on September 9th including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, Arthur Ashe and Chris Evert.