13 years ago: Agassi and Federer play on Burj Al Arab

Stunning view from the great building in Dubai


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13 years ago: Agassi and Federer play on Burj Al Arab

13 years ago, on February 22 2005, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi were involved into an exhibition match at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the great bulding of the city. 'It took us about one month to convince both Agassi and Federer to do it', the tournament director Salah Talhak said. 'Because one of them, I can't remember if it was Federer or Agassi, had a height phobia. Eventually both of them agreed. When it was done, it went all over the world. We had to arrange a top class photographer and a videographer for the helicopter shots. I think we spent less than $25,000 to stage that match on the helipad. But the impact of it was unbelievable. I mean if I put a number then I have to tell you that it was worth about $25.5 million.'