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  Tennis is the sport in which you talk to yourself. No athletes talk to themselves like tennis players. Pitchers, golfers, goalkeepers, they mutter to themselves, of course, but tennis players talk to themselves - and answer. In the heat of a match, tennis players look like lunatics in a public square, ranting and swearing and conducting Lincoln-Douglas debates with their alter egos. Why? Because tennis is so damn lonely.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  Tennis is about degrees of aggression. You want to be aggressive enough to control a point, not so aggressive that you sacrifice control and expose yourself to unnecessary risk.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  One thing I have learned in twenty-nine years of playing tennis: Life will throw everything but the kitchen sink in your path, and then it will throw the kitchen sink. It is your job to avoid the obstacles. If you let them stop you or distract you, you're not doing your job, and failing to do your job will cause regrets that paralyze you more than a bad back.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I was late in discovering the magic of books. Of all my many mistakes that I want my children to avoid, I put that one near the top of the list.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  What you feel doesnt matter in the end; it is what you do that makes you brave.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  It is no accident, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature. Even the structure of tennis, the way the pieces fit inside one another like Russian nesting dolls, mimics the structure of our days. Points become games become sets become tournaments, and it is all so tightly connected that any point can become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours, and any hour can be our finest. Or darkest. It is our choice.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I tell the players: You'll hear a lot of applause in your life, fellas, but none will mean more for you than that applause - from your peers. I hope each of you hears that at the end.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I have had a crush on Steffi since I first saw her doing an interview on French TV. I was thunderstruck, dazzled by her understated grace, her effortless beauty. She looked, somehow, as if she smelled good. Also, as if she was good, fundamentally, essentially, inherently good, brimming with moral rectitude and a kind of dignity that doesnt exist anymore. I thought I saw, for half a second, a halo above her head.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  My primary concern is children at risk. Adults can always ask for help, but children are voiceless, powerless. So the first project my foundation undertakes is a shelter for abused and neglected children who've been placed in a protective custody of the courts.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I feel old when I see mousse in my opponent's hair.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  My father says that if I hit 2,500 balls each day, I will hit 17,500 balls each week, and at the end of one year I will have hit nearly one million balls. He believes in math. Numbers, he says, dont lie. A child who hits one million balls each year wil be unbeatable.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I never chose tennis. I didn't choose it until I was 27 years old.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I marvel at how unexciting it is to be famous, how mundane famous people are. They're confused, uncertain, insecure, and often hate what they do. It is something we always hear - like that old adage that money cant buy happiness - but we never believe it until we see it for ourselves. Seeing it in 1992 brings me a new measure of confidence.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  My father actually moved out from Chicago just so he could play tennis 365 days a year, so it was - it was a place we played every day. We played before school. We played after school. We woke up. We played tennis. We brushed our teeth in that order.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  A friend tells me that the four surfaces in tennis are like the four seasons. Each asks something different of you. Each bestows different gifts and exacts different costs. Each radically alters your outlook, remakes you on a molecular level.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  In a moment dripping with irony, Wimbledon officials break with tradition to hold an on-court interview with Nadal and me. They never hold on-court interviews. I tell Gil: Sooner or later, I knew I'd get Wimbledon to break with tradition.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  Being number two sucks.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  If you dont practice you dont deserve to win.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I have been cheered by thousands, booed by thousands, but nothing feels as bad as the booing inside your own head during those ten minutes before you fall asleep.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I got a hundred bucks says my baby beats Pete's baby. I just think genetics are in my favour.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  If you cant hit a backhand up the line, I will dictate every point. An opponent has to move me, stretch me off the mark, put me in a position where I am dealing with him, or else he'll have to play on my terms. And my terms are harsh. Especially as I get older.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  To be inspired - that's the secret.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  A string job can mean the difference in a match, and a match can mean the difference in a career, and a career can mean the difference in countless lives.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  Now that I have won a slam, I know something very few people on earth are permitted to know. A win doesnt feel as good as a loss feels bad, and the good feeling doesnt last long as the bad. Not even close.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I talked to my dad the other day and I said, 'Dad, what do you think? Are you doing alright?' He said, 'I dont care what people are saying about me. Let me tell you something: If I could do this all over again,' he goes, 'I would do the same thing. Except I wouldn't let you play tennis.' And I said, 'What would you do?' And he goes, 'Baseball or golf - you can play those longer and you can make more money!'  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  You dont cheat anybody out of their experience, whatever it is.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  There are many ways of getting strong, sometimes talking is the best way.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  Wimbledon has become hallowed ground for me. It is where my wife shined. It is where I first suspected that I could win, and where I proved it to myself and the world. Wimbledon is where I learned to bow, to bend my knee, to do someting I didn't want to do, wear what I didn't want to wear, and survive. Also, no matter how I feel about tennis, the game is my home. I hated home as a boy, and then I left, and I soon found myself homesick.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  Hate brings me to my knees, love gets me on my feet.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  Tennis was always sort of a - a learning. It was a vehicle for me to discover a lot about myself. And the things that I sort of discovered at times I not only didn't want to see it for myself but I certainly didn't want millions of people to see it.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I had moments of my actions and words not reflecting who it is I am - if that defines a punk, then yes, absolutely.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  No matter what happens, hold your head up. And for God's sake, enjoy it, or at least try to enjoy moments of it, even the pain, even the losing, if that's what's in store.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I am going to go down swinging... I am sure as heck not going to go home and say I had a bad tournament.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I question myself every day. That's what I still find motivating about this. I dont have the answers, I dont pretend that I do just because I won the match. Just keep fighting and maybe something good happens.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  My feelings are he (Yevgeny Kafelnikov) should take his prize money when he is done here and go and buy some perspective.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I told James that when I was seven years old I saw Jimmy Connors make someone carry his bag, as though he were Julius Caesar. I vowed then and there that I would always carry my own.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I always felt he loved us. It wasn't an issue of that. It wasn't an abusive thing, but it was an intensity that if you didn't play well, it changed the meal that night at your house. For a seven-year old, that leaves an impression.  
 -  Andre Agassi, about his father
  

  Tennis gave me the chance to meet so many of these people, to travel the world and visit places where the human spirit shines brightest because life is darkest. Tennis taught me that the needs of this world are great but they are no match, nor will they ever be a match, for the human spirit.  
 -  Andre Agassi, Andre Agassi's Hall of Fame Induction Speech
  

  You know, not long ago I was giving a talk in my home town of Las Vegas, and after I spoke there was this answer and question period. The first hand up, first questions out of the box, was a man in the front row. You could see in this man's face that he was really struggling with something. He took the microphone, stood up and asked, 'How do you know when to stop telling your kids what to do?' The questioner was my father.  
 -  Andre Agassi, Andre Agassi's Hall of Fame Induction Speech
  

  Tennis is a lonely sport, probably the most lonely. You're out there with no team, no coach and no place to hide. That's why tennis players not only talk to themselves but answer. And yet all that loneliness eventually teaches you to stand alone. The high standards that tennis imposes on us, the self reliance it demands of us, that's the reason why tennis has produced so many of life's great game changers.  
 -  Andre Agassi, Andre Agassi's Hall of Fame Induction Speech
  

  There are sixteen thousand people in the stands, screaming like peasants overrunning Versailles. Before I have broken a sweat I am down a set and a break. I look to my box, stare at Gil and Brad. Help me. Brad stares back, stone-faced: Help yourself.  
 -  Andre Agassi, French Open 1999
  

  I feel old when I see mousse in my opponent's hair.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  What you feel doesn't matter in the end; it's what you do that makes you brave.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  Hate brings me to my knees, love gets me on my feet.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  One thing I've learned in twenty-nine years of playing tennis: Life will throw everything but the kitchen sink in your path, and then it will throw the kitchen sink. It's your job to avoid the obstacles. If you let them stop you or distract you, you're not doing your job, and failing to do your job will cause regrets that paralyze you more than a bad back.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I was late in discovering the magic of books. Of all my many mistakes that I want my children to avoid, I put that one near the top of the list.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  To be inspired - that's the secret.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  It has meant a lot to me to challenge the best players in the world and to beat them. And it means a lot to me to be out here and fighting for the title and, you know, it hurts not to win it.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  You know my dad pushed me to believe that I was going to be the best. I just never thought of life without tennis, even looking forward.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  Tennis was always sort of a - a learning. It was a vehicle for me to discover a lot about myself. And the things that I sort of discovered at times I not only didn't want to see it for myself but I certainly didn't want millions of people to see it.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  First of all, let me say, 1:15 in the morning, for 20,000 people to still be here, I wasn't the winner, tennis was. That's awesome. I don't know if I've ever felt so good here before.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I had my moments for sure but I wasn't confrontational. And sometimes you get on the court and you'd find yourself very confrontational. It was all a discovery.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I had moments of my actions and words not reflecting who it is I am - if that defines a punk, then yes, absolutely.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  Some moments it feels longer, other moments it feels like it's flown by; you can't believe you've done it all that time... Overall, you have a strong sense for the full spectrum that you've sort of traveled.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I've been motivated by overcoming challenge and overcoming the hurdles and obstacles that face me. There still is plenty out there to get motivated by.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  I've been motivated by overcoming challenge and overcoming the hurdles and obstacles that face me. There still is plenty out there to get motivated by.  
 -  Andre Agassi
  

  My father actually moved out from Chicago just so he could play tennis 365 days a year, so it was - it was a place we played every day. We played before school. We played after school. We woke up. We played tennis. We brushed our teeth in that order.  
 -  Andre Agassi