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18-09-2006
Le co-auteur Cobello du livre de Mike Agassi "The Agassi Story" , indique un projet de 4 dvds sur l'univers de dédé , de son enfance à aujourd'hui : Agassi Story Draws International Attention; DVD Package Planned



"The response has been tremendous," Cobello said. "The Agassi story is a true success story and it appeals to people all over the world. It shows what a popular and influential figure Andre Agassi is all over the world."

You may be able to take a brief trip into Andre Agassi's world without leaving your living room.

In a related project, Mike Agassi has filmed a documentary of The Agassi Story. Cobello spent time in Las Vegas with Agassi's parents, Mike and Betty, recording interviews for the project the pair hope to release as a four DVD box set in the future.

The documentary takes viewers on a journey to several Agassi landmarks in Vegas and recounts a "near-death" experience of a 3-year-old Andre Agassi, Cobello told Tennis Week.

"Nothing has been left out in this documentary. We go to the hospital where the kids where born, the first house where they grew up, which was on the same street as (former heavyweight champion) Sonny Liston and we see Andre's famous work in Vegas with his charter school," said Cobello, who is negotiating for an initial television airing followed by a DVD release. "We also see his fitness center, The Andre Agassi fitness center and the Sedona restaurant chain. We try to take the viewers into Andre's world. I hope to interview (Agassi's sister) Rita in this one and I would love Andre to be in it as well."

Cobello said he is currently negotiating a distribution deal for the DVD collection.

"This DVD box collection contains the documentary with Mike Agassi, lessons from top tennis professionals, a photo collection and one of Andre's championship matches detailed in the Agassi Story," Cobello said. "This book and the DVD collection brings you into the heart of the Agassi family and you can feel all kinds of emotion that the family felt. One thing very interesting people tell us who have read the book is that every time that Andre plays a match in the book, it's like if you were sitting besides Mike and watching with him because Mike is so revealing with his thoughts and emotions."

As a child, the eight-time Grand Slam champion found a lifetime of inspiration in his own living room. Both of Agassi's parents set an example with the work ethic he would emulate as a tennis player. His father, Mike, who grew up from an impoverished childhood in Tehran and grew into an Olympic boxer for Iran, arrived in New York at the age of 22 with $26 in his pocket and a more meager English vocabulary. He was the type of man whose idea of settling a dispute was pounding his fist in your face.

Spending $22 on a bus ticket to Chicago, Mike Agassi began his journey with $4 in his pocket and a wealth of dreams in his head. Six years after arriving in Chicago, Agassi met and a shy, blue-eyed beauty, Elizabeth "Betty" Dudley and the couple soon married and moved to Las Vegas where they raised four children.

Mike Agassi has devoted much of his life to teaching tennis and was honored for his contributions to tennis and the Las Vegas community in a tribute last spring. Famed singer Tony Bennett performed in front of 300 guests in the celebration of Mike Agassi’s career at the Stirling Club in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the event — as well as Mike Agassi's earnings from The Agassi Story — benefit the Mike Agassi and Nate Schulman Jr. Tennis Scholarship Fund.
 
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