When he was only seven, Agassi's father, Mike, made him hit 2,500 balls per day, standing behind the boy yelling, "Hit harder. Hit harder."
A failed athlete himself - and a coward who left town rather than meet an opponent in the boxing ring - he pushed his kids to the breaking point, literally.
The elder Agassi taught his boy to hustle games on local courts. Known for his hair-trigger temper, the father once knocked out a truck driver who pulled in front of him and left the man lying in the road as the terrified youngster watched. Mike Agassi sent his youngest son off to the brutal, Spartan-like tennis camp run by egomanic Nick Bollettieri.
When Agassi finally won Winbeldon and called his father, the man said, "You had no business losing that fourth set."
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