Andre Agassi on the Importance of Education
Tennis legend, philanthropist, and Longines ambassador of Elegance Andre Agassi teamed up with the Swiss watch brand Longines and fine jeweler Shreve & Co. on Nov. 30 at the Stanford Shopping Center to host a fast serve contest followed by a Q&A with the USTA junior players to address the importance of education.
Andre Agassi has been a brand ambassador for Longines since 2007. With an unparalleled dedication to perfection, Agassi is the perfect match for the nearly 180-year-old Swiss watch brand, believes the company.
Andre turned pro at the age of 16, earned 60 men’s singles titles in his career, and was the first male player ever to win all four Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal.
The fastest serve contest with Agassi was the first of its kind at Shreve and Co. Twenty of the top ranked female junior players from the USTA’s Northern California division competed for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity provided by Longines.
Twelve year old Elena Van Linge from Menlo Park, CA was the talented young tennis player with the winning fastest serve. Elena will be flown to New York City to compete in the Longines Future Tennis Aces on the Road to the French Open against the top ranked girls ages 10-12 of the USTA Eastern Division in April 2012.
These young tennis stars will compete for a grand prize trip to Paris to play on the famous clay courts at Roland Garros with 16 players from around the world. The two finalists of the tournament in Paris will get the privilege to rally with Longines brand ambassador Stefanie Graf, Andre’s wife, and famed tennis star.
In addition to the fastest serve contest, Longines hosted a smash court competition for a small donation. The player with the fastest serve received exclusive autographed Andre Agassi keepsakes. Proceeds collected from the smash court will go towards the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education benefiting the Longines Elegance Scholarship Fund.