‘Old’ Champions Steffi Graf Andre Agassi Display Child-Like Excitement as They Reclaim Lost Trait From Tennis – ‘It’s Just Kind of Odd’

Published 11/08/2023, 11:51 AM EST

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The racket sports category is filled with anticipation at any given moment. In a recent turn of events, it has been announced that the very popular Pickleball Slam is back with another instalment. Last time’s veteran Steffi Graf is back again and she seems quite excited about this new Pickleball endeavor. Her husband and another former champion, Andre Agassi seems to share Graf’s enthusiasm. 

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Pickleball in most ways is very similar to tennis, so it’s obvious that the participants are not going to face any troubles. However, they have revealed what sorts of feelings they are getting for this exciting event. 

Steffi Graf and her excitement for the Pickleball Slam 2

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This upcoming Pickleball Slam brings two formidable teams that are set to face off. The event is pitting tennis legends against each other in a whole new arena. On one side we have Graf and Agassi. The power couple with an illustrious history in the world of tennis. Their opponents will be John McEnroe and Maria Sharapova who boast their own impressive tennis legacies. This match promises an intriguing clash of titans. As they step out of their comfort zones to embrace the world of pickleball, fans already know how exciting this will be.

“It’s just so much fun,” exclaimed Steffi Graf with a child-like excitement. She pointed out the thrill of competitiveness and the revival of their rivalry in a different sport. On the other side, her husband Andre Agassi shares a similar sentiment but with a unique perspective. Agassi described the experience as “a whole new thing” where old champions are navigating uncharted territory. He hints at the challenge of adapting to a sport that’s unfamiliar. 

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Andre Agassi also mentioned the dynamics and ego involved in the sport. In his words: “Sometimes you know there’s a little bit of Ego involved. So it’s just kind of odd.” Their words collectively echo the joy and curiosity they’ve found in this unexpected athletic endeavor.

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In a setting where the unfamiliar meets the familiar, the thrill of rediscovering long-lost traits is palpable. This crossover of tennis icons into the world of pickleball promises a fascinating display of sportsmanship.

A boost for Pickleball’s popularity

With the involvement of tennis legends like Agassi and Sharapova, the spotlight on this already exciting sport is about to become even brighter. Pickleball has been steadily gaining recognition in recent years. However, the participation of these superstars promises to catapult the game into the limelight.

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The brief transition of these champions from tennis to pickleball is a testament to the universal appeal of this sport. It tells us that even legends are not immune to its charm. As fans of these iconic athletes follow them into the world of pickleball, the game’s popularity is set to soar. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments. 

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“…to those who thought you were putting water on my fire, you were really adding gas to it and now I’m burning so bright right now” – Coco Gauff, 2023 US Open. Since Naomi Osaka’s infamous withdrawal from the tennis circuit due to her deteriorating mental health in the 2021 French Open, I have been enamored by tennis stars and their psyche. With a background in psychology, I am interested in delving into the minds of the sport's biggest stars while keeping my readers informed about the latest in the tennis world, from on-court action to personal stories.
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