Agassi inducted into Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Andre Agassi was inducted into  the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, almost five  years after he retired from the game.

Andre Agassi acknowledges cheers from the crowd after being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island July 9, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A former world number one who captured eight grand slam  singles titles, Agassi was enshrined at a ceremony in Newport,  Rhode Island, along with Fern Lee ‘Peachy’ Kellmeyer, a  trailblazing administrator in women’s professional tennis.

Agassi’s achievements on the court ensured he would be  remembered as one of the sport’s greats but he tarnished his  legacy with an admission in his autobiography that he used  recreational drugs and once lied to escape a positive test. Now 41, the American was in a reflective mood at his  induction, admitting he made mistakes but was grateful for  everything the sport gave him.

“I fell in love with tennis far too late in my life. But the  reason I have everything I hold dear is because tennis has loved  me back,” he said.

“If we’re lucky in life, we get a few moments where we don’t  have to wonder if we made our parents proud. I want to thank  tennis for giving me those moments.”

Agassi won his first grand slam title at Wimbledon in 1992  and his last in Australia in 2003.

He won the Australian Open four times, the U.S. Open twice  and Wimbledon and the French Open once, and is one of just seven  men to complete the full set of grand slam events. He also won  an Olympic gold medal at Atlanta in 1996.

In a long career in which his ranking and form fluctuated,  Agassi won more than 60 ATP titles, including 17 Masters events,  and held the number one ranking six times between 1995 and 2003  for a total of 101 weeks.

In 2001, he married fellow tennis Hall of Famer Steffi Graf  of Germany. The couple have two children and live in Las Vegas.

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