Ut oh. Guess maybe we can add this latest incident to his rap sheet? I didn't see the match myself but this fist-pumping misunderstanding seems to be the talk of Siebel Open today.
But I read parts of Andre's post-match interview and he was full of compliments for Mardy so who knows what went down.
The Agassi-Fish fist pumping incident
Mardy : ‘It fired me up. It made me want to beat him even more;’
By Matthew Cronin
FROM THE SIEBEL OPEN IN SAN JOSE – Mandy Moore's favorite valentine, Andy Roddick, has a lot to be proud of these days. He's the US Open defending champion, had a decent stint at No. 1 and is a much more engaging and thoughtful person than he was two years ago.
Roddick has stepped up significantly over the past seven months, but his stairway to tennis heaven is long and winding. He's ranked No. 3 now and while he's proved that he's a top-five player on fast surfaces and owns the game's most fearsome serve, he hasn't shown that he's better than the other upper-shelf elite players – Roger Federer, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi.
It would have been nice to see Roddick face off against Agassi in Sunday’s final, but lo and behold, his own temper and the much-improving Mardy Fish got in the way in a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 loss.
Agassi has melted down in a big way before in San Jose, but never in a mano-a-mano confrontation with a young American player.
At the Siebel, Agassi has "The Spitting Incident;" the "Vicious Cursing at a Lines person and Subsequent Default" incident; and now we have the "Fist-Pumping Incident," where Agassi appeared to mock Fish’s fist pumping in the final game of the second set and also seemed to be launching F-bombs in the 22-year-old’s direction.
Here’s what went down in game 10 of the second set with Fish serving: After Fish hit a winner in the first point of the game, he demonstratively pumped his fist in the direction of his coach, Kelly Jones, who was sitting right near Agassi. On the next point, Fish missed a backhand down the line and Agassi looked toward Fish and fist-pumped toward him. In the 12 years I have covered Agassi, I have never seen him fist pump during a match. Fish then hit a service winner and ripped a backhand, down-the-line winner and screamed loudly to go ahead 40-15.
After Fish missed a forehand volley, Agassi said, "C'mon, you fucking asshole." that appeared to be directed toward Fish. Mardy then nailed a 125-mph service winner to close out the set.
While Agassi denied that he was imitating Fish’s fist-pumping, he wasn’t very convincing. Fish said that it was clearly directed at him.
Mardy : ‘It fired me up. It made me want to beat him even more’
"It fired me up," said Fish, who crushed a career-high 29 aces. "It made me want to beat him even more. He thought I was fist pumping at him, which was untrue. I was fist pumping at my coach. When he thought it was apparent, the only reason I looked at him because I thought he was questioning the call, because it was really close call. I’ve never fist pumped at anyone before. Why would I do that to Andre Agassi?"
Agassi said that he was upset with himself for losing control of the contest due to his wayward serving. However, the incident happened while Fish was serving. "I was just frustrated with myself and needed to do something to get myself going," Agassi said. "Obviously, it didn’t work."
Agassi completely fell apart on the third set, as he was broken twice and didn’t compete with his normal intensity.
Fish served incredibly well, ate up Agassi second serves, hit gorgeous running two-handed backhands and stood strong in crosscourt forehand rallies. The 22-year-old all-around has said before the match that playing Agassi for the first time wouldn’t be a big deal, because he didn’t pay much attention to the pros until he was 17, when he took up tennis full-time. Mardy is much tougher than he appeared when he came on tour full-time four years ago."Maybe that what he was trying to accomplish by giving me the first pump, he was trying too intimidate me a little," said Fish, who crushed 54 winners to 33.
"I could see players playing a guy like that, getting down an early break and saying, ‘I'm never going beat a player like that' … [but] put me on the other side of the match against anybody and I’m going to try to beat them."
I am skeptical about the "C'mon you fucking asshole" part because if he said it loud enough for a reporter to hear then the chair ump could've probably heard it and Andre would've been given a code warning.
I have a good job and make lots of money. Whoever can provide a videotape of this match for me will be paid handsomely.