"I felt connected to something much larger than me. Tennis just happened to be a tool and a vehicle."
His 'service returns' have been termed as the best amongst all players. He was also considered the one of the biggest worldwide stars in sporting history.
In retrospect, the denim shorts and long blond hair, he admitted in his extraordinary autobiography, "Open" were a bit precious!
"The strength of my game was to hit an effective shot and to slowly squeeze an opponent in submission."
Andre Agassi never liked tennis. He never enjoyed it. Ever. It was always a job to him.
In 1979, a nine-year-old Andre was coaxed by his father to play football legend Jim Brown in a tennis match and the wager was placed at $10,000 to which Jim refused.
He injected some energy, color and charisma into the genteel sport of tennis.
His charismatic appeal was never in doubt. His on court exploits together with his unusual on-court apparel and loads of attitude had made him one of the most popular figures in world tennis.
"I knew it wasn't going to be pleasant waters, but again nothing really worthwhile in life comes without great sacrifice," Agassi said.
Agassi's boyish charm had previously won him women's hearts, from Barbra Streisand's in the early '90s to "even old ladies' at "Wimbledon," says his former coach Nick Bollettieri.
In his book Open, Agassi describes loathing the tennis life he was pushed into by his father and reveals that a deep depression in 1997 led him to use the recreational drug.
Upon his retirement, the BBC described Andre as "perhaps the biggest worldwide star in the sport's history."
The former World No.1 and now retired professional tennis player, Andre Kirk Agassi is generally considered by fellow players and critics as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
Agassi said he hurt himself, not the game, by turning to the drug after plunging to the depths of depression.
The former tennis ace, 40, was seen supposedly showing off the saucy snaps of the 41-year-old mother of his two children to an appreciative bystander.
Speaking at the event, Andre told the audience: 'You pay more than $4,000, and I will show you a picture of my wife, on my phone, naked.'
He married Steffi Graf on October 22, 2001; four days later, their son, Jaden Gil, was born. Their daughter, Jaz Elle, was born in October 2003.
They had got together after both winning the 1999 French Open and dancing together at the winners' ball.