When America’s Fab Four
eventually came to rule the roost, there was plenty of ‘tude and (unlike the Swedes or Spaniards) virtually no camaraderie. These guys were not buddies. Andre Agassi and Jim Courier fought for the loyalty of their common coach, Nick Bollettieri, and early on, there relationship was nasty. When Agassi said Courier didn’t have much talent, Jim simmered and then shot back. But eventually Agassi watched supportively from the Friends Box as Courier made his final Wimbledon run.
Agassi, at times, was cruelly dismissive of the not particularly hip Micheal Chang and was clearly annoyed with the bundle of titles that Sampras denied him. Plus, when Sampras first became No. 1, Agassi offered a demeaning quip, implying that Pete was an ape. But by the end, the syrupy language flowed as the two spoke of their deep mutual respect. And while Sampras, Agassi, Courier and Chang were, en masse, spectacular Davis Cup underachievers, at least they didn’t suffer any embarrassing meltdowns, like Connors and Mac, when they tried to team up.