Andre Agassi’s a champion’s legacy

Part 2 of my two favorite passages and lessons from his autobiography.

“Where you’ve been, he says, doesn’t matter. From now on, we’re all about where you’re going. Where we’re going, I say.”

“Something to play for that’s larger than myself and yet still closely connected to me. Something that bears my name but isn’t about me. The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.”

“He’s living in the past, and I’m in the present. He’s thinking, I’m feeling. Don’t think, Andre.”

“Even if it’s not your ideal life, you can always choose it. No matter what your life is, choosing it changes everything.”

“I stop thinking, start feeling.”

“how narrow the space between greatness and mediocrity, fame and anonymity, happiness and despair.”

“I think of the four of us, four distinct personalities. Four”

different surfaces. And yet a matching set. Complete.

“On the eve of my final tournament, I enjoy that sense we all seek, that knowledge we get only a few times in life, that the themes of our life are connected, the seeds of our ending.”

“The scoreboard said I lost today, but what the scoreboard doesn’t say is what it is I have found. Over the last twenty-one years I have found loyalty: You have pulled for me on the court, and also in life. I have found inspiration: You have willed me to succeed, sometimes even in my lowest moments. And I have found generosity: You have given me your shoulders to stand on, to reach for my dreams—dreams I could have never reached without you. Over the last twenty-one years I have found you, and I will take you and the memory of you with me for the rest of my life.”

“It makes me laugh. I can only admire that Connors is who he is, still, that he never changes. We should all be so true to ourselves, so consistent.”

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