Andre Agassi ‘The Punisher’

Andre Agassi was known by his tennis peers as The Punisher

Andre Agassi is a former World No.1 professional tennis player from the United States who won eight Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal in singles. Agassi was one the game’s most dominant players from the early 1990’s to the mid-2000’s, and his return of serve is regarded as one of the best in the history of the game.

Agassi was called ‘The Punisher’ by peers during his playing career for his systematic breaking down of his opponents. Jim Courier who was a former World No.1 tennis player himself, gave an example of how Agassi would punish his opponents in extremely hot weather conditions describing how “he would go out on days like today at this very tournament and try to play long first sets. Try to move the guy around side to side to take the legs out. He didn’t even care necessarily if we won the first set, it didn’t matter”.

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