The Agassi Story

The Agassi Story

The Agassi Story

The Agassi Story


The story of the world's true tennis greats and an extended insight into one of the famous 'tennis dads' - Andre Agassi's father Mike - who pushed all his children remorselessly until one made all his sacrifices worthwhile.


Believe me, I know what it feels like to be on the outside. I've spent the better part of my life on the fringes. I was born in Persia—later called Iran—in 1930 to Armenian parents, a Christian in an overwhelmingly Muslim country.

I remained an outsider in America, where I emigrated at age 21 with almost no money and even less English.

My outsider status was cemented when, years later, my kids began playing competitive tennis. To the other parents, I was an appallingly middle-class Armenian casino worker from Las Vegas by way of Tehran, trying to involve my kids in the ultimate upperclass sport.

Today, however, I am on the inside. I have an all-access pass to the 2002 Men's Finals of the U. S. Open at Arthur Ashe stadium, a match in which my son Andre is competing against his long-time rival, Pete Sampras.

My wife, Betty, who I met in June of 1959 and married two months later, is with me, along with Andre's wife, tennis legend Steffi Graf, and their son, Jaden. Seated in one of the luxury boxes, among the best seats in the house, we are nervous, as though we are the ones expected to face Pete on this perfect September Sunday in New York.

Today's sky is as blue as it was nearly a year ago, when, mere . . .

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