Lots of news tidbits in the local media on the eve of Andre Agassi's gala. Good to hear that his school will be funded forever with today's event.
Here are a few involving Steffi and the kids. Nothing we haven't heard before.
Three cities were in play when Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf started knocking around the idea of where they wanted to spend the rest of their lives.
The tennis greats began residing here in 1999. They celebrated their 10th anniversary last week.
"As I got closer to retirement (in 2006) and the kids got closer to school, we had to make a once-and-for-all decision on where we would make our home," Agassi said by telephone on Thursday.
"We always loved New York City and San Francisco. That was something we had very much in common," said Agassi, who hosts his 16th Grand Slam for Children benefit concert on Saturday at Wynn Las Vegas.
The third city in the mix, of course, was Las Vegas, where he was born and raised. He was given the middle name Kirk after his godfather, legendary casino developer Kirk Kerkorian, who helped the Agassi family during hard times.
At the time Andre and Stefanie were weighing their options, he owned a home in San Francisco "specifically for my training as it related to my on-court practice, because my coach lived up there and it was sea level and just a good environment to do my on-court training."
When decision time came, it was love, set, match, Las Vegas.
"We didn't hesitate at all," Agassi said.
It has worked out for everyone, including hundreds of Agassi's "kids."
"Stef's mom moved out here. Stef's brother, with four children. My brother's here. My parents are here, lots of cousins running around, lots of great people that we've grown close to, too many good friends" to leave.
"Where you live is very important. Who you live with is more important," he added.
Saturday night figures to be a momentous occasion. Less than $8 million is needed to reach the $100 million threshold to "secure our school (Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy) in perpetuity and fund it forever."
"That," he said, "will be an amazing accomplishment, and it certainly will be an amazing celebration."