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AGASSI’S FORMER MANAGER FILES BREACH OF CONTRACT AGAINST STEFFI GRAF

Andre Agassi’s former manager Perry Rogers has filed a lawsuit against Agassi’s wife, retired tennis star Steffi Graf, for breach of contract.

In the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in Clark County District Court, Rogers is seeking $50,000 plus interest and legal fees for acting as her manager and agent since 2002.

Rogers’ attorney Donald J. Campbell on Saturday confirmed the lawsuit was filed, adding “At this time I’m not making any comments on or off the record.”

The Associated Press reported that Graf declined to comment through a spokesman. Agassi released a statement saying he was "saddened and disappointed" by the lawsuit.

According to the court document, Graf had agreed to grant Rogers a 15 percent partnership interest “in all business ventures in which she thereafter engaged” once Bear Stearns’ investment account achieved the stated value of $20 million.

When that benchmark was reached in January 2007, Graf began making the 15 percent income distributions to the Alliance Sports Management Company, doing business as Prism. Rogers, the company president, and Agassi each own 45 percent of stock in the company.

The document said Graf made those payments until October 2008.

Agassi and Rogers announced the end of their longtime business relationship in mid-October, calling it an amicable parting. Rogers’ statement at the time said they had been discussing a split for some time and it was "our desire not to let anything get in the way of our longstanding friendship."

–NORM CLARKE, Vegas Confidential

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