Agassi's record in Shanghai is now 0-4. He lost in the first round of an ATP tournament here in 2001 and withdrew from the 2002 Masters Cup, blaming a hip injury, after two losses.
Wang Liqun, deputy director of the organizing committee, told a news conference Tuesday that Agassi should have notified tournament officials before quitting.
"He doesn't want to make any personal comments on Andre Agassi's decision, however he certainly is not appreciative of what he did, and particularly because he actually made the sudden announcement without notifying anyone," an interpreter said of Wang's comments.
Qin Weichang, director of the organizing committee, agreed.
"Frankly, he's extremely popular in Shanghai, particularly among female fans. We, therefore, have already conveyed in talks with the ATP, asking them to convey to Andre Agassi that he needs to probably return this kind of favor, react to this kind of strong passion from the audience and show his professionalism here."
David Higdon, ATP senior vice president, Communications, said Agassi had been an "exemplary" ambassador for tennis.
"He's in obvious pain. We wish he could have hung around, but that was not possible," he said.
I like Agassi but I think the organizers have a point. Just by courtesy, he should have informed the organizers first.