An­dre Agassi, 1997

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - ROYAL TRIBUTE -

He was the undis­puted star of world ten­nis for years, but ten­nis was rocked in 2009 when An­dre Agassi ad­mit­ted to us­ing metham­phetamine just two years after claim­ing the world num­ber one rank­ing in 1995.

Mak­ing the shock claims in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Open, An­dre de­tailed his first ex­pe­ri­ence of tak­ing crys­tal meth in 1997, when he was suf­fer­ing poor form and pre­par­ing to marry ac­tress Brooke Shields.

“There is a mo­ment of re­gret, fol­lowed by vast sad­ness,” he wrote. “Then comes a tidal wave of eu­pho­ria that sweeps away every neg­a­tive thought in my head.”

Later that same year, the drug was picked up in his sys­tem fol­low­ing a rou­tine test.

An­dre ad­mit­ted lying in a letter to ten­nis’ gov­ern­ing body, where he claimed to have ac­ci­den­tally in­jected his as­sis­tant’s soda which was spiked with the drug.

He avoided any ban and vowed never to take the drug again.

Crys­tal meth was An­dre’s down­fall in 1997.

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