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Old Oct 27th, 2011, 06:36 PM   #1786
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lol at the bump.

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Old Oct 29th, 2011, 02:58 PM   #1787
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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.

http://www.lvrj.com/news/agassi-s-so...132843438.html

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."

http://www.lvrj.com/news/andre-and-s...132768943.html
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Old Oct 29th, 2011, 03:06 PM   #1788
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The first one is about the kids and here is the content:

It's mostly all about baseball and horses around the household of tennis icons Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.

So far their oldest child, 10-year-old son Jaden, lives and breathes baseball, showing no interest in following in the footsteps of his famous parents.

Granted, it's early, but the upcoming tennis player in the family may be Jaden's sister, Jaz, 8. She plays tennis two or three times a week "because she enjoys it," her father said.

Jaden prefers picking up a glove over a racket. He doesn't play at all, his father said.

"It's full-on baseball, club ball, travel ball, tournaments in Arizona, California. And he loves it so much," said Agassi, who has traded his lifetime of tennis courts for baseball diamonds.

"I live and die with every swing of the bat and with every play in the outfield," Agassi said during an interview this week.

"He's such a diehard loyalist to his Las Vegas Venom team that his request when we just moved into a new house was to paint his room Venom green. Despite our better judgment, it actually looks pretty cool."

Jaz's main interests?

"She loves break dancing and hip-hop and horses. She loves to do her horse shows," said Agassi, who admits he hasn't gotten over "how unsettling it is to watch a little girl on the back of a 1,200-pound animal going airborne."

The important thing is they are pursuing what they love.

Agassi was hitting tennis balls with tennis greats when he was 4 but hated the game by the time he was 7.

However, things turned out all right: He ended up with 60 career tournaments, eight Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal.

The kids get the rest of their genes from a mom who won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, second among male and female players only to Margaret Court's 24, and who held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 377 weeks, the best for any player, male or female.

Agassi and Graf return to the spotlight tonight at his 16th Grand Slam for Children benefit concert at Wynn Las Vegas. It promises to be a night of celebration capped by the anticipated announcement that the event has passed the $100 million mark, which would secure the future of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.
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Old Oct 31st, 2011, 02:02 PM   #1789
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Video from the AAF GS event, Steffi and Andre talking to the press.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZTGZMtEQZo
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Thanks Stef Fan for the lastest links
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Thanks for the links, Stef-fan.
Didn't Andre lose some weight?
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Smurfette Steffi!


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Ooooohhhh my God!!!!
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Ooooohhhh my God!!!!
Looking at Andre's and Steffi's costume, seems like a very competitive event. Wondering who won the best costume award!!!
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I can't stand the smurfs, but even in that outfit, it's impossible to hide those beautiful Marlene Dietrich legs!
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If OPEN is made into a movie, whom do you want as 'Steffi Graf'? Not sure I can accept anyone else in her role (my opinion) but here is the discussion.

http://tennis.si.com/2011/11/03/the-...agassis-movie/
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If OPEN is made into a movie, whom do you want as 'Steffi Graf'? Not sure I can accept anyone else in her role (my opinion) but here is the discussion.

http://tennis.si.com/2011/11/03/the-...agassis-movie/
Yes, she's unique, but I voted for Uma Thurman.
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Yes, she's unique, but I voted for Uma Thurman.
The Kill Bill Uma with a raquet instead of a sword
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Great! I love both Uma and Steffi, and the Kill Bill movies too.
BTW, I finally watched the whole SF between Steffi and Navratilova in 1991 US Open, great stuff! Steffi hit some AMAZING shots, she played fine but Martina was really on that day, and it was awsome how Steffi kept fighting by the end of set 2 to finally take it, and also in set 3 but she couldn't repeat the trick, yet she hit some great returns and passing-shots, it's amazing how she so often got to hit some incredible shots when she most neeeded them.
I just noticed that the Nº5 seed was unlucky for her in those years, as she lost to Sabatini in 1990, Navratilova in 1991, and ASV in 1992, and they were all the Nº5 seed and Steffi lost to them, one round earlier each time, unfortunately for her (and even if I love Graf no matter how much some of her wins hurt me, I don't regret her 1990 loss, sorry pals!).
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...(and even if I love Graf no matter how much some of her wins hurt me, I don't regret her 1990 loss, sorry pals!).
I still say the ball was out!
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