“She wanted nothing to do with it” – When Steffi Graf refused Andre Agassi’s help ahead of 1999 US Open final

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are one of tennis’ most prominent power couples, if not the most. They got married on October 22, 2001, at their Las Vegas home and have two kids together — son Jaden Gil and daughter Jaz Elle.

During an Australian Open event a few years back, the former American World No. 1 was asked about his relationship with Graf, specifically on the day of the 1999 US Open final, which was contested by himself and Todd Martin.

“Let’s see how much I remember. I remember that I broke Martin in the first game of the match and we proceeded to not break each other for three hours. I beat him 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6- 3, 6-2 so it was a good to the evening portion,” Andre Agassi recalled.

It was an important day in Agassi’s life, both professionally and personally. He defeated Martin 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(2), 6–3, 6–2 to win the 1999 US Open title. With the victory, he also returned to the top of the ATP rankings, which also ended Pete Sampras’ six-year streak of ending the season as the No. 1 ranked player.

The eight-time Grand Slam winner also recalled how he tried to get his wife a seat in his player’s box but she refused to let him worry about it.

“That was a wonderful time certainly in our lives. I remember trying to get her a seat in my box and she wanted nothing to do with it. She said to be “don’t worry about me, you worry about Todd Martin. I ‘ve been around the stadium a few times and I will be fine. So she figured it all out and that was the start,” he stated.

The pair then went out for dinner that night and the 52-year-old stated that she traveled with him to his house after that and “never left.”

“She cam [home] with me from New York and never left. I don’t know what else to say. My hope and desire was to you know dream about a future but future doesn’t happen unless you live everyday the way you believe in. She teaches me every day that that’s achievable,” he added.


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Andre Agassi in action at the 1999 US Open.

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