Sunday, November 01, 2009

Andre Agassi: 'My Dad Gave Me Speed'

Andre Agassi says in an excerpt from his soon-to-be-released autobiography, "Open", that he swallowed a pill given to him by his father — apparently when he was a junior player — that he believes could have been the illegal drug known as "speed."
CBC reports:
In the latest passage revealed from the book Open, which was published Thursday in the German newspaper Bild, the eight-time Grand Slam champion says his father gave him an unidentified little white pill and he took it. "I swallow it and I feel good. Not much different. A bit more alert," Agassi wrote in comments translated from German, adding his brother Phillip had warned him against taking anything from their father because it was the amphetamine speed. "Next time you go to the nationals and Paps gives you pills, don't take them," Agassi quotes his brother as saying. "As Philly predicted, at the national tournament in Chicago, my father gave me a pill," Agassi says.

It is unclear to which tournament Agassi is referring. But he did win the 1985 national boys 16 doubles championship title with John Falbo in Kalamazoo, Mich., about 150 kilometres from Chicago, when he was 15. READ MORE