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Over the course of his career, one that saw him gain induction into the Hall of Fame and win a career Grand Slam among his many accomplishments, the summer hard-court tournament in Washington, D.C., played an important role in the legacy of Andre Agassi.
Making his debut there as a 17-year-old in 1987, the American lost in the opening round and didn’t return for three years. During that gap, he experienced a roller-coaster ride results-wise: rising to No. 3 in the world in 1988 behind six titles and two Grand Slam semifinals; questions about his commitment to the game in ’89; and a resurgence in the opening half of 1990, one that saw him reach his first major final at the French Open.
After losing that match at Roland Garros, Agassi skipped the grass-court season and kicked off his hard-court campaign in Washington. There, he stormed to the title, his third of the year, by winning every match in straight sets. That included victories against compatriots Michael Chang and Jim Grabb in the last two rounds.