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Andre Agassi Is Elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Andre Agassi will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame following a 20-year professional career that included eight Grand Slam titles and more than 100 weeks as the sport’s top-ranked player.

Agassi will be the lone inductee from the Hall’s “Recent Player” category, while other class members will be announced at a later date, the Newport, Rhode Island, organization said in a news release on its website.

Election into the Hall requires a 75 percent favorable vote by a panel of more than 100 tennis media members. Agassi’s vote total wasn’t announced.

Agassi, 40, was the No. 1 player in the ATP World Tour rankings for 101 weeks, winning 60 singles titles, including four Australian Opens, two U.S. Opens and both the French Open and Wimbledon once before retiring in 2006. He won an Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996 and was a member of winning U.S. Davis Cup teams in 1990 and 1992, posting a 30-6 record in play during the sport’s top team competition.

Agassi, a Las Vegas native, said in his 2009 autobiography, “Open,” that he took methamphetamine in 1997 and failed a drug test before duping tennis officials into believing that he accidentally ingested the banned substance.

Agassi’s career winnings surpassed $30 million, placing him fourth to Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal on the all-time list.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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