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whistleway
10-09-2006, 10:11 AM
Not sure if this was posted before, but a great article on Agassi's life by Gary Smith.

Here's a teaser.
His coach, Brad Gilbert, shows up a few weeks later. Andre tells him that his marriage is over. The television's on. As Andre clicks from one channel to the next, a vision fills the screen. The holy grail.

Tall. Willowy. Killer legs. Kind eyes. But private eyes. Resolute.

Steffi Graf's serving in the semifinals at Indian Wells, Calif.

"You need to meet her," says Brad.

Andre's eyes lift, full of futile hope. "I already tried that," he sighs. "A long time ago...."

It's 1992. He's 22. He comes upon a field of grass. What does it look like?

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/magazine/08/30/agassi0717/index.html

Do check it out !!

He settled in Vegas and set to work. His eldest child, Rita, had the gift, but she hit puberty and hit the road, middle finger raised to her old man's relentless tennis regimen as she ran off with, of all people, tennis legend Pancho Gonzalez. His next child, Phillip, didn't quite have the foot speed or audacity that it took to play with the pros. His third, Tami, bumped her ceiling playing at Texas A&M.

That left Andre. Last child. Last chance.

Kaptain Karl
10-09-2006, 12:56 PM
Good find. I learned some things about Andre in this piece....

- KK

OnceWas
12-30-2006, 09:50 PM
Thank you for posting this. Some interesting stuff in there.

Sagittar
01-01-2007, 07:38 AM
nice article , didn't know a lot of things it included ..

hello0298
01-02-2007, 01:09 PM
Not sure if this was posted before, but a great article on Agassi's life by Gary Smith.

Here's a teaser.


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/magazine/08/30/agassi0717/index.html

Do check it out !!


I miss Andre.