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07-12-2006

Andre est de retour pour 2 exhibitions cette semaine.

Il jouera ce jeudi soir pour "the Genworth Childrens Charity Classic" face à James Blake, et en doubles avec Steffi.
L'argent ramassé sera reversé pour la lutte contre le cancer à "Eastern Virginia Medical School".

La lutte contre le cancer, sera toujours quelquechose de spécial pour Andre, étant donné que sa mère et sa soeur sont des survivantes du cancer du sein. 

Vendredi soir Andre jouera contre Andy Roddick pour "the Roddick's exhibition" .

Voici entre autre un article : 

Agassi back in action to raise money for cancer
The Virginian-Pilot
© December 6, 2006

Andre Agassi was explaining over the phone how he and his wife, Steffi Graf, have launched the Agassi-Graf Collection, a new line of Kreiss furniture, when the party on the other end of the line said, "Your names are on the product?"

"Not just our names," Agassi said, "our blood, sweat and tears."

Agassi has also entered the hotel-development business; his company is designing a luxury resort in Idaho, with plans to create more health-conscious communities around the world. Then there's his restaurant company, which has opened establishments in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and also in California.
Retirement is keeping him sideline-to-sideline busy.

"I struggle with redundancy," he explained just before the U.S. Open, his final tournament. "I'm always looking for inspiration."

Looking for inspiration? Agassi is better known for providing it. As the tennis player with the most crossover appeal, he has inspired countless people to donate time and money for events that have raised tens of millions of dollars for his charitable foundation. The cornerstone of that organization is a charter school he built in his hometown of Las Vegas for mostly poor black kids.

Tennis' pied piper is coming to Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Convocation Center on Thursday night to play a match against James Blake and to help raise a half million dollars. It's money that will be used to fight cancer. Money that will go to the Eastern Virginia Medical School.

"This is pretty special," Agassi said by phone. "It's personal to me for many reasons."

His mother and sister are breast cancer survivors, but Agassi noted that "there's not a person on this planet who isn't touched by someone who's suffered from cancer. It's personal for all of us."

Agassi embraces the idea that he's a role model. "But everybody's a role model," he said. "What we choose to care about has a ripple effect."

Agassi's long career - the good, bad and confusing - rippled through America's sporting scene. Anyone familiar with his journey is aware of Agassi's gradual transformation from "a haircut and a forehand" - Ivan Lendl's dismissive portrayal - to revered tennis ambassador and committed philanthropist.

More than most athletes - more than just about anyone of his generation - Agassi is leveraging his rock star fame for good. But when asked about all that he's invested in his causes, he deflects praise, wondering aloud how Blake can donate so much of his time during the thick of his career.

There's some irony to be found in the good works of both men. Elite tennis players are reputed to be among the world's most self-indulgent athletes. That was Agassi's image before he added a heavy dose of humanity to his game.

"Athletes have a bigger platform now because of technology and the media," he said. "How many people we can reach is greater than it used to be. I hope the next wave of tennis players that comes along doesn't just desire to be on TV and endorse products. I would like to see them making a difference in people's lives in a real way."

Fans coming to the Constant Center to see Agassi will be glad to know that the bad back that played havoc with his farewell tour is much better now. "I've strengthened it dramatically," he said.

He still plays the occasional exhibition, but the best thing he's done for his body, he said, is refrain from subjecting it to the rigors of the tournament grind.

Here's an easy prediction: Agassi's mere presence Thursday night will elicit standing ovations. But the man who was the sport's best showman - and probably still is - wants to entertain.

"I'm a little uptight that I haven't spent as much time on the court as I'd like," he said. "Steffi tells me that it's OK, that people don't expect me to do too much."

In many ways, for those Agassi has inspired, he's already done enough.

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