Back when we were wee lads and read Sport Illustrated religiously, we remember seeing a story about Andre Agassi and his dad. The basic gist was that the elder Agassi, struggling to gain a foothold in the American middle class, fell into some money and had a choice: buy some land in Las Vegas or purchase an automatic tennis ball machine. He chose the latter, only to see the land which was located on the Strip increase infinitely in value. But, he said, “I think I got a pretty good return on my investment.” Let’s just say it got a little dusty in the room where we were reading the article.
Fast-forward 10 years, and the younger Agassi isn’t following his father’s advice. In the Feb/March issue of Outside’s Go, he opens up about his fledgling dreams of becoming a real estate mogul, starting with a condo purchase in Tamarack, Idaho:
“This,” [Tamarack] he says, gesturing out at the green and white and blue, “is more important than what I did with the game. We’re creating a platform for life here. … In tennis, there’s no coaching, no passing the ball. It’s problem solving at its purest. And that’s what business is: galvanizing and solving problems.”
Presumably, wife Steffi Graf has enough money to buy a ball machine.