Re: Did Agassi have more fans than Sampras?
Sampras entered the tour at a time when tennis fans were used to big personalities such as Connors and McEnroe who had both helped popularise the sport along with Borg. He then shared an era with another big personality Agassi. At that time achievements and titles alone were not enough to make a player a huge star.
When Connors and McEnroe were approaching the end of their careers, many tennis fans and especially US tennis fans wanted another Connors or McEnroe, i.e. a great tennis that would win a lot of big titles, but would also have a flamboyant character. Agassi gave them what they wanted and Sampras didn't.