Archive for March 12th, 2008

agassi interview in the april issue of tennis

March 12, 2008

Almost two years after leaving the sport, tennis icon Andre Agassi has found new challenges as a father and businessman, and admits while he still loves the game, “I don’t feel like a tennis player anymore.” He tells Peter Bodo in an exclusive interview in the April issue of TENNIS Magazine, “When I dig out my racquets because I’ve donated a lesson for charity or something, I’ll look at them and say, ‘Wow, this is what I used to do for a living.'”

Although he did say he still watches a lot of tennis. “We don’t have the television on in the house unless we’re watching something specific, but during the Australian Open, I had it on all the time, tuned to Tennis Channel.”

Interviewed in an empty classroom of the eponymous College Preparatory Academy, the school he founded in Las Vegas to help disadvantaged children, Agassi talks in depth about his life after retirement, his children (with wife Steffi Graf), Roger Federer, drug testing and gambling in tennis as well as his latest sporting adventure — snowboarding.

Read more: Highlights from the article after the cut…

short balls: agassi’s halfway house, a second wi(i)mbledon, anna’s robbers arrested, etc.,

March 12, 2008

Marat Safin - Tennis Channel Open

Tickled: A photo of Safin’s stache at the Tennis Channel Open, taken by Lady Hooligan Kat. You should read her funny ‘s account of the tourney. I’m hoping to meet up with her at Indian Wells — if our schedules match up!

AELTC, are you listening? Fabrice Santoro on his 2008: “Nothing much, no definite plans but I do want to play on centre court at Wimbledon. In my two decades of top flight tennis, this is the only place where I have not made a centre court appearance.”

Speaking of Wimbledon: How silly of me to think that the organizers of last year’s Wiimbledon wouldn’t be able to top themselves. Instead of staying in Brooklyn, they’re driving a Wiinnebago across the country — stopping for mini-tourneys along the way — and ending with the 2nd Annual Wiimbledon Tournament on Saturday, June 21st in San Francisco.

Babyface Marat: An oldie but a goodie. My favorite part? When he says “wodka”.

Closure: The people involved in the armed home-invasion robbery of Anna Chakvetadze and her family have been arrested. (WTB)

Agassi = halfway house: Flailing Aussie Lleyton Hewitt sought advice and training from Andre Agassi after his loss at the Tennis Channel Open. As you may remember, Mark Philippoussis had done the same while recovering from various injuries. (Fox Sports)

High and dry in Dubai: Some fans in Dubai complained about the lack of taxis accessible to the tourney.

Activist athletes: A dying breed. (FSS)

Maria Sharapova - Dubai Lifestyle City

Developers in Dubai have been harnessing the celebrity of tennis to promote their projects. German company ACI has three office buildings named for German athletes — Michael Schumacher, Boris Becker, and Niki Lauda. But aside from having his name on the skyscraper, Becker has nothing to do with it (design, etc.).

And don’t forget Dubai Lifestyle City, the Tuscan-inspired development designed by Tony Ashai. It’s endorsed by Masha and will house an outpost of Nick Bollettieri‘s tennis academy.

(OT) OMG@ABDC: My friend Matt at OMG! went behind the scenes of America’s Best Dance Crew and here‘s what came out of it.

(OT) I was hoping it was a dream: I know that no amount of media training could ever prevent Hedi Fleiss from incessantly using “get laid” on Nightline, but when I woke up to this the other night, I really did think I was dreaming.

(Masha photo by Gulf News via DTL; Marat photo by LHK)


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