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Old 11-15-2012, 11:09 PM   #31
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Agassi = Legend that transcended sport.
Sampras = Amazing tennis player, one of the best in history.
End of story.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:51 AM   #32
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Default Re: Did Agassi have more fans than Sampras?

He should have. Sampras was a colossal bore of a player.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:54 AM   #33
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Default Re: Did Agassi have more fans than Sampras?

Sampras was better but Agassi was way more popular. Sampras had no personality while Agassi had monster personality. Sampy was a lot like Nadal. Just a cold killing machine. Agassi was way more vulnerable and therefor people identified with him more readily.
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Agassi is a little attention seeking ho, clothing like a hobo and drug-addict. Of course the youth would love him much more than a real man like Sampras.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:33 AM   #35
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Default Re: Did Agassi have more fans than Sampras?

Agassi had a LOT LOT more fans than Sampras. how old are you? not to be rude, but Agassi's popularity was well beyond Sampras's especially in the US for various reasons. A ::: he had a more exciting and daring personality. B ::: ever since he was young the tennis world embraced him and heralded him as great. C ::: he was a tennis fashion icon, and to a degree a fashion icon for athletics in general. D ::: he had a lot of high profile relationships with celebrities. E ::: his life was chronicled and followed closely with all of the drug problems and relapses and he grew a ginormous fanbase when he overcame his problems

Agassi was always more popular

OP accomplishments do not automatically make you the most popular player in your country. Sampras was a great guy but he was rather stale in his persona (probably something that benefited him in the game of tennis). Agassi was the most popular tennis player in America through the 90s and into the 2000s
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:30 AM   #36
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Default Re: Did Agassi have more fans than Sampras?

Andre was more popular I think. He had the personality as well as the playing style. He's one of the best ball striker in the history of the game.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:32 AM   #37
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Sampy was a lot like Nadal.
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yeah I don't get the comparison either. obviously styles are way different, but their personalities are totally different... Nadal speaks up WAY more than Sampras, and Sampras was much quicker and more serious in matches as far as getting things done. not very similar characteristics
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I think he was trying to describe both as "cold killing machines". They are both extremely clutch, beasts on dealing with big points.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:14 AM   #41
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Default Re: Did Agassi have more fans than Sampras?

The Agassi PR machine was over the top that I wound up not really liking him. Sampras was my man and he usually could take the matches out of other guys' hands
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Default Re: Did Agassi have more fans than Sampras?

Yes and it is no surprise really. Agassi had a connect with the general Public and Sampras really had meagre. He was more Self Absorbed than Agassi and no wonder Agassi was way more Popular. Also Sampras lacked Charishma Big Time.
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Default 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.
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Default Re: Did Agassi have more fans than Sampras?

I'm afraid he did and just trying to be objective here.
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Default Re: Did Agassi have more fans than Sampras?

Let's face it, Pete's personality never really set the world on fire. Sure he was one of the greatest tennis players to ever hold a racquet, but talent alone doesn't necessarily mean you're going to have the biggest fan base.

You could be the greatest player in the universe, but if you're a tosser you're never going to win Mr. Popularity. Pete wasn't the latter and so had a decent number of supporters, but had he had an A+ personality the number would have skyrocketed.
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