Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi played nice during their exhibition match at Madison Square Garden on Monday night, the rivals’ first meeting since their infamous charity match last year. Just under a year ago, Sampras and Agassi were in the court for a charity game when Agassi mocked Sampras, repeating a claim made in his book that the latter was stingy. Sampras replied with a powerful serve straight at Agassi, causing him to duck.
This time the shots were all directed at the net, with Sampras showing courtesy after almost every shot. He held up his hands after letting fly a ball that ticked off the net which gave him a triple match against Agassi. Sampras emerged the winner with a 6-3, 7-5 score, a mimicking his final match when he defeated Andre Agassi in the 2002 US Open in New York.
“We’ve straightened it out,” Agassi quipped later. “Like I’ve said 150 times, it was a complete mistake on my part. ‘Hit for Haiti’ raised a lot of money; we did a lot of good things. But we unfortunately had a microphone on our mouths, and I was talking a lot. One thing wasn’t good.”
Sampras was equally gracious, saying, “In my eyes, it’s over. It’s unfortunate what happened. Andre apologized. It’s just one of those things that sort of got blown out of proportion over the last six months. We’re still here. He’s a rival and a friend.”