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Agassi to umpire: "Every time you think about overruling [a call]. . . don't do it"

TennisHack
11-01-2002, 08:36 PM
This just makes me wonder even more how this man could be one of the darlings of American tennis.

Agassi loses temper, then match at Paris Masters
AP Photo
By MICHAEL McDONOUGH
Associated Press Writer
November 1, 2002

PARIS (AP) -- Andre Agassi cursed, slammed his racket and told the referee he'd done a "pathetic job.''

Otherwise, Agassi took Friday's 6-4, 6-4 loss to Carlos Moya in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters pretty well, and Agassi still could end up being the world's top-ranked player by the end of the year.

Agassi was angered by several calls during the match, and afterward he told French umpire Cedric Mourier just what he thought of his job performance. They nevertheless shook hands.

"I hope I always speak my mind,'' Agassi said later.

Even with the defeat, Agassi can overtake Lleyton Hewitt for the No. 1 spot if he performs well at the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, China, next month.

Hewitt, seeded first, beat Switzerland's Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals. Federer had 36 unforced errors in the loss.

Hewitt will face Paradorn Srichaphan, a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) winner over Andy Roddick. Paradorn, who won the Stockholm Open last week, had 18 aces in the win. Roddick finished with 16.

Moya, the 1998 French Open champion, sealed the victory when Agassi sent his last forehand long. The Spaniard, who withstood six match points in the third-round against defending champion Sebastien Grosjean, fell to his knees and clutched his forehead with delight.

Although he was angered that the umpire had overruled a few calls, Agassi refused to blame him or his own outbursts for the defeat.

"Carlos played better than I did today. He won that match, end of story,'' he said. ``I didn't let the frustration affect the way I played. If anything, I felt like it helped me dig in a little bit more.''

Moya next plays Russian Marat Safin, who defeated Frenchman Nicolas Escude 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Agassi's biggest outburst came in the second set, when he was serving at 2-2 and 30-30. Mourier ruled his first serve out, prompting the American to swear loudly, storm over to the umpire's chair and shout: "Keep the score!''

Agassi drew a warning, but he won that game with a backhand down the line and yelled "Come on!'' to himself. He slammed his racket to the floor as he passed in front of Mourier's chair for the changeover.

During the pause, he had a heated discussion with Mourier, telling him "That ball was good,'' and "That was a terrible call.'' When he rose from his chair for the next game, Agassi said "It's over, it's over,'' and waved his hands in front of him to show he had calmed down.

As wife Steffi Graf looked on from the stands, Agassi lost three of the next four games, and Moya moved ahead 5-4.

Agassi had three break points at 40-0 in the final game. Moya saved the third with a forehand that Agassi thought was long: He stood still, looking at the line and muttering obscenities.

Moya set up his first match point with a forehand volley, but Agassi saved it with a superb crosscourt forehand. He lost the next point with a long service return, giving Moya the advantage, and conceded defeat with another error.

Agassi said he counted five overrules from Mourier in the match.

"What can you do except sit there and be at their mercy to randomly decide when they're going to do that?'' Agassi said. "I'd just as soon let the calls play all the time.''

He said he gave Mourier some advice during the match.

"I was trying to tell him: 'Just stop. Every time you think about overruling, just punch yourself in the stomach. And don't do it.'

"Didn't get the message through.''

Moya's win secured him a spot in the Masters Cup. Agassi, Safin, Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Roger Federer and Albert Costa already have qualified for the eight-man event, leaving just one place up for grabs in Paris.

is6
11-01-2002, 09:21 PM
I hope his son wasn't watching him...

Chloe le Bopper
11-01-2002, 10:31 PM
Yes, Agassi is a big brat on court.

Nothing new, but dispicable none the less.

At lleast this childish behavior seems to stay ON court :)

tennischick
11-02-2002, 12:51 AM
now what on earth did they do to my darling to make him behave like that? ;) ;)

Chloe le Bopper
11-02-2002, 12:57 AM
There must be something in the water TC :D

Jackie
11-02-2002, 12:59 AM
Maybe his kid is not letting him get enough sleep or something...he usually doesn't react that badly to a few bad calls

tennischick
11-02-2002, 02:00 AM
thanks untitled!!!!! i knew there was an explanation!!!!!

now how do we explain the cussing??? anybody??? :o :o :o

Jackie
11-02-2002, 02:13 AM
Originally posted by tennischick
thanks untitled!!!!! i knew there was an explanation!!!!!

now how do we explain the cussing??? anybody??? :o :o :o

I just explained that. No sleep = shitty mood

AgassiGirl16
11-02-2002, 09:24 PM
Hi everyone,
Well that's definately like my boy Andre to act like that. I have never seen him throw his racket or curse besides one or two choice times, and it wasn't even that bad. So something seriously had to be wrong with the calls, because that's just not the way Andre acts.

Mary Kate

TennisHack
11-02-2002, 10:37 PM
Originally posted by AgassiGirl16
Well that's definately like my boy Andre to act like that.

then . . .


So something seriously had to be wrong with the calls, because that's just not the way Andre acts.

Because it's not like he's been thrown out of tournaments or anything for cursing and acting up . . . and lest we forget his shenanigans against Rafter at Wimbledon last year . . .

Jackie
11-02-2002, 10:41 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack


then . . .

Because it's not like he's been thrown out of tournaments or anything for cursing and acting up . . . and lest we forget his shenanigans against Rafter at Wimbledon last year . . .

...what shenanigans? I can't remember

Ma. Estefania
11-02-2002, 10:45 PM
I don't like him, but I've never heard of him acting in a so bad way as he seemed to act in that match.

TennisHack
11-02-2002, 10:50 PM
Originally posted by untitled2284
...what shenanigans? I can't remember

July 6, 2001 ESPN

The Ugly American
by Curry Kirkpatrick

LONDON -- Agassi-Hole?

Well, yeah, it was Shine Dome himself who waddled smack into another one. Or was it a ditch, a pit, a funk, a choke? Call it what you will. America's Favorite Sincerity Boy turned another winning position in a Grand Slam into a rather nasty scam, and not even the leader of the free world could save him this time. Or ex-leader.

Andredians, not to be confused with Androids although their haircuts are usually similar, will recall how their near-balding beloved, in the French Open quarterfinals, was on the brink of blowing out Sebastien Grosjean when William Jefferson Clinton stole the spotlight and cameo-ed just in time to watch Agassi fade out -- losing three sets in approximately 33 seconds. "I never saw him," said an obviously enraged Agassi.

On Friday in the men's semifinals at Wimbledon there was both a Kennedy and a Jackson in the royal box -- whom Andre undoubtedly also did not see -- but they were neither royals nor dead presidents.

It was Agassi, in fact, who turned up dead -- a 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 8-6 loser to Pat Rafter (the popular king of Queensland, whom Agassi was playing for the third year in a row at this stage of the Championships) in a match of splendor and struggle that was, as usual, besmirched by the defeated Las Vegan who is as sore and poor a loser as ... whom? Tyson? Nixon? The Mets? Benjamin Bratt?


Reporter: People raved about the level of tennis when you played Patrick here last year. What did you think about it today?

Agassi: I thought it sucked.

That's specifically because the Australian Open champion had the Australian beaten oh, maybe five or six or lebenty-leben times before blowing his cool, his top and then the whole kit and kaboodle. "Not too many matches that you play, something like that happens, it turns around for you," said Rafter.

It turned around once when Agassi was in control, up two sets to one and on serve in the fourth. But when Rafter's sliced crosscourt backhand was called good -- replays showed it was the correct call -- it was the second point in a row Agassi felt he'd been gypped out of. So Double A protested and then was broken for 4-2. At the next changeover he came railing at the chair umpire. "Bull---- call, bull--- call," he said. "You've got plenty of [lines] people. Get rid of him [the offending linesman]. Get another one. They're all over the place. You want me to find one for you?"

Naturally, the ump didn't. And so, serving in the next game, naturally, Agassi tank-blasted a serve so hard (122 mph, probably his fastest of the contest) and off-target, it touched down on the baseline (!) before careening into the backstop, forcing the same linesman to quickly get out of the way. Agassi saluted him by holding up his next service ball.

Reporter: Did that ball just get away from you? or were you aiming at somebody?

Agassi: Yeah, I was trying to hit the line, and it just got a little bit away from me.

Yeah, and Barbra Streisand wants another chance.

It was hardly stunning that when Pinocchio arrived at the fifth set -- precisely where Agassi lost to Rafter last July here -- he wasn't exactly in a joyful frame of mind. All the same, Agassi grasped firm control of the match again by breaking Rafter in the first game, holding and swiftly moving to 15-40 on his opponent's serve in the third game. "If I lost that game, the match was over, simple as that," said the Aussie.

But Agassi had a sitter forehand pass that Rafter guessed right on and immediately volleyed a winner. Agassi had three more break points for 3-0 and lost them. He had another point for 4-1, a double break lead again, and lost it. The thing is, he wasn't gagging. The thing is, the other guy -- one of the toughest competitors as well as nicest human beings in sport, despite that awful decision to get his wondrous flowing locks hacked into a George Michael sponge-cut that reveals a birthmark white-hair spot -- just kept digging and hustling and charging and putting Agassi under severe pressure that the American could not possibly withstand.

Still, Agassi served for the match at 5-4 and was two points from victory. But again, the resilient Rafter repelled him, whirling an approach to the baseline chalk and then volleying crosscourt to once again break serve and deadlock an encounter that would finish one minute shy of three hours. At 6-all and now ascendant in most of the long rallies, Rafter reached 40-0, but a stream of Agassi returns brought him still another break point. But the 29-year-old Aussie -- who has a chronic sore shoulder and has said he may retire at the end of the year -- did not want this to be his final match at The Big W.

He courageously drop-volleyed to save.

Having spinached his huge chances for the last hour, Agassi did it again. So, naturally, he loudly swore at somebody. Whoever it was -- Rafter, himself, the linesman, the inventor of Rogaine, surely not his current alleged squeeze, Steffi Graf -- a lineswoman named Wendy Smith heard him, marched herself to the chair and reported the oath to the umpire who gave Andre a "code violation for obscenity."

Rafter promptly held for 7-6 and just as promptly benefited from three Agassi backhand errors for 0-40, triple match point. He won the match on the third one. Obviously upset as he stalked to the net to shake hands, Agassi this time rifled a ball all the way to the opposite backstop which coincidentally came close to searing Ms. Smith's alert ears. Moreover, it was also obvious Agassi was not humming the old Beach Boys' lyric: "Wennn-dy, Wendy Left Me Alone."

"Listen, I'm sure [Andre] was very upset. He had his chances," said Rafter, letting the loser off the hook. "I thought it was a little bit unfair of that lady to report him. I guess she took the rules a little bit seriously ... I think [she] really got to him in the end ... He pretty well snapped ... He was a bit hacked off."

Reporter: Did you feel it was a little unfair?

Agassi: Yeah, big time. Big time. I blame her husband for that.

Reporter: Did you aim at her at the end with the ball?

Agassi: No, no. I meant to hit that in the net.

Yeah, and Brooke Shields can act her way out of a paper bag.

Of course, Agassi would be fined $2,000 for the "audible obscenity" -- but Wimbledon referee Alan Mills claimed he wasn't concerned about Ms. Smith. "He didn't hit her," Mills said. "She was athletic."

A while later, continuing to regenerate himself back into his younger days when he was a tacky imitation of tennis' rude punk twins -- a kind of Jimmy-John McEnConnors -- Agassi embarrassed himself some more. "It wasn't like I was losing my mind out there," he told the BBC. "[The lineswoman] to go running up there ... It was classless."

Classless? This, from a guy who has made a career out of being not just AA -- but AI? Abhorrent and Insulting? In 1996, Agassi's sewer mouth should have gotten him kicked out of the Olympics in Atlanta -- which he ended up winning. In '96 he was thrown out of the tournament in Indianapolis for profane language and in '99 he got the boot from the tournament in San Jose for the same thing.

Classless?

The real problem is that for all of Agassi's seven Grand Slams -- at 31, he's one of only five men to win all four majors -- the occasional talent and the occasional charm, the guy is constantly worming up the works with another inglorious trash show.

An interested spectator at Wimbledon on Friday -- not non-Presidents Kennedy and Jackson -- once made a movie which defined behavior humorously close to this. His name is Jack Nicholson. The movie is One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

Jackie
11-02-2002, 11:01 PM
Thanks Tennis Hack...pretty bad bahaviour, but Pat won, so :p
Go Pat :)

martinatreue
11-03-2002, 01:08 AM
I watched him LAST SUMMER (2001) where he got a point penalty for verbal abuse in the TENNIS MASTERS SERIES CINCINNATI. He rocketed two balls out of the arena in anger. One of them nearly hit a girl in the head!!! He behaved so badly that the usually patriotic Midwestern crowd turned against him. :eek: He fell in three sets to Gaston Gaudio.

Pea
11-03-2002, 01:12 AM
He is such a fuckin asshole! I can't believe how much people can still like this bastard! He is always like this when he doesn't get his way! Thank you Carlos for shutting him up!

tennischick
11-03-2002, 02:58 AM
my biggest problem with Andre is the way he blows his nose. really, i wish Steffi would do something about that, it's quite disgusting. i wonder if a ballboy or ballgirl ever slipped and fell on his snot. anyone...:confused:

Gaucho
11-03-2002, 03:10 AM
It is so sad that such a classy player like Steffi let herself become associated with this trashy man. I've always bought the theory that many women marry men who are similar to their fathers, that sure doesn't say much about Agassi if he is in the same mold as Peter Graf.

ys
11-03-2002, 03:15 AM
Nice to see that he still has the fire, he still cares..

babydoll
11-03-2002, 03:26 AM
I dont care for him either. But i have to say he is better to look at then Sampras..yuck! :angel:

Im glad he lost, Now ESPN cant be up his ass anymore.. :p

tennischick
11-03-2002, 03:28 AM
Gaucho i totally disagree with your psycho-babble. Agassi and Peter Graf are completely different human beings. Andre is not being accused of being dishonest but of being too passionate and of losing emotional control. Steffi is his exact opposite -- as a cool, emotionally over-controlled German, she probably revels in her husband's capacity for passion. i would...:p :kiss: :lick:

Andre's problem (i'm finally being serious) is that he has put too much pressure on himself to end the year at #1. so he's cracking up. he needs some of Steffi's cool control to win in Shanghai. will he do it? not if he is already crumbling under the pressure.

now if King Carlos can just go out and spank Hewitt tomorrow, it would go a long way towards helping Agassi not feel so fricking pressured. is that too much to ask...? :o :o

TennisHack
11-03-2002, 03:44 AM
Originally posted by tennischick
now if King Carlos can just go out and spank Hewitt tomorrow, it would go a long way towards helping Agassi not feel so fricking pressured. is that too much to ask...? :o :o

Apparently, considered Marat is going to be his opponent :D:D:D

Gaucho
11-03-2002, 04:10 AM
Steffi is his exact opposite -- as a cool, emotionally over-controlled German, she probably revels in her husband's capacity for passion. i would...

Sorry Tennischick but I seriously doubt it, here is an exerpt of an article discussing Agassi's fiasco on Friday.The poor woman was so embarrased she was hiding her face, hardly reveling in the situation, I can't blame her. In addition what kind of example does this disgusting behavior set for their baby.




Agassi fires abusive volley at umpire

Stephen Bierley in Paris Saturday November 2, 2002 The Guardian

Andre Agassi bowed out of the Paris Indoor Open yesterday with a barrage of F-words that caused his wife, Steffi Graf, to lower her eyes and hide her face, and would surely not have been allowed in front of Jaden Gill, their one-year-old son, who at the time was under the protective care of nanny.

Goonergal
11-03-2002, 11:59 AM
After the French Open Clinton debacle :o He lost another point and then I lip read him and he said fucking french faggot (I'm assuming this was directed at Grosjean) I have never forgotton that.

Experimentee
11-03-2002, 12:05 PM
Andre complains about a few line calls once and suddenly everyone forgets all the good things hes ever done and makes out like he does this all the time. Think about the stress he's currently under and its understandable to have angry outbursts once in a while. And its amazing how many people are calling him an asshole, as if they actually know him. :rolleyes:

Jackie
11-03-2002, 12:05 PM
Originally posted by Lleyton's_Chick
After the French Open Clinton debacle :o He lost another point and then I lip read him and he said fucking french faggot (I'm assuming this was directed at Grosjean) I have never forgotton that.

Shit! I can't believe that no-one noticed that

Jackie
11-03-2002, 12:07 PM
Originally posted by Experimentee
Andre complains about a few line calls once and suddenly everyone forgets all the good things hes ever done and makes out like he does this all the time. Think about the stress he's currently under and its understandable to have angry outbursts once in a while. And its amazing how many people are calling him an asshole, as if they actually know him. :rolleyes:

The same thing happens to a lot of top players. Lleyton is still getting shit hung on him for things he said about 4 years ago

tennischick
11-03-2002, 12:07 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack

Apparently, considered Marat is going to be his opponent :D:D:D

LOL!!! oops!! ;) ;)

Gaucho i'm not saying that Steffi would approve of his behavior. the only wife that i am aware of that approved of her husband's outburst was jeff Tarango's. i'm just saying that i see them as emotional opposites and STeffi must love him for the more positive expressions of his passion. she knew who she was falling in love with. the woman is no idiot.

Layla
11-03-2002, 01:40 PM
Oh please, Andre pulls stuff like that all the time. He behaved in exactly the same way in most of the matches I saw. I think some of you are suffering from collective amnesia. Now swearing and shouting the f-word is not such a terrible crime, I am just amazed at how he is portrayed as one of the nice guys on the tour.

He often curses the umpires and ridicules them and that's just not on. Most people complain to the umpires from time to time, but it's the manner in which they go about it that matters. We all know Marat has a short temper, but he is rarely less then civil. If anything, his complaints are comical. He doesn't call the umpire fucking pathetic that's for sure. My heart goes out to the umpires because of all the shit they have to put up with. :(

I don't hate Agassi and I'm not about to call him names but someone who can call one of the nicest guys on the tour a fucking French faggot has lost all my respect. :mad:

Pea
11-03-2002, 05:28 PM
Originally posted by Experimentee
Andre complains about a few line calls once and suddenly everyone forgets all the good things hes ever done and makes out like he does this all the time. Think about the stress he's currently under and its understandable to have angry outbursts once in a while. And its amazing how many people are calling him an asshole, as if they actually know him. :rolleyes:

So you have inside knowledge of how good of a person he is? I know some people that have met fagassi and they all say the same thing.

AgassiGirl16
11-03-2002, 06:31 PM
Tennischick,
I couldn't agree with you more! He is putting a lot of pressure on himself to end as #1. He feels he still has something to prove, although he doesn't. He has proven just enough by being #2 at the age of 32, and playing some of his best tennis this year.

As for everyone who doesn't like Andre, that's fine, you can have your opinion, but that man is not trashy. It's very rare that you ever see him flip out on the court. He is a great tennis player, and he is anything but cocky about it. He splits his time between playing tennis at such a high level, being a husband and father, and he dontates money all of the time...he even has a school for underpriveledged kids...so in my opinion, that's not trashy. He's so soft spoken, and he doesn't walk around boasting..so no, he is not trashy...anything but it.

Mary Kate

Chloe le Bopper
11-03-2002, 10:39 PM
Just wanted to point out -

that I can't root for Agassi as a player - usually - as I find him arrogant and irritating.

However, as a human being - reading all the charity work he has done, and how good he usually is with fans etc - I have respect for him.

martinatreue
11-04-2002, 03:55 AM
He has his good sides but if he called Sebastien Grosjean a "fucking French faggot" then he can BURN!!! :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: I knew that Andre had made homophobic comments more than once in the past but Seb is one of my faves and being gay is not easy in sports. He is just pissy cuz Seb can beat spank him. His wife would not approve.

Minimum_Chips
11-04-2002, 06:19 AM
Suddenly anyone who says anything against Andre HAS to be the most credible lip reader in the world right? Just like all those posters who claim so-and-so gave their opponent "the evil eye" or put up their middle finger. Everyone sees or "lipreads" what they want to hear. I dont claim to be any expert on Andres character, but I dont know any more than anyone else here. The only people who are really qualified to comment are those who have known him for years, not just had one moment with him.