Agassi - First meth...then speed...the revelations keep rolling in!!!

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  1. viktorkwan

    viktorkwan Rookie

    Dec 17, 2008
    Sydney + HK
    As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald

    Agassi says father gave him speed before match

    A SEQUEL to Andre Agassi's explosive drugs revelation has emerged in a second extract from his coming book, with the suggestion that his father, Mike, supplied amphetamines to Agassi before a match in a tournament in Chicago.

    German newspaper Bild has published a passage from the former tennis champion's memoir, Open, in which Phil Agassi warned his brother against taking the pills supplied by Mike Agassi, a former Iranian Olympic boxer. The suggestion is the substance was speed and Andre Agassi played while under its influence.

    The exchange is reproduced as follows: 'One night, Philly asked me to promise him something: ''Don't ever let Paps give you any pills to take.''


    ''Next time you go to the nationals and Paps gives you pills, don't take them.''

    ''He always gives me Exedrin, Philly. He gives me Exedrin before every match, because there's a load of caffeine in each one.''

    ''Yeah, I know. But the pills I'm talking about are something else. They are really tiny, white and round. Don't swallow them, no matter what happens.''

    ''Okay, but what kind of pills are they, Philly?''


    As predicted by Philly, my father gives me a pill at the national tournament in Chicago.

    ''Hold out your hand,'' he said. ''This will help you. Swallow it.''

    He puts a pill in my hand. Tiny. White. Round. I swallow it and I feel good. Not much different. A bit more alert …'

    In last week's book extract, Agassi admitted to taking crystal methamphetamine, or ''ice'', in 1997, and then lying to the ATP in an attempt to explain a positive test.

    Speed, too, is a stimulant banned under the World Anti-Doping Agency code administered by the International Tennis Federation, while caffeine - not prohibited since 2004 - remains on the monitoring list.

    In a separate development, David Howman, the director-general of WADA, told London's Sunday Telegraph he would be writing to the tennis authorities to ask them to investigate ''the possibility of perjury'' or ''a breach of the law'' following Agassi's admission he explained his positive test for crystal meth in 1997 by sending the ATP a signed letter claiming he had ''unwittingly'' taken the drug in a ''spiked soda''.
  2. jimbo333

    jimbo333 Hall of Fame

    Oct 31, 2008
    Windsor, England
    Meth IS Speed!
  3. edmondsm

    edmondsm Legend

    Nov 26, 2005
    In an in between place.
    Yes, meth and speed are the same thing. There are different types like crystal meth and the pill form, "speed", but they are all amphetamines. If I understand correctly.
  4. Nanshiki

    Nanshiki Hall of Fame

    Jul 4, 2008
    Crystal meth is a different kind of speed. It's sort of like crack versus cocaine. Crystal meth and crack cocaine are much more dangerous and addictive than their counterparts.

    OTOH, Adderal is actually a kind of meth too.
  5. MajinX

    MajinX Professional

    Apr 12, 2008
    LOOK ABOVE. therefore there is nothing new about this.
  6. Fee

    Fee Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    In front of my computer, obviously
    Agassi was never nearly as high as the members of this forum who insist on starting duplicate threads every day on this topic.
  7. Hidious

    Hidious Professional

    Jun 15, 2007
    Methamphetamine IS NOT amphetamine.
  8. gowrath

    gowrath New User

    Feb 25, 2008

    "This betrays a misunderstanding. Amphetamines are a group of drugs, collectively known on the street as "speed". "Crystal meth" is one of this group. It is methyl amphetamine, sometimes also called methedrine. It is the most potent of the amphetamines, with the longest duration of action & fastest onset of action, & probably causes the most intense euphoria. That's why it is the most dangerous. It prevents sleep for up to 20 hours and increases physical endurance (at the expense of a come-down later). It is about as performance-enhancing as you can get: far more euphoric than the more expensive cocaine. Like cocaine it may disrupt heart rhythm or cause a heart attack in susceptible individuals. It is intensely addictive: caffeine & ephedrine are very minor league indeed by comparison."

    Source: 1st comment here:

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  9. Gorecki

    Gorecki G.O.A.T.

    Jul 20, 2007
    Puerto y Galgo....
    i have an idea... lates make this one a train photo compilation?
  10. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Feb 22, 2004

    LOL...right you are
  11. CMM

    CMM Legend

    Nov 2, 2009
    Just when you thought there weren't any more headlines in Andre Agassi's incendiary, engrossing and endlessly human autobiography, "Open" (with J.R. Moehringer, from Knopf), the hits keep on coming.

    In it:

    Agassi hints he tanked games. "Losing on purpose isn't easy," he writes. "You have to lose in such a way that the crowd can't tell, and in a way that you can't tell. Your mind is tanking, but your body is fighting on. ... You don't do those tiny things you need to do. You don't run the extra few feet, you don't lunge. You're slow to come out of stops. You hesitate to bend or dig." Of losing in the semifinals of the 1996 Australian Open against Michael Chang -- a match Agassi suggests he tanked -- he writes, "I'm glad I lost."

    Sportswriters who accused him of tanking often were wrong. "They never get it right," he writes in the diary-style format. "When I tank, they say I'm not good enough; when I'm not good enough, they say I tank."

    He says his father calculated that when Agassi was 7, he made him hit 1 million balls in a single year.

    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."

    He was a bit of a pyromaniac. He liked to light things on fire. Once, on the balcony of a Munich hotel, he lit paper, clothes and shoes on fire, his way of coping with "extreme stress."

    He had plenty of stress. He was so angry after then-girlfriend Brooke Shields licked actor Matt LeBlanc's hand at a live taping of "Friends," he stormed out, drove home and smashed all his trophies, including ones he won at the Davis Cup, U.S. Open and Wimbledon.

    He was never sure he wanted to marry Shields. But he could relate to the actress. "She knows what it's like to grow up with a brash, ambitious, abrasive stage parent," he writes.

    He claims that while Shields was getting in shape for the wedding, she taped a photo on her refrigerator of the "perfect woman" -- Steffi Graf (now his wife).

    He says he got married with lifts in his shoes at Shields' request.

    He says Shields got regular threats from stalkers, and he would put his longtime trainer, Gil Reyes, on a plane to stalk them back. "He ... appears ... at the stalker's house or workplace ... holds up the letter and says very softly, 'I know who you are and where you live. ... If you ever bother Brooke and Andre again, you will see me again, and you don't want that,'" Agassi writes.

    He describes rival Pete Sampras as one-dimensional, "robotic" and a bad tipper, recalling a time Sampras gave a Palm Springs car valet one dollar. On the other hand, Agassi is grateful to have had Sampras' greatness to measure himself against. "Losing to Pete has caused me enormous pain," he writes, "but in the long run it's also made me more resilient. If I'd beaten Pete more often ... I'd have a better record ... but I'd be less."

    He saves no love for Jimmy Connors, whom he calls a "rude, condescending, egomaniac *****." Of Connors' coaching Andy Roddick for a time, he writes, "Poor Andy."

    He was incensed that Chang would point to the sky every time he won a match. "He thanks God -- credits God -- for the win, which offends me. That God should take sides in a tennis match, that God should side against me ... feels ludicrous and insulting."

    He says Todd Martin was, "like me, an underachiever."

    He insists that his sister, Rita, ran off with 32-years-older tennis legend Pancho Gonzales because their father was too contentious and controlling.

    He notes that the irony of a man who never finished high school running one of the finest prep schools in Nevada is not lost on him. To say nothing of his school having a dress code.

    And, perhaps the most shocking revelation of all: Beginning in 1999, he says, he never played wearing underwear again.

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