August 4, 2011 |
All-time loves Babe Didrikson and George Zaharias: Didrikson won two gold medals and a silver in track and field at the 1932 Olympics, won 41 LPGA events and is the only woman to make the cut in a PGA Tour event. Zaharias was a professional wrestler whose nickname was "The Crying Greek From Cripple Creek. " They were married from 1938 until her death in 1956. Don Drysdale and Ann Meyers: Drysdale appeared in "The Brady Bunch" and was apparently a baseball player of some sort.
March 16, 2010 |
This too shall pass, and not a moment too soon for Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. What was supposed to be a Hit for Haiti exhibition last Friday night at the Indian Wells tennis tournament turned into a Rift for Rivalry. The charity got some cash, but the legend got some lumps. It's the age of the Internet, of YouTube and Twitter. It happens, the world knows in seconds, and the mindless noise and texting begins, even if it isn't the slightest bit interesting. The tension between Sampras and Agassi was very interesting.
March 13, 2010 |
Rafael Nadal was a courtside witness to some testiness between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi during an exhibition match played to raise money for Haiti earthquake victims Friday night. And the friendly Spaniard, who is the defending champion at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, chose to plead poor English-language skills Saturday rather than give up the two former American rivals. While neither Agassi nor Sampras responded through their representatives about how seriously Sampras might have taken Agassi's on-court suggestion that Sampras had once been a less-than-generous tipper, Nadal said Saturday, "I didn't understand nothing."
March 12, 2010 |
The showcase stadium was sold out Friday night. Andre Agassi hit a forehand that almost hit Pete Sampras in the back, and everyone in the stadium in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden laughed. Agassi was playing tennis in his sweatpants, but his groundstrokes were working. It wasn't exactly competitive tennis, though. This was for charity, an exhibition called "Hit for Haiti," put on by new tournament owner Larry Ellison and his company Oracle. It wouldn't have worked so well though if Agassi, Sampras, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal hadn't agreed to play.
November 21, 2009
Open An Autobiography Andre Agassi Alfred A. Knopf: 400 pp., $28.95
November 3, 2009 |
That he used crystal methamphetamine during the 1997 tennis season isn't the only hair-raising admission Andre Agassi makes in his new autobiography. He also reveals that the long hair he wore through much of his professional career was a wig. An early victim of male pattern baldness, Agassi said he was aghast that "every morning I would get up and find another piece of my identity on the pillow, in the wash basin, down the plughole. "I asked myself: you want to wear a toupee?