Some people may not know that Agassi had some tough times during his career. It got really bad to the point where he was using crystal meth.
An overview of Andre Agassi’s career
If you’re a fan of tennis or played, then you probably heard of Agassi before. During his career, he had a No. 1 ranking in singles. He was an eight-time Grand Slam champion and won the Olympic gold medal in 1996. Agassi was determined to become one of the best tennis players since he was a little kid.
Agassi turned pro in 1986 at the age of 16. As a teenager, he was playing against men much older than him, but that did not faze him one bit. Over the years, he quickly became a star in the sport. During the Open Era, he was the first male player to win four Australian Open titles. That record was later surpassed in 2015 and 2017. He was also the first male player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments on three different playing surfaces. You could see how talented he was and how endurance he had if you had a chance to watch Agassi play.
He finished his career with an overall record of 870-274 and won 60 titles. Agassi faced a low point in his career when he dropped to No. 141 in the tennis rankings in 1997. But he was able to battle back and become one of the top players in 1998 and would become the No. 1 player in 1999. He had a career to remember, and his name will always be remembered in the tennis world.
Andre Agassi doing crystal meth
Despite the success throughout his career, Agassi faced some troubles off the court. In 1997 he failed a drug test in which he used crystal meth, and he lied, saying that he took it accidentally. In his autobiography “Open,” he talked about the struggles he had of taking crystal meth. He talked about the times that he lied so that he would not be banned from the sport.
Agassi was facing a low point in his career, and not too many people knew about it. He was introduced to the drug by his drug-user assistant, known as Slim. “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 crossed,” he said in the autobiography.
Andre Agassi shocked the tennis world
When Agassi let the world know of his addiction to crystal meth, it came as a surprise to many in the tennis world. “There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness,” Agassi said in the autobiography. “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.”
Hearing Agassi’s story about his use of crystal meth lets you see that you never truly know what’s going on with someone. Just because they’re having success in their respected sport doesn’t mean everything is ok in their life. Who knows how many athletes have struggled with other addictions during their careers? Something unfortunate to think about.