Thirty years later, Andre Agassi reveals how he managed to get the best of Boris Becker at the height of their sporting rivalry.
Superb tennis posters in the 90s, the duels between Boris Becker and Andre Agassi, initially to the advantage of the German, inexorably turned in favor of the American after three initial setbacks. From 1990 to 1999, the two men found themselves on the courts 11 times, for 10 successes of the Kid of Las Vegas who hardly let slip in the interval than a semi-final at Wimbledon in 1995.
This week in an interview with ATP and Tennis TV, the latter delivers the secret of his click. A not trivial revelation. ” We had never seen a service like his in the history of this sport, says Agassi about Becker. So I watched video on video, I watched him from across the net during those three matches. (their first three confrontations, lost by the American, editor’s note) and I started to understand that he had this weird tic with his tongue … “
“As if he was reading my mind!” “
” I am not joking ! He always performed the same routine before serving, the same movement.
t, and, just as he was about to throw the ball, he stuck out his tongue. Either in the middle of the mouth or on the left side, continues Andre Agassi. If he was serving the tie and sticking his tongue out in the middle, that meant he was going to serve on the T or the body. But if he pulled her to the side, he was going to serve outside. […] The hardest part was not to return his service. The hardest part was making sure he didn’t realize that I knew. So I had to resist the temptation to read his serve for most of the game and choose when to use that information. “
This martingale, unstoppable, Agassi confessed to his victim much later, when the two legends had hung up their racquets. ” He almost fell out of his chair, laughs the facetious American. And he said to me: “Each time, I would go home and say to my wife: It’s as if he was reading my mind! “ ” And for good reason…
Being a great returner is all about problem solving 👀
On his 51st birthday, remembering @AndreAgassi‘s fascinating method of reading one of the best serves in the world…
– Tennis TV (@TennisTV) April 29, 2021