'Honoured' Agassi gets Hall of Fame nod

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LAS VEGAS -- Saying he was honoured to be recognized among the sport's greatest players, Andre Agassi was selected to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Agassi, 40, won 60 titles in a career that spanned two decades and saw him become not just one of the world's most recognizable names in tennis, but in any sport.

The Hall of Fame announcement was made Thursday at Agassi Prep, a charter school in Las Vegas that Agassi founded in 2001. Students surprised him with a pep rally.

"I'm truly honoured to be recognized alongside the greatest players of tennis," Agassi said. "My tennis career afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in other people's lives and it was truly special to share this exciting moment with the students of Agassi Prep."

Agassi was this year's lone selection in the Recent Player category and will be inducted on July 9 in a ceremony at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, Rhode Island.

Additional inductees will be announced at a later date, the Hall of Fame said.

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.

Regarded as one of tennis' best service returners and a hustling baseline player, Agassi was ranked No. 1 for 101 total weeks and was the oldest person to hold the position at age 33.

Married to Hall of Fame player 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.

Agassi captured his final grand slam title at the 2003 Australian Open and his last win in Los Angeles in 2005. He retired after losing in the third round of the 2006 U.S. Open.


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