The Tennis Podcast: Wimbledon Re-Lived (1992) - Andre Agassi wins from the baseline

Andre Agassi had lost three grand slam finals - before his success at SW19 in 1992 - Getty Images
Andre Agassi had lost three grand slam finals - before his success at SW19 in 1992 - Getty Images

In the late 1980’s and 1990’s, men’s tennis at Wimbledon was dominated by big-serving net-rushers like Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras.

The idea that a man could park on the baseline and return, pass and lob his way to the title would have seemed ridiculous. But it happened.

Andre Agassi was earning a reputation for a failure to get over the line when it mattered most - three Grand Slam finals without a win - and underachieving for a man of his talent. The assumption was that he would eventually prevail on hard courts or clay, but that grass and Wimbledon, which he boycotted for three years because of the white-clothing-rule - would never suit his game.

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The Tennis Podcast re-lives his 1992 journey to the title, his wins over Becker, John McEnroe and huge-serving Goran Ivanisevic in the final. We hear from McEnroe’s coach at the time - Larry Stefanki - and marvel at how Agassi changed the sport to win Wimbledon as a 50-1 outsider.

The sixth edition of Wimbledon Re-Lived will cover the story of Jana Novotna, who cried on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent in 1993, finally won the title in 1998, and tragically died in 2017.

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