Agassi, Graf to team up for Boise charity event
Pair will play mixed doubles Dec. 3 at Taco Bell Arena
The Idaho Statesman | Edition Date: 10-08-2005
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are coming to Boise to play tennis together, and they are bringing along other big names to participate in their Rock-n-Racquets fund-raiser.
The Dec. 3 event at Taco Bell Arena will be a tennis exhibition set to music. Event promoters say it's the first time that Agassi and Graf, who are married, will team up and play a mixed doubles match.
Agassi (eight Grand Slam titles) and Graf (22) are two of the biggest names in professional tennis.
Also playing in the event that raises funds for The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation are Bob and Mike Bryan, the world's top-ranked doubles team, and James Blake, one of the top American players on the ATP Tour.
Tickets for the event go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and will range in price from $15 to $85, with discounts available for families, students, groups and USTA members. They are available at the Taco Bell Arena box office, Select-A-Seat outlets, www.idahotickets.com
, or by calling 426-1766.
Agassi has put on Rock-n-Racquets events in Miami, Little Rock, Ark., and Mobile, Ala.
The Boise event will have three tennis components:
• A mixed-doubles match that will feature Agassi and Graf against yet-to-be determined opponents.
• A men's doubles match pitting Agassi and Blake against the Bryans, who won the U.S. Open in men's doubles earlier this year.
• A singles match between Agassi and Blake.
Agassi and Blake played a memorable five-set quarterfinal match in this year's U.S. Open, with Agassi winning 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (6). The match didn't end until after 1 a.m. EDT.
"At 1:15 in the morning for 20,000 people to still be here, I wasn't the winner, tennis was," Agassi told the crowd after the match. "I don't know if I've ever felt this good here before."
Blake said he's looking forward to a rematch.
"I am excited to be a part of such an elite group of athletes," Blake said in a statement. "Andre and I had such a memorable match at the U.S. Open, and it will be great to play with him once again in Idaho. This will be fun."
This is the second time Agassi is making news in Idaho. In August, he announced his company, Agassi Enterprises of Las Vegas, is part of a development group planning to build a 300,000-square-foot, 175-room hotel at Tamarack Resort in Donnelly.
Tamarack Resort is the title sponsor of the Rock-n-Racquets event in Boise.
"On the heels of our new partnership with Tamarack Resort, we felt that the people of Boise would really embrace Rock-n-Racquets," Agassi said in a statement. "Our intention is to bring this unique event to a market that typically has not had the opportunity to see professional tennis at a whole new level."
Andre Agassi forever