Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi

Agassi-Sampras the rivalry continues

Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi renewed their rivalry last weekend at The Greenbrier, a luxury resort in West Virginia. The exhibition was interrupted by rain on Saturday at 3-3 in the first set, and the game resumed on Sunday with Agassi’s victory 6-7 6-3 10-5.

Enjoy a brief recap and some pics, thanks to Econman:

The big takeaway was that the court was in bad shape due to the heavy rain on Saturday. There were numerous deadspots. Slices that hit around the service line would just die. Both guys really had to make quick adjustments because they had no clue how the ball was going to bounce. Despite that, both Pete and Andre had some clean winners. It was amazing to see.

Agassi-Sampras at the Greenbrier

Agassi-Sampras match at The Greenbrier

Agassi-Sampras match at The Greenbrier


Tactics wise, to me it seemed that Andre was serving just as hard as Pete. Both could hit kick serves that forced the other to hit the return around eye level. I think Pete only served and volleyed once during the whole match. That could have been an attempt to extend the points for the sale of the crowd.

Agassi-Sampras match at The Greenbrier

Agassi-Sampras match at The Greenbrier

Andre does a very good job of playing to the crowd by talking a little smack. At one point today Pete let a ball boy take a serve at Andre. The kid served it in and “aced” Andre when Andre didn’t go for the return (props to the ball boy for even serving it in. I don’t think I could have done it). Andre then said to Pete “remember when you could serve like that?”

Agassi-Sampras match at The Greenbrier

Agassi-Sampras match at The Greenbrier

Pete attempted some humor by asking a ball kid for a “deflated ball.” A lot of the crowd missed the joke (taking a stab at Tom Brady). Pete almost talked some trash to Andre. Andre hit a return winner and asked Pete if he “remembered that.” Later in the game Pete aced Andre and Pete started to say remember that but then he zipped his lips.

Agassi-Sampras match at The Greenbrier

Agassi-Sampras match at The Greenbrier

The stadium was pretty nice. There didn’t look like there were any bad seats. It’s small (around 2500 seats), but the Greenbrier isn’t planning to hold any big tournaments. A Powershares type event is going to be there in September. Pete, Blake, Courier, and McEnroe are scheduled to play.

My wife and I attended the meet and greet. Since I was fortunate enough to get Andre to sign my ATCs in Salt Lake, I asked Pete to sign a pair of Air Oscillates.

Nike Air Oscillate autographed by Pete Sampras

Also read:
World Tennis Day London Showdown: Agassi vs Sampras

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