Andre Agassi, the former world number is considered one of the greatest players of all time and went on to win 60 ATP singles titles and eight Grand Slam singles titles. He was the first man to win all four singles majors on three different surfaces and is referred to as the “Punisher” for being one of the swiftest players on the court.
Agassi faced punishment as he tested positive for a banned substance called Methamphetamine in the year 1997 took everyone in shock. But he was not given the punishment since he communicated as unknowingly taking the substance through a drink. His punishment was further quashed.
But through his autobiography called ‘Open: An Autobiography‘ which was published in 2009, some shocking revelations were discovered that blew everyone’s minds in shock. The former American player confessed to taking the banned substance knowingly and had even gotten addicted it to after his manager introduced it to him. He had lied during the time of investigation so that he isn’t found guilty and can continue playing.
The 4-time Australian Open champion regrets making the mistake. This revelation even brought to the notice that he had easily fooled the ATP authorities and their decision. However, no formal case was opened up since the incident had occurred prior to the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency which was formed in the year 1999.
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Andre Agassi had boycotted Wimbledon for three years since he disliked the rules and traditions
Apart from being a great player, Agassi had been very much involved in a lot of controversies throughout his career that lasted almost two decades. He always lived on his own terms and conditions and never ever hesitated to voice out his opinions on varied instances. He even would go overboard with things like either his on-court activities or his off-court antics.
He had even expressed his disesteem for playing at the Wimbledon Championship because of his conflict with the absurd rules and not understanding the age-old traditions of the tournaments. Hence, choose not to play for three consecutive years as a result. And he had just won once at Wimbledon which was in the year 1999 after losing in 3 major finals previously.
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