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“I have no money..” – Andre Agassi once had to apologize to his rival Pete Sampras, after a joke went horribly wrong

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As a historically rich sport, tennis is not new to on-court rivalries. However, among the biggest rivalries in tennis, the one that remains in one of the top spots is that of Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. Walking down memory lane, American legends have given the tennis world some of its most famous matches.

Announcing their respective retirements, the two stepped back on the court in 2010, playing at the Hit for Haiti charity event. The event, also featuring Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, started on a high note. However, during the event, a joke by Agassi apparently didn’t sit well with Sampras. Following this, he was forced to apologize to Sampras.

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The nasty joke between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras

Going back to the playing days of Agassi and Sampras, one can recall the opposing personalities of the two. While Agassi had a postural attitude, Sampras, on the other hand, had a serious and calm nature. Maintaining the same, the two showed similar traits during the Hit for Haiti. Teaming up with Nadal, Agassi repeatedly indulged in hilarious banter with Federer.

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In contrast, Sampras continued his serious game. Observing Sampras’ seriousness, Agassi chose to direct the banter towards Sampras. Laughing at the jokes, Sampras returned it to Agassi by impersonating him. While many thought it would end there, Agassi had more up his sleeve.

INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 12: (L-R) Roger Federer of Switzerland, Pete Sampras, former tennis player Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal of Spain pose at Hit for Haiti, a charity event during the Open BNP Paribas on March 12, 2010 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Recalling an early incident in which Sampras had no money to tip at a restaurant, Agassi searched Sampras. Impersonating Sampras, Agassi turned his pocket over and said “Tip? I don’t have any money… Oh wait! Here’s a dollar.

Not knowing the backstory, the majority of tennis fans laughed at the enactment. However, this was not the case with Sampras. Offended by the jibe, Sampras hit a hard serve on Agassi, who was forced down.

Agassi apologizes to Sampras

The match ended with the two hugging on the net. However, despite the embrace, things did not normalize between the two. A few days after the incident, Agassi came out in public to talk about the incident. The eight-time Grand Slam champion began by expressing his views on Sampras hitting a hard serve in an exhibition match.

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“It was irrelevant.” “It was inappropriate. The night was on fire. We were all having fun. I was trying to be comical. I only had a split second to make a decision. I went there and it’s fell flat. he said.

Looking at the records, the two have faced each other a total of 34 times in their careers. During their intense clashes, the two hit the hardest serves possible. However, a serve like this in an exhibition match apparently didn’t go over well with Agassi. Continuing his comments, Agassi admitted, “I was trying to pass him, but Pete wouldn’t really let me pass him. He didn’t really ride with it.

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While he expressed his disagreement with Sampras’ service, he was careful to apologize to his compatriot. “I texted Pete asking if I could apologize in person. he said. “The joke fell flat and I’m sorry. I was hoping that the night was still pleasant,” he added again.

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