Agassi on Wimbledon: ‘Felt like I was playing in an overgrown doll's house’
Andre Agassi admits that when he made his Wimbledon debut in 1987, in which he lost to Henri Leconte, he did not understand British culture. Agassi skipped the historic Grand Slam the next four years, then beat Goran Ivanisevic to win the 1992 title.
“My first experience in England was not a good one,” Agassi told reporters ahead of the World Tennis Day exhibition at Earls Court. “It was a time in my life I felt very over-matched by big cities and cultures and add on top of that playing on a surface that was very foreign to me, I felt like an intruder in the very event I was playing in. The way it worked as far as court times, not to mention being dispatched by Leconte in 47 minutes didn’t add to my experience on Court Two. Really I just felt like I was playing in an overgrown doll's house. It was a bizarre, out-of-body experience for me and it left me not wanting to come back for a number of reasons, which I didn’t for three or four years.”