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Andre Agassi autobiography reveals drug use

28th October 2009

Sporting legend Andre Agassi has confessed to taking crystal meth and duping the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

In his upcoming autobiography Open, the former Wimbledon champion admits that he took the killer drug in 1997 when his tennis career was stalling and he was worried about his forthcoming marriage to actress Brooke Shields.

The book, which is being serialised in The Times, reveals that the player was tempted to use crystal meth by his assistant, known as Slim, who told him it would make him 'feel like Superman'.

'Slim dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon I've just crossed,' Agassi explains.

After enjoying the feelings of euphoria and energy that the narcotic gave him, Agassi realised it could ruin his career when he failed an ATP drug test.

The 39-year-old then decided to lie to the authorities by claiming he had accidently drank a soft drink spiked with crystal meth - an explanation which the ATP accepted.

Earlier this month, the shortlist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2009 was announced, putting works such as John Daniell's Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary and Feet of the Chameleon by Ian Hawkey in the running for its GBP 21,000 prize.

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