In an interview, Mike Agassi, Andre's father, commented on the American legend's beginnings and his obsession to see his son becoming a famous tennis player. "When Andre was a kid and champions came to Las Vegas they were hitting a bit with him, after that, I obviously asked them.
Ilie Nastase was angry because Andre won a point hitting a lob and so he hit a ball on his face. Bon Sherman, another great tennis player, told me: Pay, give me $100, I do not play with kids, I told him, I give you 100 if you win the match and 10 if you lose.
Andre won 6-3, 6-3, Sherman was angry, I sought him and I told him: Give me at least the balls back. So wasn't my son born to play tennis? But a father needs to be there and defend his son", said Mike, who also revealed an interesting thing: "When Andre lost a junior final to Jim Courier, because of an umpire, and he was the given the second place trophy, I took it and I threw it in a river.
We cared just winning." And should that be an example to follow? "Behind champions' successes, there is always a player. They may be frustrated, too ambitious, but seeing a destiny for your sons, instead of not giving them anything, can it be bad? Connors, Evert, Seles, Capriati, Pierce, Steffi Graf, Nadal, Sharapova, Williams sisters: there is someone of their family that pushed an obsession as you call it.
If I am a monster, I managed to do it very well." Andre Agassi rarely shows up on the Tour, he attends the four Grand Slams as a Lavazza ambassador and he sometimes works as a coach with Grigor Dimitrov.