When Agassi first hit the courts, in his absolutely DREADFUL outfits -
THIS, for instance:
- I couldn't stand him at all.
I thought he made himself look an utter idiot, not just with his outfits & hairband-hairdo, but also with his very bratty behaviour, his silly love-interests (eh... Barbra Streisand???
), his boycotting of Wimbledon, etc. What an ultimate TOOL he was!
But fortunately, at times, people are able to change their opinion on a player - and during his career he very much grew on me. I started to admire his game and his demeanor, fighting back to the top ten after having been down to somewhere at... was it ATP spot #78? can't remember exactly anymore - he dumped the silly outfits, got rid of the starlets, and slowly-but-steadily changed into a very likeable guy!
Of course, when he hooked up with Steffi, he totally won me over (
), and I ended up always rooting for him (as long as he wasn't playing Roger) in the final years of his career, which - also very admirable - seemed to last to eternity.
Also the last to win a true Grand Slam. One can't help but admire him. One of the true GOATS imho.
Sampras - FANTASTIC game, always a pleasure to watch (as long as he managed to keep his tongue inside his mouth
). But a bit of a boring personality. Well, it was good for him, so much is sure
I started to feel for him when his career became in decline and the media openly started to blame his girlfriend
(Bridgette) for that. I mean... how :retard: was that??? How difficult must that have been for him to deal with - but he just didn't give a wink and went on concentrating and doing well at the slams.
Also, kudos to him for grabbing his #14 at the age of 31. I hope the Mr. Bozo's and Mr. Prickers of this world remember that, before writing off Roger like they seem to do right now.