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Agassi, Graf Enjoy Wimbledon Again, Celine (Hearts) Adele

July 6, 2012

Norm Clarke

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, living up to their status as the First Couple of Tennis, had a royal Fourth of July at Wimbledon.

They sat in the front row of the Royal Box as guests of Prince William, the duke of Cambridge, and his wife, Kate, the duchess of Cambridge.

Agassi and Graf chatted with the duke and duchess while watching six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer of Switzerland advance to the semifinals after overpowering Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

Also joining the royals: Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, who holds the record for most singles titles (200). He was the world's No. 1 player from 1964 to 1970.

Agassi was celebrating the 20th anniversary of his lone Wimbledon title. Graf also won that year, one of her seven Wimbledon titles.

The Las Vegas royal couple and their children, Jaden, 10, and Jaz, 8, fly from London to Genoa, Italy, this week for a Mediterranean cruise aboard a superyacht owned by U.S. industrialist Dennis Washington.

The Montana-based billionaire/philanthropist owns the 330-foot- long Attessa IV, reportedly the longest yacht in North America and the 23rd- longest private yacht in the world. Washington celebrates his 78th birthday on July 27.


Add Celine Dion to Adele's swelling fan club.

Since her return to Caesars Palace on June 8 after a throat crisis, Dion has been covering Adele's hit "Rolling in the Deep."

Dion's husband and manager, Rene Angelil, explained in a telephone interview on Wednesday how it happened.

"She doesn't buy many records, but one in her car she heard her sing and asked me to buy (the Adele album)," Angelil said. That was about three months ago.

Angelil remembered his history: Back in the '70s, Frank Sinatra covered Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs," although he changed the wording to "I Sing the Songs."

"I thought if Sinatra can cover Barry Manilow, then Celine can cover Adele," Angelil said. "She's a big fan. It worked, and people are raving about it."

After her Fourth of July show, Celine went to the recording studio to add Jacque Brel's 1959 classic "Ne Me Quitte Pas" to her upcoming English album.

She ends her latest engagement Sunday then returns late this month.


Las Vegas musician Robby LeBlanc reported on Tuesday that he had reached Africa's tallest peak in his bid to summit 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro.

From his Facebook postings on Wednesday, it appeared he had made it to the uppermost base camp before descending.

A diabetic who shed 82 pounds from his 360-pound frame for the challenging attempt, LeBlanc celebrated by playing a shortened version of "Amazing Grace" in zero-degree temperatures on the guitar he took with him.

We'll have more when he returns this week.


Randi Sundquist, a UNLV student from Elko, is the new Miss Nevada, and 15-year-old singing star Elle Smith has won Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen. The competition was held Tuesday at the Casablanca hotel-casino in Mesquite.


Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond, with husband Steve Craig and their family at Lucille's BBQ on Wednesday for a Fourth of July outing.


"A lot of times people in the witness protection program get plastic surgery. That's why the Mafia spent so much time looking for Sammy 'The Cat Lady' Gravano.' " - Craig Ferguson

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