By all accounts, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras were friendly throughout their heated rivalry that spanned the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s. Since then, they’ve remained friends.
But in all rivalries, there are bound to be spats between even the most friendliest. But rarely does the spat involve the father of one of the parties involved. JR Moehringer, who collaborated with Agassi on his autobiography “Open”, brings us the tale of a spat between Andre Agassi’s father, Mike Agassi and Pete Sampras that was left out of the book because of lack of room.
Unbeknownst to Andre, Mike Agassi finagled a front row seat at a match against Sampras, and soon made his presence felt. While Sampras was getting ready to serve, Mike Agassi’s cell phone started to ring. Sampras stopped, annoyed, and turned. There, a few feet away, was Mike Agassi. Sampras couldn’t believe his eyes. And still the cell phone kept ringing. Finally Sampras said: Aren’t you going to answer it? To which Mike Agassi barked: Shut the (expletive) up and serve the ball!
Sounds like daddy got fed up with Sampras winning so often.
Pretty good read that takes you inside the process that Moehringer took to get the book together. Check it out if you get a chance.
AN ‘OPEN’ DISCUSSION WITH JR MOEHRINGER (Las Vegas Review-Journal)