After reading Andre Agassi’s magnificent autobiography, Open, I knew Pete Sampras would be a little peeved at Andre.
Agassi takes a few shots at his rival in the book: He talks about how Sampras is so vanilla and boring, and tells a hilarious story about Sampras being a very bad tipper.
For months, we didn’t hear much from Pete; whatever reciprocal anger or annoyance he felt toward Agassi, it was all hidden.
Well, it’s hidden no more. In one of the more bizarre encounters you’ll see on a public stage, Pete and Andre, along with good sports Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, were involved in an exhibition tennis match Friday night in Indian Wells, Calif.
Eight games into the match, Agassi and Sampras suddenly started jabbing at each other verbally, and it got a little nasty. Here, you watch the 4-minute clip for yourself:
For an excellent take on this encounter (personally I think both behaved extremely poorly and should be ashamed of themselves), check out Jon Wertheim’s column on SI.com
**So file this one under “just something I was thinking about recently.”
I’m getting a haircut Saturday afternoon, and Caroline is doing a fine job. She’s probably about 30, with dirty blonde hair and a pretty smile. She’s cute, and she’s talking to me throughout the haircut. She has an easy, playful way about her. When the haircut is over, I go to the counter and pay.
After giving her the money, I then proceed to tip her a few dollars more than I normally tip a hairdresser. I walk out and suddenly feel somewhat guilty: Did I tip her more because she was attractive, both physically and personality-wise?
I know service personnel depend on tips to supplement their income. And I would like to think that hotel concierges, valets, waiter, etc. get tipped based upon their quality of service, rather than their friendliness and attractiveness.
Am I sexist or chauvinist or whatever for tipping more attractive service people better?
And when I say attractive, I don’t just mean looks; I think friendliness counts, too, and how well that person puts me at ease. The quiet taxi driver and the gregarious one both get me from the airport to the hotel equally well, but if one engages me in conversation, and takes an interest in my life and treats me with respect, shouldn’t he/she get a little more coin?
I don’t know the right answer here. I’m just throwing this all out there. Would love to hear your thoughts.