Agassi set for Hall of Fame induction

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Eight-time Grand Slam singles champion Andre Agassi will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Agassi, among only seven men to achieve a career singles Grand Slam, spent 101 weeks ranked No.1 in the world during a 20-year career that also included a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The 41-year-old American is the husband of another Hall of Famer, 2004 inductee Steffi Graf.

“I’m truly honoured to be recognised alongside the greatest players of tennis,” Agassi said.

“Tennis has given me everything in my life. It has given me my wife. My tennis career afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives.”

The induction will come in a ceremony during the semi-finals of the ATP Hall of Fame championships grasscourt event.

Agassi won 60 career titles, including the 1995, 2000, 2002 and 2003 Australian Opens, the 1994 and 1999 US Opens, the 1992 Wimbledon and 1999 French Open crowns.

Agassi’s 1999 French Open triumph made him the first man to have won a career Grand Slam on three different surfaces -- grass, clay and hardcourt.

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and Fred Perry are the other men to complete the career Grand Slam.