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Andre Agassi

July 9, 2011 by staff 

Andre AgassiAndre Agassi, For many tennis players, induction into the Hall of Fame International Tennis is a cornerstone of his career. For the Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi eight times, which is a platform for their work towards the reform of public education. Agassi has risen to 150 million through his foundation opened a tuition-free charter school in a district at risk Las Vegas is close to opening another in North Philadelphia, and provides a network of 75 across the country.

This is the Andre Agassi of the “image is everything” TV ads? I think not. “Our dreams are much broader than” Agassi is installed, Steve Miller, executive director of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, said Friday that he and other members of the delegation Agassi were on the grounds of the Hall of Fame the eve of the ceremonies on Saturday. “As a result, have a platform to tell our story, you could not buy ‘opportunity.

“Andre is the kind of person who does not waste opportunities.”

Agassi, 41, has always been to maximize their opportunities in the sport that was pushed by his father, either with his return of service and impressive power play of the two wings or shaking the world of fashion in clothes normally not seen in court.

“I have opened the sport to people who otherwise would not be interested,” Agassi said Friday. “I hope I brought people to the game. I hope I inspired the children who are out there now doing better than I did. …

“You do not realize at the time when I was wearing jean shorts on the court, many people said it was the wrong thing to do. I had the ability to impact more people” that way.

He has had an impact on all stages of their lives. In his best-selling autobiography Open, which was not shy in revealing their frustrations and hatred, including how his father treats him like a commodity to be packaged and delivered as a tennis prodigy. Agassi wrote about the use of crystal meth – and move a drug test to revitalize his career not with time and put it on the road that leads to Newport for the celebration of an extraordinary career.

“I really wanted to show the difficulties of our sport so that people identify more with athletes in tennis,” said writing the book.

And now that the Hall of Fame has recognized his achievements tennis?

“This is one of the rare times in my life that really come with any expectations,” Agassi said Friday. “I’ve seen everyone is fooled by what (induction) is -. And amazed by the emotions we feel to be an important moment for me.”

But tennis has always been secondary. It has “given me my school and my wife has given me,” Agassi said of his marriage to tennis legend and 2004 Hall of Famer Steffi Graf, a love story clearly an integral part of their welfare.

“When I first came into our lives Steffi, she came to see our (legendary) training sessions,” said Gil Reyes, the life coach of Agassi, who tears several times in the courtroom on Friday to talk about his friend as a man “good, good boy. It was like one of my children.”

On the way home from Agassi won the gold medal at Atlanta Olympics in 1996, Reyes reminded the champion who told him: “‘How soon can we get a house for his mother? Was always a dream for me? A month later, I had a house. ”

Agassi is passionate to the core of improving the lives of others, especially children. Where others hold that 500 children are on waiting lists for their schools, Agassi sees only failure.

“I’ve always tended to enjoy my failures instead of (enjoy) the achievements of,” he said, downplaying his leadership in education.

“I have changed many lives that otherwise would not have the opportunity to choose” the direction to follow, said of his work with youth from the city center and the underprivileged.

“I’m always thinking outside the box. There is no shortage of money (for education). We just have to find ways to solve problems through non-governmental organizations.”

He made millions on the court – even ranking fourth in the list of the game money of all time (and 30 million or more) – and millions of her in the capitalization of their ways rebels.

So how does the legendary figure that fill the windows of the museum’s Hall of Fame to think someone as contrary as Agassi get admitted?

“I think people would be surprised by the state of the world all around! And then,” he laughed, “I are in the Hall of Fame.”

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