SEPTEMBER 5, 2006
At the US Open, Andre Agassi played competitive tennis for the last time. The New York Times asked me to paint Andre and see if I could show the two different eras of the tennis great. I first thought a tennis racket would be a good divider, but after sketching that I found it too wide and thought maybe a trompe of two different photos might work. I then recalled a Time cover from the 50's of Althea Gibson. It's really great and shows her likeness with a background of a tennis court from above. I offered a sketch of that idea and got approval and went to finish.
The US Open and Andre Agassi