Courting Shields to the Altar May Help Agassi on the Court
Young, Josh, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
The talk of tennis this week is Andre Agassi's marriage to Brooke Shields. While stodgy old guard followers of the sport will complain that this has nothing to do with tennis, the fact is that it does.
Agassi has been asked about the wedding by everyone from the tennis press to Jay Leno since the beginning of the year. Over the past two weeks, gossip queen Liz Smith has reported on possible wedding sites. Since more people have asked me about the wedding than about any other issue in tennis this year, here are the details. . . .
Agassi and Shields, who met four years ago at a tennis match, were married Saturday night at St. John's Chapel in Monterey, Calif., by Charles Gard, a Catholic priest from Los Angeles who is a longtime friend of the Shields family.
The 150 guests were told in February to fly to the Monterey area last weekend. They were driven to the chapel and to the wedding reception, which was held at the elegant Stone Pine Resort in the Carmel highlands. Interestingly, the wedding was a down-to-earth, non-celebrity event.
In fact, there was not one single recognizable celebrity at the wedding. No Barbra Streisand, no Michael Bolton, not even John McEnroe. Several members from the Broadway cast of "Grease," which Shields starred in, did attend. The sparse crowd from the tennis world included Agassi's coach, Brad Gilbert, and David Pate.
Perry Rogers, Agassi's life-long friend who runs Agassi Enterprises, was the best man and his brother, Phil, and strength coach Gil Reyes were among the ushers. The groom wore a black tuxedo with a white tie, and the bride wore a traditional white gown with a 5-foot train.
Agassi, who is clearly maturing personally, has been unfocused on the tennis court this year. One of his best weeks in the rankings was last week, as he rose from No. 29 to No. 26 during his wedding. Perhaps this life-affirming event will change his attitude, which is, after all, how he wins tennis matches.
Agassi, who turns 27 on April 29, started the year by skipping the Australian Open and showing up at the Golden Globe awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., with Shields. Then, Agassi was so out of shape he sprained his ankle and missed the United States-Brazil first-round Davis Cup match. Currently, he is on a five-match losing streak on the ATP Tour, the worst of his career. …