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Just My Type
Dan Patrick
March 14, 2011
Pete Sampras
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March 14, 2011

Just My Type

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Pete Sampras

TENNIS DEITY

The 14-time Grand Slam winner beat Andre Agassi 6--3, 7--5 in an exhibition match at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 28.

Dan Patrick: Where do you and Andre Agassi stand?

Pete Sampras: We're fine. The tricky thing is that tennis is the ultimate one-on-one sport. It's intimate. I look across the net, I see Andre. It's hard to have a great friendship. We went into our careers pretty good friends, and we left our careers in a really respectable manner. The Hit for Haiti situation got a little bit blown out of proportion. It was unfortunate.

DP: Did you try to take his head off with a ball during the exhibition Hit for Haiti last year?

PS: No. I was trying to lighten the mood a little bit. If I wanted to, I could, but obviously I wasn't going to. I think Andre regrets the five minutes after that. [Agassi, wearing a microphone, made fun of Sampras for being stingy.] It got uncomfortable and weird. We both walked off the court thinking, What just happened?

DP: Did you guys talk about it afterward?

PS: He called me the next day and said, "Listen, Pete, I apologize. I went a little too far." I took his apology, and we moved on.

DP: But you didn't want to lose to him in New York.

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