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Old 11-09-2009, 03:16 PM   #46
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Excerpts:-

Excerpt 1:- October 2001

In October 2001, 3 days before Stefanie is due to give birth, we invite our mothers and a Nevada judge to the house.

I love watching Stefanie with my mother. The 2 shy women in my life. Stefanie often brings her a couple ofnew jigsaw puzzles. And I adore Stefanie's mother, Heidi. She looks like Stefanie, so she had me at guten tag. Stefanie and I, barefoot and wearing jeans, stand before the judge in the courtyard. For wedding bands we use twists of old raffia Stefanie found in a drawer - the same stuff I used to decorate her first birthday card. Neither of us notices the coincidence until later.

My father insists he's not the least bit slighted by not getting an invite. He doesn't want an invite. The last thing he wants to do is attend a wedding. He doesn't like weddings. (He walked out in the middle of my first.) He doesn't care where or when or how I make Stefanie my wife, he says, so long as I do it. She's the greatest women's tennis player of all time, he says. What's not to like?

The judge runs through his legal rigmarole, and Stefanie and I are just about to say I do, when a team of landscapers arrive. I run outside and ask them to please turn off their lawnmowers and leaf blowers for 5 minutes so that we can get married. They apologized. One holds a finger over his lips.

By the power vested in me, the judge says, and at last, at long last, with 2 mothers and 3 landscapers looking on, Steffi Graf becomes Stefanie Agassi.

Excerpt 2:- Key Biscayne tournament - April 2002

"One morning Stefanie goes off to buy groceries and get in a fast workout. She dares to leave me alone with Jaden. My first time flying soll.

You two going to be OK? she asks.

Of course.

I sit Jaden on the bathroom counter, lean him against the mirror, let him play with my toothbrush while I get ready. He likes to suck on the toothbrush while watching me shave my head with the electric shearers.

I ask him, What do you think of your bald daddy?

He smiles.

You know, son, I was once like you: long hair flowing in every direction.You're not fooling anyone with that comb-over.

He smiles wider, no idea what I'm saying, of course.

I measure his hair with my fingers.

Actually, you look a little ratty there, buddy. You could use a clean-up. I put a different attachment on the shearer, the attachment for trimming. When I run the shearer across Jaden's little head, however, it leaves a bright stripe of scalp down the middle, as white as the baseline.

Wrong attachment.

Stefanie will murder me. I need toe ven this boy's hair out before she gets home. But in my frantic attempt to even out the hair, I make it shorter. Before I know what's happened, my son is balder than I. He looks like Mini-me.

When Stefanie comes through the door she stops in her tracks and stares, saucer-eyed. What the --? Andre, she says, what on earth is the matter with you? I leave you alone for forty-five minutes and you shave the baby?

Then she lets fly a burst of histrionic German.

I tell her it was an accident. The wrong attachment. I beg her forgiveness.

I know, I say, it looks like I did it on purpose. I know I'm always joking abut wanting to shave the world.But honest, Stefanie, this was a mistake.

I try to remind her of that old wives' tale, that if you shave a child's head the hair will grow back faster and thicker, but she holds up a hand and starts laughing. She's bent over laughing. Now Jaden is laughing at Mommy laughing. Now we're all giggling, rubbing Jaden's head and mine, joking that the only one left is Stefanie, and she'd better sleep with one eye open. I'm laughing too hard to speak, and days later, in the final of Key Biscayne, I beat Federer. It's a good win. He's as hot as anyone on tour. He came into this tournament with 23 wins so far this year.

It's my 51st tournament victory, my 700th victory overall. And yet I have no doubt I'll remember this tournament less for beating Federer than for that one belly laugh. I wonder if the luahg had something to do with the win. It's easier to be free and loose, to be yourself, after laughing with the ones you love. The right attachments."
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:05 PM   #47
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Real funny part...
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:18 PM   #48
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From amazon.com bestsellers list today:

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Old 11-09-2009, 10:49 PM   #49
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Thanks Karenpoon! love the Excerpt 2
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:26 AM   #50
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Book-signing turnout amazes Agassi





http://www.lvrj.com/sports/book-sign...-69639387.html


Agassi tapping into his reputation capital

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/...ame=bodo_peter

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Safin just destroyed AA in today's L'Equipe, but as Marat is Marat it's not that surprising.
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The Spiegel interview translated:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/...660148,00.html
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Practice session at Key Biscayne in 1999

The next tournament where Steffi and I are both scheduled to play is Key Biscayne. Brad tells me to relax, he’ll get me close. He knows Steffi’s coach, Heinz Gunthardt. He’ll talk to Heinz about setting up a practice session.

The moment we arrive in Key Biscayne, Brad phones Heinz, who’s surprised by the proposition. He says no. He says Steffi would never agree to break her regular preparation schedule for a practice session with a stranger. She’s too regimented. Also she’s shy. She’d be highly uncomfortable. But Brad is persistent, and Heinz must have some trace of romantic in him. He suggests Brad and I book the court for right after Steffi’s practice session, then arrive early. Heinz will then casually suggest that Steffi hit a few balls with me.

It’s all set, Brad says. High noon. You. Me. Steffi. Heinz. Let’s get this party started.


On the appointed day, Brad and I get to the court 40 minutes early. I’ve never been so breathless. I’ve played 7 times in the final of a Grand Slam and I never felt like this. We find Heinz and Steffi deeply absorbed in their practice session. We stand off to the side, watching. After a few minutes Heinz calls to Steffi to the net and says something to her. He points to us.

She looks.

I smile.

She doesn’t.

She says a few words to Heinz, and Heinz says a few words, and then she shakes her head. But when she jogs back to the baseline, Heinz waves me onto the court.

I tie my shoes quickly. I pull a racket out of the bag and walk onto the court – then impulsively whip off my shirt. It’s shameless, I realize, but I’m desperate. Steffi looks and does a barely detectable double take. Thank you, Gil.

We start to hit. She’s flawless, of course, and I’m struggling to get the ball over the net. The net is your biggest enemy. Relax, I tell myself. Stop thinking. Come on, Andre, it’s only a practice session.

But I can’t help myself. I’ve never seen a woman so beautiful. Standing still, she’s a goddess; in motion, she’s poetry. I’m a suitor, but also a fan. I’ve wondered for so long what Steffi Graf’s forehand feels like. I’ve watched her on TV and at tournaments and I’ve wondered how that ball feels when it comes flying off her racket. A ball feels different off every player’s racket – there are minute but concrete subtleties of force and spin. Now, hitting with her, I feel her subtleties. It’s like touching her, though we’re 40 feet apart. Every forehand is foreplay.

She hits a series of backhands, carving up the court with her famous slice. I need to impress her with my ability to take that slice and do whatever I want with it. But it’s harder than I thought. I miss one. I yell to her: you’re not going to get away with that again!

She says nothing. She hits another slice. I sit down on my backhand and hit the ball as hard as I can.

She nets the return.

I yell: That shot pays a lot of bills for me!

Again, nothing. She merely hits the next one deeper and slicier.

Generally, during my practice sessions, Brad likes to keep busy. He chases balls, offers pointers, runs his mouth. Not this time. He’s sitting in the umpire chair, his eyes peeled, a lifeguard on a shark-infested beach.

Whenever I look in his direction he mutters one word. Beautiful.

Around the edges of the court, people are beginning to gather, to gawk. A few photographers snap photos. I wonder why. Is it the rarity of a male and female player practicing? Or is it that I’m catatonic and missing every 3rd ball? From a distance, it looks as if Steffi is giving a lesson to a shirtless, grinning mute.

After we hit for 1 hour and 10 minutes, she waves and comes to the net.

Thank you very much, she says.

I trot to the net and say, The pleasure was all mine.

I manage to act nonchalant, until she starts to use the net post to stretch out her legs. All the blood rushes to my head. I need to do something physical or I might lose consciousness. I’ve never stretched before, but now seems like a good time to start. I put a leg on the net post and pretend my back is flexible. We stretch, talk about the tour, complain about the travel, compare notes on different cities we’ve enjoyed.

I ask, What’s your favorite city? When tennis is over, where do you imagine living?

Oh. It’s a tie, I think. Between New York and San Francisco.

I think: Have you ever thought of living in Las Vegas?

I say: My 2 favorites also.

She smiles. Well, she says. Thanks again.

Any time.

We do the European double-cheek kiss.
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When did he tell his wife, Steffi Graf, about the crystal meth use and what was her reaction? Early in their relationship in 1999, said Agassi, and she teared up.
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andre will be on letterman today.can someone post the interview on youtube?
i think he is also on regis&kelly today.
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andre will be on letterman today.can someone post the interview on youtube?
i think he is also on regis&kelly today.
I second that request.
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andre will be on letterman today.can someone post the interview on youtube?
i think he is also on regis&kelly today.
I think we can see the letterman show (live) here http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-cbs.html but don´t know the hour when the show starts.
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