Mr. image-is-everything is at last obeying his thirst for big-time tennis. His priority last year was the babbling Brooke; this year it's the U.S. Open. After starting 1998 ranked No. 122, he has moved up III places and figures to stay hot during the hard-court season, in which his KO return of serve is most lethal. When Agassi's on, one wonders why he's had the world's most mercurial career. This side of his wife's, that is.
—L. Jon Wertheim
Agassi recently summed up his attitude toward tennis this way: "I get into it and I'm driven, then I decide to tune out." This year he has gotten into it long enough to drop 18 pounds, win four tournaments and ensure an amazing surge in his ranking. Talk about driven! Past performance, however, says there's not much gas left. So cue up a Suddenly Susan rerun and dim the lights—it's just about time for Andre's nap.