Andre Agassi: Hated playing tennis

Tennis Champion Andre Agassi is an eight-time Grand Slam champion, an Olympic gold medalist, and the first male player to win four Australian Open titles.  He is the only man to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments on three different surfaces combined with an Olympic gold medal, as well as the ATP Tour World Championship.

During his 20-plus year tour career, Agassi was known by the nickname “The Punisher”.

In his memoir, Open, Agassi describes growing up with a father whose love for him was tied to his performance on the court. Agassi shocked the world when in his book he publicly confessed for the first time that he had hated playing tennis from the time he first picked up a racket to the day he retired. What drove him to become a champion wasn’t a passion for the game but his desire to win the heart of a father whom he describes as unable to ‘tell the difference between loving me and loving tennis.’

Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

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