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Wednesday 08, Aug 2012

  Andre Agassi To Relive Olympic Glory

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Andre Agassi To Relive Olympic Glory – Cliff Notes

andre agassi 3 - drugsThe retired American professional tennis player, @Andre Kirk Agassi, is presently reliving his Olympic gold medal day when he won against Sergi Bruguera after beating India’s Leander Paes in two tough sets.

Born on April 29, 1970, Andre Agassi was one of the most dominant tennis players from the early 1990s to the mid 2000s. Called the best service returner in the history of the game, Agassi was described by the BBC upon his retirement as “perhaps the biggest worldwide star in the sport’s history.”

In 1992, Agassi was named the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year and reached the world no. 1 ranking for the first time in April 1995 and held it for a total of 30 weeks.

The eight-time Grand Slam champion, Agassi, competed in 15 Grand Slam finals, and was the 1996 Olympic gold medalist. The American is one of four male singles players to achieve the Career Grand Slam (all four Grand Slam championships) in the Open Era and one of seven in history besides the first of two to achieve the Career Golden Slam (Career Grand Slam and Olympic gold medal), and the only man to win the Career Golden Slam and the ATP Tour World Championships. Andre Agassi was also the first male player to win all four Grand Slams on three different surfaces (hard, clay, and grass), and the last American male to win the French Open (1999) and the Australian Open (2003).

In 1997, he confessed to making the use of crystal methamphetamine and failed an ATP drug test, which was later dropped as a warning. During these times, Agassi was struggling to keep his marriage with actress Brooke Shields and had lost interest in the game. On November 10, 1997, his ranking sank to World No. 141 that prompted many to believe that the end of his illustrious career was near but he went on to win five titles and leapt from world no. 110 to no. 6 in 1996, the highest jump into the top 10 made by any player during a calendar year.

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In 1999, Andre Agassi entered the record books by coming back from two sets to love down to beat Andrei Medvedev in a five-set French Open final. He won the eighth (and final) Grand Slam title of his career at the Australian Open in 2003 by beating Rainer Schüttler in straight sets in the final. He recaptured the world no. 1 ranking on April 28, 2003 after a quarterfinal victory over Xavier Malisse at the Queen’s Club Championships to become the oldest top-ranked male player.

Nicknamed “The Punisher”, Agassi has been married to fellow tennis star Steffi Graf since 2001 and retired from professional tennis on September 3, 2006, after losing in the third round of the US Open. His autobiography, Open, reached No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list and received favorable reviews. In this book, he admitted that he used and tested positive for methamphetamine in 1997.


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Tuesday 14, Dec 2010

  Safin urges Agassi to relinquish titles after drug admission

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Safin urges Agassi to relinquish titles after drug admissionMarat Safin, the former No1-ranked player, recently said that Andre Agassi should relinquish his titles back after confessing to testing positive to a banned substance during his career and lying about it to the ATP.

In his autobiography, Agassi admitted that he made use of crystal meth in 1997 and failed a drug test.

Agassi also claims that the result was thrown out by tennis’s governing body after he lied by saying he “unwittingly” took the substance.

Saturday 04, Dec 2010

  Andre Agassi thinks his memoir is best left closed

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Andre Agassi thinks his memoir is best left closedThe eight-time slam winner, Andre Agassi, recently confessed that he took crystal meth in 1997 when his career and private life were spiraling out of control. One of the most admired and respected names in the world of tennis suddenly shocked the world by disclosing this fact.

In his autobiography, Agassi admitted taking crystal meth in 1997 and had failed a drug test which today would undoubtedly have seen him banned for two years.

It is believed that the Association of Tennis Professionals, the governing body of the men’s professional sport, avoided a major embarrassment and a serious blow to the sport’s integrity by taking no action against the eight-time champion.

Thursday 29, Oct 2009

  Famous players to have been involved in steroids scandals

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Famous players to have been involved in steroids scandalsAccording to Andre Agassi’s autobiography, he used crystal meth while still playing professional tennis. Agassi was not the only famous world-class player to have been involved with steroids.

Some of the most famous players were Diego Maradona, one of Argentina’s greatest football player who tested positive for ephedrine in the 1994 World Cup series.

Baseball’s highest paid player, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003. However, no penalties were imposed for a positive test until 2003.

Sports Illustrated broke the story about A-Rod’s use of steroids after they found that the Yankees slugger was among the list of 104 players that tested positive in a confidential testing.

Other athletes to have failed anti-doping tests were Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Michael Phelps, who was photographed to have been smoking pot at a student party in 2009.

Richard Gasquet, the French tennis star and a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, tested positive for cocaine use. However, he claimed that he got the residue from kissing a girl in a bar. He was later cleared of all charges.

Martina Hingis, one of the famous players in the tennis scene opted to retire early than undergo further tests for testing positive for cocaine use.

So far, these are the brightest stars in the sports arena to have also graced the news pages because of positive anti-doping tests.