In his tell-all autobiography ‘Open’, that details his career and personal relationships, tennis legend Andre Agassi admits to consuming crystal method. The eight-time Grand Slam winner said in an interview with People magazine: “I can’t speak to addiction, but a lot of people would say that if you’re using anything as an escape, you have a problem.“
Agassi reportedly began using the drug in the 1990s, before his 1997 wedding to first wife, Brooke Shields. The star is currently married to former number 1 female tennis player Steffi Graf.
The news exploded online when an employee of ‘Sports Illustrated’ posted on Twitter: “@richarddeitsch: Book excerpt from Andre Agassi in the forthcoming SI: He admits to taking crystal meth during his career.“
39-year-old Agassi admits to having used the illegal substance and reportedly lying to tennis authorities about it when he tested positive for drug use in order to escape a suspension.
Serialized in British paper The Times, excerpts of the autobiography include statements as follows: “My name, my career, everything is now on the line. Whatever I’ve achieved, whatever I’ve worked for, might soon mean nothing. Days later I sit in a hard-backed chair, a legal pad in my lap, and write a letter to the ATP. It’s filled with lies interwoven with bits of truth.
“I say Slim, whom I’ve since fired, is a known drug user, and that he often spikes his sodas with meth — which is true. Then I come to the central lie of the letter. I say that recently I drank accidentally from one of Slim’s spiked sodas, unwittingly ingesting his drugs. I ask for understanding and leniency and hastily sign it: Sincerely.
“I feel ashamed, of course. I promise myself that this lie is the end of it.”
His book will be released on November 9.
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