Andre Agassi admitted Boris Becker INSULTING him publicly in Wimbledon left him HURT

Andre Agassi once recalled what Boris Becker told him after beating him in the semi-final of the Wimbledon in 1995.


Andre Agassi admitted Boris Becker INSULTING him publicly in Wimbledon left him HURT

Boris Becker and Andre Agassi (Image Credit: Essentially Sports)

Andre Agassi and Boris Becker‘s rivalry was historic and special. This rivalry produced some of the most iconic and memorable encounters the world has seen on a tennis court between two legends.

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Andre Agassi and Boris Becker played 14 times against each other in their respective careers. The American lead the encounters 10-4. However, the most memorable match between the two was played in Wimbledon in 1995.

This was also the time when the reputation of Andre Agassi had fallen to an all-time low. It seemed like controversies were chasing him. He was criticized for driving a Corvette car and wearing jeans on the court. He also criticized Wimbledon’s all-white clothes rule and wanted to boycott The Championships.

In an interview given in 2009 at the time of the launch of his autobiography ‘Open‘, he talked about the incidences of his life and gave his take on them.

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Were just my way of trying to disappear, nothing else.Very much so, right. Sportswriters wrote that I couldn’t deliver. Then, there was the Canon commercial claiming “Image is everything,” which stuck to me for years. To be permanently judged by colleagues, the media and the public was horrifying,” Andre Agassi had told to German news website Spiegel.

He also recollected his encounter with Boris Becker in the Wimbledon 1995 semi-final. However, after beating him in the match, Boris Becker told Andre Agassi something which disturbed the eight-time Grand Slam champion very much In this match, Boris Becker won the match despite losing a set to win the match in four sets. The German then contested against Pete Sampras in the final but could not clinch the Wimbledon gentleman’s singles title of that year.

And the worst was what Boris Becker said after beating me in the ’95 Wimbledon semifinal: that nobody liked me, that I was an elitist, that tournament directors were giving me special treatment, and that I was not able to win on a windy outside court. It hurt, it was personal, and it left a deep wound,” the eight-time Grand Slam champion had continued.

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Andre Agassi opens up about his relationship with Boris Becker after retirement

Andre Agassi and Boris Becker (Image Credit: FirstSportz)
Andre Agassi and Boris Becker (Image Credit: FirstSportz)

Boris Becker and Andre Agassi remained fiercest rivals on the court during their playing days. However, after retirement, both enjoy a better relationship with each other.

“I like Boris, and if we had dinner today, we would both say that the unfriendly feelings we had for each other back then is long past and that we both talked like juveniles. But our lives are not connected anymore. We just see each other at various ceremonies on some center court every once in a while for three minutes. That’s all,” Andre Agassi had said.

Andre Agassi despite having a difficult childhood and many controversies throughout his career, was able to save himself from media frenzies and somewhat able to improve his public image. Boris Becker on the other hand got himself embroiled in one controversy after another. His life remained topsy-turvy. He got himself involved in some controversial activities which caused great harm to him and his career.

The two-time Australian Open champion is now out of jail and in Germany after being deported from the UK on the charges of hiding his assets and transactions worth over £4.5 million. Andre Agassi on the other hand lives with his wife Steffi Graf and family in Las Vegas, the USA.

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