IRVINE — On the eve of the London Olympics, former world No. 1 tennis player Andre Agassi discussed Monday what it meant for him to win gold in 1996 in Atlanta.
Agassi, who played against the Breakers in 2009, has always been a big supporter of World Team Tennis. He wasn't playing Monday night, but he made a special appearance at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center for the Orange County Breakers' 24-17 home victory over the Springfield Lasers.
"Being a part of the greater athletic world, seeing all these athletes giving their whole life to this one moment, you felt like you were a part of something much larger," Agassi said of his Atlanta experience in a pre-match press conference. "During the experience, I started to actually believe that this is something I want for reasons that surpass tennis accomplishments.
"The Grand Slams are obviously the pillars of our sport. But to have a gold medal, I would put up a [heck] of an argument as to why that's the one you should pick [if you were to pick a most significant tournament win]. To win a gold medal at Wimbledon, which is what's going to happen this year, to me that only adds to the importance of it."