Mike Agassi, a fixture of the Las Vegas hotel-casino community and father of Andre Agassi, dies

Mike Agassi, a fixture of the Las Vegas hotel-casino community and father of Andre Agassi, dies

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  • John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 29, 2021 11:55 PM
  • John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Review-Journal

    Mike Agassi, the Las Vegas casino ambassador who pushed his son, Andre, to tennis greatness, has died.

    Mike Agassi passed away at at Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Tenaya Avenue facility at 9:17 p.m. Friday, Andre Agassi confirmed through text Tuesday night. He was 90.

    Andre Agassi said plans for any memorial would be kept private. The tennis legend offered no further comment.

    Born in Iran, Emmanuel Agassi was an Olympic boxer for his homeland in 1948 and 1952. After the Games, he followed his brother, Samuel, to Chicago. He changed his name to “Mike” upon immigrating. In 1963, he moved to Las Vegas to take a job at the Tropicana hotel-casino. Agassi quickly and took note of the hotel’s largely inactive tennis courts.