The son of an Olympic boxer from Iran, Andre Agassi began playing tennis at the age of three, with a racket taped to his hand. Given his talent, it was no surprise when he turned professional aged just 16.
Agassi soon became one of the most feared players on the circuit. His breakthrough came when he won the 1992 Wimbledon tournament. He went on to win 57 singles tournament championships and eight Grand Slam events.
Agassi represented the United States at the 1996 Atlanta Games and was expected to cruise through to the final, yet he struggled in the early rounds. In the quarter finals he needed all his spirit to squeeze past Wayne Ferreira of South Africa in three exceptionally tight sets.
In the final, Agassi found his form and beat Sergi Bruguera of Spain 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to add Olympic gold to his spectacular CV. In 2001 he married Steffi Graf, who also has an Olympic tennis gold medal, won in the women’s singles at the 1988 Seoul Games.