Little-known episodes from the joint life of Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
“When I play, the presence of children on the platform is not so important for me, but Stefania should be! This is my advantage over rivals.
She perfectly understands everything that I do on the court. And, most importantly, after the match, he knows why I did something, but something doesn’t, why I’m disappointed or inspired ”
The year 1999 for Andre Agassi became crucial in his career and personal life.
Upon his return from Melbourne in late January, shocking news awaited the tennis player. His wife Brooke Shields said: “I am unhappy. We are unhappy. And I do not know if we can be happy if we stay together.” Continue reading
Pete Sampras about Andre Agassi
He was the most difficult opponent for me in that great summer of 1995 and again showed himself to be such at the very end of his and my career – in the climax of the evening quarter-finals of the 2001 Open Championship. This match was the crown of our rivalry, and for me – our greatest, most stubborn battle.
My rivalry with Andre is described in great detail and comprehensively. At heart, I knew that it was he who prompted me to demonstrate my best qualities. Andre survived the ups and downs – this explains why we did not meet more often, especially in the finals of major tournaments. But of all my rivals, he was the standard of the highest standard. No one except him could play at that pace throughout the match, Continue reading
Dwight Davis – Founder of the Davis Cup Tournament
Dwight Filley Davis was born July 5, 1879 in St. Louis (Missouri) in the family of a successful businessman, from the English family of aristocrats who arrived in the New World and were able to make a millionaire fortune in banking operations and wholesale haberdashery. After graduating from the Smith Academy in St. Louis (an elite primary school of the University of Washington, which teaches boys from 4 to 16 years old), he entered Harvard University in 1896 at the Department of Economics, which he graduated in 1900. (his parents wanted to prepare him for doing business in the family business). Already in his first year, he seriously became interested in tennis, although the first time Dwight took a racket in the resort town of Oceanside (Massachusetts) in the summer of 1894, where his mother Maria brought him. Davis devoted so much time to tennis that it affected his performance and he was left in his second year.
Dwight Davis was a restrained person in life, which did not prevent him from practicing an aggressive style of play on the court, especially since his height of 183 cm contributed to this. In addition, he was left-handed, which in general allowed him to achieve high results. However, the risky tactics of the game brought him not only victories, but also unexpected Continue reading