‘Tennis is moody..’ – Andre Agassi once revealed how the presence of wife Steffi Graf changed him as a person

It was the 1999 French Open. Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi had made it to the final of the tournament and had one hand on the illustrious trophy. The two produced a huge battle in the top showdown to emerge victorious. It was the beginning of a fairytale for both players.

After Agassi’s marriage to actress Brooke Shields ended, he haunted Graf by sending her a note. It turned out to be a successful move, as the two later met in California. By this time, Graf was at the end of her illustrious career and the two then tied the knot in October 2001. The two legends once sat down for an interview and told about their beautiful love story.

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Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf talk about their relationship

During an interview with Agassi and Graf, the interviewer asked them: “Would the relationship have worked if you had both been on tour?” In response to this question, Graf said: “Would have been very, very difficult.”

PARIS – JUNE 6: Tennis players Steffi Graf (L) and Andre Agassi attend the. Foundation Graf-Agassi exhibition charity match presented by Longines at the Stade Roland Garros on June 6, 2009 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)

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Then Agassi added: “I’ve always thought of myself as a moody person, you know, and when I retired I realized it’s not really me, it’s like tennis is moody, you know. Tennis is so demanding and timing in life as everyone knows and probably has experienced is somehow everything.

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Graf ended her career at the 1999 TIG Classic in Carlsbad, California. In that tournament, she was the third seed, but bowed out of the second round against Amy Frazier. She dropped out halfway through the third set due to an overloaded hamstring. Shortly after, she announced the end of her playing career at the age of 30.

Agassi’s emotional farewell to tennis

The eight-time Grand Slam champion emotionally retired from tennis after his third-round loss at the 2006 US Open. Addressing the crowd in his farewell address, Agassi shared: “The scoreboard said I lost today, but what the scoreboard doesn’t say is what I found.”

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He further added, “Over the past 21 years I have found loyalty: you have drawn for me on the pitch and also in life. I have found inspiration.” Then the crowd gave a long standing ovation to Agassi, one of the greatest tennis players in the country.

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