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2007 U.S. Clay Court Championships - Andre Agassi / Steffi Graf Special Appearance
Houston, Texas, USA - April 15, 2007
Photos by Jordan Chan and Cliff Kurtzman


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Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf made a guest appearance between the singles and doubles finals at the U.S. Clay Court Championships. The appearance was part of a reality show being produced by Oprah Winfrey. A needy elementary school in Texas City was selected as being in dire and unhealthy condition, and the focus of the reality show was to use celebrities like Agassi and Graf to quickly raise money for the school and the children attending. Agassi conducted several auctions with the fans in the stands, including a trip to Vegas to meet and see Celine Dion, and two trips to Vegas to have tennis lessons with himself and Steffi... which went for $70,000 each! Well over $200,000 was raised for the school. The photos below include shots of some of the happy auction winners along with students and teachers from the school.

After conducting the auction, Graf and Agassi rallied with each other, and then they challenged two of the ball kids to a rally. Coach Wayne Bryan (father of Mike and Bob Bryan and the emcee of festivities) had Andre and Steffi hold hands while playing as a handicap... it works for his sons, who have practiced that way, but it was a mistake in this instance, because Andre and Steffi had not be holding hands but for a few seconds when Andre hit a ball and followed through right into poor Steffi's mouth. Steffi required three stitches, which were given to her by one of the doctors who had just paid $70,000 for a tennis lesson! Andre felt terrible about it, but it was a pure accident and Steffi should have no lasting damage. I photographed the entire incident frame by frame below, and you can see the look of shock on Andre's face when he realizes what has happened.

 

Photos by Jordan Chan:
Tennis - Steffi Graf
Tennis - Andre Agassi - Steffi Graf kissing
Photos by Cliff Kurtzman:
Tennis - Steffi Graf - Jim McIngvale - Linda McIngvale
Tennis - Andre Agassi
Tennis - Andre Agassi - Wayne Bryan
Tennis - Andre Agassi





Photos by Jordan Chan:
Tennis - Andre Agassi
Tennis - Steffi Graf
Tennis - Andre Agassi
Tennis - Andre Agassi - Steffi Graf holding hands
Tennis - Andre Agassi
Tennis - Andre Agassi
Tennis - Andre Agassi
Photos by Cliff Kurtzman:
Tennis - Steffi Graf
Tennis - Steffi Graf
Tennis - Steffi Graf
Tennis - Steffi Graf
Tennis - Steffi Graf
Tennis - Steffi Graf
Tennis - Steffi Graf
Tennis - Steffi Graf - Andre Agassi kissing
Tennis - Steffi Graf - Andre Agassi holding hands
Tennis - Andre Agassi hitting Steffi Graf in mouth with tennis racquet
Tennis - Andre Agassi hitting Steffi Graf in mouth with tennis racquet
Tennis - Andre Agassi hitting Steffi Graf in mouth with tennis racquet
Tennis - Andre Agassi hitting Steffi Graf in mouth with tennis racquet
Tennis - Andre Agassi hitting Steffi Graf in mouth with tennis racquet
Tennis - Andre Agassi hitting Steffi Graf in mouth with tennis racquet
Tennis - Steffi Graf
Photos by Jordan Chan:
Tennis - Andre Agassi
Tennis - Andre Agassi
Photos by Cliff Kurtzman:
Tennis - Andre Agassi
Tennis - Andre Agassi
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