Agassi not sure models as ballboys is good idea
Posted: Tuesday October 19, 2004 8:39PM; Updated: Tuesday October 19, 2004 8:39PM
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Andre Agassi's a bit skeptical about fashion models in skimpy outfits replacing ball boys at the Madrid Masters.
"I suppose I need some time to let it absorb," Agassi said Tuesday after beating Max Mirnyi 7-6 (5), 6-3 at the indoor tournament. "I think it's important for our sport to understand its product clearly. And I'm not quite convinced it's part of our product."
Women in black tank tops and white, knee-length skirts chased errant shots and handed towels to the players. Reportedly paid $1,100 for the week, the women are appearing in one televised match each day.
"It was difficult, to say the least, to concentrate on the ball," Agassi said. "But I suppose I had an advantage. I'm used to playing with my wife" -- Steffi Graf.
"The skirts look like they're a little difficult to run in," Agassi added. "I think they need to be shorter, maybe."
The government's Secretary for Equality, Soledad Murillo, called on tournament organizers to stop using the models, saying Tuesday it portrayed women as "merely objects of decoration and entertainment."
Andre Agassi forever