He’s so lucky. He’s a star. But he cry-cry-cries in his lonely heart thinkin’

What can I say? Andre Agassi was an idiot, and he got lucky



In 1997, Agassi was struggling with his game and with his decision to marry actress Brooke Shields. His assistant, identified as Slim, introduced him to the drug, according to the excerpt.

“Slim is stressed too … He says, You want to get high with me? On what? Gack. What the hell’s gack? Crystal meth,” Agassi recounts in the book. “Why do they call it gack? Because that’s the sound you make when you’re high … Make you feel like Superman, dude.

“As if they’re coming out of someone else’s mouth, I hear these words: You know what? F*** it. Yeah. Let’s get high.

“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.

“There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness. Then comes a tidal wave of euphoria that sweeps away every negative thought in my head. I’ve never felt so alive, so hopeful — and I’ve never felt such energy,” Agassi says.

“I’m seized by a desperate desire to clean. I go tearing around my house, cleaning it from top to bottom. I dust the furniture. I scour the tub. I make the beds.”

Later, according to The Times, Agassi receives a call from a doctor working with the ATP, telling him that he has failed a drug test.

“My name, my career, everything is now on the line,” Agassi recounts in the book. “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.”

The ATP threw out the positive drug test and it did not surface until now.

In a story posted on People magazine’s Web site Tuesday, Agassi says: “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.”

In the posting on People’s Web site, Agassi says he “was worried for a moment, but not for long,” about how fans would react if they found out he used drugs.

“I wore my heart on my sleeve and my emotions were always written on my face. I was actually excited about telling the world the whole story,” Agassi says.

Source: ABC



He could’ve been suspended. The second half of his career could have never happened. He could’ve ended up with an addiction, behind bars. He could’ve ended his life. This shit is nasty, horrible stuff, and I hope that font colour conveys my general feelings towards it.

But instead, AA went on win 5 more slams, marry a goddess named Steffi Graf and steer clear of an addiction.

All this only came out voluntarily, 12 years down the track, when not even an act of supreme idiocy can destroy the respect and affections I have for this man.

But holy shit, how lucky can a person get

Just take a look at Hingis and Gasquet.


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16 responses to “He’s so lucky. He’s a star. But he cry-cry-cries in his lonely heart thinkin’”

  1. FortuneCookie says :

    WOW lying to the ATP about a positive drugs test?!?!That’s some serious shit right there,had they sussed him out his career would have been over before he knew it…
    I know it’s the ITF who have been involved in Gasquet’s case so things might work slightly differently,but the way that they’ve gone after him even after he’s been cleared by a hearing(and the tiny amount he and Hingis had in their systems) I think shows that Andre would NEVER have got away with that drug test failing and letter cover up if it happened today…
    This and all the other drugs stories that have come out from the oldies,show that as much as they don’t like it,the WADA rules are there for a reason,kids!

  2. FortuneCookie says :

    And nice use of a Britney lyric Doots 😛

    • dootsiez says :

      my *shameful* passion. 😉

      you can look at it in two ways – either today’s system is working, and players aren’t getting off for using recreational drugs, or we’re far too stringent with our rules these days and punishing people who probably deserve to be let off the hook

      In either case, Martina Hingis got screwed.

  3. FortuneCookie says :

    Yeah,there definitely needs to be some sort of middle ground,most of the time the current system is extremely effective (even just a couple of weeks ago there was Ivo Minar suspended for using a performance enhancing drug right?) ,put simply,it has to be strict in order to work…
    But the you get the odd case like Hingis or Gasquet and there’s definitely some debate over whether they were fairly punished (NO in Martina’s case),and then that leads onto whether athletes should be punished for recreational drug use at all…
    My personal opinion on that is yes,even if it’s not performance enhancing you as a tennis player sign various agreements in order to play on the tour,and you should stick to them,simple as that.Even if the drug arguably weakens your performance it still shouldn’t be allowed,because you’re clearly not putting in the commitment you’ve promised to the tour!Also,the average joe would get fired if they were found to be taking drugs,so why should it be different to a profession that actually relies on your physical health?Um sorry,rant over!

    • dootsiez says :

      Actually in most work places, the average joe wouldn’t get fired for taking rec drugs, simply become unless it was apparent, no one would never know.

      I mean – how many employers spring urine tests on their employees?

      Certainly the amounts found in Martina and Gasquet would’ve never been discovered/turned into an issue if they weren’t professional athletes. And even for professional athletes, they both had miniscule amounts.

      • FortuneCookie says :

        Should have made that clearer,I meant in the sense of if they were taking recreational drugs while they were at work,if they got found doing coke in the bathrooms for example the employers might take a pretty dim view of it…
        Actually,wasn’t that kind of issue one of the reasons as to why Richie got cleared,because he hadn’t played any matches in Miami,and so for this analogy was never ‘at work’ when it all happened?
        Oh good god,I’m feel like I’m using legal speak/arguments in conversations already… 😉

        • dootsiez says :

          When you start to slip obscure latin phrases into everyday convos, you’ll be half way there.

  4. Dani London says :

    Luck Shmuck
    Andre +Tennis = $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Andre could’ve snorted coke on ATP’s CEO wife’s boobies and get wildcards in tournaments!!

  5. Liz says :

    Crystal meth? What a bad idea! Andre, when you do dumb, you do it all the way!

    I think that the tennis authorities have to penalize players for recreational drug use, because of legal and PR reasons. Some employers in the USA conduct random drug tests of employees, especially if they are involved in high-risk professions (nuclear power plant employees, etc.) I’m not suggesting that tennis players fall in this category, but they are viewed as representatives of the sport and the ATP and WTA don’t want them to be engaged in illegal activities or generating negative publicity for the sport.

  6. roadrunnerz says :

    I’m not usually one to throw stones and all…but I’d be lying if I said this didn’t make me lose some respect for him. I’d feel the same if Fed or Rafa came out with a revelation like this a decade from now. I mean, one of the reasons I adore them is ’cause they’re not just athletes, they’re sportsmen.

    And like you said, doots. Crystal meth??? That’s hardcore stuff. It’s not like trying some cocaine at a party.

    So, he got away with it. Good for him (especially after seeing what Gasquet and Hingis went though!) And I do get that autobiographies are “tell alls” and all that.. But it just strikes me as sounding like, “hey, look what I got away with it?” And to leak this juicy tidbit JUST before the book gets released? How convenient.

    • dootsiez says :

      roadrunnerz, go easy on Andre.

      For me, I think we have to keep in mind the big picture here – Andre dabbled with drugs. He eventually got over himself, went on to stage one of the greatest comebacks in tennis the next year. Won five more slams. Became the oldest No 1 at the age of 33. Married Steffi Graf and at least appears to be a devoted husband and father.

      Not to mention, he’s one of the most successful, and innovative philanthropists in professional sports. The work he does with kids at risk through his foundation is just amazing.

      People make mistakes. The fact that Andre made amends and then some is enough for me to let him off the hook. 🙂

      • roadrunnerz says :

        Even though I’ve never been a huge Agassi-as-a-player fan, I do admire him for lots of what he’s done, and continues to do. And I don’t blame him at all for rebelling against a life that was more or less forced on him.

        I just wish the whole I-did-meth-lied-and-got-away-with-it, stuff was a secret he’d have kept for the rest of his life. UNLESS, the whole admission is his way of saying, “ok, I’m ready to own up to it now, even if that means stripping me of whatever titles I won during the time I was playing when I would’ve been suspended.” In that case, HUGE props to him, but I doubt that’s what’ll happen…

        Plus, it just makes me angrier for what happened to Hingis, whose offence was minor compared to his, and yet who paid a much sitffer penalty.

        • dootsiez says :

          Agassi was one of my fave players, so I guess I’m willing to cut him some slack here. I think he felt he needed to own up to it. The fact that someone probably read the draft of his bio and told him it would be of huge promotional benefit? I can’t be begrudge him for that. He’s done far more good than evil in his career.

          Hingis got screwed. No question about it. And that’s even before all this stuff about Agassi came out.

  7. Julie says :

    If my name was Martina Hingis, I’d be very very angry! I think in all fairness, they should strip him of the titles he won that year. If he’s not lying of course… People will do anything to sell their books! Why, some crazy person told me Serena yelled at the linesperson just to give people something to talk about! That’s how you sell a book people, by threatening some random person to show that motherfreaking ball down their motherfreaking throat! Andre, learn your lesson man.

    • dootsiez says :

      ^ LOL, too late for Andre to start abusing lines people. 😉

      Andre used drugs the year he dropped to #141. I don’t think there’ll be many titles to strip him of. I’m all for a good will donation of all proceeds from the book to drug-related charities though. 😀

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