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Have you got a name of any famous pro athletes that can act as role models for kids? Pull the name of Andre Agassi to the top list. Andre Agassi, one of the greatest players in the tennis history sporting a hairstyle with head as smooth as a tennis clay court, had won more than 850 singles matches. He had also won 60 titles, 8 Grand Slams and a 1996 Olympic Gold Medal. Noted as the most remarkable player of his time, Andre Agassi turned pro in 1986. He was still 18 years old when he ranked 4th top tennis player in the world. A model of persistence and now a part of popular culture, Andre Agassi, on and off the court is folklore in tennis and charity works.

The children's extension of life and hope: the projects of Andre Agassi

The nation's progress starts with the children being developed as achievers. With the No Child Left Behind policy of America, Andre Agassi seeks to fulfill his own version of the No Child Left Behind reality. He seeks to supplement the program on his own. Note that all of the programs were carefully handpicked and sustained for long years. The success of Agassi turned out not only focus on his career but ran in parallel with the lives of other children he had welcomed and supported through his foundation. Making this world a better place for children to live, we focus on Andre Agassi and his dreams in progress.

The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation

Andre Kirk Agassi is the founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation. The professional player founded the foundation in 1994. The foundation's mission is to provide educational and recreational opportunities of at-risk children. It has given hope for thousands of children to enhance character and self-esteem to be more successful in their lives. The success of the organization is made possible by the help of volunteers and donors who have willingly and wholeheartedly given their time, money and resources to fulfill the organization's goals. The organization with its limited resources, hand picked their partners and beneficiaries with the belief that supporting limited number of organizations has its greatest impact to developing and supplementing worthy programs to further their missions for at-risk youth assistance.

The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy

Agassi Prep offers academic programs focus on individualized learning structure with the use of technology in the classroom. It has a very small classroom size but requires parent and community involvement to support the task of character building, motivation, respect and self-discipline. The academy was opened in 2001 serving the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades only at that time. The final campus development was completed in 2007. Agassi Prep is now a K-12 campus. The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy is a charter school at the heart of Las Vegas.

The Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club

Created in 1997, the club was designed to provide activities which are models of physical, educational and social growth. It sits on a 25,000 square foot facility complete with a library and a computer laboratory. A teen center was created to help out with the different needs of the club including an indoor club basketball court and three outdoor tennis courts. A large bulk of the foundation's money was directed to the construction, capital improvements and programs of the club. The two most active programs are Team Agassi junior tennis program and Agassi Stars youth basketball program. The aim is to tap their skills and talents to help them obtain college scholarships.

Boys Hope/ Girls Hope

Boys Hope/ Girls Hope serve underprivileged children whose parents or guardians are not capable of providing and caring for their needs. Children between the ages of 9 to 14 with problems on poverty or neglect, drug abuse or whose parents may want to care but are unable to do so, lives in this family-like environment. This is a place they call home. Agassi's boys and girls are being treated like his own children and are being taken cared of by full time staff. Donations for this community go to the food, clothing, medical and dental cost, tuition, recreational, counseling and tutoring needs. Budget disbursements also include other everyday expenses including college scholarships. When families seem to send their children to the street and has every potential to destroy their lives, Agassi picks them up and give them a loving family-like atmosphere in the Boys Hope/ Girls Hope.

Child Haven

Changing the world to a better one, Andre Agassi supported Child Haven. Child Haven opened its arms 24 hours a day to children 3 days to 18 years old who were abused or neglected. They find protection and solace in Child Haven until a safe home is found. Child Haven is located in Clark County.

Class! Publications

Class! Publication is a free teen focus monthly newsletter distributed at Clark County high schools. About 400 to 500 high school students work on its content to give it more appropriate topics for their growing estimated 40,000 current number of readers. The Publication also offers internship programs and three workshops every year. Agassi's foundation supports the cause of the children and is determined to influence the lives of the youth for their personal career development and growth.

Cynthia Bunker and Joy McClenahan Memorial Scholarships

This was named in memory of Andre Agassi's childhood friend Cynthia Bunker. Joy McClenahan was said to be a dedicated volunteer and long time supporter of the organization. The scholarship is intended for those who are enrolled in the College of Fine and Performing Arts in the University of Nevada.

Greater Las Vegas After-School All Stars

The organization aims to provide free programs to children belonging to low-socioeconomic communities. These programs keep children from drugs and other negative influence in life they may get from their immediate environment. The program is designed to coach and teach life skills. Andre Agassi had figured it out. To be productive and an achiever, there is the urgency to help develop the confidence and build the self esteem of these children.

I have a dream foundation

IHAD reaches out to low income communities. IHAD seeks to empower children through long term mentoring, tutoring and enrichment. The mission is to help these "Dreamers" slowly progress in their dreams to being successful individuals. The organization acts as their backbone giving academic support, personal and cultural experience and related recreational activities.

Las Vegas Philharmonic Youth Concert Series

The program is designed for children to appreciate music and arts by being the performers themselves. They performed in a concert like setting in order to experience what it is like to be a performer in a full symphony orchestra.

Las Vegas Sun Camp Fund

A summer camp experience for underprivileged deserving students! This fun, socially enriching program has already benefited children ages 8 to 15 coming from foster care of single parent families since 1970.

Operation School Bell

Children shop for free at Operation School Bell. They choose from racks of new clothing and shoes. They also receive a backpack and personal hygiene kit for free. The cost is yours donors. Thank you for helping these children. The new wardrobe ultimately gives them the confidence and the interest to stay in school.

YMCA of Southern Nevada
YMCA program "Building a Stronger Tomorrow" was supported by Andre Agassi's foundation. The effort was designed to renovate the facility and construct a new playground and outdoor aquatic center. YMCA opens programs to interested applicants whether they are able to pay or not.
Travis Ludlow, Founder of Itsagoodday.org highlights the good things of the world. He has a B.S. degree from Brigham Young University and loves his family. Isn't it time, that we use the internet for good things for the world is his theme. Check out his other articles and website at http://www.itsagoodday.org

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Andre sells his house: Some "old" news?
SELLER: Andre Agassi / Steffi Graf
LOCATION: Gilmartin Drive, Tibouron, CA
PRICE: $20,000,000 (sale price)
SIZE: 10,500 square feet (main house), 2,500 square feet (staff house)
DESCRIPTION: (modified from listing agent's website) 3.5 acres of landscaped, park-like grounds; Main house built in 1976, remodeled and expanded from 1988 through 1998. Two pools, three spas, hydrotherapy waterfall, hot-tub and cold tub, steam room, stream, outdoor fireplace, built in barbecue, level lawn for golf practice; Additional detached buildings include guest quarters/office and/or gym, tennis court and cabana, pool bar, four bedroom, four bath staff house with separate gated entry. Property offers 11 bedrooms, eleven full and 2 half baths; separate, contiguous half-acre view lot included in sale.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Now this is the sort of excess Your Mama has come to expect when considering the mountains of money professional athletes earn nowadays. Children, do not mistake this expectation for some kind of judgement, because Your Mama is not going there with this one. We do not begrudge the tremendous incomes of athletes any more than we do the income of any other stupendously rich person. Mr. Andre Agassi and his lady are a class act all the way and they have earned every penny they have. Their poor bodies are falling apart as proof.

It is said Mr. Agassi wanted to purchase this estate, called "Round Hill," back in the 1990s when he was all tied up with that long-haired Brooke Sheilds lady. But apparently the former Calvin Klein model/ack-tress hated this place and discouraged him from buying. Some years later, Mr. Andre has himself a new wife and family, and the property becomes available again. He snaps it up lickety-split paying a shocking $23,000,000. Paradise found.

However, much as Mr. Andre and Ms. Steffi love and enjoy this property, the busy schedules of he and the missus do not allow them to spend much time. Their financial advisors, accutely aware of the arm and leg it costs to maintain a little-used house, advise them to sell. So only about two years after purchasing, the house goes back on the market for $24,500,000. The listing agents claim there were a number of celebrities and other high-profile folks that came and looked but, "They didn't understand what was there and what could potentially be there." Hmmm. All due respect, that just seems like some realtor-rationalization to Your Mama Maybe these monied looky loos just did not like the house, the location, or the price.

Over the next 3.5 years, the asking price is lowered several times. Then, in mid-2006 the price is lowered to $21,000,000 and a few months later it finds a buyer. The new owner is reportedly San Francisco based hedge fund honcho Stuart Peterson, and the deal is supposed to close the first week in January 2007 for a purchase price of $20,000,000. This figure is substantially less than Mr. Andre purchased the house in 2001. That should tell you something about the annual cost of maintaining this property.

By some accounts, the decor and details of the house are a bit outdated, and this apparently deterred more than a couple potential buyers. But Your Mama thinks it's more likely the maintenance this property requires. We have to wonder why anybody might want or need two swimming pools, three spas and a hot tub, not to mention the cold plunge, a stream, and that hydrotherapy waterfall. Lahwd babies, what in the world is that anyway? It is no wonder this property has a gigantic house for staff. You probably need two full time pool boys just to maintain all the water features on this property.

Now that this property has sold, the Agassi/Graf clan spend the bulk of their newly retired time at their primary residence in Las Vegas where there is a school named after him and where the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation is based. The listing agents over at super brokerage Decker Bullock created a big website for this property, but we expect it won't be online too much longer.

Sources: Marin Independent Journal, statesman.com, San Francisco Chronicle, Decker Bullock

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The Tennis Week Interview: Gil Reyes By Richard Pagliaro Wednesday, March 19, 2008



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It wasn't the fountain of youth, but a sustained source of strength that helped Andre Agassi craft a career Renaissance at an age when most of his rivals were already retired.

During his inspired run to the 2005 U.S. Open final, a then 35-year-old Andre Agassi revealed his source of inspiration when asked the secret to his success.

"Surround yourself with good people that know how to help you and make good decisions," Agassi said. "And train and work hard."

For nearly two decades Gil Reyes, the man often clad in black looking like the silk suits he wore were ready to burst at the seams from the strain of containing his biceps, was a key member of Agassi's support team.

From box seats in the most prestigious Grand Slam stadiums in the world to side-by-side seats on planes embarking on countless flights to tournament sites to backyard barbecues to Christmas mornings watching the former World No. 1 sprint up and down the hill near his home until his legs and lungs felt on the verge of exploding, Reyes has been in Agassi's corner throughout his career and has been astounded by what the two friends who dared to dream big achieved together.

Pumping iron strengthened Agassi's position as a perennial top 10 power as he joined Rod Laver as the only man to win five Grand Slam titles after celebrating his 29th birthday.

Physical fitness was a key component to Agassi's career Renaissance. The rigorous strength and conditioning program Agassi adhered to under the guidance of Reyes helped him transform himself from a scrawny 145-pound teenager whose shoulder-length streaked hair was the defining characteristic of his slender frame to a chiseled 173-pound package of power. Agassi attributes the nearly 30 pounds of muscle mass he's added over the years to his training with Reyes, the former strength and conditioning trainer for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. A teenage Agassi walked into the weight room and asked Reyes for guidance launching one of the longest and most successful partnerships in tennis.

Born in East L.A. Reyes acquired his work ethic from his parents. His father was a mechanic at a chemical plant and his mother maintained a tight-knit family. It was the common willingness to tough it out the training room trenches that bonded Agassi and Reyes as every rep and every run brought both one step closer toward achieving their aims and fulfilling a pact the pair made at the start of their partnership.

"I met Andre when he was a teenager and we talked about dreams and wishes and I said 'Hey, if we're gonna do this then we're gonna lock arms and close ranks and we're gonna go the distance,' " Reyes remembers. "I had a saying we would often refer to: when you talk about achieving your dreams and wishes make sure your backbone is as busy as your wishbone. I said that to Andre and he said "I'm all in." And you know where we come from in Vegas when you say "all in" that really means something — that's a commitment, there's no turning back at that point."

Reyes was much more than a fitness trainer for Agassi, he has been a friend, advisor and mentor, a man so influential Agassi named his son, Jaden Gil, in honor of Reyes. A philosophical man, Reyes says his greatest reward for working with the eight-time Grand Slam champion was not always the glint of the silver title trophies, it's the impact Agassi had on people that resonates with Reyes the most.

"I'll tell you a quick story," Reyes said. "We had tasted defeat at Roland Garros many times and it was very painful and cut very deep and as I was sitting there in the stadium I would see these beautifully-dressed women and elegantly dressed men in tailored suits smiling and applauding the French Open champion. But even after all those painful losses, Andre's attitude was never 'Oh, poor me.' It was always 'Let's get back to work and come back again next year.' But on June 6, 1999 when Andre was down two sets to none and came back to win Roland Garros for the first time, I still remember looking around me and seeing some of the same fans who were smiling during past matches and now all of sudden many of them were sobbing and crying because what Andre achieved had touched them so deeply. Because he had been knocked down so many times but got back up and kept fighting until he came back and won. And as I saw that I said to myself 'I'll be darned, this kid has worked his way into their hearts. He has really touched people.' "

Two years after Agassi's retirement, Reyes is now back in the game. The long-time trainer has signed on with adidas as a member of its coaching team. Adidas director of global tennis marketing Jim Latham created the concept of assembling a coaching and training team to support adidas top players and hired highly-respected coach Sven Groeneveld, who has coached Tommy Haas and Mary Pierce in the past, to head the initiative. The program paid immediate dividends as Groeneveld helped coach Ana Ivanovic to the French Open final last year. He has continued working with Ivanovic and spent some time coaching Sania Mirza at Indian Wells this week. Reyes, whose role will be working with the players on training and preparation, made his adidas debut at this week's Pacific Life Open. Tennis Week caught up with the man in black for this interview.

Tennis Week: Gil how did your new partnership with adidas come about?

Gil Reyes: It was an interesting situation that led to this partnership. A gentleman named Jim Latham, who is the director of global tennis marketing for adidas, had this vision of assembling an adidas team. Jim Latham is the point of reference for me in having the vision to build this program. Sven Groeneveld, who as you know is a very highly respected coach, is my colleague on the adidas team. Sven is on the actual tennis side of the team in terms of the X's and O's and practices and providing assistance for the players and coaches and families. Sven has been involved with the program on the tennis side for some time whereas I am involved in the training and preparation side. It's a vision of such importance in my eyes because Jim Latham always felt on the tour that somebody needed to be there for the next wave of young players coming up. There is a sociology on the tour that cannot be ignored or denied. Usually, a young person in their late teens comes on the tour with a parent, most commonly a dad, as the coach and ultimate decision maker and the players tend to surround themselves with a hitting partner and coach and that's it. There's no institutional accountability. The agents are the agents: they still have the career incentive to provide the athlete with the proper career counseling and advice. Having said that, it still ignores the sociology of the young person who has to make practice, match, training and nutritional decisions either at the mercy, or let's say the behest, of a singular entity. And to be perfectly honest, there's nothing wrong with that and I don't think it's necessarily bad, but I believe it's very, very difficult for a young athlete who doesn't have years of experience on tour, to even be aware of all those factors let alone make those decisions. So the idea of assembling people who have been in the trenches and out on the tour for years and years and can draw upon this experience in working with these young athletes was very inspiring and appealing to me and, importantly, something I believe is valuable to the players.

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The Tennis Week Interview: Gil Reyes By Richard Pagliaro Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Part II (Part I is in the previous post )


Tennis Week: So in hiring you to join the team, adidas is clearly tapping into your 20 years of knowledge and experience working with Andre and counting on you to provide very practical, experienced advice in terms of training and nutrition?

Gil Reyes: When I met and listened to Jim Latham it became clear to me that adidas cares about its athletes and is making every effort to give its athletes the best support system possible. In my case, the 20 years I spent with Andre gave me the opportunity to gain so much experience in tennis and I think Jim Latham felt there are many trainers and athletes out there who can tap into my experiences with Andre. I'm still a student, Richard, to this day, I'm still a student and I'm still learning. My ego is easily and very quickly put aside, which is important, and throughout my time working with Andre and to this day I never hesitate to pick up the phone and call experts in the field and ask "What does your research say about this, biomechanically and nutritionally?" And through those years of research and searching for answers the network grew and grew and grew and pretty soon Andre became the consummate professional tennis player. I truly believe Andre Agassi is a model for tennis players. Andre is a model in terms of how you saw a young person evolve into a consummate person in conduct, preparation and philosophy. Whenever I talk about the depth and breadth of Andre's career I always like saying this: you saw Andre Agassi play matches against John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg and you also saw Andre play matches against Lleyton Hewitt, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick. To play at such a high level against players of those generations really puts it into perspective.

Tennis Week: It reminds me a little bit of Ali in boxing where he fought Liston and Patterson early on and then you go right through the list of Frazier, Foreman, Norton and up through Larry Holmes. There are very few elite athletes who sustain careers at that level for that long.

Gil Reyes: Exactly. It wasn't novelty and that in itself puts Andre in a very, very small, unique and select company and while I enjoy any reference I get through my relationship with Andre the fact is it all goes back to Andre. What we committed to doing was always doing our best. Andre trusts me to do my job and as I told him from our first day together "Andre, if I don't know the answer, I will find it." When we started out on the plane ride to a tournament we would be sitting there before take off and shake hands and say to each other "Here we go. Everything we could do to prepare, we've done." Everything that was possible to do to be fully prepared to play was done before we arrived at the tournament.


Tennis Week: When you look at young players before a match now, what signs do you look for to see if that player is prepared?

Gil Reyes: When the kids who are 18, 19 and 20 years old are about to play a Grand Slam final or a big Grand Slam match, I look at them as I am watching and I wonder if anyone spoke to this young athlete about the nerves they will feel and how to combat those nerves so they don't become cramps. I wonder if anyone spoke to them the day and night before about their rest and sleep schedule, I wonder did anyone discuss their nutrition in terms of the meal the night before and when and what to eat the day of the match? For instance, if you have turkey for dinner, turkey contains tryptophan and most of us have seen our uncles take a long nap on the couch after a big turkey dinner at Thanksgiving because tryptophan in the turkey if not inducing sleep can certainly enhance our inclination toward sleep. I wonder if anyone mentions these things to the young players, particularly nerves. For some players discussing nerves is like a when a pitcher has a no-hitter going in baseball and his teammates don't mention it out of superstition, but we've all seen how nerves can play a part in tennis matches. I wonder if anyone is teaching these kids how to relax the day before a match and actually during a match so they can perform to the best of their ability. Tennis is such a specialists' sport now and players can play with enormous topspin so at Roland Garros the ball is jumping like crazy and you're hitting almost everything at or above shoulder level but then you have to make the transition to grass where you're hitting everything either below waist level or sometimes below knee level. I wonder if anyone has helped these young players prepare for these situations. So this is where adidas has the vision to realize everyone has a trainer, but what you need is someone with years and years of experience who has been through these situations. In tennis, the athlete is out there alone and so when Jim Latham approached me with this concept that can be realized through a team-orientated support system I immediately embraced it and signed on and had my first experience working with this team at the Pacific Life Open.

Tennis Week: What will your tournament schedule be with adidas? Will you travel as often as you did with Andre?

Gil Reyes: It's to be determined and here's why: sometimes I saw the benefit of the work we did on court at Indian Wells, but then I also see the work we can do at the training center I have here in Las Vegas and that is also a place and time where we can do very productive work. The program Andre and I developed was developed by plan and a little bit by accident to be honest. Andre and I embraced a philosophy: "plan your work and work your plan." And what Andre developed is the courage, and I don't use that word courage loosely, to know when he needed to shut down at times to prepare his body for tournaments. Because tennis is the only sport I can think of with virtually no offseason and sometimes the better you play you almost penalize yourself because the more you win the less training time you have to prepare. So we kind of stumbled on the idea that sometimes it's beneficial if the athlete says "I'm struggling with my footwork" or "My stamina isn't as good as it should be" and then you train accordingly to prepare.

Tennis Week: I can remember Andre saying in many press conferences "I'll never be able to hit a tennis ball as well as I hit it now, but I believe I can get fitter, faster and stronger."

Gil Reyes: Exactly. That's exactly it. And you saw the work Andre put into his training reflected on his performance on court. Andre Agassi won the Australian Open four times and that meant he spent the whole month of December training as hard as he could train. Many players might think "December, that's Christmas, I've been traveling all year I need to be home with my family at Christmas." But Andre said "We're home. We're in Vegas, let's get to work." And while everyone else was enjoying their Christmas, Andre would be running the hills.

Tennis Week: When they film the Andre Agassi story I hope they capture the runs up Magic Mountain accurately.

Gil Reyes: For the sake of clarity and accuracy Richard — and realize there's a little bit of drama as well — I can honestly tell you I had tears in my eyes during some of those times. You would see families getting into their cars with their kids carrying presents and here's Andre running up and down the hill and you would hear breathing and laboring and you'd hear his lungs screaming at times. I would be watching these families going to their Christmas parties and seeing Andre run into his lungs were screaming and I would say "What makes you go man?" What makes this man this man tick? But sure enough we show up in Australia and Andre would request day matches in the Melbourne heat because he was so fit and he knew all that work he had down in December would pay dividends in January. Andre and Rod Laver hold the record for most Grand Slam titles won after age 29 so there's a lot to learn from him. Maybe not everything was right and not everything was perfect and sure there was pain and we can't ignore the pain, but there was always a plan.

Tennis Week: What plan did you two establish that from the early days when you started together?

Gil Reyes: I met Andre when he was a teenager and we talked about dreams and wishes and I said "Hey, if we're gonna do this then we're gonna lock arms and close ranks and we're gonna go the distance." I had a saying we would often refer to: when you talk about achieving your dreams and wishes make sure your backbone is as busy as your wishbone. I said that to Andre and he said "I'm all in." And you know where we come from in Vegas when you say "all in" that really means something — that's a commitment, there's no turning back at that point.

Tennis Week: John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, said "I believe ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." I often think of that saying when thinking of you and Andre. Obviously with Andre you had a player with immense character qualities, but can you help a player connect with character they may have within or is character something you have or not? In other words can you build character?

Gil Reyes: I don't believe you can build character. I believe you can identify the qualities and characteristics someone has and build on that. I'm often asked about Andre's greatness as a player and I always say "Don't ask me about his greatness, ask me about his goodness — the goodness in his heart and his thoughts." And that's something you hope these young athletes have in their lives as they pursue their own paths and go the distance in their own careers and I hope they have someone who loves them as much as I love Andre. Look, tennis is a great and beautiful sport, but professional tennis is a tough, tough career. The career and business aspect of it is very tough and takes guts. Character is obviously a plus, but I don't believe you can teach character. A reason so many people respect Andre is because Andre believes you can't earn respect unless you know how to give respect first. And what Andre understood is the guy sitting with his kids in the very last seat at the top of the stadium worked just as hard to pay for the worst seat in the house as the guy sitting in the luxury suite. Remember Andre's last match at the U.S. Open when the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium gave Andre such an enormous ovation? While I was at Indian Wells this week I was told David Nalbandian was playing on another court and when Andre's match ended and he heard the ovation, I was told David Nalbandian put his racquet down and applauded as did other players. That's the type of respect the players had. Moments after Andre's last match, some members of the media asked me "You must be proud of the way the tennis fans love Andre?" And I replied: "I'm more proud of the way Andre loves them back." Being at Indian Wells, my first tournament after a few years away from the tour, the most rewarding thing to hear is how much people admire and respect what Andre did. Tournament staff ranging from security guards to the busboys at the players' cafeteria to the ticket takers to the locker room attendants were coming up to me saying how much they miss Andre and how much they appreciated the class and respect he showed everyone. Don't get me wrong: I like looking up and seeing the eight Grand Slam trophies and Olympic gold medal, but hearing how people still talk about Andre and how respectful and what a good man he is makes me so proud and fulfilled and happy. I was talking to Andre this morning and as I discussed my working with adidas he was quick to say "anything you need let me know." Imagine the impact and influence he can have hitting and talking to some of these young players. We like to say "Education is inspiration, information and application." And Andre has been beautiful in his support and saying "Let me know if I can help you. Let's go work out."

Tennis Week: Last question: my friend ran into you at Indian Wells and was surprised to see you wearing a red adidas shirt. We all know you as the man in black so what's up with the red? The thought of you wearing anything other than black is like seeing Popeye swap spinach for Brussels sprouts.

Gil Reyes: (laughs) It was a one day only event: I didn't have clean laundry that day. Believe me, I still wear my black only now my black proudly comes with the three stripes of adidas. I'm not being commercial here, I truly mean this, because after 20 years on the road I can say that it was not my first choice to get back into tennis. But when Mr. Latham and Sven Groeneveld sahred the vision and concept of this initiative, I was so inspired I couldn't wait to begin and get right back into tennis. I started out with Andre when he was a young man and now to work with young players again and to have Andre express his support and say "how can I help?" I really feel like the circle is complete and I'm excited to be a part of this team adidas has assembled.
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Agassi left unequivocal mark on Key Biscayne championships
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Agassi won six titles at Key Biscayne, more than any other player who stepped foot on that event.



complete illustraded article on Andre's achievements in Key Biscayne is here

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Agassi, Graf Appear at World Market Center

Updated: July 29, 2008 08:42 PM







Tennis super stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf have found ways to keep themselves busy since ending their playing careers. Tuesday, they made an appearance at the World Market Center.

The duo unveiled an update to their successful furniture line which first appeared last year.

"We weren't sure what we were going to think of it once we did do it, but as we look back over the last years and as we've gone through these last few years, it's been something we've truly enjoyed," said Agassi.

Agassi and Graf helped design the pieces which are meant to reflect their active lifestyle.
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Tennis star Agassi on Queenstown visit
The Press | Wednesday, 06 August 2008

Former American tennis ace Andre Agassi slipped into Queenstown yesterday for a few days of rest and recreation.


One of the greats of the sport, and the winner of eight Grand Slams, Agassi, 38, was not accompanied by his wife, Steffi Graf, or their two children, Jaden Gil, six, and Jaz Elle, four, when he touched down at the resort's airport yesterday.

Last night the former world No.1, a native of Las Vegas, was spied at a central Queenstown restaurant with a male friend.

The star was polite when asked to pose for a photo and seemed surprised that he was recognised.

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Agassi, Graf Prepare Cirstea For Olympics
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By: Tennis Week

Sorana Cirstea will make her Olympic debut in Beijing next week, but has already had an invaluable Olympic experience courtesy of a pair of gold medalists: Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf.

The 18-year-old Romanian spent nearly two weeks in Las Vegas training with Agassi's close friend and personal trainer, Gil Reyes, and hit with both Agassi and Graf on Agassi's court. The 57th-ranked Cirstea has a clothing and shoe contract with adidas, which is also endorsed by Agassi and Graf. Reyes is now a member of adidas' coaching team and works with several adidas-sponsored players.

The championship couple left quite ain impact on Cirstea.

"It was the most impressive moment for me," Cirstea told the Romanian media. "Steffi was my idol growing up and I got to play on Andre Agassi's private court and see his Olympic gold medal. They are two extraordinary people. They will always be in my heart."
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second US Open is without Andre...
he retired in August 2006

ON THIS DATE

August 26, 1986: 16-year-old Andre Agassi played vs. Jeremy Bates in his U.S. Open debut.
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Do you know how much the signed by Andre ball costs?


Andre Agassi Autographed Ball Memorabilia (100-001-003) In Stock Our Price: $474.95



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This unique piece of memorabilia comes with a Signed Tennis Ball, a plaque with player info and an 8 x 10 Glossy Photo.

Ace Authentic uses the highest quality framing to enhance the beautiful piece. Comes with an Ace Authentic Hologram and Certificate of Authenticity to protect your investment.

The frame is solid wood with a mahogany finish.

Plaque contains the following career highlights:
Grand Slam Champion
60 Singles Titles
8 Grand Slam Titles
101 Weeks Ranked #1
Only Player To Be Ranked In The Top 10 In Three Different Decades

Dimensions: 15 1/2" x 25 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Item #: 100-001-003

Note: International shipping will incure a $250 shipping charge.
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Bob Costas Joins as Master of Ceremonies for the 23rd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis - September 22nd in New York City

NEW YORK, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Sports luminaries and philanthropy icons will be recognized when they gather at the 23rd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner on Monday, September 22, at New York's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. This year, Bob Costas has been named the Master of Ceremonies, for the event which benefits the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, a nonprofit organization that serves as the national fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world's largest, most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center.

The 2008 Great Sports Legends are:

-- Andre Agassi -- former world-ranked #1 professional tennis star who won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in singles

-- Jerry Rice -- all-time leader in every major statistical category for wide receivers, was selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times (1986-1996, 1998, 2002) and named All-Pro 10 times in his 20 NFL seasons

-- Scottie Pippen -- seven-time NBA All Star and one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history who was integral in leading the Chicago Bulls, together with Michael Jordan, to six NBA championships

-- Joe Gibbs -- Hall of Fame NFL coach and NASCAR Championship team owner. Was the 20th and 26th head coach in the history of the Washington Redskins.

-- Helio Castroneves -- one of the top drivers in North American open- wheel racing. Winner of the Indianapolis 500 in both 2001 and 2002.

-- Richard "Goose" Gossage -- former New York Yankees pitcher who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July 2008

-- Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini -- World Boxing Association lightweight champion for two years in the 1980s

-- Angelo Dundee -- boxing cornerman who has worked with 15 world boxing champions, including Muh
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Andre Agassi: His 10 Greatest Achievements
Dev Ashish reviews the illustrious career of Andre Agassi to list ten of his greatest achievements in tennis history.
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Andre Agassi has been one of the legendary players in the history of tennis. Throughout his career, he has never disappointed tennis fans by displaying some fantastic skill. In this article, we go down history lane to look at his major sporting accomplishments.




Wimbledon, 1992
Agassi's path to the finals included wins over three-time champion Boris Becker and another former three-time winner, John McEnroe, in quarters and semis.

That set up an intriguing championship match with hard-serving Goran Ivanisevic, who was appearing in his first Grand Slam final. Agassi entered his fourth Grand Slam title match as the underdog to the eighth-ranked Croat, who was coming off consecutive victories over Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras.

Agassi had survived 37 of Ivanisevic's aces to become the lowest seed (12) ever to become champion in a classic five-setter. Agassi joined countrymen Stan Smith (1972), Arthur Ashe (1975), Jimmy Connors (1974, '82) and John McEnroe (1981, '83-84) to win the prestigious Wimbledon title in the Open Era (since 1968).



Davis Cup
Agassi holds an impressive 30-6 career record and helping the U.S. win their last three titles (1990, 1992 and 1995). He also was a member of the runner-up squad in 1991.

Agassi's 30 singles wins is second all-time in U.S. history behind John McEnroe's 41, and his 35 singles matches played is the third-most in U.S. history, trailing only McEnroe (49) and Vic Seixas (36).

From 1991-98, he tied a U.S. Davis Cup record by winning 16 consecutive singles matches, a feat first accomplished by the great Bill Tilden from 1920-26.



Olympic Gold, Atlanta, 1996
Agassi became the first American man to capture an Olympic gold medal in singles since Vincent Richards in 1924, when he defeated Sergi Bruguera from Spain in straight sets.

Three years later, he would win the Roland Garros title in Paris and by doing so, become the first man ever to win all four Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal.

17 ATP Masters Series Titles
Of Agassi's 60 career titles, which ranks him No. 7 on the Open Era list, a record 17 have come in ATP Masters Series tournaments.

Over a 10-year span (from 1994-2003), Agassi won at least one ATP Masters Series title in eight different years.

Agassi is the only player to win seven different ATP Masters Series tournaments, having won six times in Miami (Key Biscayne), three in Canada (Toronto/Montreal) and Cincinnati, twice in Paris and once each in Indian Wells, Rome and Madrid.

The only events he has not won in four attempts (each) are in Monte Carlo and Hamburg.

The Grand Slam, Roland Garros 1999
The Grand Slam title that eluded Agassi in 10 previous visits to Roland Garros was the one many expected the American to have captured earlier in his career.

Again, Agassi came into his third Roland Garros final as the favorite, ranked No. 14 against the No.-100 ranked Medvedev. The 24-year-old Ukraine native won the opening two sets 6-1, 6-2 in 53 minutes and appeared headed to his first Grand Slam title.

Agassi roared back in style to take the next three sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, and become the fifth man in the history of the sport to join the Grand Slam club (winning all four major titles) of Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson.



The Comeback
In 1997, Agassi had dropped to No. 141. He finished at No. 122, his lowest ranking as a pro. But in 1998, he made the biggest one-year jump into the Top 10 in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973), climbing from 122 to No. 6.

He led the ATP circuit with 10 finals, winning five titles and he only lost one opening round match in 22 tournaments. That year, he was voted the ATP Most Improved Player of the Year.

1999 turned out to be Agassi's year, as he went on to win Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros and the US Open; he also reached the Wimbledon final. He captured five titles and was runner-up in three others en route to finishing as the year-end No. 1 for the first time at age 29.

In May 2003, Agassi climbed to No. 1, becoming the oldest player (33 years, 13 days) to hold the world's top spot.
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Four Consecutive Grand Slam Finals (1999-2000)
Agassi had a dream run beginning with Roland Garros title in 1999 and went on to reach the next three Grand Slam finals, reaching the title match at Wimbledon and winning titles at the US Open and the Australian Open in 2000. During that stretch, Agassi won 27 of 28 matches, with his only loss coming to longtime rival Pete Sampras at the All England Club.

It was fitting that "Rocket" Rod Laver presented Agassi the Musketeers Cup trophy in Paris, since the Aussie was the last man to reach four consecutive Grand Slam finals.

During Agassi's run of Grand Slam finals, he defeated at least one former Grand Slam champion in each tournament.



Four Australian Open Titles
The only Grand Slam tournament to elude him during the first eight years of his career was the Australian Open.

But in 1995, Agassi displayed flawless tennis throughout the fortnight, losing only one set in seven matches, against top-ranked Sampras in the final to become the first player to win the Australian Open title in his first appearance since Johan Kriek in 1981.

In 2000, he began his stretch of three consecutive titles by defeating Sampras in the semifinals in five sets and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in four sets in the final.

In 2001, he outlasted local favorite Patrick Rafter in another five-set semifinal before taking out Frenchman Arnaud Clement in the final.

A wrist injury kept him out in 2002 but he returned the following year as strong as ever, dropping only one set during the tournament, to crush Rainer Schuettler 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

Agassi joined Aussie Hall of Famers Roy Emerson (six), Jack Crawford (four) and Ken Rosewall (four) as the only players who have won at least four Australian singles championships in tournament history with a 44-4 record.



Longevity: ATP Top 10 for 16 years
Of the 94 players who have finished in the Top 10 since the inception of the ATP Rankings in 1973, Agassi is the only player to rank in the Top 10 in three different decades (1988-2002 except for ’93 and ‘97). Jimmy Connors is the only other player to finish in the Top 10 for 16 consecutive years from 1973-88.

Along with his Top 10 consistency, Agassi is among an elite group of players who have ranked at least 100 weeks at No. 1 during their career: Pete Sampras (286), Ivan Lendl (270), Connors (268), John McEnroe (170), Roger Federer (126), Bjorn Borg (109), and Agassi (101). Agassi's 60 career titles have come over 20 years (from 1987-2005, except 1996).



US Open, 1994
In 1994, Agassi entered the US Open unseeded for the first time since he was 17. On his way to the final, he played some incredible tennis, defeating Wayne Ferreira, Michael Chang, and Todd Martin to beat No. 4 seed Michael Stich in the finals.

Agassi set a record by defeating five seeds en route to his second Grand Slam title and he became the first unseeded player to win the U.S. crown since Aussie Fred Stolle in 1966.

In 1999, No. 2 seed Agassi rallied from a 1-2 sets deficit against seventh-ranked Todd Martin to win 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 and captured his second US Open title. This marked the first time a player rallied from a 1-2 deficit in an Open final since John Newcombe in 1973.
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Besides being a champion player, Agassi is perhaps the most charitable athlete of his generation and was awarded the ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian award in 1995 for his efforts to help disadvantaged youth.

Personally, I would count marrying Brooke Shields as a major off-court accomplishment too.
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Hiscox serves it up to Agassi
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HAVE you ever imagined yourself playing one of the greats in your particular sport and actually beating that legend sportsperson?
Well that's exactly what happened to Todd Hiscox, son of Inverell Tennis Club's head coach Shane.

And this time he wasn't imagining it.

RUBBING SHOULDERS: Tennis legend Andre Agassi and Todd Hiscox, son of Inverell Tennis Club’s head coach Shane Hiscox after the match.

Last week, the Andre Agassi Charity Foundation hosted a fundraising special event in New York where celebrities including movie stars and business people attended a picnic day at one of his mansion properties.

Todd is a former number one Australian junior who has spent the last few years playing college tennis in the USA while completing his business degree.

He now works for a well-known tennis coaching business in New York.

Todd's dad said he was asked to attend the celebrity event with his employer.

"Imagine your boss going up to you and telling you that you're playing an exhibition match against Andre Agassi at a US$50,000 a person function.

"After picking up his jaw, Todd was stoked to think that this once in a lifetime opportunity had happened to him.

So he played Agassi and in front of a crowd of celebrities he won!

" Within minutes of the win, he was on his mobile to me and said, dad you're not going to believe this, but I just played arguably one of the greatest tennis players ever, and I beat him.

"Not only that, in the process I 'aced' the greatest returner of the ball that tennis has ever seen.

"I'm going to remember this forever."

Of course Hiscox was very impressed with his son and couldn't believe his success.

"It is very exciting and I am so proud of him, but I am also a bit jealous at the same time.

"Not many people could say they beat Andre Agassi in a game of tennis."
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