Over the holiday break, Andre Agassi helped a high school basketball team win its annual tournament. No, really, he did. The trick is that the Agassi in question probably isn't the one you're thinking of.
As first highlighted by the Nashville Tennessean, Father Ryan (Tenn.) School's boys basketball team features a star named Andre Agassi. The 6-foot-1 senior forward is shooting better than 50 percent from the floor in his final high school season, and led the Fighting Irish to a dominant, 54-38 win over Hillsboro (Tenn.) High in the championship of the Father Ryan Invitational over the holiday break.
The win marked the first time since 2004 that Father Ryan captured its own annual tournament, a momentous victory for Agassi, yet one that hardly registers on the overall accomplishments of all those who have shared the name across the years.
For what it's worth, Agassi says that his family named him Andre before the more notable tennis star's celebrity peaked. Agassi had won Wimbledon before the high school senior's birth in 1993, but then went on to capture both the U.S. Open and Australian Open by the time the Father Ryan senior was 2.
By age 6, the tennis Agassi had married Brooke Shields and become just the fifth player to win all four tennis majors, cementing the tennis Agassi's fame and setting in motion the series of questions that would be asked to the high school Agassi for the rest of his life.
No, he's not related to the famous tennis player.
No, he wasn't named after him.
And yes, he gets asked about it all the time.
"It's kind of a coincidence," Agassi told the Tennessean. "We had the last name before. He was playing tennis, but he didn't really blow up until I was little."