Oddly enough, I couldn't stand Agassi in his early years as he seemed to represent form over substance.
But there's a difference between personally dislike a player and hate him to the point of diminishing his achievements.
I have only hated one player during all those years following the players, I was a teen back then. I hated Graf too much since her rout to Zvereva in the 1988 FO to her last major, with all the drama involving Hingis and the French crowd and especially after what happened to Seles in Hamburg. I had to see a wonderful special eurosport documentary day when she called it a career to realise finally how great she was and how stupid I was all those years hating her. Graf was the player who teached me the lesson to never hate a great champion because then you lose objectivity in your opinion about him/her. Then to finish, she married my favorite foreign player of all time, Agassi.
Nice to see that he's changed and my opinion of him has changed also.
Perhaps as the years pass, other fans may also come to appreciate players whom they detest at present.
I remember like if it was today when Andre was coming to play in the Barcelona event on clay at the RCTB in front of my school. All the students were big fans of Andre and it seemed as if he was the only one taking part in the event. Great memories since day one, but I completely agree his early years could be difficult to watch for some fans, but as great champions do, he turned better and better in his career.
This has been a difficult year for me and my 2 favorites foreign players.
First, a thread about Agassi admitting the use of drugs, I was so sad that I even did not want to know more specific info.
Second, Capriati hospitalised, again did not want to read the topic and listen about suicidal thoughts.
I am very scared about the life and thoughts of her after ending her pro career, she was not able to play a farewell match and she has not even called it career, hope one day, she will retire officially and be inducted into the Hall of Fame as soon as possible. She will always be that young American girl, age 16, that became the queen of the Olympics and the city in 1992 defeating 2nd seed Arantxa in the semis and Graf in the final, and some years later made of the best come back in tennis history!
I am so sorry (especially NadalGrafboy), I need to post this video! the intro, 12 seconds is so wonderful
With Andre and Jennifer it really feels like today!