Andre Agassi to continue pickleball association, becomes chair of board at Life Time

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Tuesday, 27 February 2024 at 22:30
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Andre Agassi was named as the inaugural chair of Life Time's newly formed Pickleball and Tennis Board. The former world No. 1 continues to be one of the prominent figures in the midst of the growth of pickleball and will lead the future of the company alongside Life Time CEO Bahram Akradi.
Both will serve as co-chairs of the Life Time board, a company that has been investing in tennis since 2002 with nearly 30 sports clubs across the United States and has shifted its focus to pickleball since 2021, boasting 630 courts in 130 of its clubs.
The 8-times Grand Slam champion garnered significant attention for the Pickleball Slam exhibitions, first alongside Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, and Michael Chang. Several months later, a second edition was played, this time mixed doubles, where Agassi partnered with his wife Stefi Graf, facing off against McEnroe and Maria Sharapova.
The American expressed his excitement for this new challenge: 'I strongly support the ongoing growth of tennis and pickleball and could not be more excited to partner with Bahram and Life Time as we work to elevate these sports as staple elements for millions of people living healthy, active, and happy lives,' said Agassi.
"Life Time CEO Bahram Akradi also had words of congratulations for Agassi on his new role and the iconic career he had in tennis: 'I have enjoyed Andre's illustrious career for more than four decades. He continues to be an inspiration to me and millions of others, both on and off the court,' said Akradi.
"As a long-time friend and business partner, having Andre lead our Life Time Pickleball and Tennis Board is a true honor. Together, I foresee endless possibilities for the impact we will have in the racquet community," Akradi added.

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