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Andre Agassi racquets

Andre Agassi was the last top star dinosaur of the 80s having survived the 90s and made it into the new millennium still winning Grand Slam titles. He is the only player of modern times to have won each of the four Grand Slam tournaments at least one time - Wimbledon 1992, Paris 1999, US Open 1994 + 1999, Australian Open 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003. As a youth, Agassi witnessed the second half of the golden 80s tennis era, challenging legendary opponents such as McEnroe, Connors and Lendl. In the 90s, Agassi rose to the top, with his major opponent being Pete Sampras. The 90s were the era of the "Golden American Generation": Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Michael Chang. Agassi was the last of these to retire. At the US Open 2006, he played his very last tournament, reaching the 4th round after having played a fascinating and stirring five set thriller against youngster Marcos Baghadits in the second round. Plagued by severe backache and physically totally weak, he lost to German Benjamin Becker (what an irony that a "B. Becker" ended his career) in fourth sets in the 4th round. His farewell on court was highly emotional, Agassi did not disguise his tears.

Agassi played a Prince Graphite 110 when entering the ATP tour in 1986. He switched to Donnay in 1989, using the legendary Donnay Pro One with its fancy colours.

Andre Agassi playing Prince Graphite 110

Tennis Magazin May issue 1988 frontpage presented with exclusive permission by Tennis Magazin.

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