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andrew_fernando2
11-06-2009, 05:39 AM
Excerpt from "Too Short For A Column" @ http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/package?id=3835231

He says his father gave him speed before the junior nationals in Chicago. Agassi writes he purposely made the match closer than it had to be, just so his father wouldn't make him take it again.

He did crystal meth partly out of self-loathing. "Apart from the buzz of getting high," he writes, "I get an undeniable satisfaction from harming myself and shortening my career. After decades of merely dabbling in masochism, I'm making it my mission. ... I hate tennis more than ever, but I hate myself more."

to me this is more important, interesting and telling than agassis hair, or throwing a match (oh the topics discussed on these boards). this guy needed some help (counseling, an advocate, etc.) as a kid! also interesting, to me anyway, is the level of jealousy and anger (regarding the counter stalkings) displayed during the not too distant past.