This article first appeared at Tennis Now.
Andre Agassi’s career played out like a soap opera—the brash beginning, the troubled middle and then the happily ever after, featuring a return to glory, not to mention a blissful marriage to a woman who might just be the greatest female player of all time.
In his 20-year professional career he won 60 ATP titles, won almost 600 matches more than he lost and is one of only two men to ever win a career Golden Slam—all four majors and an Olympic gold medal.
One of his more overlooked, but by no means less amazing statistics is the length of time between his first Grand Slam title—won at Wimbledon in 1992—and his last, 11 years later at the Australian Open. And while he was often times a braggart, a showoff and yes, even an immature brat, Agassi was as fierce a competitor that has ever taken the court. He was a champion who embraced his fans, particularly late in his career, and vastly more impressive, a philanthropist who used his fame and popularity to make a difference.
In his playing career Agassi piled up $31 million in prize money. Since 2001, when he founded the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, Agassi has helped raise more than $60 million for at-risk children in Southern Nevada. That’s greatness.