Andre Agassi's career was known for producing the unexpected. He went from world No. 1 to No. 141 back to No. 1. He went from marrying a famous actress to a former tennis star. He took a three-year hiatus from Wimbledon to protest the all-white dress code.
But one thing was for certain. When the end of August came around, Agassi would be in Flushing Meadows, playing in the U.S. Open. From 1986 to 2006, Agassi made every trip to New York City. From age 16 to 36, it was where he grew up.
"The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam I never missed in all 21 years because it meant that much to me," Agassi says in an exclusive interview with ThePostGame. "I'm 'hell or high water' that I find a way to get out there and give the New Yorkers everything I have because they not only watched me grow up, I believe they were very instrumental in my development."
Agassi's legacy at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which includes two championships, six finals and ten semifinals, will be honored before the men's singles final Sunday. Agassi will become the 22nd member of the U.S. Open Court of Champions, a recognition that includes a monument.