So in Andre Agassi’s new autobiography, the tennis megastar comes clean on taking crystal meth during 1997, the low point of his career. All I have to say is, I am not surprised at all. This will not tarnish his legacy or take anything away from his career and his 8 grand slams..if anything it may make fans like him more sadly..
I mean think about what Agassi was like as a pro. He once sported the ridiculous long hair. He once refused to wear white at Wimbledon and skipped the biggest tournament in the world. He had some inconsistency midway through his career and dramatically dropped in the rankings. Then all the sudden, he shaved his head, got married and became a good family man?
Honestly, I have never understood the infatuation with Andre Agassi. Most people who do not really understand the game of tennis love Agassi because they love his entertainment value. They love the old antics he used to pull on and off the court and his many women. From somebody who really follows tennis, sure the man completed some amazing feats in his career, but he should not even be put on the same playing field as Pete Sampras who recently defeated Agassi again in another charity exhibition match.
Sampras had it all. He was clean on and off the court. He won at the time a record 14 grand slam titles. He was number 1 for 6 consecutive years. He was the model of consistency who almost always checked his emotions, minus the time his coach passed. It is Sampras who deserved all the hype and hoopla. Not only did he have a much better career than Agassi from a raw winning perspective, he also always showed a very modest, and reserved demeanor and handled the glory in stride. He never was flamboyant or ostentatious. Sampras acted as a great tennis champion in my eyes should act.
I guess Agassi just has that likeability factor that Sampras may have been lacking. Either way, Pistol Pete should have been a overwelming fan favorite over Agassi all along and Agassi’s use of crystal meth does not surprise me one bit. Remember the man slipped to #141 in the rankings in 1997..he was a model of inconsistency at times.
So please do not applaud Agassi for coming out about this. People should just be neutral and think nothing of it. Now Agassi was one of the best tennis players of our generation, but he definitely should not be thought of as an emblem of this past generation of tennis..that my friends is the Pistol Pete Sampras..please give Pete his due for once..
Stay tuned for Edition 47.