In his upcoming book, iconic tennis star, businessman, educator and Las Vegas resident Andre Agassi admits that in 1997 he used the recreational drug crystal meth or “gack,” as his assistant referrred to it, while he was married to Brooke Shields.
“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,” he reportedly tells People magazine.
The book not only details his drug use, but it also touches on his hair loss, his tumultuous marriage to Brooke Shields and how happy he is with his current wife, Steffi Graf.
Agassi says he was not concerned about revealing his drug use. “I was worried for a moment, but not for long. … 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.”
His book, Open: An Autobiography will be in stores on November 9, but is being serialized by the Times of London beginning tomorrow.
Later, although Agassi tested positive for the drug, he managed to continue to play tennis.
While the admission now may get him in hot water with the tennis and sports kingdom, it certainly can’t hurt his book sales- or can it?
Professional tennis player Andre Agassi says he’s through with laying around the house, so to speak- he wants to get back on the tennis courts.
After retiring following the 2006 U.S. Open, Agassi says his back is fine and he really misses playing competitive tennis. Which is why, at age 39, the Las Vegan will return to the court this month and play a limited schedule in the World Team Tennis (WTT) league for the Philadelphia Freedoms.
“It’s been a few years since I retired, and that’s been a little unsettling for me,” Agassi said. “It took some time to try to figure out the best way to say connected to tennis, and that’s hasn’t been so easy.
“But before I got too far away, I wanted to re-engage, and World Team Tennis seemed like the perfect opportunity.”
Agassi is scheduled to play two matches for the Freedoms, the team owned by league founder and longtime friend Billie Jean King. The first match is July 10 vs. Boston in Philadelphia, followed by a July 17 match at Newport Beach, California.
Although his wife and former tennis star, Steffi Graf, will not play, several big-name tennis players have committed to playing in WTT this summer: Venus and Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Michael Chang, Anna Kournikova, Kim Clijsters, Sam Querrery, and Mike and Bob Brian.
The bad economy, $5 beer prices, and long lines didn’t put a damper on the high spirits last night in Las Vegas as The Killers performed to a sold-out crowd during the opening night of The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Among the celebrities in attendance were tennis great Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf, actor Owen Wilson and Stephen Dorff.
The new Joint is a bigger, shinier version of the old Joint, complet with a better sound and lighting system and overall crowd experience. It also features balconies and VIP suites designed for high rollers, with food ranging from sushi to burger sliders.
Tonight’s show is Avenged Sevenfold and on Sunday Paul McCartney takes the stage.
The looming question that remains is whether the new Joint and the $750 million renovation can help to bring back the good ol’ entertainment days when virtually all major performer performed at the Las Vegas venue.