LAS VEGAS, NV. The Barry
Levinson Law Classic is one of the largest and most competitive tournaments in
Nevada history. The tournament boasts such famous former entrants as Andre
Agassi, his sister Rita and brother Fillip, former # 1 ranked junior Joey Blake,
Christain and Catrina Thompson (now NCAA ranked #1 in doubles) and many others.
Never in the history of the
event have three sisters swept the 12's, 14's and 16's age division. This past
weekend the Eslami family from California came into town and did just that.
This tennis town was created by
the superstar Andre Agassi and his father who coached him to stardom.
Now Ali Eslami, also an
immigrant from Iran talks about what tennis means to him and his family much
like Mr. Agassi describes his opportunity for freedom. "In my native country
which is Iran if I try to talk about my kids' dreams and their goals I will end
up thrown in jail or worse I would be killed. I am truly grateful for the
opportunity and freedom that my girls have here and we do not take it for
"These girls have talent" said
tournament Director Ryan Wolfington. "They will definitely get a full college
scholarship and play some pro, the only question is will they make top 200 in
the world and that is hard to know at this stage."
"I came from the same country
that Mike Agassi came from and Mike has been a big inspiration for me through my
struggles and hardship," said proud father Ali Eslami.
Mr. Agassi, who is a sponsor of
this tournament, is always happy to see fellow Iranian immigrants come into the
game of tennis, and has invited the girls to play at his house. This is quite an
honor considering Mike Agassi's genius is responsible for much of the modern
style of play you see on the men's tour.
For more details call tournament
Director Ryan Wolfington at 702-822-1081