Andre Agassi admits in a new book, “I hate Tennis” by Sports Illustrated, that he used crystal meth during his tennis career. He also lied to tennis authorities about taking any drugs. He says it happened at the height of his success. This and other drug abuse tales might be a result of how tennis players are trying to cope with their rigorous sport. Major sports headlines are frequently filled with drug abuse incidents either steroids, meth, cocaine, or alcohol and the ever constant problem.
The first tidbits from his autobiography have rocketed through tennis like a 135-mile-an-hour serve. He hated the sport, hated doing something that his father had shoved down his throat. He rebelled, he sought escape, maybe even self-ruin. One day in 1997, so his story goes, he escaped with crystal methamphetamine, and liked it enough to do it again and again and again. Then he lied when the first dirty drug tests came back. This is how a career nearly ends up flushed down the toilet.
His weak alibi — something about accidentally drinking a spiked can of soda pop — was believed at the time, of course. He was the innocent Andre Agassi. Many tennis fans will disappointed by Agassi’s story but hopefully this could be the door opening to more players coming forward. Do you think Agassi should have awards and accolades from his past pulled from by the ITA? I don’t think he should, crystal meth is not a performance enhancing drug like steroids? What do you think?
Here’s a video highlighting the whole issue with Crystal Meth.