Schooled the Agassi way
The taxi route from McCarran International Airport flirts with the centre of Las Vegas, brushing past the strip's famous casinos - Caesar's Palace, The Bellagio, Mandalay Bay - all dripping in dollars.
Inside, millions are at stake with dice, cards and slots. Outside, massive billboards promote the latest money-spinning shows of Celine Dion or Elton John.
You find yourself hanging out of the window gawping at the latest over-the-top hotel, but quickly the Vegas we've all heard about is left behind. The architecture returns to normal. We come off the I-15 for West Lake Mead Boulevard and we're in a different world.
We're still in the heart of the city but now the streets are tough with many of the houses ramshackle structures, on some children are on the steps, seemingly oblivious to the excesses down the road. Welcome to Las Vegas.
As we turn the corner, in this mostly deprived neighbourhood, a smart building looms - "The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy". Agassi Prep, for short.
I've been looking forward to visiting this place for a long time. Some people think it's a tennis academy, others that it's a fee-paying private establishment. But in simple terms, it's a primary school, albeit a primary school set up and funded by a successful tennis player with the aim of improving underprivileged children's lives.
I'm here to talk tennis with the 1992 Wimbledon Champion and mark the 20th anniversary of the time he defied the odds, and a self-confessed dislike of the place, to win the greatest tournament.
First I have a little time to look around the school, with its colourful, welcoming classrooms and meet a few of the polite and respectful pupils. This year, the head teacher tells me, has seen the biggest rise in pupil numbers since the school moved from three grades only to full 5-12 age groups.
Then Agassi arrives, without fanfare, wearing a black polo-necked sweater and jeans. He looks in great shape, five-set shape and is softly spoken and welcoming.
Andre Agassi defied the odds, the establishment and his own expectations to win Wimbledon in 1992
He's here at least once a week and continues to play an active role in the school's development, indeed a few hours after my visit he is in a meeting room with the head and a couple of service providers.
"I was fortunate enough to have tennis to fall back on, I was a ninth-grade drop-out," he says. "When I think about these children and if they get into a life that they don't choose, where do they end up? Prison, gangs? To give them a future that they can choose is, for me, the best of all of it."
On to tennis. Amazingly it's 20 years since the mullet (wig) held on by the white trucker's cap and the pigeon walk on the grass he claimed to despise.
Back-to-back wins from the baseline, over three of the great serve-volleyers in Becker, McEnroe and Ivanisevic - secured a very unique place in Wimbledon history.
"I felt like it was my worst surface at the time," he says in an interview to be broadcast on 5 live at 21:30 BST on Wednesday. "But Wimbledon became a shot-making tournament for me, a place where if you hit one good ball you could take the lead in a point."
"When I played Becker in the quarters, that was his court at the time. He was the one to beat. When I beat him five, I was thinking 'is this possible for me to win'? The best thing that could have happened to me was to be the underdog in the final."
I knew playing Ivanisevic that I was going to have to do something special and I assumed I was going to lose. I went out there and let my shots fly and it taught me how to win."
We also talk about his nightmare debut in 1990 when he was thrashed by Henri Leconte in the first round and what he regarded as a massive missed opportunity the following year when beaten by David Wheaton.
"I told [coach] Nick Bollettieri that I was never going back. I felt like I was intruding on the event. There was different locker room for the seeds, and they got the practice time on the courts. I had to carry my badge everywhere I went, showing it to get in the club. I felt that, not only did I not want to be there, but they didn't want me there."
We talk about the influence of his father, who made him "hate" the sport we thought he loved, and about his recent, brutally honest book that contained the staggering confession he had covered up a positive drugs test, lying to authorities to avoid a ban.
He knows he has made mistakes. He knows he has lost admirers in the last couple of years. But he will return to Wimbledon this summer knowing, whatever people think of him, his school continues to change lives for the better and his Wimbledon win continues to inspire tennis challengers to this day.