Agassi's Mohawk Toupee?

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  1. myservenow

    myservenow Semi-Pro

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    Over on espn's website, Rick Rielly previews AA's new book and writes that Agassi confesses many things in the book including that he wore a toupee at the French Open one year (not sure which year). Rielly describes it as a mohawk toupee. Not sure if that was just his description of Agassi's hairstyle in general back then or what. Seems like Agassi wore a hat a lot right before he shaved his hair off, but I don't recall a mohawk hairstyle at all.

    Anyway, according to the review (which is based on an excerpt in Sports Illustrated), the toupee came apart on Agassi while showering and he had to piece it together and keep it in place with bobby pins.

    I'm sure its true, but it is hard for me to picture such a contraption in my mind. Anyone remember this toupee?
     
  2. Cyan

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    Lol.......................
     
  3. Mike Cottrill

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    No, just his bro's..
     
  4. Conquistador

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    Funny story. I never imagined Andre Agassi to be this kind of a character.
     
  5. Datacipher

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    That's a little strange. He certainly appeared to have his own hair through to 1991. In that year, he did being wearing his hair a bit differently, more combed forward, which I think was probably the start of the recession. (rumours of it also began around then). He then spent 1992-1994 largely wearing hats. I noticed that he even wore baseball caps with various casual and formal wear off the court, which looked very odd. If he wore a toupee at the french, I believe it would have been during that time period. In 1995 he came out with his shaved look, and at that point, it was clear that it had been receding for a while, but even at that point, he was far from "bald", so I am not sure why he would need to wear a toupee since, he had been wearing hats for the last 2 years and only the long hair in the back was visible.

    Note: his brother had some wild, thick, toupee action going on!
     
  6. TennisTaxi

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    From what I recall, when he had his long hair it was actually a "weave"... like the guys use to wear in "hair bands"
     
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    I think Andre was a Norwood 4 when he shaved his head and ended up a Norwood 6?

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    Could this be the mohawk weave?
     
  9. myservenow

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    This is all making sense now.

    I seem to recall Agassi's game falling apart at the FO against Courier after it started to rain. Then Agassi's game fell apart at the FO against Gomez.

    I mean, how can you be expected to finish off a grand slam final when your hairpiece is threatening a revolt?

    The picture above with Gomez certainly looks like Agassi is wearing "suspicious" hair. I think Alesi has nailed it here.

    As a long time Agassi fan I certainly remember it the same way as Datacipher laid it out above. I can even remember some reporter interviewing Agassi during his "hat" phase and asking him point blank if he was wearing the hat because he was going bald. Agassi first acted like he didn't hear/understand the question. Then, acting all insulted, said something like "absolutely not" the hat is just a new fashion statement.

    It is so funny to think about now, but back in 1994-95 whenever Agassi shaved his head for the first time I was playing collegiate tennis and was really into all things tennis. However, it being the pre-internet world back then, I found out about Agassi cutting off his hair IN A MAGAZINE ARTICLE months after he had actually done it.

    I am still amazed by that fact today now that I have way too much tennis information at my instant disposal here in the internet age. Crazy.
     
  10. bluetrain4

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    His brother, Phil, had the most ridiculous, obvious hairpieces. I never suspected Andre.
     
  11. jrepac

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    LOL! Andre's hair started looking a little too "poofy" for me....I suspected he had a weave, which is hard to pick up....he did not go bald overnight, just does not work that way.

    And yes, Phil's hairpiece was SO bad that it distracted from Andre...
     
  12. kensan

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    I was just last night watching Agassi-Connors on dvd, us open 1988. And they showed Phil Agassi, totally bald on top. I was thinking Andre had slightly better luck to not have gone bald quite so quickly. Who knows, maybe he was weaving even then...? His hair showed no signs of going at that time, to me anyway.
     
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    So Andre started losing his hair at an early age? That stinks...
     
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    I think he was more like 3 according to your chart! HE really still had a decent head of hair, just starting to noticably go back in the front. I still think, as I laid out, that if he was using a hairpiece, it would have been during the 92-94 era.

    His hair during 88-92 was not supsected to be a toupee. In addition, it changed color, the highlights grew out etc. I don't know much about these "weaves" etc. Maybe he could have had a small one covering up a particular spot...but then,I don't think he needed one, he CLEARLY had a pretty full head of hair from 88-91.
     
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    Ok, I'm going to expose my Agassifetish from that era here....

    The pic posted above is the '90 FO Final, which from what I've read is the match in question where the toupe was falling apart. I don't really see why he was wearing it, because just a few months earlier, his hair seemed to be doing fine

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    Then later that year at the USO, it seemed fine as well...

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    It was only in late 1990 that things started getting out of hand...

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    Until we finally had to endure this....

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