What do Sampras and Agassi really think of eachother?

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  1. BrooklynNY

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    Actually they've done that routine plenty of times before.


    Pete does the Andre walk impersonation.

    Andre does the half dead walking around like a sick dog behind the baseline, with his tongue hanging out of the side of his mouth, wiping his brow with his thumb.

    The crowd laughs, its good fun - look on youtube.

    They've done this routine before Andre is the one who decided to take it a level further this time, and try to sell some more books, by referencing a passage in his book on national TV.

    You guys are thinking it would have been bad if Pete drilled Andre with a ball, for christs sakes its a tennis ball, not a baseball. The court is 72 feet long, and he is standing behind the baseline. Even if he got hit square in the chest, it shouldn't hurt.
     
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    Agree Pete had plenty of ammo to fire back on AA, plenty but he took the high road. Those gay rumors and Graf and Sheilds were beards for Gil have been around forever. The drugs. Pete showed a lot of class by not letting that situation get way out of hand.
     
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    Agree with the point tennis needs more grudges and psyche battles like this, it makes it far more compelling. This exo was the talk of tennis, it's still a hot topic now years later. Wish more players would go at each other more like Andre and Pete went at it here.
     
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  4. marc45

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    agassi's used to pete having pinpoint control over his serve...it happened a million times to him before..just on the lines, not his face, but hey life begins anew

    brand new interview with pete by steve flink up on tennis channel website....pete's a great guy who has nothing but good to say about anyone (in particular jmac in this article) though the big 4 also get big praise..not to mention his concern over being a good father and husband...i do get the sense pete wants to do something more professionally but has trouble coming close to anything where his passion could be in it like the atp tour
     
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    or his level of ugliness..amazing how andre can find both levels
     
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  6. Matt H.

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    contrast and conflict is what breeds popularity.

    It's why boxing was in its hey day when Ali was running his mouth to Foreman and Fraser, and why tennis in the 80's with McEnroe vs. Bjorg/Connors was mainstream.

    I loved the Sampras vs. Agassi rivilary. They maintained the class, but there was a touch of "i don't like this guy" that made it exciting.


    To me, it's what made the Fed vs. Nadal match in the 2008 Wimbledon final so great. The backdrop of Fed winning in 5 on '07 and Nadal in tears afterwards, and Fed on the cusp of losing his #1 ranking in 2008....there was fire on both sides to win that match. It had a life or death impact to their career kind of feeling.
     
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    Sampras should have done an Agassi snot rocket impersonation, that would have been hilarious.
     
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  9. scotus

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    You call that full pace?

    I would say that was under 100 mph, and Agassi was standing at the baseline.
     
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    Andre was definitely out of line with the tipping comment, but I honestly don't think he was malicious - 'exo' Andre has a tendency to be very animated and mouthy, for better or for worse. It works when he's paired with say, Roddick, but this was... well, Pete. He seems like the kind of guy who has a very dry sense of humour, which isn't that conducive for an exhibition.

    Can't blame him for clocking one at Agassi, though. Hell, could you imagine how bad it would have been had he tried to respond verbally? He doesn't seem like the quickest wit in the world...

    Pete: "Oh yeah? W-well, your father was emotionally abusive! And your mother was an enabler!"

    Andre: " ... yes. That's true. :("
     
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    Pete's hair is receding so Andre would have said something back like "speak for yourself".
     
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  12. helloworld

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    Tennis players are not supposed to be comedians. They are supposed to go out there and perform good and competitive match, not joke around like a f*cking comedians... Pete is the right model of a tennis player. He is serious about his business, while Andre just takes drugs and goof around...
     
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    At the latest MSG Legends event in November, Sampras and Agassi didn't even speak a word to each other.

    Even before the round robin matches, Sampras and Agassi warmed up separately.
     
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    Nah man, I'm referring to the incident that Andre revealed in his book where the hair piece he was using disintegrated in the shower before his first FO final. No crack about a guys hair line could top that.
     
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    Agassi, Sampras, two of the most talented tennis players ever, but one (Agassi) seemed so complex and insecure, and the other (Sampras) seemed so full of himself.

    I didn't like their (apparent) personalities at all (though I don't know them in person), but tenniswise they're two of the best tennis players ever. I really loved their encounters, their aggresive games, their talent.

    For instance, look here them both absolutely murdering the ball from the baseline:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGiBZtCsGmA&playnext=1&list=PL4AC59D35367156A3&feature=results_video
     
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  17. mattennis

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    Or here, three years later. Their baseline rallies were the most amazing thing in tennis back then. The power, the accuracy, the angles, the aggressiveness....in their baseline exchanges, no other pair of players could do that at the time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLdz2mLVDc4

    Today, with copoly strings, ultra slow courts (and slower balls too) you can see amazing rallies from the baseline, obviously, but in the 90s it was much more difficult (faster conditions, they played with A LOT LESS top-spin in their shots too).
     
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  18. adil1972

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    i think agassi hate sampras and vice versa

    agassi couldnt defeat sampras in grand slam matches except maybe one time in australian open
     
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    Agassi did say one time that he didn't think Sampras would make it, that would stir some hatred.
     
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  20. Phoenix1983

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    Put simply, they hate each other.
     
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    I don't think they hate each other as McEnore and Connors do or use to, but they are not exactly buddy-buddy, either. Simple, they are cordial and have a lot of respect for each other.

    They have very different personality. Agassi is more complicated, interprets, and takes more of "philosophical" approach" whereas Sampras is straightforward, simple, and doesn't complicate things.

    One key difference is Sampras is a lot more reserved. I don't think he appreciated Agassi's comment on his tipping in the book even though Agassi may not have written to defame Sampras by any means. To Sampras, it might have been an insult on his demeanor or character.

    Agassi probably didn't realize this, - he does not mind trash talking at all - and non-chalatantly teased Sampras with the story at the charity match. Some people may have laughed over it, but it was personal to Sampras. After Sampras blasts his serve at Agassi, you can kinda tell Agassi is somewhat caught off-guard and doesn't know how to make things up.

    They are just two different players - no hate nor love between them.
     
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  22. helloworld

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    That was back in the juniors when Sampras had no backhand at all. I see this as a compliment to Sampras' improvement rather than a trash talk.
     
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  23. adil1972

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    yes when sampras was young and he switched to one handed backhand from two handed backhand
     
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    Or he could've just said "what's wrong with you? did you smoke some crystal meth before coming out here tonight". I'm sure that would've done the trick.
     
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