Wake Up the Country Club
From 1988 to 1990 Andre Agassi avoided playing Wimbledon. Maybe it was because he disliked playing on grass. Maybe it was because he was a rebel and hated the stuffy atmosphere of the All England Club. Or maybe it was simply for the reason that it’s physically straining to play the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back.
In 1991 Agassi finally lifted his ban and returned to Wimbledon. The place was buzzing to see if Agassi would adhere to the all-white dress code. Weeks of media speculation about the outfit he would wear had frenzied even this stuffy atmosphere. Agassi knew he was the center of attention and played it magnificently. He appeared in a zipped-up tracksuit and waited until the last possible second to reveal his all-white shirt and shorts. No denim, no loud bandana and no pink spandex.
Agassi made it to the quarter-finals that year where he lost to David Wheaton. Agassi once again returned to Wimbledon in 1992 where he defeated Goran Ivanišević in a five set final. This victory earned Agassi his first Grand Slam title.
If my career was over tomorrow, I had a lot more than I deserved.
— Andre Agassi, 1992