“I found myself in a marriage I didn’t want to be in” – Andre Agassi on marrying Hollywood celebrity Brooke Shields

Andre Agassi is one of the most recognizable personalities in the sports world. He is notorious for wearing his heart on his sleeve during his playing days. The eight-time Grand Slam champion often fought verbal battles with his opponent and chair umpires.

Unfortunately, his court aggression and explosive nature often trickled into his personal life, especially during his first marriage. The American legend recently shared the reason behind his overall aggression and demeanor.

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Andre Agassi tells his story

Agassi carried much on his shoulders; from bearing the weight of fans’ hopes to prove himself worthy of his father’s efforts. As he said “The truth is, every time I’ve won, I’ve revealed this dirty little secret that it doesn’t change anything. You’re still expected to go out there and do the same thing the next day, be judged for what you are and what you aren’t.”

“It was all a bit of a whirlwind for me. I was so disheartened by all of this that I just hoped to be number 1 fulfills what my dad always wanted from me. What kind of answers separate me and I never forget the day I became number 1. I didn’t actually feel anything.” he explained.

After that, the 52-year-old added. “This really started an inward spiral for me. I completely gave up tennis inside the lines, fell to no. 141, found myself in a marriage I didn’t want to be in, and found myself doing recreational drugs to the point of wrecking my body.

Agassi’s connection to tennis began at age 12 when he won the National Indoor Boys 14s Doubles Championships trophy. His father Mike Agassi, a former Olympic boxer from Iran, gave everything to enable his son to enter professional tennis. Using what he had, he managed Nick Bollettieri’s Tennis Academy fees for three months.

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Speaking of first marriage, he tied the knot with American actress Brooke Shields in 1997 and within just two years of their marriage; In 1999 they parted ways.

Agassi found his soulmate in another tennis star

After his divorce, the life of the former world No. 1 got back on track. He swapped vows with fellow tennis player and 22-time Grand Slam champion Steffi Graf in 2001. They have been happily married for over two decades and are parents to Jaden Gil Agassi and Jaz Elle Agassi.

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be further career blossomed in the early 2000s when he won three Grand Slam trophies Australian Open. He also became the second-oldest singles champion at the 2004 Cincinnati Masters, making it to the finals US Open the following year.

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