Andre Agassi: The Man, The Myth, The Truth

How Serena Williams’ former coach brought Simona Halep back from the brink of tennis retirement

This year’s Wimbledon saw 20-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams compete in her first Grand Slam without her coach Andre Agassi. Williams’ success at the grass-court Wimbledon has propelled her into the first position in the WTA rankings.

However, after being defeated by the eventual champion, Simona Halep 8-6, 7-6, 6-4, on the way to securing a third successive Wimbledon Grand Slam title, Agassi has been heavily criticised for his role in her comeback.

In a bid to ensure he does not face the same criticism in the future he decided to write his own life story.

A book on the life of Agassi, Andre Agassi: The Man, The Myth, The Truth, his autobiography from the first person point of view, was launched in October 2013.

In a career spanning over two decades as a tennis player and coach, Agassi has been at the centre of many of his athletes’ success. His tennis legacy has been recognised not only in Tennis, but also other sports including soccer and golf.

Since Agassi’s retirement in 2003, a total of eight women have reached Grand Slam singles finals without his involvement.

Agassi had turned Agassi Tennis Academy, which he founded, into The American Tennis Academy. The academy has been an institution since the 1980s in the United States, where it is the world leader and, in his autobiography, Agassi said it has been a life-altering experience for him.

The American Tennis Academy is a non-profit organisation and was established in the 1980s and has a staff of more than 30, mainly former world class American tennis players.

Agassi was invited to write his career story after his successful book, The Journey written in 2001, had been translated into Spanish, French, Japanese and German and became the first book in Spain.

His success as a coach in tennis and his role in the development of women’s tennis in the United States, also featured in his book, and made him a household name.

When he retires, Agassi will be the sixth man who has won the Grand Slam singles title without having coached his opponent.

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