1 – World No. 1 for 285 weeks. 2 – Finished in year-end Top 2 eight consecutive years (2003-10); only player to do so. 3 – Grand Slam titles won in same season, accomplished three times (2004, 2006, and 2007). 4 – Fewest losses in his career in 2005 season (81-4). 5 – Year-end No. 1 finishes AND Barclays ATP World Tour Finals titles. 6 – Wimbledon titles AND number of winning streaks of 20 matches or more. 7 – Number of Grand Slam finals won before first loss (’06 Roland Garros to Nadal). 8 – Consecutive years with at least one Grand Slam title, from 2003-2010. 9 – Or more titles on clay, grass and hard courts – only Jimmy Connors matches the feat. 10 – Straight major finals reached: 2004 Wimbledon through 2007 US Open. 11 – Consecutive years with at least one ATP World Tour title (2001-2011). 12 – Career-high titles won in 2006. 13 – Number of match wins in first full season on ATP World Tour in 1999. 14 – Wins in 23 matches against current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. 15 – Losses in a three-year span (2004-2006) in 262 matches. 16 – Grand Slam titles AND number of titles won in U.S. (most of any country). 17 – ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns. 18 – Grand Slam finals reached over 19 appearances from ’05 Wimbledon to ’10 Australian Open (missed at ’08 Australian Open) AND tournaments won in different countries. 19 –Age at first ATP World Tour title in Milan on Feb. 4, 2001. 20 – Grand Slam matches won in a season six straight years (2004-2010) AND wins against players ranked No.1 or No. 2. 21 – Years old when he finished inside the Top 10 for first time in 2002 (No. 6). 22 – Times he has been the top seed at a Grand Slam tournament AND age he first became No. 1. 23 – Successive Grand Slam semi-final appearances (’04 Wimbledon through ’10 Australian Open) AND overall Grand Slam finals. 24 – Straight finals won between ’03 Vienna through ’05 Bangkok. 25 – His age when he finished with a career-high 92 match wins in 2006. 26 – Wins in a row against Top 10 opponents (2003 Masters Cup to 2005 Australian Open QF – lost to No. 4 Safin in SF). 27 – Consecutive wins in a row in Grand Slam play, achieved twice (2005 Wimbledon R1-2006 Roland Garros Final; 2006 Wimbledon R1-2007 Roland Garros Final). 28 – Years old when he claimed his latest Grand Slam title at 2010 Australian Open. 29 – Consecutive major quarter-finals reached (going into 2011 US Open). 30 – Grand Slams in a row as No. 1 or No. 2 seed between ’04 USO and ’11 AO.
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
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