|Andre Agassi blows a kiss to the crowd after being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island July 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
NEWPORT, R.I. - American icon Andre Agassi was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The 41-year-old Agassi captured 60 ATP-level titles, in 90 finals, in a career that spanned parts of three decades and saw him become not just one of the world's most recognizable names in tennis, but in any sport.
Agassi was this year's lone selection in the Recent Player category and was enshrined in a ceremony at Newport's International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.
Among Agassi's titles were eight Grand Slam wins -- four at the Australian Open, two at the U.S. Open and one apiece at the French Open and Wimbledon. He is one of only seven men to capture the career Grand Slam and is the only male to have won the career Golden Slam, which is all fours majors and an Olympic gold medal (Atlanta, 1996).
Agassi captured 17 ATP Masters events, the season-ending ATP World Championships in 1990 and was a member of two United States Davis Cup championship teams. He went 30-6 in Davis Cup competition.
Regarded as one of tennis' best-ever service returners and a hustling baseline player, Agassi was ranked No. 1 for a total of 101 weeks and the oldest person to hold the top spot at age 33.
Married to fellow Hall of Famer Steffi Graf since 2001, he was for a long time one of the most-marketed athletes in the world.
But his image took a hit when he admitted in his 2009 autobiography that he used crystal meth in the late 1990s and circumvented a positive drug test by lying.
The Las Vegas native captured his final Grand Slam title at the 2003 Australian Open and his last tournament in Los Angeles in 2005. He retired after losing in the third round of the 2006 U.S. Open with a career singles record of 870-274. Following that U.S. Open defeat, Agassi delivered a memorable retirement speech and was honored with an eight-minute standing ovation from the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Agassi earned over $31 million in career prize money, which is fourth only to fellow former world No. 1s Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal.
During his career and into retirement, Agassi has been a dedicated philanthropist. In 1994, he started the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which is devoted to reforming public education in the United States. In May, he partnered with Canyon Capital Realty Advisors on an innovative new real estate fund to promote the success and growth of best-in-class charter schools by building educational facilities in urban communities across the U.S.
In 2001, he opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a free public charter school in Las Vegas' most at-risk neighborhood for kindergarten through grade 12.
The great Agassi and Graf reside in Las Vegas with their two children.
Agassi was joined in the Hall of Fame by Fern Lee "Peachy" Kellmeyer in the Contributor category. Kellmeyer is a tennis industry executive who was hired as the very first employee of the WTA Tour in 1973 and is still dedicated to the growth and development of the sport today, working hard with the likes of tennis legends Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.
The 66-year-old Kellmeyer, who hails from Wheeling, West Virginia, became involved in tennis as a talented junior player, went on to be a star collegiate athlete, and then launched an administrative career in tennis.
During her career with the WTA, Kellmeyer has led the WTA's operations, player and tournament relations and has been at the center of all major policy decisions. She currently serves as WTA Operations Executive Consultant and is also a member of the ITF Fed Cup Committee and oversees the WTA's alumni program to ensure that past players and tournament directors remain engaged with the WTA that they helped build.