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**Andre Behaving Badly**

01-31-2004, 10:07 PM
This is a thread dedicated to tennis' most famous le enfant terrible: Andre Agassi. :worship:

We will use this thread to post various articles and anecdotes about Andre's bad behavior both on and off the court during his entire career as a professional tennis player. :devil:

This is a way to honor the man who has come such a long way from that angry, mullet-wearing punk who first crashed onto the tennis scene in 1986. Slumping out in the early 90s -- his career essentially "over" -- he literally came back from the brink, finally beating his personal demons, and going on to become one of tennis' most successful, respected, and beloved player of the modern era. :)

Even now, in his early 30s, he is still breaking records and blazing his own unique path in tennis history. Andre was, and still is, the original rule-maker and rule-breaker of men's tennis. All hail King Andre! :worship:


01-31-2004, 10:37 PM
Australian Open - 1996 http://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/contrib/edoom/cussing.gif

MELBOURNE (Reuter) - World No. 2 Andre Agassi was fined $1,000 Friday for swearing during his third-round Australian Open victory over fellow American Steve Bryan to add to a $1,500 fine for using an obscenity earlier this week.

The second seed was cited by Brazilian umpire Paolo Pereira for an audible obscenity in the third game of the second set after a couple of close line calls on Bryan's serve.

Agassi, who defeated the lowly ranked Bryan 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-1, was cited Wednesday for swearing when he lost his cool on center court in the third set of an easy straight-sets victory over compatriot Vince Spadea.

The Las Vegan gave vent to his anger after hitting a shot over the baseline when he was having problems with his serve against Spadea.

"The code violation felt better than my first serve I can tell you,'' Agassi said at his post-match news conference after pulling himself together to win the next three games and set up the match against Bryan.

J. Corwin
02-01-2004, 12:12 AM
Nice idea for a thread!

02-02-2004, 02:52 PM
French Open - 2000 :bolt:

'Enfant terrible'
Agassi fined, criticized for ditching press

PARIS (AP) -- Andre Agassi was fined the maximum $10,000 for leaving the French Open without speaking to reporters after he lost Thursday to Karol Kucera in the second round.

The defending champion signed autographs for fans on center court, but then quickly left Roland Garros. Grand Slam regulations require players to give a post-match news conference upon request from the media.

"Agassi Fled" headlined L'Equipe, France's national sports daily, which went on to describe the Las Vegan as an "enfant terrible who, at 30, still hasn't reached the age of reason."

Agassi's last fine was at Roland Garros in 1996 for skipping a news conference after losing to Chris Woodruff, also in the second round.

With career earnings totaling $20 million, Agassi won't be bothered too much by the fine.

02-02-2004, 02:53 PM
Nice idea for a thread!

I thought so! :banana:

02-02-2004, 11:07 PM
Here are a few good ones:

1)Agassi calls an umpire "one of the foulest terms in the English language" (http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/1997/Nov-15-Sat-1997/news/6427763.html)

2)The Wimbledon incident:

Rafter outlasts an upset Agassi

The Aussie's five-set victory sends him to the men's final, where he faces today's winner, Henman or Ivanisevic.
©Associated Press

WIMBLEDON, England -- As Patrick Rafter thrust his fist in the air to celebrate his comeback victory Friday in the Wimbledon semifinals, an angry Andre Agassi fired one last shot.

Walking toward the net, Agassi pulled a ball from his pocket and belted it at the lineswoman who had infuriated him in the fifth set. She dodged the blast, and the ball slammed against the backstop. An earlier wild Agassi serve almost hit a linesman who had made two calls against the American.

The ugliness tainted a marvelous match worthy of tennis' best rivalry. Rafter was two points from defeat and trailed 5-3 in the final set before rallying for a 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 8-6 victory.

"I think he pretty well snapped," Rafter said of Agassi's antics.

Rafter, a 28-year-old Australian contemplating retirement after this year, will try for his first Wimbledon title in his second straight final. He lost to Pete Sampras a year ago.

On Sunday he faces Britain's Tim Henman or Croat Goran Ivanisevic. Their semifinal was suspended by darkness after a two-hour rain delay with Henman leading 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0, 2-1.

Henman pulled ahead by surrendering just four points in the third set, which delighted a partisan Centre Court crowd and thousands of fans who watched a big-screen TV from the picnic terrace at the All England Club. He'll try to close out the victory today to become the first Englishman to reach the final since Bunny Austin in 1938.

Rafter and Agassi, meeting in the semifinals for the third straight year, staged another seesaw struggle enhanced by contrasting styles. Rafter smacked 30 aces and relentlessly rushed the net, and Agassi slugged return winners and scurried from corner to corner, huffing and puffing.

But for all his effort in the three-hour thriller, Agassi's annoyance with two lines judges may have swung the outcome.

He became angry in the fourth set when two calls by the same linesman in one game went against him. He lost serve to fall behind 4-2.

During the changeover, chair umpire Mike Morrissey refused Agassi's request to remove the linesman who made those calls.

"You've got plenty of people," Agassi said. "Get rid of him. How many is he going to miss before you get him off? Two more? Do you want me to find someone for you?"

In the next game, Agassi slammed a serve that landed 10 feet long and just missed the linesman on the bounce.

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

After Agassi let his lead in the fifth set slip away and the score reached 6-all, he received a code violation for muttering an obscenity. A lineswoman behind the baseline heard the profanity and informed Morrissey, who issued the warning.

"That's quite upsetting and a little classless for Centre Court, to go running up there," Agassi said. "I got upset at a shot I missed, and I didn't think anybody could hear it. But apparently the lady sitting closest to me can."

Agassi didn't complain at the time, but his game came unhinged. He lost the next point to fall behind 7-6 and served poorly, committing three unforced errors, to lose the next game and the match.

Before shaking Rafter's hand, Agassi fired a forehand toward the lineswoman at the other end of the court.

"I meant to hit that in the net," Agassi said with a glare that suggested otherwise.

"I'm sure he's very upset," Rafter said. "I thought it was a little bit unfair of that lady to report him (for profanity). I guess she took the rules a little bit seriously."

Tournament referee Alan Mills fined Agassi $2,000 for the obscenity but did not punish him for the shot that nearly struck the lineswoman.

"I think he just lost it," Mills said. "He hit a ball near a certain lady, but he didn't hit her. She was athletic."

Rafter also beat Agassi in a five-set semifinal last year. This loss, Agassi said, was harder to take.

"I'm just disappointed that I let an opportunity go by," Agassi said. "Nothing comes to mind right now except kicking myself."

At least two lines judges likely favor Agassi doing just that.

3)Agassi defualted for audible obsenities (http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/1999/Feb-11-Thu-1999/sports/10593236.html)

4).. and just because I found this amusing, from The Telegraph in 2002:

There is no more gracious, humble, humorous, or indeed bald, player on the circuit, and yet in his early days Agassi was a surly, shaggy-haired young man with severe anti-social tendencies.

Agassi was defaulted twice for "profane language", once declared himself (at the French Open) to be "as happy as a faggot in a submarine", and even more scandalously (so much so that readers easily shocked should look away now) omitted to bow to the Duchess of Kent.

The bowing incident was after he won Wimbledon in 1992, after which he at least managed to clamber into a suit to dance with Steffi Graf at the champions' ball. He flirted for a while with Barbra Streisand, married Brooke Shields, and now - by his own admission - finds himself worried that Steffi is about to welcome him home with a rolling pin or that he will find a note on the oven door saying she's gone home to mother.


02-15-2004, 06:23 PM
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. :eek: But I read parts of Andre's post-match interview and he was full of compliments for Mardy so who knows what went down. :shrug:


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. ;)

02-15-2004, 07:30 PM
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. ;)

I'm actually not skeptical... I'm disappointed. Especially because he did it to one of his heir apparents who has surely looked up to him for years.

and LMGDFAO about the videotape!

02-15-2004, 08:01 PM
I'm actually not skeptical... I'm disappointed. Especially because he did it to one of his heir apparents who has surely looked up to him for years.

and LMGDFAO about the videotape!

Well, maybe he will apologize to Fish at some point. I'm sure he's not proud of himself either.

02-15-2004, 08:09 PM
oh no, probably not. And well, he shouldn't be either lol

That would be nice if he does apologize to him.

J. Corwin
02-19-2004, 08:29 AM
I'm surprised but not shocked. Everyone loses it at some point or another. Hopefully he'll make his apologies.

03-18-2004, 06:52 PM

03-22-2004, 11:25 PM
great thread!!

03-23-2004, 09:47 PM
Hi hythger, welcome! :wavey:

03-27-2004, 06:41 PM
Hi hythger, welcome! :wavey:

Hi Tangerine_dream!! :wavey: ;)

04-12-2004, 08:59 PM
Hahaha! Check out the hissy fit this "christian" sports journalist had over an obscenity Andre uttered during a match way back in 1997. Oooh, bad Andre! :smash: You ruined an innocent child for LIFE. He better not take his kid to any baseball, basketball, football or hockey match where drugs are encouraged, cheating is rampant, the blood flows like wine, and "bad words" are used with abandon. Not to mention that criminals like rapists and murderers are held up as being "heroes" and "role models" for kids todays. :rolls: :yeah:

COLUMN: Jim Fossum, The Review-Journal
Spoiled Agassi embarrasses himself, tennis

I took my 15-year-old nephew to his first tennis match Friday.
His first ...
My last.
OK, my profession admittedly will call on me to watch more tennis over the years, but I wouldn't be surprised if my nephew didn't.
He was in town from Oregon as part of a high school class project to shadow me in my career as a sports editor. What timing, I thought, to have the opportunity to show off my "glamorous" job by taking him to see tennis great Andre Agassi make a rare and highly publicized hometown appearance, albeit in a virtually meaningless match.
"If this won't inspire him to aspire to a career in sports journalism, what will?" I asked. "A major boxing card like Tyson-Holyfield?"
Unfortunately, in many ways, that's precisely what we witnessed.
In a brazen act of poor sportsmanship, Agassi turned Tyson and treated the people who treat him best -- fellow Las Vegans who have followed his mercurial career through thick and thin -- by taking a chunk out of the sport that has made him what he is.
What he is -- like my nephew -- is a Christian, or so he says. You'd have never known it from the jarring expletive he bellowed that drew gasps from an unwitting crowd and a wide-eyed stare of disbelief from a 15-year-old kid from a small Oregon coast town who has no doubt heard the word but surely would never use it.
Especially on center stage as one of the world's premier athletes before an adoring public that paid hard-earned money to finally get a glimpse of the player who has remained relatively -- and sadly -- sheltered from his most loyal fans.
"Sheltered" is a fitting word to start with when attempting to defend Agassi's reprehensible behavior. If the expletive Agassi loudly directed at the chair umpire was the end of the controversy, it remained the story of a tournament that gained legitimacy only after Agassi made an 11th-hour commitment to compete in it. It wasn't the end, but the beginning. Again to blame was Agassi.
That a reporter would recognize the comment as newsworthy, then pursue it for his readers only to be blatantly bullied for acting like the professional he is while the high-profile Agassi failed to do the same, was all the more shocking.
In a span of a little more than three minutes, Agassi sarcastically claimed to have used the same nasty word against an umpire on numerous occasions, called the reporter in question an "asshole" and aggressively moved face-to-face with the writer in an obvious attempt at intimidation designed to terrorize him into believing his line of questioning was out of line.
Wrong again, Andre.
The only one out of control in this sordid affair was the sole perpetrator -- an arrogant and pompous athlete who behaves like a champion's champion when things are going right, but like a spoiled brat when In times like these -- and they are much more common than even the most avid tennis fan realizes -- Agassi emerges as a victim of the very fame and fortune that allow him, but not others, to be excused for such irrational and unacceptable behavior. He champions children's causes, then acts like one. In no other sport would an athlete be allowed such blatant disregard for authority and not be ejected or disqualified.
That USTA supervisor Keith Crossland immediately declared the issue over without further review is disturbing. That he would concede he has never heard such despicable language directed at an official in such a public forum says scores about the lack of professionalism Agassi displayed. Excuse the immature up-and-coming young talent for such a transgression if you must, but the former Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open champ? Clearly, Agassi has lost touch with the fact that the rules of society should also apply to him.
"Game, set, match," intimidated chair umpire Norm Chryst should have snapped back after being viciously insulted by one of the most visible -- and hypocritical -- personalities in sports.
You would never hear that from Sampras, or, for all their gall and glory, McEnroe, Nastase or Connors.
I left the match ashamed, embarrassed and disappointed -- for myself, my profession and the sport of tennis, not to mention my nephew.
I can't imagine what all those mothers and children must have been thinking. I know what I was:
That the time has arrived for someone to stand up to today's pampered, spoiled and disrespectful athletes who may be millionaires several times over but don't understand that the game is bigger than they are.



Column describes Agassi aptly
To the sports editor:
In reference to Jim Fossum's article entitled "Spoiled Agassi embarrasses himself, tennis": Bravo!
Finally, someone has hit the nail on the head and defined Agassi's existence and career. Finally, someone has had the gumption to speak honestly about this small individual.
I feel sorry for all the legitimate players who have to accept this double standard.
--John Horton
Agassi no children's role model
To the sports editor:
All the good he has done reflects favorably on Andre Agassi, but his rude and offensive behavior reflects on him, too, lately very unfavorably.
The public is disappointed to see athletes who influence so many children choose such harmful behavior. Live your life as a worthy role model, and that will be your real contribution to children's lives.
After all, Andre, wasn't it you who said "Image is everything?"
--Claudia Reed
Agassi proves disappointment
To the sports editor:
Jim Fossum deserves applause for his article on "Andre The Great" wherein "The Great" is shown to be a great disappointment.
Agassi's faux pax and the obscene tongue lashing he put on an official is just another episode in his slumping career. I find it hard to sympathize with Agassi because a line call doesn't go his way and he finds it necessary to spew obscenities in the presence of women and children. As great a tennis talent as Agassi is, he is just as poor of a sportsman.
--Patrick N. Chapin
Fossum overreacts to incident
To the sports editor:
Mr. Fossum was so outraged at a profanity uttered by Andre Agassi that he declared that, were it not for his responsibility as a sports editor, he would never again attend a tennis match.
Fossum's silly article reflects his longtime negative attitude that has minimized tennis coverage in the Review-Journal, except when there is a good opportunity for negativity.
--Samuel H. Lipton
Agassi not good for Las Vegas
To the sports editor:
It is a rare occasion when I agree with Jim Fossum, but his column on Andre Agassi could have been written by me.
I'm not a tennis aficionado, but I have pulled for Agassi since he is a Las Vegan. And, since he seemed to care about the area's youth, he seemed like an OK guy. But after the incident using the bad word, I hope he never wins another match. Obviously, the money spent on the boys and girls clubs was simply a tax write-off and an attempted cover for his true personality.
I say to Jim Fossum, "Right on!" I say to Andre Agassi, "Please don't let people know you are from Las Vegas."
--Roger S. Kneass
Agassi has rebellious history
To the sports editor:
I read your article on Andre Agassi and was appalled at what took place, although not surprised. For too long sports writers have glorified him as though he was something this town should be proud of.
From the onset, Agassi's actions have been those of rebellion, a blatant disregard for tradition and a carefully laid plan to market himself.
Hopefully the R-J will show its displeasure by giving him future coverage on the back page in small print. "Image is everything." That's why we need less print about Agassi and more about Michael Chang.
--Claire Perkins

Profanity expected in sports
To the sports editor:
Jim Fossum, get over it!
Some athletes and some 15-year-olds, when motivated, will use foul language. I don't condone it, but it happens.
People get upset in the heat of battle. Some athletes express this verbally. One of my students returned from the Las Vegas Invitational with some "potty mouth" quotes from Tiger Woods. Does Tiger embarrass golf?
--Paul Yohnka
Epithet marred tennis match
To the sports editor:
Thank you for your column regarding Andre Agassi's behavior. I had the day off and considered it a treat to attend a tennis match involving one of the sport's all-time greats.
Much like your situation, I tried to arrange for my 15-year-old daughter to accompany me, however, the scheduling did not allow it. Little did I know I would be thankful.
I found it refreshing to know the sports editor of my local paper shares similar values in sportsmanship and is willing to stand behind them.
--Bruce Thede
Children hurt by obscenity
To the sports editor:
I loved your column about Andre Agassi. It's unbelievable that he would unload like that in this event. If it were a huge call in a Grand Slam event, maybe, but not this (low-level) event.
I feel bad for the little ones watching or listening.
--Allen Grant

04-12-2004, 09:13 PM
1997 was not a good year for Andre, was it? ;)

Yeah right Connors would never have used that word. He would have used clinical words like "abortion."

04-14-2004, 02:22 AM
Andre was an ass and I'm sure he was not proud of that moment.

04-29-2004, 05:54 PM
I loved the match in the '90s where Andre lost it and pretended to sneeze when he was cursing the chair ump.
He covered his face like he was sneezing and let this fly:
"Aww...f#ck you!"


05-17-2004, 04:17 PM
Lost to a qualifier today at St Poelten :( Apparently, he yelled "fuck me!" (got a warning) and called either himself or someone else a "faggot" again. :eek:

An appropriate smilie for how Andre must be feeling today

Agassi Fan
05-19-2004, 04:08 PM
I was there in St. Pölten. I wasn't happy, saw Andre to lost. :-(

03-30-2007, 04:25 PM
Bumpity bump.

Just came across this video of Andre at San Jose, 1996 (then known as the Sybase Open, now it's the SAP Open). Bad Andre in full force again; he drops several f-bombs and stares down the tattle-tale lineswoman (crowd cheered him for that) but Andre was clearly having no fun during this match.