“A Special Evening with Andre Agassi” is a once in a lifetime event that will coincide with this year’s US Open to allow tennis fans the opportunity to have an intimate night with the star.
Hosted by legendary sports journalist Rick Reilly, the evening’s format will be a combination of interview, real-time talk show, tribute and roast followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Thu, Sep 2, 2010 08:00 PM
Town Hall, New York, NY

You can buy the tickets on Ticketmaster.

Via Tout sur Agassi

A repeat of a match played 12 months earlier at the same stage, this encounter between Pat Rafter and Andre Agassi is one of the most memorable Wimbledon semifinal ever. Ok, I’m totally biased because Rafter is my second all time favorite
player (after you know who). But this match is really entertaining and with high quality tennis: definitely a classic.

Andre Agassi

Pat Rafter

Two very contrasting styles: Agassi’s returns and passing shots vs Rafter’s serve and volley.

Pat Rafter

Andre Agassi

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A really good 30 minutes report about Steffi Graf and Agassi and their respective Roland Garros win in 1999. Interviews are in english, commentary in french, if you need translation just ask me. Enjoy!

– Andre Agassi reached the French Open final 3 times for 2 losses and 1 win

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1990 French Open Clay Andres Gomez 6–3, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1991 French Open (2) Clay Jim Courier 3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 1999 French Open Clay Andrei Medvedev 1–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4

– Steffi reached 9 Roland Garros, for 3 losses and 6 wins:

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1987 French Open Clay Martina Navrátilová 6–4, 4–6, 8–6
Winner 1988 French Open (2) Clay Natalia Zvereva 6–0, 6–0
Runner-up 1989 French Open Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 7–6(6), 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 1990 French Open (2) Clay Monica Seles 7–6(6), 6–4
Runner-up 1992 French Open (3) Clay Monica Seles 6–2, 3–6, 10–8
Winner 1993 French Open (3) Clay Mary Joe Fernandez 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1995 French Open (4) Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 7–5, 4–6, 6–0
Winner 1996 French Open (5) Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–3, 6–7(4), 10–8
Winner 1999 French Open (6) Clay Martina Hingis 4–6, 7–5, 6–2

Back in the days when Agassi was wearing pink lycra bike pants and a wig.
Agassi was then just a “forehand and a haircut” as Ivan Lendl once said. Coached by Florida tennis guru Nick Bolletieri, Agassi was tennis’ enfant terrible, known as much for his look as his explosive game.

Seeded number 3, Agassi had reached the semifinals of both French and US Open in 1988 and US Open again in 1989. In 1990, he defeated Jim Courier and defending champion Michael Chang en route to his first Grand Slam final.

Gomez was the total opposite of Agassi: a 30 year old left handed from Ecuador, he was known for his nice volley touch and science of play on clay. Before 90 French Open, he had never been past the quarterfinals of a major. Beaten three times at this stage of the tournament by Ivan Lendl, Gomez was somewhat relieved by the Czech’ decision to skip Roland Garros to focus on Wimbledon.

Before the final, Agassi said: “Like any good player, the more that’s expected of them, the more they rise to the occasion. I didn’t stay in Paris for two weeks to come in second place”. Unfortunately for him, he did. Agassi was favored and expected to overpower the veteran from Ecuador, but he was overconfident, nervous and probably thinking too much about his wig.

Gomez moved to a career high ranking of 4th following his victory in Paris. He retired in 1993. During his career, he amassed 21 singles titles (mostly on clay) and 33 doubles trophies.

Gomez and Nastase at the Trophée des Légendes, June 2007:

Andres Gomez and Ilie Nastase

And Agassi? He was runner up again in 1991 (lost to Jim Courier). He finally captured the Roland Garros trophy in 1999 after a five set battle against Andrei Medvedev to complete a career Grand Slam.
During his roller coaster career he collected 60 singles titles including 8 Grand Slam titles and one Olympic gold medal.