What's the biggest regret in Andre Agassi's career? The eight-time Grand Slam winner had a very interesting answer. "The women’s champion has to open the Champions Dance with the men’s champion. And I was very excited about dancing with Steffi Graf, the women’s champion then", said Agassi, who is married to the 23-time Major winner since 2001.
"After the match, I was in a tuxedo and looking forward to this dance. I waited and waited and then they announced that for the first time in the history of the Wimbledon Ball, based on how players had responded to it, that they were not going to have the female and male champions dance.
I was thinking to myself, you are all about tradition and during my moment, you are not going to have the traditional dance. I’m never going to win this tournament again”. Then Agassi made an admission, speaking of his wife: “She is tough to play tennis with because…what’s the first thing you learn in tennis? ‘Watch the ball’.
But when you play Steffi Graf, you can’t watch the ball." He concluded: “I think my career was probably about the journey itself. Unlike Vijay who played his tennis with great passion, I was forced into it,” said the 48-year-old.
My father who came from Iran couldn’t speak a word of English and saw tennis as a passage to the great American dream. I faced a great deal of pressure and at an early age, I was sent away from home. Even though I was very good at tennis, I felt disconnected with it and there was a great deal of resentment. Quite honestly, I happened to be good at a sport that I just hated”.