Roger Federer has finally talked about the awkward situation from Friday’s “Hit for Haiti” charity match between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras calling it an “awkward moment” and “a bit unfortunate”.

The row between rivals Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras happened during the Friday night fund-raiser in Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open where Sampras took exception to Agassi’s suggestion he was a poor tipper.

Each of the players competing wore a microphone so the crowd and television viewers could hear the banter and Agassi repeated the allegation he had made about his fellow American in his autobiography ‘Open’ last year.

“There was definitely an awkward moment, a bit of a heated moment,” Federer said in his press conference following his win Sunday over Romania’s Victor Hanescu. “It’s a bit unfortunate, but that stuff kind of happens. It’s a pity if that’s what grabs the limelight and not the event itself, you know.”

Federer and Sampras overcame Agassi and Rafael Nadal 8-6 in the match to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

The evening was organized by venue owner Larry Ellison, who got the idea from a similar match Federer organized during the Australian Open in January.

The Agassi-Sampras feud has gained significant publicity, being featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program among many others.


  • Chris says:

    Agassi’s comments were over the line. Maybe he was trying too hard to be funny with his non-stop attempt at humor. He had to know that comments to Sampras that clearly pointed out Agassi’s view of Sampras as too serious and too cheap were going to hit a nerve. Plus, he did not let up. I can’t help thinking that Agassi is still a bit insecure. Despite “hating” tennis I am sure that he is not happy that Sampras was the better player and had the better career.

  • Sylvester says:

    I agree Sampras pretty much retired agassi and put him on drugs. Agassi is bald and insecure. Why should everyone become a skinhead like him?

  • Leigh Sanders says:

    Dear oh dear, talk about awqward. I agree with Federer, it's a shame when things like this overshadow such an important event. Personally, I liked rafa edging awqwardly further and further away from Andre. Good attempts at lightening the mood from R-Fed too. You can't imagine this happening with Rusedski-Henman. Henman would be a good old chap and laugh along. If I was as successful as Pete, I wouldn't give a hoot what people thought about me!

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