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October 7, 2015: “One difference is time on task. There are no shortcuts. We have longer school days—eight hours versus six. If you add that up, it’s 16 years of education versus 12 for district peers. There’s also an emphasis on accountability, which starts with the kids themselves. They know this is a privilege: There are 1,000 kids on the waiting list. So they take ownership. The teachers have annual contracts; there’s no business in the world that could succeed if employees who worked for three years got a job for life. The parents are accountable too. They need to acknowledge, accept, and embrace the objectives set for their children. They come in, they volunteer time, they sign off on homework assignments. You have to cover all the bases.”
— Andre Agassi, telling Harvard Business Review what sets his Las Vegas charter school apart from others.March 24, 2015: “Rafa has been the Mount Everest of Roland Garros and climbing him is like climbing Mount Everest without the sherpas and the oxygen. Djokovic has nearly reached the summit of that mountain a couple of times and is no doubt playing at a level above everybody else right now. He believes he should win. I think he can and deserves to but he doesn’t deserve it if Rafa gets himself right and shows up again like he has. I will be as excited as anybody to see if Rafa really is going to be vulnerable. It seems that way now but it’s seemed like that before.”
— Andre Agassi, telling Reuters TV, at the launch of his BILT by Agassi & Reyes range of fitness machines at a sports club just north of London, that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic may never have a better chance to complete his career Grand Slam than at the French Open in June, but the challenge of dethroning nine-time champion Rafa Nadal remains daunting.March 12, 2015: “He is an extraordinary and complex man. I have spent a lifetime trying to understand him. His mum was a Russian Armenian who moved to Tehran after the Armenian genocide in 1915. Dad grew up in Tehran as a Christian and he had some pretty horrible experiences. They were very poor. I think that taught him to fight. He took up boxing, won two golden gloves and competed in two Olympic Games for Iran. When he came to America, he had one ambition: ‘I will spend my life trying to create an environment where my kids can have the one thing I never had, money’. He conditioned us to leave our heritage behind. His attitude was: ‘We are Americans. We are going to live the American dream.’ He didn’t want us to learn [Persian]. We changed our name from Aghassian to Agassi. He didn’t want anyone to think we were Muslim.”
— Andre Agassi, telling The Times (UK) about his well-intentioned but hard-driving immigrant father who was intent on creating a tennis champion.October 1, 2013: "Nadal has an argument to make for the best of all time. If Nadal is sitting at a table with Federer and Federer says, ‘I'm the best ever,’ my first question would be, ‘Well, then how come you didn't beat me, because I beat you twice as many times? And, hey, by the way, you know I won everything, including a gold medal [in singles at the Olympics] and Davis Cup [with Spain].’ But at the same token, Federer has separated himself during a few years like nobody else. And he's done it more consistently. To be able to make the argument for both guys playing in the same generation is pretty remarkable."
— Andre Agassi, talking to HuffPostLive about his picks for the greatest players of all time.January 31, 2013: "[Andy Murray's] coming into his own ... so now you're talking about four guys. They've separated themselves from the field. If it was one person, I would say, OK, he came at a good time or he squeezed in a window. But they raised each other. When I see those top three guys [Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal], I see what history will say is the golden age of tennis. You're talking about arguably the three best guys. Djokovic will still need some distance to cover, but best of all-time, if you're having that discussion in the same generation, it's remarkable."
— Andre Agassi on what he considers the "golden age" of men's tennis."It's no accident, I think that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of everyday existence, because every match is 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's 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 our darkest. It's our choice. But if tennis is life, then what follows tennis must be the unknowable void. That thought makes me cold."
— Andre Agassi , from his Autobiography.August 4, 2011: "First of all, in any sport where you can measure distance, height speed and all of that, you see how athletes have changed their sport and made it better. I believe, with every generation, the sport has improved. Certainly, in the men's game, that has been the case. I think that I played Pete [Sampras] at his best, I played Roger [Federer] at his best.. I believe wholeheartedly that Roger and [Rafael] Nadal have pushed the game much further than myself or Pete ever did. Their options on the tennis court are considerably more than ours."
— Andre Agassi , with high praise for 21st century superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.January 8, 2011: "Tennis is at an amazing time when you've got two of the best players ever to play the game. You can argue the two very best playing in the same generation. It's a rivalry I think that we've never seen in our sport."
— Andre Agassi calling the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal "more compelling" than the one he had with Pete Sampras.March 20, 2010: "The joke fell flat and I'm sorry. My hope was that the night was still enjoyable. My whole book is about living and learning, and I guess you never frickin' stop."
— Andre Agassi, apologized for baiting and badgering Pete Sampras about purportedly being a cheap tipper, during a "Hit for Haiti" fundraising exhibition at Indian Wells on ESPN.com.December 16 , 2009: "Anyone who starts their answer with, 'I haven't read the book, but . . .', I hope that they would read it all and then speak. To Rafael Nadal, Marat Safin, Martina Navratilova and Roger Federer, I would say that if they do that and they still have the same opinion of me, I would be sad and disappointed."
— Andre Agassi, when asked about big-name players who condemned him after he admitted in OPEN: An Autobiography that he had lied to the ATP tribunal in 1997 about taking drugs to escape a ban that could have cost him his career, in The Times (UK).
September 1, 2006: "I feel like I've been living a dream for 21 years, and tonight was just another example."
- Andre Agassi, 36, after his sensational 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 victory over 8th-seeded Marcos Baghdatis, 21, in a crowd-thrilling 3-hour, 48-minute marathon at the U.S. Open.March 27, 2005: "This sport has given me so much that my hope would be to give back as much as I can for as long as I can."
Andre Agassi, six-time champion and the oldest player in the tournament at almost 35, before the start of the Nasdaq-100 Open, a tournament he first played as a 16-year-old in 1987."I am really kind of sad. This tournament has offered me and my life so much. It is a shame that I didn't respect it a little earlier."
-Andre Agassi, who had skipped Wimbledon from 1988 to 1990, after he won The Championships in 1992"I could drink Jack Daniels without stopping. In the [Bollettieri] Academy, it was tougher to get away with, but I enjoyed it because you weren't supposed to. I smoked pot, oh sure."
-Andre Agassi (1991)"My only good result in 1997 was marrying Brooke Shields."
- Slump-ridden Andre Agassi, whose marriage to actress Shields ended in divorce in 1999"MMy father will be on his deathbed, and he'll teach a parrot to say, 'Andre, work on your serve,' and then he'll die a happy man."
- Andre on his father Emmanuel (Mike) who was so obsessed with Andre's becoming a champion that when Andre was an infant, he hung a makeshift mobile of tennis balls over his crib.
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