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‘We are very happy’ – Andre Agassi reveals the secret to his 17-year marriage with Steffi Graf

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Despite their incredible joint fame, the life Andre Agassi enjoys with his wife Stephanie and their son Jaden and daughter Jaz is remarkably discrete.

 

 

Aside from occasional high profile appearances at publicity events that help to fund the Agassi Foundation and their schools network, Andre and Steffi enjoy living a relatively simple life that he believes provides the basis of their happiness since their marriage in 2001.

“We have no interest in creating unnecessary attention and we thrive in our own environment, which is our lives as a whole,” continues Agassi. “Not just us and our own family, but our friends, the people we see in our local grocery store and enjoying our life.

Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles during her tennis career and was ranked world number one.

“This life works for us and we are very happy. I don’t think there is any real secret to a happy marriage, but there are some necessary working parts.

“I think you need two whole people that truly don’t need each other, respect and love each other in a way that has full discipline and commitment. We are two individuals that have lived full lives and we don’t react to each other, we respond to each other.

“I think all too often, that discipline is lost in a marriage and that then spills over into a lack of respect and losing care for each other. That is when communications can break down. That gives you a chance to make the most of a beautiful opportunity when you meet someone very special in life.”

It is rare to come across a sporting great who offers such honest and forthright answers to questions coming his way in an interview, yet Agassi has always been a little different to the rest.

A rebel in his tennis career as he shunned the stuffiness of the sport for a rock and roll approach that earned him fans around the world, Agassi admits his biggest challenge now is working out how to be a perfect Dad.

“Being a parent is my greatest responsibility,” he adds. “Raising our two kids is out biggest joy and our biggest worry in many ways.

“You want to make the right decisions, you want to do what is best for them and that changes over time. Decisions get more precarious when they get older, worries get less but more intense. There is no answer to how to raise a 17-year-old because I have only ever had a 16-year-old so I’ll work that out next year.”

On so many levels, Andre Agassi’s life began when he put down his tennis racquet and ended his legendary career.

Eight Grand Slam titles that included wins in all four of the game’s major tournaments secured this Las Vegas showman a place in the tennis Hall of Fame long before he hit his final ball, yet the incredible legacy this 48-year-old has created in his sporting afterlife that put those achievements into shade.

The Andre Agassi Foundation set out on a mission to open a school to give kids in his home town a better start in life, but that dream has become a reality on the grand scale.

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Agassi’s Preparatory Academy opened its doors for the first time in 2001 and 17 years later, a further 80 schools across America are providing young kids with the kind of chance to get an education the mastermind behind the project missed out on when he devoted his life to sport at a young age.

Agassi admitted in his compelling autobiography ‘Open’ that he always resented the sport that made him a global superstar because it has deprived him of the childhood he craved, so he made it his mission to ensure the next generation would not be denied the chances that passed him by.

As he sat down with Independent.ie for an exclusive interview at Wimbledon’s All England Club, the icon who became a household name around the world told us that his greatest achievements have come away from the spotlight he is relieved to have walked away from.

“The way I see it, I gave up one third of your life to tennis prepare for the final two thirds and now I am trying to make the most of this period,” began Agassi, who is a Lavazza Global Ambassador to The Championships, Wimbledon.

“This sport gave me a lot and it took a lot from me as well and I can look back on it now with a little more clarity than I could do when my career was ongoing.

“I will always have mixed emotions about this game. I didn’t enjoy it when I was out on court at times, but I appreciate what it did for me and now I am trying to use the platform it has given me to give something to others.

“What I put myself through is one thing, but the rewards it has brought others has been more important than the eight Grand Slam wins, my Olympic gold medal or anything else.

“Changing lives of generations of kids who maybe have not had the kind of start in life they would have wanted is the greatest achievement of my life, without any question. This has been far more fulfilling than lifting a few people who watched me play tennis for a few hours or creating some kind of on-court legacy.

“I mean, who cares about a legacy on the court. None of us are going to be around to appreciate a tennis legacy and when you have a chance to change a child’s life for the better, you quickly get to a point where tennis means very little.

“The Foundation was set up with the aim of opening one school and now we have 81 schools. This is so much bigger than we would ever have imagined and we are very proud of it.”

Andre Agassi spoke to Independent.ie at a Lavazza event.

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Simone Biles and Boyfriend Jonathan Owens Wear Matching Outfit Colors for Date Night

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Simone Biles and NFL boyfriend Jonathan Owens have been the internet craze since they made their relationship public. The two met during the pandemic, and have been inseparable ever since.

The two spent the entire holiday season together, and often take to social media to share glimpses with fans who can’t help but adore them. Recently, they left fans drooling with pictures from their date night.

Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens twin in blue for a dinner date
Simone Biles met Jonathan Owens during the pandemic in 2020. Because of the lockdown soon after they met, the two were able to spend a lot of time together.

With a shared love for bulldogs, the two soon started going out and in August 2020, the lovebirds made their relationship official. Biles clearly is head over heels for Owens. Meanwhile, Owens himself has all the love and admiration for her.

The two spend the entire holiday season together, from Thanksgiving to New Years. They clearly love spending time with each other and can’t bear to stay apart.

On Sunday, the couple was out for a dinner date, wearing matching outfits. The duo looked stunning as they twinned in blue and black.

They took to their social media to post pictures of their date night.

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“Just trying to match yo fly,” posted Owens.

While Biles wore a beautiful blue crop top with black leather pants, Owens decided to match her wearing a black t-shirt with a blue imprint and finishing it off with black pants.

Owens admired Biles’ personality
Jonathan Owens has earlier also revealed that he really admired Biles’ personality. Biles is a happy-go-lucky person, even though she has gone through insurmountable odds.

“She’s always happy, giggly, bubbly. If I’ve had a tough day at the office, I wouldn’t want to take that home to her. Her personality, man….,” said Owens.

Owens really admired Biles’ energy and loves to spend time with his girlfriend.

Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens first went public with their relationship in August 2020
The two of them are extremely supportive of each other and encourage each other. Biles is often spotted cheering on Owens during his matches. Meanwhile, Owens also doesn’t fail to reciprocate the same.

Owens was also standing tall with Biles while she went through her struggles, backing up her decision to step down from Tokyo 2020. He really is her pillar of strength.

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Revealed: The Insane Amount of Earnings That Have Propelled Lewis Hamilton’s Net Worth to $300 Million Mark

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The thing about athletes like Lewis Hamilton that differentiates them from the rest is that they set such a high standard of results that anything below a win is termed as a disappointment. But in Hamilton’s case this year, everybody seemed to agree that he had one of the best seasons of his career.

And despite not being able to add his eighth and record-breaking championship to his mountain of achievements, the Mercedes driver added a lot of digits to his earnings.

In 2021, Lewis Hamilton earned a massive $70 million from Formula 1 in terms of salary and bonuses. And an additional $12 million from sponsorships.

This meant that the total earnings of $82 million made sure that for the first time in his career, Lewis Hamilton’s estimated net worth crossed over the mark of a quarter of a billion dollars.

Now with a net worth of $300 million, Hamilton is the eighth highest-paid athlete in the world.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after finishing first in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron
But in 2022, Lewis Hamilton might earn less compared to 2021.

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How much will Lewis Hamilton earn in salary in 2022?
In 2021, Lewis Hamilton agreed to a two-year contract extension. This saw him earn a salary of $55 million (excluding bonuses) as reported by Forbes. But in his final year of the contract, the one he is currently on, it is reported that Hamilton’s salary will take a dip.

According to a report, the Mercedes driver will earn $40 million in salary in 2022.

It’s also worth pointing out that the 2021 champion Max Verstappen retains his $25 million paycheck.

The reason for the pay cut in salary of the seven-time world champion could be the fact that he is edging towards the end of his career. But also because of the cost cap that F1 introduced in 2021.

Yet it’s not as if Lewis Hamilton doesn’t have an income flow from outside the sport.

He is undeniably one of the biggest names in the global sports landscape, and his magnanimous achievements have already made sure that he’ll remain an incredibly marketable name for years to come.

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Serena Williams’ Daughter Olympia Shows Off Impressive Tennis Backhand Swing: ‘Practice Makes Better’

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Serena Williams’ daughter, Olympia Ohanian, showcased her talents on the tennis court in a video posted to her Instagram on Monday

 

 

Olympia Ohanian is following in mom Serena Williams’ famous footsteps.

The 4-year-old tiny tot showed off her seriously impressive tennis skills in a new video posted to her Instagram account on Monday, showcasing a swing that rivals tennis players of all age groups.

“Practice makes better,” reads a simple caption accompanying the video, in which Olympia can be seen sporting a black-and-white workout getup while she effortlessly practices her backhand on the court.

“It’s Oracene [Price] all over again!” Williams’ sister, Venus, commented, referring to their mom, who also served as their tennis coach when they were younger.

Olympia’s tennis skills shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering Serena, 40, is one of the most decorated tennis players in the history of the sport, and the mommy-daughter duo spend a considerable amount of time practicing together.

“Honestly, we started because it’s a socially safe sport, and when COVID happened, it was like, we’re just in the house with a 3-year-old, what do we do?” the 23-time Grand Slam winner told PEOPLE of how Olympia got involved with the sport, adding, “There was only one answer, to my dismay.”

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Serena shares Olympia with husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, whom she wed in a star-studded event at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in November 2017.

And although Olympia clearly takes her tennis training seriously on and off the court — Serena recently showed fans her daughter’s personal gym equipment in a series of Instagram Stories earlier in January — Olympia also has an ear for music, as evidenced by her incredible piano playing.

“She likes tennis, but I don’t know. Honestly, she likes playing piano,” the fashion designer told Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last November. “When she was in my belly, I played a lot of piano music.”

“And she’s teaching me! Like, I’m not even kidding,” the tennis pro replied when Kimmel asked if Olympia was taking piano lessons. “I have a baby Mozart, [but] of course every parent thinks they have like, a baby Beethoven or whatever.”

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