Tennis legend Steffi Graf's father, Peter Graf, has died at the age of 75. The German sports star's dad died from cancer on Sunday (01Dec13) in Mannheim, Germany, according to various media reports.
Peter served as his daughter's coach and manager during her successful career, helping her achieve an impressive 22 Grand Slam titles.
The two had a falling out in 1997, when he was sentenced to prison for tax evasion.
He spent a year behind bars but mended his strained relationship with his daughter long before his death.
Agassi confesses they were a terrible match, but blames himself for the ill-fated union - which ended in divorce in 1999 - claiming he clung to Shields in a desperate bid to find happiness during an emotional meltdown.
He explains, "(I was) 27 years old, ranked 141 in the world and in a marriage that I shouldn't be (sic) in... I didn't want to be playing tennis either so my life was filled with things I didn't want, things I didn't choose. Part of it was an inability to find a place for anything really."
Agassi married fellow tennis champion Steffi Graf in October 2001. They share an eight-year-old son, Jaden Gil, and a six-year-old daughter, Jaz Elle.
The revelations feature in Agassi's new memoir Open, in which he also admits to taking crystal methamphetamines and deliberately throwing tennis matches.
The retired athlete, who is married to German tennis champ Steffi Graf, confesses he regularly used the drug to get high in the late 1990s in his new memoir Open.
He tells People.com, "I can't speak to addiction, but a lot of people would say that if you're using anything as an escape, you have a problem."
And he admits he initially worried about what his fans would think about his drug confession: "I was worried for a moment, but not for long... I was actually excited about telling the world the whole story."
San Diego, California businessman Jeff Jacobs bid $50,000 (GBP33,300) at a weekend auction, so his wife could play a part in an unnamed Damon project.
Jacob's wife told the Las Vegas Journal-Review she planned to "attack him" when asked what she'd do upon meeting her movie hero.
The auction was held as part of former tennis ace Andre Agassi's charity weekend in Sin City. Other top items included soccer lessons from David Beckham ($60,000/GBP40,000), and the chance to vacation with Agassi and his wife Steffi Graf in Georgia.
Tennis legends Andre Agassi and Steffie Graf welcomed their first child on Friday, as their son, Jaden Gil, was born at a Las Vegas hospital. "This is the most proud day of our lives," Agassi and Graf said in a press statement. "We are thankful for this wonderful gift and are excited to begin our new lives as parents," the couple told The Associated Press. The child--born three weeks earlier than expected--is the first for both Agassi and Graf, who have been dating since 1999. They were married this October.
Speculation surrounding the MPAA rating of the upcoming Harry Potter film was put to rest on Sunday, following publication of London's The Sunday Times, which reported that the movie will receive a PG rating, allowing children of all ages to attend screenings.
Danger looms for CBS' new Sunday drama The Education of Max Bickford, according to Reuters. The show's creators--Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin--have surrendered control of the show to supervising producer Joe Cacaci.
Michael Jackson's publicist announced Friday that the studio recording for the singer's highly anticipated tribute single "What More Can I Give" has been completed. The song is dedicated to those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Organizers of three all-star benefit concerts this weekend have so far raised an estimated at $17 million, The Associated Press reports. The New York concert, which featured Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Elton John, raised approximately $14 million while the United We Stand concert in Washington raised about $3 million. Ticket sales figures for the Nashville charity concert were not available Monday. A concert in Seattle featuring R.E.M. also raised $1 million for a United Nations food program.
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf were married Monday in a private ceremony by a Las Vegas judge, Reuters reports. The two are expecting their first child in December.
An independent inquiry found significant failings in the care of paranoid schizophrenic Michael Abram, who stabbed former Beatle George Harrison at his home in December 1999. The probe found that Abram went untreated despite numerous contacts with mental health and drug services before he was discharged from a psychiatric hospital in November 1999. The report also criticized community health services for not notifying Abram's family after his discharge, Reuters reports.
O.J. Simpson testified at his road rage trial in Miami that Jeffrey Pattinson "puffed up like a bullfrog and went off," People.com reports. Pattinson, who lives near Simpson, claims Simpson ran a stop sign and flew into a rage when he honked his horn. Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her friend in 1995, but was later held responsible for their deaths in a civil trial.
James Brown's former security chief pleaded guilty to forgery, property damage and stealing $75,000 from the singer, AP reports. Richard Glenn, who was arrested in May 2000 after a fire destroyed a business office for James Brown Enterprises, was sentenced to 15 years on Friday.
Country singer Johnny Cash was released from Baptist Hospital in Nashville Monday after recovering from a two-week bout with bronchitis, Reuters reports. Cash was admitted to the hospital Oct. 7. He suffers from autonomic neuropathy, which makes him susceptible to pneumonia.
Fox on Monday announced plans to re-release Moulin Rouge on Nov. 21, with special engagements in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. According to Variety, the theatrical re-release will not affect its home video release on Dec. 18.
First week sales for Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace have set a record with an estimated 2.2 million DVD units purchased by consumers since its release on Oct. 16, Variety reports. The sales equate to more than $45 million in consumer spending on the DVD.
Jerry Springer will be replacing talk show host Dick Cavett in the production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show reopening on Broadway Oct. 30. According to Variety, Springer played the narrator 20 years ago in a Cincinnati Playhouse production of Rocky Horror.
While the Spice Girls have not decided whether to split the band, two members have confirmed they have dumped their manager Nancy Phillips. Melanie Brown and Victoria Beckham blame Phillips for their lack of success as solo artists, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell will be launching a sex education Web site this week aimed at children under the age of 16.
Catfight! Catfight! Supermodel and teen pinup in white! Teen tennis sensation Anna Kournikova has gotten herself into some trouble after a catty remark directed at British supermodel and actress Elizabeth Hurley and has even been threatened by a Hurley follower over the remark.
Kournikova, 19, told reporters that the "Austin Powers" beauty’s face was "so ugly" after the pair were seated near each other at a recent Buckingham Palace charity tennis event.
The tennis player has now been warned by London officials to exercise caution when she’s out in public.
British TV anchor Sophie Raworth received an unsigned letter from a Hurley fan who was outraged by the remakes and wants revenge against the athlete, the New York Daily News reports. The letter writer said he was a member of a group of right-wing neo-Nazis called Combat 18.
The tennis world takes such matters especially seriously after the 1993 stabbing of Monica Seles during a tournament in Hamburg, Germany, by a fan of Steffi Graf. Seles left the sport for two years after the attack.
When asked about Kournikova’s remarks, Hurley replied, "Anna’s a very pretty girl," according to Mr.Showbiz.com.