Agassi not so sure fashion models is good idea
October 19, 2004
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Andre Agassi's a bit skeptical about fashion models in skimpy outfits replacing ball boys at the Madrid Masters.
``I suppose I need some time to let it absorb,'' Agassi said Tuesday after beating Max Mirnyi 7-6 (5), 6-3 at the indoor tournament. ``I think it's important for our sport to understand its product clearly. And I'm not quite convinced it's part of our product.''
Women in black tank tops and white, knee-length skirts chased errant shots and handed towels to the players. Reportedly paid $1,100 for the week, the women are appearing in one televised match each day.
``It was difficult, to say the least, to concentrate on the ball,'' Agassi said. ``But I suppose I had an advantage. I'm used to playing with my wife'' -- Steffi Graf.
``The skirts look like they're a little difficult to run in,'' Agassi added. ``I think they need to be shorter, maybe.''
The government's Secretary for Equality, Soledad Murillo, called on tournament organizers to stop using the models, saying Tuesday it portrayed women as ``merely objects of decoration and entertainment.''