Agassi Foundation Leads Las Vegas Challenger Revival
The year was 1997 and Andre Agassi was battling back from a wrist injury that sidelined him for much of the season. His position in the Emirates ATP Rankings dipped from the top spot to World No. 141 and the American would embark on a late-season ATP Challenger Tour campaign, seeking to rediscover his elite form and return to prominence. A local resident of Las Vegas, Agassi entered his home Challenger as the fifth seed and he would reach the final, eventually falling to Germany’s Christian Vinck.
The tournament would later disband after the 2000 season and 15 years later is a welcome addition to the Challenger calendar. Tennis in Las Vegas is close to Agassi's heart and with the Andre Agassi Foundation's support, the tournament's revival has become a reality.
“The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education was thrilled to be asked to be the partnering charity for the 2015 Las Vegas Tennis Open,” said foundation CEO Steve Miller. “Although the Agassi Foundation is primarily involved in educational activities, it also has a long history with local tennis events. We were pleased to learn the event was coming back to our community and Andre’s hometown.”
Top seed Austin Krajicek, a recent quarter-finalist at the ATP World Tour 500 event in Tokyo, leads a strong field in Las Vegas that also includes rising American teens Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Michael Mmoh and Jared Donaldson. Nine different players in the draw have won ATP Challenger Tour titles in 2015, including Krajicek, Fritz and Donaldson.
The tournament, held on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, is following a familiar recipe for success, with a multitude of off-court activities and entertainment on display to further engage the fans. A player party on the iconic Las Vegas strip, a kids day with over 100 children from the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, as well as circus and acrobatic shows are among the highlights.
The Andre Agassi Foundation seeks to transform public education and works to provide children in Las Vegas with a first‐class education to prepare them for excellence in college and beyond. Through state and national advocacy, the Foundation strives to increase investment in, and accountability for, public schools. To support the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education or to obtain additional information, please visit www.agassifoundation.org.