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A: It makes me a little more aerodynamic out there on the courts, you know?
Q: What method did you use, Andre, to have it removed?
A: Well, you know there will be times where, depending on what my other options are, I'll do it myself, but if there are other options, I'll have somebody else do it. But I'm very selective.
Q: Is there anyone you particularly like to do it for you?
A: Let me put it this way: I wouldn't let you do it.
Agassi would not specify his method of hair removal, or why he did it, except to say, "The girls like me better that way." When a tournament official suggested that the conversation return to tennis, Agassi said, "No, I'm having fun with this." And so was the press, which came up with such headlines as IT MAKES ME SO HAIRO-DYNAMIC!, HAIR I AM FOLKS and WHERE'S THE HAIR-GASSI?
To the further delight of the tabloids, Agassi confirmed that he would soon be joined by Barbra Streisand. He acknowledged that they had been talking on the phone and planned to meet in London. "I don't have a problem talking about Barbra," he says. "I've discussed the topic with her. As long as everything has a good feeling, it's O.K. People want to speculate on a love affair and a romance, and they wish it to be true."
When asked if the rumors about a romance were true, Agassi coyly replied, "Well, when I say she's a friend of mine, it means a lot." Agassi's good-humored dealings with the tabloids reflected his growing affection for Wimbledon and its fans. Asked if he was offended by the scrutiny given his personal life by members of the press, Agassi said, "To be honest, they could do worse. I'm 50 percent humoring them. It's harmless."
The English have a shorter, gentler history with Agassi than do U.S. tennis fans, who know that his showboating can be both insincere and cruel. The Brits even seem to have forgiven Agassi for refusing to play Wimbledon from 1988 to '90, when he maintained that he didn't like grass. "Most places I go, 20 to 30 percent of the people go out of the way to cheer against me," he says. "So at Wimbledon, it's incredible."
Moreover, Agassi's nimble scampering at the baseline provides a welcome respite from the serve-and-volley rhythm that can become so boring on grass. His five-set victory over Goran Ivanisevic in last year's final was only the 13th match he had ever played at Wimbledon. His reaction to the win—dropping to his knees and weeping facedown in the grass—moved even cynics, although they were quick to point out that a videotape of the incident showed that his coach, Nick Bollettieri, may have choreographed Agassi's response with a signal from the stands.