Andre Agassi is a Vegas boy, born and raised. But he's not from the bright lights, roll 'em side of town. He's from the Vegas of neighborhoods, churches, and schools, the Vegas that the 33-year-old tennis vet says taught him that anything is possible. The son of a mother who worked at an unemployment office and a dad who helped run the Jubilee show, Agassi got his first taste of pro tennis as a ball boy for tournaments at Caesars Palace, and began his rise to what has become almost two decades in the upper rankings of his sport. Although he once blazed across the court in long hair and day-glo clothing, Agassi is now as down- to-earth as the next guy, living in Vegas with his wife, retired tennis pro Steffi Graf, and their two children. Although he still travels to tournaments much of the year, Agassi has left a legacy to his hometown: the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, which has raised more than $35 million for children's charities, and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, which educates some 250 students. Here's a weekend in the city where Andre Agassi learned to win.
Where do you go first after returning home from a tournament or appearance?
"A good restaurant, because Vegas has come so far in their cuisine and dining options. I love Nobhill at the MGM Grand. It's a phenomenal restaurant. For steak, I love Delmonico at the Venetian. Go for the filet, charred medium. With the family, go up in Summerlin to a place called Sedona. Actually, I'm a partner in it, and it feels like home to go to the place that you helped create."