Andre Agassi ADMITTED to crossing the line with his INSULTING remarks against Pete Sampras as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal watched on

Andre Agassi got himself into a controversy because of some personal comments at Pete Sampras during the Hit for Haiti event in 2010.


Andre Agassi ADMITTED to crossing the line with his INSULTING remarks against Pete Sampras as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal watched on

Andre Agassi aplogizes to Pete Sampras as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal looks on (Image Credit: FirstSportz)

It is a dream come true for any tennis fan to watch the four greatest tennis players of all time- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, and Pete Sampras, albeit in a charity match. The Indian Wells tennis stadium was fully packed with 16,100 spectators cheering for the players on March 13, 2010.

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The crowd expected the match to be thrilling and the excitement was on the highest level even though the crowd knew very well that it was a charity match. The match was being played to raise money to aid relief efforts in the earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The fundraising event was titled ‘Hit for Haiti’.

Although the match was played in good spirits, Andre Agassi who is known for creating controversies, stoked a controversy in this match too. Agassi teased each player, Roger Federer imitated Rafael Nadal‘s grunts and whipping forehand, Pete Sampras mimicked Agassi’s famed waddle, and the entire crowd enjoyed the player-to-player jabs.

Up until Andre “got personal” with Pete Sampras about his $1 tip to a valet driver 15 years prior, everything was good and lovely. The stadium fell awkwardly silent for a few minutes. The crowd could immediately tell that it disturbed the 14-time Grand Slam champion. However, Sampras soon fired a bullet in the direction of Andre’s head who managed to save himself by ducking.

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Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras continued smiling together, however, soon the eight-time Grand Slam champion apologized to Pete Sampras for making such personal and secret remarks.

It was out of line. It was inappropriate. We were all having fun. I was trying to be comedic. I went for it and it fell flat. [Sampras] didn’t really roll with it. I’ve texted Pete to ask him if I can apologise in person. The joke fell flat and I’m sorry. My hope was that the night was still enjoyable,” Andre Agassi had told to ESPN as reported by the British newspaper The Guardian.

When Rafael Nadal was asked about his take on the incident in the post-match conference, he dodged the question by suggesting he could not understand what transpired during the course of the match.

Everybody told me after the match what’s happened, but during the match, you know how fast Americans speak, and I am Spanish. I didn’t understand nothing,” he had said.

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The Hit for Haiti event however was a success and was able to raise $1m (£660,000).

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Andre Agassi with wife Steffi Graf got into a controversy over Halloween party costume

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf (Image Credit: FirstSportz)
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf (Image Credit: FirstSportz)

The eight-time Grand Slam champion and his wife Steffi Graf caused controversy in 2015 by dressing as Donald Trump and Melania Trump for Halloween. The image received conflicting responses from individuals all across the world and swiftly traveled throughout the internet.

Andre Agassi, who is renowned for his lively demeanor, seems to enjoy dressing up as the divisive politician and multi-billionaire. To complete his Trump image, he put on a wig, a suit, a red tie, and even a fake spray tan. In contrast, Graf, who played Melania, looked magnificent in a form-fitting outfit and lengthy wig. While some individuals thought the outfit was humorous and commended the pair for their originality, others were unimpressed.

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A lot of people blasted Agassi for dressing up like Trump, calling the outfit offensive and insulting. Some others even went so far as to say that Agassi supported Trump’s political beliefs and actions. Agassi and Graf stood by their decision to wear costumes despite the criticism. They stated that Halloween should be a time for creativity and enjoyment and that their costume was only a joke.

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