Pete Sampras has finally reacted to Andre Agassi’s apologetic overtures. Via the LA Times:
Agassi has taken swings at apologizing in several TV interviews since Friday night. Sampras has appreciated that, but dislikes how it feeds the beast and keeps the story alive. Agassi is outgoing, articulate, likely to go for the one-liner. Sampras is shy, less comfortable in public situations.
Sampras wants this to pass, to let time heal it. Unheard until now, he also has a side in this story.
“Mostly, this just bums me out,” he said Tuesday night. “It makes our relationship uncomfortable now.
“It saddens me. Time will tell. I like Andre. I always had great respect for his game. What happened is regrettable. It is a very awkward situation.”
Andre was on Tennis Channel on Tuesday, apologizing some more for his role in the awkwardness at Hit for Haiti and mentioning that he’s reached out to Pete. I bet Pete is still giving him the silent treatment. Rivals? These two are more like an old married couple. Try saying it with flowers, Andre.
Sorry to feed the beast, Pete.