Andre Agassi opens up on how he was forced to marry Hollywood Celebrity Brooke Shields before finally settling down with Steffi Graf

Andre Agassi opens up about the dark phase of his life when his career got hampered because of his failed marriage with Brooke Shields.

Andre Agassi, Steffi Graff, and Brooke Shields
Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, and Brooke Shields

American Andre Agassi is regarded as one of the legends of the sport. He was the last player before the Big-3 to complete a career slam and has won 8 major titles in his illustrious career. Agassi had a very different and jolly charisma on the court. His outgoing attitude was loved by many but he also infamously got involved with chair umpires and fellow players over petty issues.

In 1997, Agassi married renowned American actress Brooke Shields but due to various issues, they fell apart and got divorced in 1999. Agassi, in 2018, opened up about that phase of his life. Speaking on Team Never Quit, Agassi revealed that he was in a very dark place even when he won. He wasn’t satisfied with what he was doing and didn’t see any meaning in it.

“The truth is, every time I won, I was letting on this dirty little secret that it doesn’t change anything. You are still expected to go out there and do the same thing next day, be judged for what you are and what you aren’t,” he said.

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‘I just hoped being no.1 is fulfilling what my father always wanted me to do’: Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi

It was in this very phase that he got married and revealed that he hoped to be No.1 just because his father wanted that. “It was all a bit of a whirlwind for me. I was so disheartened with it all that I just hoped being no.1 is fulfilling what my father always wanted me to do. Which sort of answers that disconnect and I never forget the day I became no.1. I actually felt nothing,” he added.

Due to all this, he wasn’t able to focus on tennis and fell out of the Top 100 just because he didn’t have the motivation to compete. He sought help with drugs and even his marriage wasn’t giving him the satisfaction it should give.

“As a result, I really started an inward spiral. I completely gave up tennis inside the lines, fell to no. 141, found myself in a marriage I didn’t wanna be in, and found myself using recreational drugs to the point of destroying my body,” he said.

After all this, Agassi finally married fellow tennis ace and 22-time major champion Stefi Graff in 2001. The couple is still happily married and are parents to two beautiful children Jaden Gil Agassi and Jaz Elle Agassi.

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Lakshya Chopra is an aspiring sports writer and enthusiast who covers tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech (Computer) degree from VIIT, Pune. He is the most passionate guy in the room when it comes to Sports. He is hugely inspired by Rafael Nadal.