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Is it true, fans? Just found in the web...

Lleyton Hewitt asks Andre Agassi for help?

Former no. 1 tennis player in the world Lleyton Hewitt appointed Andre Agassi coach with the aim of coming back to the top ten after a poor 2008 season start.
Lleyton Hewitt, who's best result in the season is quarter-finals at the last Australian Open, is about to fall down in the world ranking and stop being a top-seeded for the upcoming two Grand Slams (the French Open and Wimbledon) after being ousted from ATP Tennis Channel Open; thus, he was the defending champion for he won in 2007.

Yet, this early, unexpected defeat made 27-year-old tennis player to seek Andre Agassi to become his coach for the next AMS Indian Wells and Miami.

"I've always admired Agassi for the way he planned everything since we started working. We have a goal for everything we did in the practice, the intensity was amazing", Hewitt said to paper "The Australian".

"For me, it was not only a great chance to work with one of the greatest tennis player ever, but also a chance to talk about my game and how to play tennis now", he added.

Working with fellow Tony Roche, who previously coached Ivan Lendl, Patrick Rafter and Roger Federer, hasn't born fruit, but Hewitt hopes to change his reality soon.

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Is it true, fans? Just found in the web...

Lleyton Hewitt asks Andre Agassi for help?

... but Hewitt hopes to change his reality soon.
they said that it is old news,
i did not hear on this...
does somebody know waht is really goes on?
what Andre answered to Hewitt?
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October 10, 2008 · 10:12 AM
Agassi’s serves Stewart, Killers, Crow, Spade for 13th annual Grand Slam

By Robin Leach

Andre Agassi.

Photo: Scott Doctor

In the 12 years that our hometown world tennis champion Andre Agassi has organized his annual Grand Slam for Children’s charities benefit in Las Vegas, he has raised a staggering $70 million. Now comes the 13th this weekend, and everybody is hoping, despite the financial downward spiral of global economic markets, it will be yet another lucky winner.

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The Killers, shown playing Pure at Caesars Palace during a Summer Surprise Series appearance, is on the bill for the Agassi Grand Slam for Children.

To ensure he’s still serving up aces, Andre and his Grammy Award-winning producer, composer and musical director David Foster have lined up a stellar starring cast for tomorrow’s (Saturday) show in new smaller space at the Wynn resort casino.

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Rod Stewart.

Rocker Rod Stewart and singer Sheryl Crow are making “encore” appearances at the Children’s Grand Slam, while smash-hit rockers The Killers join comedy king David Spade for their debuts. Previous stars who’ve rushed to support Andre have included everybody from Barbra Streisand to Elton John to Usher, who made headlines one year for dancing on the audience tabletops.

“I’m thrilled to have so many amazing performers donate their talents to help us help children,” said Andre. “This year we are at Wynn Las Vegas for the first time and it offers a first-class intimate experience for our guests. The event is sure to be a hit at this beautiful venue.

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Sheryl Crow.

“We look forward to celebrating with our partners what we have accomplished in Las Vegas with the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy and our future efforts to transform public education for underserved children nationwide.”

Steve Wynn’s president, Andrew Pascal, commented: “Everyone at Wynn is delighted to host such a memorable experience and support this very important cause. We are proud to partner for the Grand Slam for Children and have great respect and admiration for our friends at Andre’s charitable foundation.”
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Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:29 pm EST
BLS interview: Talking baseball with tennis great Andre Agassi

By 'Duk

Of all the possible attendees, a tennis great is one of the last people you'd think you'd see at baseball's winter meetings. Yet there was Andre Agassi in a Bellagio ballroom on Tuesday morning, attending a press conference announcing the launch of the Torii Hunter Project, an education initiative that will help students in Anaheim, Pine Bluff, Ark., Minneapolis and at Agassi's school in Las Vegas.

As Hunter was surrounded by media asking about K-Rod's future, Agassi politely stood by and watched. Of course, that seemed as good a time as any to ask Agassi — who's incredibly friendly and easy to talk to, I might add — about his interest in all things baseball. (If you think I just did this interview because I've always been interested in talking with Agassi, you'd be right.)

Big League Stew: First question is an obvious one. Are you a big baseball fan?

Andre Agassi: My son has gotten me way into it, because he loves it so much and it's become a great point of connection between us. You know, I'm from Vegas, so we enjoy whatever team we're getting the best line on right now. Seriously, we enjoy watching baseball in our house and while we don't have a team here, I enjoy watching it because it's an individual sport disguised as a team sport. I can identify with that.

BLS: That's a pretty interesting take.

AA: Yeah, every other sport you can argue, ‘Well, if he hadn't missed that tackle, he wouldn't have had to kick a field goal to win." But there's this moment in time in baseball when it's all on you. I really respect and appreciate that. What you do for yourself also helps the team. It's the best of both worlds.

BLS: As a native, do you think Las Vegas could ever have a Major League team?

AA: I don't know. We're sort of a ‘tweener town. Real franchises seem to work in huge cities that have a lot of people or small cities that don't have a huge competition for entertainment. We're sort of an in-between. We're not that huge, but there's a ton of entertainment here. There's so much entertainment that we'd probably treat a ballgame like we would a Las Vegas show and I'm not sure that's sustainable.

BLS: What major league team did you support growing up?

AA: I'd say I probably spent most of my life as a Red Sox fan if I had to point to any team. I just always connected with them. I lived and died with the curse they had for so many years. There was a story to it and what's transpired over the past few years with all the championships has pulled me in even more.

BLS: I was trying to think about the connections you've had with baseball and the first one I thought about was when you were in Bo Jackson's commercial saying "Bo knows tennis."

AA: Yeah, that sounds right.

BLS: I know that was about a thousand commercials ago. You've probably forgotten.

AA: No, I do remember (laughing). That was a fun one.

BLS: Have you formed a lot of friendships with baseball players over the years?

AA: I've been friends with Ken Griffey, Jr. for awhile now. We were together one time for a Visa commercial and now we play golf together whenever he comes to town. I've been friends with (fellow Las Vegas resident) Greg Maddux, too. He's been a great person in the community and it's been fun to follow his great career.

BLS: When did you first meet Torii Hunter?

AA: Today, actually. I knew his wife had been to my school and his organization reached out to us to see if there was a way we could connect and, as a result, a lot of kids benefited. He's an amazing guy and he's really interested in and committed to helping people. You just look at somebody and you can tell, you know?

BLS: Final question, since you said you like a good baseball line: If I have $10 and I want to go put it on a 2009 World Series bet, which team should I put it on?

AA: The World Series a year from now? That's way too hard to predict. I'll have to go with Torii and the Angels. Torii's going to come through.


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1. Posted by bobby spectacular Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:40 pm EST

first ... i got my hopes up that the a's signed agassi
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December 9, 2008

Andre Agassi


THE MODERATOR: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joining us for today's press conference. A little over a year ago, the Angels organization signed one of the game's premier players. In a short period of time, the Angels have come to understand, learn and understand, that for all his accomplishments on the field, Torii Hunter continues to make his greatest impact off the field.
We're here this morning to introduce the Torii Hunter Project, the program in partnership with the Heart of a Champion Foundation and in conjunction with the Angels Baseball Foundation as an educational initiative to bring character, enrichment and college opportunities to students in Anaheim; Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Las Vegas; and Minneapolis.
The initiative will kick off next month with the deployment of the Heart of a Champion character program to select middle and junior high schools in the June announcement of 25 scholarship recipients. The project's aim is to give students the opportunity to elevate their lives, receive a quality education, and be better prepared for the future.
Through the Hunters' Hundred Scholarship program, a total of 100 qualifying students will receive financial aid in colleges. Heart of a Champion encourages students to elevate their character in the classroom, at home, in extracurricular activities and in the communities, and at this time we'd like to present a short video clip.
(Video shown.)
At this time I'd like to introduce Steve Rich, chairman of the board of Heart of a Champion, to give a project overview to discuss the initiatives.
STEVE RICH: Thank you, Tim. On behalf of everyone involved with the Torii Hunter Project, I want to thank you for being here today to hear about this very special, if maybe a bit unusual, announcement. It's quite unique, I think, that in this room where you're so used to hearing, and certainly within the next 24 hours you'll be hearing about how much money a baseball player is making, that this morning you're going to hear about how much money a baseball player is giving. What a great statement it is for these Winter Meetings to hear what Torii Hunter is doing.
As you saw in the video clip, the Torii Hunter Project is a comprehensive, long-term effort to impact youth in need throughout various parts of the United States. It's built on those four core areas that the video displayed: sports, community, education and wellness. And in a considerable act of commitment and generosity, Torii and his wife Katrina have contributed over $1 million of their personal resources to fund the project and are seeking additional partners to expand the work.
Many of you are probably aware of the things that Torii and Katrina have done. They've built a youth baseball facility in Orange County. They're building a baseball facility in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Torii's home town, and they've contributed to numerous efforts to helping youth who are in need, who are hungry and homeless and have various needs.
But this initiative in addition to being launched today focuses specifically on education and how through education students can be given the best opportunity for a successful future. To achieve this, the project focuses on those two elements that Tim mentioned: the Heart of a Champion program and the Hunters' Hundred Scholarship program.
Heart of a Champion program is regarded as the nation's premier character education program at the middle school and junior high school level. The program focuses on nine specific traits: commitment, leadership, perseverance, teamwork, respect, integrity, responsibility, self-control and compassion. Those are nine traits that define the gentleman that Torii Hunter is.
The program is delivered during the entire three-year middle school or junior high school experience for a student, is deployed weekly over the entire nine-month school year. The program incorporates real-life stories of people like Nolan Ryan and others, incorporating innovative print, video and online tools to instill and reinforce positive character and life skills. And for the past eight years the program has produced measurable results in schools, after-school outlets and juvenile justice facilities in 18 states here in the United States.
The results indicate specific attitudinal and behavioral changes in students along with reduced disciplinary incidents, reduced drug use, and increase in grade point averages, in some case as much as a 49 percent increase in grade point averages.
In addition to this initiative, through the work of Torii and his wife Katrina and in partnership with the Angels Baseball Foundation, the Heart of a Champion program will initially impact some 7,000 students in the Anaheim area; the Pine Bluff, Arkansas, area; and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels Baseball Foundation is graciously partnering with Torii to reach the Anaheim area.
The Hunters' Hundred Scholarship program will provide a minimum of 100 scholarships to qualifying students during the years 2009 through 2012. Students will be required to meet certain criteria, including but not limited to financial need, academic standing, attendance and high character, and they'll be selected without regard to race, gender or ethnicity.
Each year beginning with this 2005-2010 school year that will come in the fall, 25 scholarships will be presented to select high school graduates, and those graduates will come from three very deserving organizations.
We have representatives from two of those organizations here today. I'd like to introduce those to you now. The Pine Bluff School District in Arkansas where Torii is from and where he went to school will be one of recipients of those scholarships. They could not be here today because they've got school going on and they're very busy right now in Arkansas. The other two recipients are the Orangewood Children's Home in Orange, California, and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy here in Las Vegas.
The overall goal of this education initiative is to raise $5 million over the next four years to fund both aspects of the project and will enable the Torii Hunter Project to provide the Heart of a Champion program to some 50,000 middle school and junior high school students in the areas of interest, and the minimum of 100 college scholarships to those deserving high school graduates.
Torii's desire is to go way beyond those numbers, and with the kind of individual he is and what he's doing to further this act, we're confident that we're going to see people all over the United States being impacted.
I want to tell you this initiative is groundbreaking. I'm not aware of another current professional athlete who has taken such a comprehensive approach to an academic reach in different parts of the United States, and so Torii is really breaking new ground here. And what he's doing is phenomenal, his desire to elevate the lives of young people and help them to advance to the next level.
It was Dr. Martin Luther, Jr., who once said, "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of education." And that certainly sums up what Torii is doing with this initiative.
We believe the benefits will be huge, and we believe we'll be seeing thousands of young people around the country with a better hope for tomorrow through the development of their character and through a chance to attend a university and get a good college education.
I mentioned the three organizations. I'd like to introduce the representatives from the two who are here this morning.
The Orangewood Children's Home is located in Orange, California. They provide refuge for over 2,700 young people each year who are affected by child abuse and neglect. Through financial assistance, mentors, daily living skills workshops, transitional housing and college scholarships, they give young people a second chance at a happy and productive life.
In their 27 year history, Orangewood has helped over 62,000 young people. And with us this morning is the chief executive officer of the Orangewood Children's Foundation, Mr. Cal Winslow. Cal, if you'd stand, we'd like to recognize you.
Orangewood Children's Home is one of the beneficiaries of the Torii Hunter Project. And the other one that's represented here this morning is the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy which is a model public charter school whose goal is to offer academic programs designed to enhance a child's character, respect, motivation and self-discipline while preparing its students for college. It is a unique work that Mr. Agassi is doing.
Located in the heart of Las Vegas' most at-risk neighborhood, the academy was founded in 2001 specifically to improve skill levels and combat lowered academic expectations while creating a climate of hope among this community's most challenged children.
And Mr. Andre Agassi, the founder, of course, of the academy is here with us today.
These three organizations will be the recipients of the minimum 100 scholarships over the next four years, and the Torii Hunter Project is excited to partner with each of them because the work they do makes an incredible difference in the lives of young people.
I'll tell you who is a great teammate, and that's Torii Hunter. You know that he is a two-time All-Star and he's won eight consecutive Gold Glove awards. You know about the statistics on the field. You probably also know after covering his career that he was the recipient of the 2007 Marvin Miller Man of the Year award and the 2004 Carl Pohlad award and has twice been nominated for the Roberto Clemente award.
What you may not know is he's one of the most genuine men that you'll ever have the opportunity to meet. He genuinely cares about people and about children, and that's why he's doing what he's doing. It's a privilege for us at Heart of a Champion to be partnering with Torii on this project and we are excited about seeing the lives that will change when we work together.
Come on up, Torii Hunter.
TORII HUNTER: You made me feel special right there. First of all, I'd like to thank Orangewood School's program and Andre Agassi, the preparatory college program, and the Angels Baseball Foundation. These guys are really helping me out with my dream, and I definitely appreciate that. I'd like to give you guys another round of applause.
Well, about me, actually I started this Torii Hunter Project like two years ago. I was just sitting in the bed with my wife Katrina, and we were just sitting up talking about, man, what can I do, what kind of program am I going to get together? I would go in and donate monies to different organizations and things like that, and I wanted to do something myself and really see it go to work.
So I told Larry to fly down here, I think I got some ideas and I think I need you to help me brainstorm, and he came down and we came up with the Torii Hunter Project, and we went on to try to work with Little League baseball. But I wanted to go over and beyond that, just trying to get interested in kids to play the game of baseball. I wanted to bring them education, health care and help out in the community, different things like that.
And I also -- when I was a child, my mom, whenever I didn't do my homework, she definitely wouldn't let me go outside and play, and I thought she was evil (laughter). She also told me I couldn't go to baseball practice or fastball practice or any practice if I didn't get my homework. Man, I thought she was really evil. I could have no respect for my mom. I'm like, wow, she's evil, nobody talks to her.
But as I got older, I understood how important education really was. I look at my children now, and whenever they come home with a B -- my kids make straight As, I'm sorry to say, but when they come home with a B, I tell them, hey, you've got to strive harder, you've got to push a little harder and try to get these As. So I know how important education is. I know my mother was trying to teach me that lesson early, but now I know as a parent.
So just talking to Larry and Steve Rich and hearing about the Andre Agassi Academy prep school and hearing about Orangewood and different things like that, I was like, man, that would be a good idea to have some scholarships. I always wanted to give back to kids and be able to help these kids pursue their careers. And if I have something to do with that and I see a doctor, this guy, I probably gave him scholarship but he has to have surgery on me, you never know, I'm getting old -- baseball people, I'm not getting old, I'm actually young, 23, but I definitely want these kids to really pursue their dreams and their careers, and I want to be very influential in doing that.
I hope that other baseball players will join in and help out with this cause, and we will keep going, keep the Torii Hunter Project going, and do some great things in this world, this state, this community.
Thank you guys for having me, and hopefully we can get this thing going.
STEVE RICH: As a man with a heart the size of California right there. I mentioned that Torii's work is groundbreaking and there are very few professional athletes who have taken the opportunity to impact people on such a broad basis.
You know, they really -- we talk a lot about what athletes do with what they have and they really don't have a responsibility, right? We expect them to. But they do it because they want to. They do it because they have a passion for impacting people's lives. That's what Torii Hunter is all about, and that's what Andre Agassi is all about, as well, and what he's doing in Las Vegas is phenomenal.
I mentioned earlier that he's here with us. He's not only here with us to stand up and wave his hand but he's here to give us some comments, as well.
You know that Andre is the founder of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. You probably also know that he's one of the popular and prolific athletes of our time. In our 21 year professional tennis career, Andre won eight Grand Slam titles, and he won 60 singles titles and an Olympic gold medal and brought all of us as fans of sport some of the most thrilling moments in tennis that we've ever seen.
Off the court, what he's done is even more amazing with the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, and we thought you might enjoy hearing from him for a few moments about what it means to be in partnership with Torii Hunter.
ANDRE AGASSI: Those statistics sound like a lot until you wake up with my wife and realize that they're not so impressive (laughter).
It's great to be here today. Welcome to my home. I'm born and raised in Las Vegas. I will start by just sort of saying I have two favorite baseball players in my life. One is a young man you probably haven't heard of yet but probably you'll be hearing of him in the next few years. His name is Jaden Gil Agassi, who loves baseball, and it's been such a great thing we could share between us. And now my second is Torii Hunter. You're a wonderful person and I marvel at what you're doing.
I'll tell you why I think so highly of you, because in life there will always be those that say that something can't be done, but Torii is proving that you can ease suffering and you can make a difference.
I started my foundation when I was 23. I thought I was sort of in the middle or maybe towards the end of my career. It turns out I was sort of on the front side of it. But when I started my foundation I knew I was going to help kids. It just seemed very easy to care about children. I wasn't sure how I was going to go about that. I did it a few different ways, through clothing children, through Operation School Bell where we clothe over 3,000 children a year. I did it through a shelter for abused and neglected kids whose parents are in rehab or in the courts or what have you. I did it through the Boys & Girls Club where we built this recreational building for the after-school hours, which are crucial hours in a young person's life.
And for a number of years I realized that you sort of end up chasing your tail. You're sort of sticking a lot of Band-Aids on real issues, and the only way to really create systemic change and make a difference in a child's life and to interrupt that downward spiral and give those tools of hope is to educate them.
So that's what led me to education. Don't confuse me -- because I built a school, don't confuse me with being smart. Eighth grade was the best three years of my life (laughter).
You know, focus on education. We looked at a charter school which is a part state-funded, part private-funded school. We went to the most economically challenged area of Las Vegas and we decided to build it there. But we didn't just want to build it for these children that were lucky enough to have their name drawn from a lottery to get in. We wanted to build it in a way that could make an argument how important education can be nationally.
Nevada is a state that funds about 49th in the United States per people allocation. We fund about $5,400 per student per year. The national average is north of 9,000. We're 50th in kids that we put into college. We're getting what we pay for. So what I wanted to do was to provide a national average of funding, to provide a higher than national average of accountability with those funds, and then to take that opportunity and give it to the children that society has written off the most.
This particular area, 96 percent are African-American but all 70 percent come from one-parent homes. We're the fifth largest school district in America and a number of years ago we were the only school nationally recognized for our accomplishments. This will be our first graduating class this year in June, and when that class graduates, the academy's job is technically finished, but these children's job isn't. Their life continues. It's only just begun. Our school is built on the theory that there are no shortcuts. In sports you learn that the hard way.
We have eight-hour school days versus six-hour school days. When these kids leave and graduate, technically they run to the finish line, but we don't believe that in our school. We believe your life is just beginning.
Because of Torii and his support and his recognition to the importance of education in these children's lives are giving these children at my school of dedicated years to achieving a goal, giving them a chance to continue that dream.
That means the world to me, and if there's anything I can ever do for you, I'm a simple guy, just call me, man.
Thank you.
THE MODERATOR: I'd also like to recognize another gentleman up here before we open it up for questions and answers, and he is truly kind of the wizard behind a lot of things in Torii's life, and that's his representative but more importantly his friend, Larry Reynolds.

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As Seen In TENNIS: An Interview with Steffi Graf

By Jon Levey

The numbers are staggering. Twenty-two Grand Slam singles titles. Records for total weeks (377) and years (8) at No. 1. Yet Steffi Graf ’s most remarkable achievement happened when she was still a teenager. In 1988, she won all four majors and followed that with a gold medal at the Seoul Olympics. Twenty years later and nine years removed from retirement, Graf, 39, looks fit enough to trade forehands on the pro tour. German born and raised, she now lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Andre Agassi, and their two children, Jaden, 7, and Jaz, 5. TENNIS recently caught up with Graf in her adopted hometown to get her thoughts on her historic feat and life after tennis.

It’s the 20th anniversary of your “Golden Slam,” something no other player has accomplished. When you look back on 1988, is there any match or memory that comes to mind?
There are a lot of memories. It would be tough to point out a specific one. I obviously had an incredible start to the year. Playing so well in the Australian Open and the same with Paris. The toughest part was going into the U.S. Open with everyone talking about the possibility of it. I was trying to defer the pressure by saying I wasn’t thinking about it, but everybody is talking about it and you get questions left and right. At the time I’m 19 years old so I try to get away from the pressure and just concentrate match by match. Then stepping on the court the day of the final against Gabriela Sabatini, it was pretty overwhelming at that point. And we get in a real fight, an on-court battle, and it was physically and emotionally so demanding that I started cramping toward the middle of the third set. And I remember at match point it literally felt like I put everything into it. I finished a shot and I was done. I don’t think I could’ve played another point. I was overwhelmed, but, strangely enough, in a way relieved that it was over at that point. As much as I should have been excited, I was just drained.

At the start of the year you were just 18 and had won only one Slam. Did you have any notion that you could accomplish what you accomplished?
At that time you’re pretty naïve about the possibilities. You hear about the history of tennis and what other people have achieved and stats and numbers, but they don’t become real at that age. It’s tough. Talking about the surfaces, the circumstances of life, and the things that happen. Emotionally and physically, four different times a year at the highest level, which you have to be in order to win the Grand Slams. That’s a difficult task, and when you’re younger I guess you’re more ready for it.

You mentioned the final against Sabatini. The two of you had some great matches that year. Did you see her as your biggest obstacle to winning the Golden Slam?
We had a great rivalry over many years. Especially that time and the following two, three years. [But] if I would look at it I would say the most difficult player would be Martina Navratilova. For me grass courts were the most unusual surface. I had only played a few times to that point at Wimbledon, so that was the one I felt, especially with Martina being so strong, would be my most difficult tournament to play, and the most dangerous for me in terms of different players that have the serve-volley game.

Unlike Beijing this year, the Seoul Olympics in ’88 were played after the U.S. Open. What do you recall from that experience?
I had to actually leave that same night [after winning the Open] to go back to Germany because we had to get to the Olympics a day later. I remember getting to the airport and taking a flight full of athletes. I looked up to all of them in track and field. I loved the 800 meters. When we arrived I went to where the 800-meter guys were training. And I’m literally coming off being physically exhausted, plus the flight to Europe and then to South Korea the next day. And I decided to sprint with them. It was so much fun. I couldn’t really do anything for a few days after that. But it was so much fun to go to the different sports. I got the biggest kick out of being a part of the Olympic team and the village.

Did winning the gold medal measure up to your other achievements that year?
No, it didn’t. It was special, but if I look at what means more to me, it was winning the Slams. That is our sport. Four times a year you have to be at your best for two weeks.

Who would you say was the toughest opponent, and who do you think was the most talented?
Most difficult player, toughest to play against, Monica Seles. Just a fierce fighter. Doesn’t let up the whole match. Not where you can feel like if you stay with her for a certain amount of time [you know you’ll get your looks]. With her you knew the intensity was high, her ball-striking immense, the power she had, the left-handed serve. She had, for me, overall the toughest game. Talentwise I look at [Venus and Serena] Williams and just the possibilities with their physical abilities and their court coverage and athleticism. I think they would’ve had the most potential of being the best players out there.

But you don’t think they’ve reached that potential?
At times. They just haven’t shown the consistency. You look at someone like Navratilova who worked on every aspect of her game and her physical side. Or a Justine Henin who literally [used] every talent and everything she [had]. [The Williams sisters] have not gotten to the point where they could.

If you were still competing today how do you think you would do?
It doesn’t matter [laughs]. It’s one thing I don’t have to worry about.

Since you’ve retired there hasn’t been a consistent, dominant champion on the women’s tour. Why do you think that’s been the case?
I think just the game in general has so many more top players. The field has gotten a lot stronger, wider. That makes it always tough on the top players. Tough to be consistently on top of the game. You have the Williams sisters, you have Maria Sharapova, and all the Russian players, there are so many great players out there.

Speaking of dominance, last fall Roger Federer passed your record of 186 consecutive weeks at No. 1. Did that register with you at all?
To be honest, I just heard it for the first time [laughs]. I’m not following those things too much.

Many great athletes struggle with life postretirement. It doesn’t seem to have been a problem for you.
No! [laughs]

How were you able to make the transition?
I always felt that tennis was part of my life, but it wasn’t all of my life. I felt like I always had enough hobbies and other interests that I was pretty excited for the time after tennis. I gave it [my] all during this period of my career and I think that helped me step away from it. But also I felt really ready for different things in my life. Also when you look at my last few years with the injuries and the struggles physically I had in order to be able to play . . . . The therapy and the constant attention towards it made it difficult to play. So I can say that I was really looking forward to that period and it’s been all that and more.

You have a lot of off-court projects now, including a furniture line with Kreiss and a Louis Vuitton advertising campaign. How do you go about picking the ones you’re going to pursue?
The best thing that tennis gave me has been my family. But second is the luxury to be able to pick and choose what to do with my time. I’ve been really fortunate with some incredible projects. Traveling the world, going to museums, seeing art exhibits, or [seeing] different cultures and architecture, I’m able to pull all these experiences into [my projects]. I think it’s literally been a luxury for me to say these things are what I want to spend time with.

Another project you’re doing is Airflow, Head’s line of women’s racquets. How did this come about and how much of the development process are you involved in?
Kevin [Kempin, Head’s vice president of sales and marketing] came to me about two years back and it’s been quite a process. We constantly talk on the phone and meet a few times a year on the updates of the different models. Nobody has really looked at it from the perspective that Head has. We are able, I think, to do something for women’s tennis and make it a little easier for some women to play.

When you were younger and you thought about the end of your career, did you ever envision that you’d be living in Las Vegas?
No. No. [laughs] I literally had no idea where I was going to live. I just felt that I’ve been able to see so much of the world that I wanted to explore that more. Now living with two kids, and another great thing is my mom lives here, and so does my brother with his four kids. Andre, you know, [was] born and raised here, so we have such a tight-knit family and friend circuit. I feel very blessed.

What do you miss most about Germany?
Obviously with most of your family here that’s not going to draw you back there. To me where family is, that’s kind of where home is. But I get to spend quite a few times a year in Germany. I still have my foundation [Children for Tomorrow] back in Germany. I still have different businesses and some of the family there and a lot of my friends. So there is a lot of incentive to go a few times a year.

You mentioned your kids, Jaden and Jaz. Do you want them to go into tennis?
To us it’s that they dedicate themselves to something that they enjoy, whatever it is. We will try to introduce them to different sports. We’ve tried soccer, but it wasn’t quite [right]. Now Jaden is looking into baseball. We truly had the best time last winter going snowboarding and skiing, so everybody is really enjoying the winter sports. But tennis, you know, they play a little bit. And if it would be only a little bit, I wouldn’t mind it too much.
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I didn't know where to post this but

Happy new year
Oh yes, let we do it here:

Happy New Year to Andre Agassi, his family and to all his fans!!!
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andre and steffi will be on Inside Sport on Monday. It´s a BBC Show. Can someone record it and put it on youtube?
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The BBC will also be showing the event at Wimbledon next week for the testing of the new roof.

1430-1800, Red Button and BBC Sport website
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The BBC will also be showing the event at Wimbledon next week for the testing of the new roof.

1430-1800, Red Button and BBC Sport website
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