Today in Performance Sneaker History, Sneaker Report celebrates the birthday of one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Andre Agassi was born on April 29, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and quickly familiarized with the game of tennis at a young age. Turning professional at the age of sixteen, Agassi went on to have one of the brightest careers of the ’90s and early 2000s. Ranked World No. 1 multiple times through his twenty year career, Agassi was also known for his stylish flair on the courts.
Sponsored by Nike for the majority of career, Agassi switched to adidas footwear and apparel in his later days. However, most tennis and sneaker fanatics associate Andre with the vibrant Nike sneakers he wore during the ’90s. Agassi endorsed the Air Tech Challenge line, which featured some of Nike’s most daring designs. From the classic “Flaming Tennis Ball” logo to unmistakable design cues (the Air Tech Challenge II midsole was used decades later on the Air Yeezy 2), Agassi’s signature line was innovative and built for performance on the courts. Unfortunately, retro options have been slim.
Happy Birthday, Andre!