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By Nick Georgandis

 
April 29 - Career Golden Slam singles winner, former No. 1 and International Tennis Hall of Famer Andre Agassi turns 43. Agassi won the Australian Open four times (1995, 2000-01, 2003), the US Open twice (1994, 1999), Wimbledon in 1992 and the French Open in 1999. He is the last American male to win either the Australian or French Open, and won 60 titles overall, as well as the gold medal in men's singles at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Agassi turned pro at age 16 and won Wimbledon at age 22, defeating former champs Boris Becker and John McEnroe before knocking off Goran Ivanisevic in a five-set final. Agassi also was part of two Davis Cup championship teams for the US and had a fearsome rivalry with fellow American Pete Sampras.
 
The greatest men's doubles team in history, Bob and Mike Bryan, turn 35. The Bryan Brothers have won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles together and co-held the No. 1 ranking in men's doubles for 306 weeks (and counting). They have won 86 doubles titles overall including 13 Grand Slams - six Australian Opens (2006-07, 2009-11, 2013); one French Open (2003); two Wimbledons (2006, 2011) and four US Opens (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012). They also won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics. In addition, Bob Bryan has won seven mixed doubles Grand Slams - the French Open in 2008-09, Wimbledon in 2008 and the US Open in 2003-04, 2006 and 2010. Mike Bryan has three mixed doubles Grand Slams - the French Open in 2003, the US Open in 2002 and Wimbledon in 2012.
 
May 1 - Spain's Tommy Robredo, a former Top 5 player, turns 31. Robredo, currently ranked No. 43 in the world, has won 11 titles in his 15-year career. He peaked at No. 5 in the world in August of 2006. He has reached the quarterfinals of five Grand Slams in his career, including the French Open four times. He also has five career doubles titles and has reached the semifinals of the US Open in doubles three times. He has played on three championship Davis Cup teams for France - 2004, 2008 and 2009.
 
Former No. 1 doubles player Robert Seguso turns 50. Seguso won four Grand Slam doubles titles as well as a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He reached No. 1 in the world in September of 1985 shortly after winning the US Open title along with Ken Flach. He teamed with Anders Jarryd to win the 1987 French Open crown, then took Wimbledon alongside Flach. The French Open crown came after he and Jarryd had lost the first two sets by 6-7 scores to France's Guy Forget and Yannick Noah. In 1988, he and Flach repeated as Wimbledon champions.
 
Israel's Shahar Pe'er, a two-time Grand Slam singles quarterfinalist, turns 26. Peer has won five singles and three doubles titles in her career, which began in 2004. She was ranked as high as No. 11 in singles in January of 2011, but has since dipped in the rankings. She is currently ranked No. 107.

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