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Morpheus 04-15-2007 08:36 PM

Andre hits Steffi in face--stitches required
 
I wish I had seen this live!

HOUSTON (AP) - Steffi Graf required three stitches Sunday after husband Andre Agassi inadvertently hit her in the face with his racket during a fundraiser that followed the final of the U.S. Clay Court Championships.
Graf and Agassi were holding hands - her left to his right - while rallying with a couple of youngsters when Agassi's follow-through struck his wife in the face.
Agassi held his racket in his left hand.

After she was hit, Graf lifted her left hand to her mouth and walked off to the side of the court with Agassi following closely behind her to check on her well-being.

She wiped her mouth with a towel before leaving the stadium for an on-site doctor to administer three stitches to her lip, officials said. It was not clear whether the cut was to the inside or outside of her mouth area.

She suffered no damage to her teeth, officials said.

"She's OK," Agassi said. "It was an unfortunate accident."

Agassi and Graf were in Houston because Agassi is part of a reality show called 'The Big Give,' an upcoming Oprah Winfrey production. An auction benefiting an elementary school in the Houston vicinity chosen for the show raised at least $225,000 Sunday.

The doctor who paid $70,000 for a trip to play tennis with the couple stitched up the multiple Grand Slam winner.

Agassi retired last year at the U.S. Open, having won eight Grand Slam titles. Graf retired in 1999 with 22 Grand Slam titles. The couple has two children and live in Las Vegas.

Ivo Karlovic of Croatia won the clay court title Sunday, his first, when he beat qualifier Mariano Zabaleta 6-4, 6-1.

idiotboy 04-15-2007 08:56 PM

ya - agassi's wife-beating ways have already been described in another thread.

poor, poor steffi.

Morpheus 04-15-2007 09:03 PM

I didn't see it. Sorry. Gotta be fast on this board!

Mick 04-15-2007 09:06 PM

I saw the title of the other thread but i thought it was a joke so I didn't view it. darn, I hope she won't have a scar.

Aykhan Mammadov 04-16-2007 04:02 AM

Accident ? Stitchs by accident? And keeping right hand busy ? Only with left? How it happened? Cann't believe.

KingOfTennis 04-16-2007 04:07 AM

theres exactly the same thread

Marius_Hancu 04-16-2007 04:21 AM

What is unreal is that it was the same very doctor who was able to stitch her. Did he bring all the tools with him, was him in his city or close to his hospital or what? Very strange.

pound cat 04-16-2007 05:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Marius_Hancu (Post 1381901)
What is unreal is that it was the same very doctor who was able to stitch her. Did he bring all the tools with him, was him in his city or close to his hospital or what? Very strange.

I've heard of putting a butterfly clamp on a court, but stitiching on the court? Yes, very, very odd.

wildbill88AA 04-16-2007 07:18 AM

probably intentional

Ripper 04-16-2007 07:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Marius_Hancu (Post 1381901)
What is unreal is that it was the same very doctor who was able to stitch her. Did he bring all the tools with him, was him in his city or close to his hospital or what? Very strange.

I'm always suspicious about "reality" shows, because people will do anything for fame and money (even millionaires want more of it). I'd have to see a close-up of the injury, in order to believe it's true... And, if it's true, what the heck were they doing holding, hands while playing tennis???!!! Stupid.

slice bh compliment 04-16-2007 07:27 AM

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Originally Posted by wildbill88AA (Post 1382103)
probably intentional


Hhahahahahha! LOL! Passive-aggressive spouse abuse. Et tu Andre?

Anything to get in the papers again!
And doing a reality show about giving. Blessed by the Oprah?

Et tu Andre?

sureshs 04-16-2007 08:09 AM

"Graf and Agassi were holding hands - her left to his right - while rallying with a couple of youngsters when Agassi's follow-through struck his wife in the face."

Isn't Agassi right-handed? Then which hand was he swinging? Was he rallying left-handed?

In doubles, you are supposed to be attached by an invisible 6 ft string (i.e., move together). Holding hands is not the correct technique :-)

jackcrawford 04-16-2007 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Ripper (Post 1382123)
I'm always suspicious about "reality" shows, because people will do anything for fame and money (even millionaires want more of it). I'd have to see a close-up of the injury, in order to believe it's true... And, if it's true, what the heck were they doing holding, hands while playing tennis???!!! Stupid.

It is a goofy stunt that Wayne Bryan uses during halftime of the Sacramento Capitals World Team Tennis matches. You handicap the pro players who are hitting against club players by forcing them to hold hands at all times. Since Bryan was there for the Tennis Channel, and Agassi formerly played for the Capitals, I'm sure that's where the idea came from

Ripper 04-16-2007 09:01 AM

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Originally Posted by jackcrawford (Post 1382188)
It is a goofy stunt that Wayne Bryan uses during halftime of the Sacramento Capitals World Team Tennis matches. You handicap the pro players who are hitting against club players by forcing them to hold hands at all times. Since Bryan was there for the Tennis Channel, and Agassi formerly played for the Capitals, I'm sure that's where the idea came from

Well, it's stupid and I'm surprised nobody had smashed his racquet in his partner's face before... Still, I'm not sure I believe Graf had to have stitches, mainly because this is to be included in the previously mentioned "reality" show and everything else...

slice bh compliment 04-16-2007 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Ripper (Post 1382123)
I'm always suspicious about "reality" shows, because people will do anything for fame and money (even millionaires want more of it). ....

Me too. Hmm, "reality" shows, man. Weak.

Hopefully this one is on the really real, and it's more like that home improvement show for families who really need help...and not some vehicle for self-promotion. Ideally, Oprah and company are doing it strictly for the kids.

oscar_2424 04-16-2007 09:15 AM

wow, unbelieveable

idiotboy 04-16-2007 02:49 PM

"Well, it's stupid and I'm surprised nobody had smashed his racquet in his partner's face before..."

Haw, haw! this thread is funny. :D

You know why no-one had "smashed his racquet in his partner's face before"? Because usually people would be very careful not to do just that. But not Andre, no - he saw an opportunity: the opportunity to make "whacking Steffi in the face" look like an accident!

BkK_b0y14 04-16-2007 03:51 PM

he probably wanted to give her a free nose job but missed :P; he doesn't want to pay for plastic surgery

Slazenger 04-16-2007 10:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ripper (Post 1382123)
I'm always suspicious about "reality" shows, because people will do anything for fame and money (even millionaires want more of it). I'd have to see a close-up of the injury, in order to believe it's true... And, if it's true, what the heck were they doing holding, hands while playing tennis???!!! Stupid.

Andre and Steffi were playing 2 ball kids, and Andre/Steffi were leading.
Wayne bryan then told them he would handicap them by making them play while holding hands.
Andre and Steffi muddled around a bit and them came up with having Steffi continue playing right handed while her left hand held his right hand and he played with his left hand (he was hitting pretty solid left handed forehands).

Ont he very first ball with this configuration the ball kids hit a ball wide to the duece court. Steffi tried to get it but Andre didn't move and she laughed about it. They disunited and then united again.

The ball kids hit to andre and he hit 1 left handed forehand and the next one hit Steffi in the mouth.

I was in the second row of box seats and you could see blood on the towel she was using to cover her mouth. It didn't look like the type of cut that would need stitches though.
Anywho she left the court while Andre stayed and played the ball kids.

Kaptain Karl 04-16-2007 10:50 PM

Morpheus - Where've you been???

- KK


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