Agassi issues apology for behavior during charity match

Agassi Sampras

Andre Agassi told ESPN.com that he was sorry for his outburst and apologized for poking fun at Pete Sampras during a charity event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California.

Agassi said he has texted Sampras to ask if he can personally make an apology, but has yet to hear back from his former rival.

On Friday night, the two joined Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as part of the exhibition to raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti. But the blithe doubles match got a little tense when Sampras gave his impression of Agassi’s characteristic bow-legged walk, which drew laughs from the crowd.

Agassi returned the favor by pulling out his empty pockets, a reference to an assertion in his book that Sampras once tipped a valet $1.

Both of them were smiling, but in the locker room, there were reports of words exchanged. And neither player attended the post-match news conference.

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