"If Steffi Graf leaves me, I get half her Slams": Andre Agassi reveals tactic to beat Novak Djokovic's record

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Saturday, 11 November 2023 at 00:23
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Andre Agassi has revealed a hilarious joke strategy to try and overcome Novak Djokovic's record of 24 Grand Slam titles by getting his tennis legend wife Steffi Graf to leave him.
Former World No. 1 Agassi had a hugely successful career throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, winning eight Grand Slam titles and seventeen Masters titles. During that time, he also married 22-time Grand Slam champion Graf, and the couple went on to have two children. They are still together today and have recently been trying out Pickleball, even teaming up for the Pickleball Slam.
Meanwhile, current World No. 1 Djokovic has continued to push the present generation of tennis forward. At the 2023 US Open, he equaled Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles, made up of ten Australian Open titles, seven from Wimbledon, four at the US Open and three from the French Open.

Agassi jokes about how to better Djokovic

The 53-year-old, who retired from tennis in 2006, recently appeared on the Pat McAfee show, where he joked about how he could beat Djokovic's record if his wife were to leave him and give him half of her titles in the divorce. "Hey, let's be on the record, if she [Steffi Graf] ever leaves me, I get half her Slams, right? Puts me at about 29 then, Novak Djokovic has a long way to go still," he said. 
However, fans have since figured out that even this would not actually be enough to match the Serbian player, as half of Graf's titles would be 11, which combined with Agassi's 7 would still only make 19, putting him five titles below Djokovic's current number, as well as leaving him behind Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Roger Federer.
German player Graf is also a former World No. 1, having held the position for 107 weeks during her career which is the third-longest amount of time in WTA Ranking history. The 54-year-old also became the first player ever to achieve the Golden Slam (winning all four Grand Slams in the same year), and an Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year.
Agassi and Graf will participate in the 2024 Pickleball Slam on February 4, which will be played at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in South Florida, USA. They will face John McEnroe and Maria Sharapova, against whom they will battle it out for $1 million in prize money.

John McEnroe and Maria Sharapova will play Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf In a mixed doubles pickleball match on 2/4/24 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. for $1M prize. Will be televised live in primetime on ESPN.


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