Andre Agassi’s autobiography hits bookshelves Monday in the U.S. Circulated excerpts from the long-awaited release of “Open” have already been met with both outrage and sympathy from the public and tennis officials alike.
In the book Agassi reveals the bombshell that he took the hardcore drug crystal meth for the better part of his 1997 tennis season. The meth later showed up on a positive drug test but Agassi was cleared of any malfeasance after he lied to Tour officials claiming he accidentally ingested the drug only after he mistakenly sipped his assistant’s drink.
Agassi also talks about his hatred for tennis stemming from his father Mike’s drive for him to not just be a tennis pro but to be one of the best ever. Mike raised Agassi against his wishes to become a tennis star, tapping paddles to his hands at a young age and even having Andre skip school so the child could spend more time on the tennis court.
There are also passages about his romantic life including his marriage and eventual divorce to Brooke Shields and then later his relationship with Steffi Graf.
Agassi also writes about the wig he wore early in his career when his hair began falling out at age 20. He also spills on the topic of tanking matches, not wearing underwear during the latter stages of his career and even takes a shot at Pete Sampras for not being a good tipper!
A teary and remorseful Agassi was on air Sunday night in the U.S. in an extended, exclusive interview with Katie Couric on the venerable newsmagazine 60 Minutes. A book signing tour will also kick off to accompany the release of the memoir.
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