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Showing posts with label Andre Agassi. Show all posts


In 1992 Wimbledon, a new champion rose in the history of Tennis-Andre Agassi, the long haired tennis player known for his brashness, mockery and off court media popularity. For a person who was more focused on his image rather than tennis, ongoing hair problems, drug use, tanking matches (unknown to the world at that time) and mocking players, and whose hatred towards tennis was more than anyone can imagine during the early part of his career, dropping in the world ranking from Numero Uno to No. 141 and a divorce was not a surprise. In his words it was the rock bottom of his life. There was no comeback from that situation. Right?

Wrong! Come 2012, he is one of the most adored and respected tennis player who is not only known for his tennis achievements (8 grand slams, 1999 historic victory in French Open, third player to complete a career grand slam, World No. 1 ranking and so many more) but also for his off court achievements. In the field of sports, he is one of the biggest philanthropists; he has generated $177 million for his education reform activities in Las Vegas. In his personal life, he is happily married with the woman who still manages to take his breath away after 11 years-fellow hall of famer-Steffi Graf with two kids Jaden and Jaz. In my book, he is the perfect role model for everyone in all the aspects of life- professional and personal.

So how did this turnaround started: It started with the advice of Nelson Mandela to him in 1997: “We must live our lives carefully”. And how true it is? Shouldn’t every individual live that way, be careful of their decisions on every step. Every human being in this world hits a rock bottom in his life but how often do we see such a remarkable transformation and rise to the top? The normal tendency is to give up and succumb to the pressures of life and give away our lives. Some commit suicides, some fall in the trap of depression, some blame their families and so on. But is that really the solution to this problem? Andre Agassi is a perfect example from whom we can take inspiration in life and get back to the point that we and our family want.

Was he able to do it because he possesses special qualities? No, he was also a normal person like all of us wanting to have a great career, family and good memories. The only difference is that he didn’t give up and with his belief and determination revived himself again to achieve great heights. So, can we also do it? God has given every person the same tools; it’s the qualities which a person develops over a period of time which defines his/her extraordinary achievements. If only we can look from within and be careful in our decisions, we also can do the impossible. As Agassi said “Hitting the rock bottom, a place that really isn’t so bad because it gives you a chance to look up” and start cherishing the things you love the most in life.

Andre Agassi is a true inspiration to all, who has taught us the importance of never giving up in life, the belief that we can always push ourselves to begin again and be inspired to achieve the greatness we are destined for.  It’s NEVER too late in life. In the words of this tennis great and my favorite:  “I am living proof that no dream, no journey is impossible.”




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Andre Agassi and "ROCK BOTTOM"



In 1992 Wimbledon, a new champion rose in the history of Tennis-Andre Agassi, the long haired tennis player known for his brashness, mockery and off court media popularity. For a person who was more focused on his image rather than tennis, ongoing hair problems, drug use, tanking matches (unknown to the world at that time) and mocking players, and whose hatred towards tennis was more than anyone can imagine during the early part of his career, dropping in the world ranking from Numero Uno to No. 141 and a divorce was not a surprise. In his words it was the rock bottom of his life. There was no comeback from that situation. Right?

Wrong! Come 2012, he is one of the most adored and respected tennis player who is not only known for his tennis achievements (8 grand slams, 1999 historic victory in French Open, third player to complete a career grand slam, World No. 1 ranking and so many more) but also for his off court achievements. In the field of sports, he is one of the biggest philanthropists; he has generated $177 million for his education reform activities in Las Vegas. In his personal life, he is happily married with the woman who still manages to take his breath away after 11 years-fellow hall of famer-Steffi Graf with two kids Jaden and Jaz. In my book, he is the perfect role model for everyone in all the aspects of life- professional and personal.

So how did this turnaround started: It started with the advice of Nelson Mandela to him in 1997: “We must live our lives carefully”. And how true it is? Shouldn’t every individual live that way, be careful of their decisions on every step. Every human being in this world hits a rock bottom in his life but how often do we see such a remarkable transformation and rise to the top? The normal tendency is to give up and succumb to the pressures of life and give away our lives. Some commit suicides, some fall in the trap of depression, some blame their families and so on. But is that really the solution to this problem? Andre Agassi is a perfect example from whom we can take inspiration in life and get back to the point that we and our family want.

Was he able to do it because he possesses special qualities? No, he was also a normal person like all of us wanting to have a great career, family and good memories. The only difference is that he didn’t give up and with his belief and determination revived himself again to achieve great heights. So, can we also do it? God has given every person the same tools; it’s the qualities which a person develops over a period of time which defines his/her extraordinary achievements. If only we can look from within and be careful in our decisions, we also can do the impossible. As Agassi said “Hitting the rock bottom, a place that really isn’t so bad because it gives you a chance to look up” and start cherishing the things you love the most in life.

Andre Agassi is a true inspiration to all, who has taught us the importance of never giving up in life, the belief that we can always push ourselves to begin again and be inspired to achieve the greatness we are destined for.  It’s NEVER too late in life. In the words of this tennis great and my favorite:  “I am living proof that no dream, no journey is impossible.”




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Can he or Can he not?

After his SF loss in French Open, it seems like everyone has been asking this question about Roger Federer and his chances to win a GS. And it seems like most of the critics/fans are skeptical about his chances to win his 17th GS and Wimbledon 2012 in the presence of Nadal/Djokovic – the  younger\
heavier guns of this generation.After his impressive win today to reach his 32nd GS SF, the question is, Can he or Can he not?

Rather than answering the question directly, I will today like everyone to ponder about the following and then answer it yourself: 

1)  Which critic had thought at the start of 2011 that Novak Djokovic will emerge as the new World no. 1 in the presence of Federer/Nadal?

2)  Which critic had thought that Nadal will go on to win 7 French Open titles when he had won his first in 2005?

3)   What were the critic’s reaction when Nadal had supposedly not won a title (except French Open 2011) in 2011?

4)    Who had thought that Agassi will return to World No.1 and win 2 GS after age 30?

5)   Who had thought that Steffi Graf on her return from injuries will go on to defeat Martina Hingis to win French Open in 1999 and reach the finals of Wimbledon?

6)  Who had thought that Kim Clijsters had a chance to win US Open after her return in the presence of Serena Williams?

And the list is endless.

So only point which I think is relevant is what does Federer think about his chances? All those fans who are disheartened by the critics and analysts predictions, don’t worry as critics are not always right. If they would have been correct, don’t you think the above would have never happened or for that matter everyone would have been a billionaire following their predictions in stock market!

My answer for my initial question:

A man can go only  as far as he thinks he can” And so will Roger Federer!






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Can Roger Federer win his 17th GS?



Can he or Can he not?

After his SF loss in French Open, it seems like everyone has been asking this question about Roger Federer and his chances to win a GS. And it seems like most of the critics/fans are skeptical about his chances to win his 17th GS and Wimbledon 2012 in the presence of Nadal/Djokovic – the  younger\
heavier guns of this generation.After his impressive win today to reach his 32nd GS SF, the question is, Can he or Can he not?

Rather than answering the question directly, I will today like everyone to ponder about the following and then answer it yourself: 

1)  Which critic had thought at the start of 2011 that Novak Djokovic will emerge as the new World no. 1 in the presence of Federer/Nadal?

2)  Which critic had thought that Nadal will go on to win 7 French Open titles when he had won his first in 2005?

3)   What were the critic’s reaction when Nadal had supposedly not won a title (except French Open 2011) in 2011?

4)    Who had thought that Agassi will return to World No.1 and win 2 GS after age 30?

5)   Who had thought that Steffi Graf on her return from injuries will go on to defeat Martina Hingis to win French Open in 1999 and reach the finals of Wimbledon?

6)  Who had thought that Kim Clijsters had a chance to win US Open after her return in the presence of Serena Williams?

And the list is endless.

So only point which I think is relevant is what does Federer think about his chances? All those fans who are disheartened by the critics and analysts predictions, don’t worry as critics are not always right. If they would have been correct, don’t you think the above would have never happened or for that matter everyone would have been a billionaire following their predictions in stock market!

My answer for my initial question:

A man can go only  as far as he thinks he can” And so will Roger Federer!






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This Article was first published on 10sballs.com as : 
Written by: ApekshaHA on 10th August 2011

A friend of mine, who was getting married, told me an interesting fact recently:  for bachelors, marriage can be looked at in two ways, The end of journey or start of a new journey. As Federer enters the 30’s club, it’s the same case for him. For people, it might seem as end of an era when he lost in Wimbledon Quarter Finals; but for me, it’s the start of a new journey for him. Why? Read on to know the reason.


Life is a sinusoidal curve with ups and downs, highs and lows ready to take us into new paths in life. Historically, there was a time when people thought that  Bjorn Borg would go down in the history as the greatest ever. Then Pete Sampras emerged and dominated tennis during 1990′s. When he retired, many regarded him as the greatest. But he was surpassed by Federer in 8 years’ time. He not only surpassed Sampras in Grand Slam titles but is also considered by many as the one who changed the face of tennis with his charming personality. Just when Federer was thought of as invincible, Nadal came knocking on the door with a claim to the throne; and when Nadal was starting to establish his credibility on all type of courts, though too early to say, we might have another claim on the throne in future-Novak Djokovic. Who Knows?

The point here is that no one is invincible in his life. If there is a high in your life, you will also experience the opposite in your career. And that’s the fact of life. So the biggest question is will Federer be back in his career?

Yes. Every good player has a high and which is invariably followed by a low as he advances in his career. The difference between good and great is the ability to bounce back from this dirt. It’s not the age that matters, what matters is the person’s sheer will and determination to continue to move forward. Here are a few examples from history:



1) Rod Laver won 4 Grand Slams after the age of 30.

2) Pete Sampras (seeded 17th at that time) surprised everyone when he won his 14th Grand Slam at the age of 31.

3) Not to mention Ken Rosewall, arguably amongst the five greatest players of all time, won his last Grand Slam title at the age of 37 and after two years reached the Wimbledon Finals.

4) And there are so many others – Jimmy Connors who won US open at the age of 31, Andre Agassi who won Australian Open at the age of 32 etc.

If you look at the greats of the game, they had competition from the likes of John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Jim Courier etc. during their time, but they managed to overcome all the odds successfully.

The simple rationale is – If you think you can, you will.

“I’ve won so much that you feel like if you put yourself in the right position and you do all the right things you’ll definitely get a shot of winning big tournaments.”
“My planning has always been long term. I’m looking forward to how much more I can achieve from this point on.” – Federer.

Here is a champion who has won more Grand Slams than anyone in history. He still believes in himself and knows that he can go that extra mile. For some, it might be the end of his journey but as I see it, it’s the start of a new chapter in his life. A chapter that he wants to write down in the history book as a successful one.   He has broken so many records; I won’t be surprised if he goes on to achieve the milestone of winning multiple Grand Slams after the age of 30.

So many greats of the tennis world have done it before, so can Federer!

For me there is no reason at all for Federer fans to panic or think that his era is over. The champion that he is, he will be back soon.