Andre Agassi Parents: Meet Emmanuel Agassi, Elizabeth Agassi
Andre Agassi was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Emmanuel “Mike” Agassi, a former Olympic boxer from Iran and American Elizabeth “Betty” Agassi née Dudley. His father is of Armenian and Assyrian heritage.
Andre Agassi’s mother, Betty, is a breast cancer survivor. He has three older siblings – Rita last wife of former number one Pancho Gonzales, Philip and Tami. Andre was given the middle name Kirk after Kirk Kerkorian, an Armenian American billionaire.
Emmanuel Agassi, then a waiter at Tropicana Las Vegas, had met Kerkorian in 1963.
At the age of 12, Agassi and his good friend and doubles partner, Roddy Parks, won the 1982 National Indoor Boys 14s Doubles Championship in Chicago. Agassi describes memorable experiences and juvenile pranks with Roddy in his book Open.
Andre Agassi was born to Emanuel Aghassian and Elizabeth Agassi
Who is Emmanuel Agassi?
Emanuel Aghassian was an Olympic boxer from Iran and the father and coach of American tennis player Andre Agassi.
He represented Iran at the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics.
Agassi was born in Salmas, Pahlavi Iran to Assyrian and Armenian parents however in his own words, his father, David Agassi, was a Ukrainian Armenian from Kiev and mother was Armenian from the Ottoman Empire.
He was raised in a Christian household in Tehran, Iran’s capital. One of his ancestors had changed his surname from Aghassian to Agassi to avoid Ottoman persecution.
Who is Elizabeth Agassi?
Elizabeth Agassi is the former wife of Emmanuel Agassi. she is also the mother of the retired Tennis Legend, Andre Agassi. she met her boyfriend through their mutual friendship. she gave birth to four children namely Rita Agassi in 1960, Philip Agassi in 1962, Tamara Agassi in 1967, and Andre Agassi in 1970.