Andre Agassi was out promoting education, his foundations and his new kids snack food line called “Box Buddies” this morning. The tennis great gave an extensive interview with Marc Lamont Hill of Huffington Post live touching on his foundation, his work with children though education and his future plans away from tennis.
“Now I have a canvas to do whatever it is want to do,” the 43-year-old Agassi said. “I feel like I can impact people not just for a couple hours anymore, I have the opportunity to impact them for a generation.
“I feel like there’s so much more out there to do, and I’m glad I have the time to do it without putting that unnecessary drama on my body or mind.”
Agassi, a former No. 1 with eight majors and a career Grand Slam, also talked candidly about the greats of the game including his main rival Pete Sampras.
“He made me better in some ways, and he made me worse in others,” Agassi said. “He was one of those guys that no matter how well you played you knew it wasn’t necessary going to be in your hands and I never felt that way about anybody until a guy named Roger Federer showed up.”
And when pressed, what about the greatest?
“Pete was the best of his time,” Agassi said. “I think Federer’s a class above.”
“Pete was off the hook on the faster courts but during the clay season players wanted to play against him. You didn’t have that luxury against Fed,” he said. “Until Nadal, you would say Fed was probably the best of all time.”
Agassi then gave his take on the raging “Roger vs. Rafa” debate.
“I personally think that Nadal has an argument to make for the best of all time,” Agassi said. “If Nadal is sitting at a table with Federer and Federer says I’m the best ever, my first question would be, ‘How come you didn’t beat me?’ I beat you twice as many times and by the way, I won everything including the gold medal and Davis Cup.”
“But at same token Federer has separated himself for a few years like nobody else and he’s done it more consistent,” Agassi added. “To be able to make the argument for both guys playing in the same generation is pretty remarkable.”
“For me, those two [Roger and Rafa] and Laver are in a whole other tier.”
Agassi is of course married to all-time great Steffi Graf who Andre, admitting to bias, says is still the best, even better than Serena.
Here’s the full interview, a must listen for tennis and Agassi fans:
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