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Agassi: Giving balls to fans would impact play

Updated: September 6, 2004, 6:26 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Andy Roddick was soundly beating Rafael Nadal on Friday night when a point ended with the ball in the stands. The ballboy asked for the ball back. The chair umpire did the same, but the fan, despite crowd pressure to give it back, refused to return it. Another point was played. The ball boy motioned again. The fan reluctantly returned the fuzzy yellow sphere.

Allowing the fan to have kept the ball seems like the natural, fan-friendly thing to do -- a point made by tennis great ...

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