Do you miss playing professional tennis? How often are you playing nowadays?
I don’t miss the grind and the travel but I am still in good shape and I play fairly often. I enjoy getting out on the court and taking part in exhibition matches and tournaments.
What do you feel about the state of men’s tennis in general?
This is a really great time for men’s tennis. The rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal has been incredible to watch. If Nadal is able to win the U.S. Open, then one could argue that the two best players ever to play the sport came from the same generation. Then there will probably be another changing of the guard and the game will only get better.
You were one of the great American tennis players ever to play. How do you feel the American men are stacking up against global competition these days?
Tennis is very competitive around the world and it’s nice to see the sport well-represented in so many different countries. Players who learn on clay have a better chance these days because the game has slowed down a bit. The sport has become a bit lost in the U.S. We just have to get more people playing. Other countries pour money into grassroots efforts to get more people to play. But we have had some incredible success over the years in Grand Slams and Olympics competitions so I am sure our time will come again.
Where are you focusing your energy most now that you are retired?
I have plenty keeping me busy. One central thing I do is my foundation, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. We’re helping underserved youth in Las Vegas, mainly through a public charter school that I started in 2001. Apart from the foundation, I maintain a lot of business interests in a range of areas and enjoy several great partnerships with trusted, high-quality brands.