Andre Agassi says he doesn't "take for granted" kids and family

08/31/2007 at 03:00 PM ET

Tennis star Andre Agassi, 37, married to retired tennis pro, Steffi Graf, 38, spoke about the importance of family and how much he now appreciates it. Andre and his wife have two children, a son named Jaden, 5, and a daughter Jaz, 3. Andre explains how he views life a little differently now that he has children and says,

In order to discover your children, you have to sort of come to terms with yourself. When you start looking at life through the lens of a 3-year-old, it’s like your whole filter changes. Everything you look at is like a painting that’s been restored. Everything is alive again, because you just don’t take it for granted.

Andre and Steffi share a happy marriage that is made strong through balance in their relationship and mutual respect for one another. Andre says,

She is a lady of a few words, and her actions speak volumes, and her values are reflected every day in how she lives. I try to learn from her. I pour myself into something, and I get crazy with it, and then I get burned out, and I sort of have to regroup. She stays the course in a way that allows me to jump around in a big safety net.

What has transcended everything has been the common ground we share and our basic approach toward life. It’s better to be lucky than good sometimes. I don’t feel like I have any answer to how to have successful relationships, but I do feel overwhelmed with the joy that I feel every day.

Andre is keeping busy with projects such as writing his memoirs, designing a furniture line and developing a series of real estate projects.

Source: Parade

Did you notice a change in the way you viewed life after having children? How so?


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Such a humanitarian man. I love to see him with his family, they look so happy.

Campbell on

My husband(a huge tennis fan)and I admire AA very much. He is very reflective and well spoken. His children are indeed blessed.

Nausicaa on

I’m 17, so I don’t have any kids yet, but I agree it sometimes does help immensely to look through a child’s eyes. A 3-year-old girl I know has that effect on me. I’m actually quite a pessimistic, antisocial person, so it does wonders for me to play with kids and rediscover life. The girl is from a blonde family, and my parents, brother and I all have black hair. She’s so fascinated by the fact that our families look so different, and yet alike in that there’s a mom, a dad and a brother. There’s so many simple pleasures in life that are easy to overlook. Thank goodness for children.