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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 September 2006, 19:28 GMT 20:28 UK

Andre Agassi's career in pictures
Andre Agassi at aged seven and 18
Born on 29 April 1970 in Las Vegas, Agassi was driven to take up tennis by his dad Mike, a former Olympic boxer for Iran who used Andre's three older siblings as guinea pigs in his quest to produce a Grand Slam champion.

When Agassi was two, he had a racket in his hand and slept with a tennis ball above his bed. "My dad was convinced if my eyes were going to move around, I may as well be looking at a ball," he said.

At 13, Agassi headed to Nick Bollettieri's academy. Bollettieri, startled by the boy's razor-sharp reactions, taught Agassi to step inside the baseline to hit his return, the shot which would become the Las Vegan's trademark.



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