After reading and listening to the outcry over the weekend of Andre Agassi’s bad behavior during Friday’s Hit for Haiti exhibition, I had a feeling an apology was coming. The pressure had to have been growing from family (Steffi Graf!), friends, fans and business associates.
Agassi, who was berating Pete Sampras and chatting throughout the evening, called ESPN.com’s Rick Reilly on Monday to apologize for the way he acted.
“It was inappropriate,” he told Reilly. “I was trying to be comedic. I only had a split second to make a decision. I went for it and it fell flat. I was trying to get past it, but Pete didn’t really let me get past it. He didn’t really roll with it. I’ve texted Pete to ask him if I can apologize in person.”
Please read the rest of Rick’s column here for more of what Andre said.
The innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire were none other than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who each looked awkward and out of place in their own way during the match.
Federer, speaking after his win yesterday, told the media, “I tried to help with the situation. And now being a father, I thought maybe we have to give both guys a timeout or something.”
Nadal, whose has trouble with English at times, said, “They speak very fast for me. … I was very happy I didn’t understand nothing…. I didn’t understand. I don’t feel — I didn’t feel any tension. That’s what can I say, no? ”
Now it’s time to await Pete’s response to Andre. And we’ll see if people forgive Andre again.
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