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Andre Agassi admits to using crystal meth in upcoming autobiography

October 28, 2009 |  8:44 am

Agassi Tennis great Andre Agassi says he used crystal meth and lied to ATP authorities when he failed a drug test in 1997 in a yet-to-be published autobiography.

The Times of London published excerpts from Agassi's upcoming book Wednesday, detailing his use of the drug and how he lied when he told tennis officials he "unwittingly" took the substance when he drank from a soda can spiked with crystal meth.

According to The Times, Agassi felt a sense of dread when he learned he had failed the drug test: "My name, my career, everything is now on the line. Whatever I've achieved, whatever I worked for might soon mean nothing. Days later I sit in a hard-backed chair, a legal pad in my lap, and write a letter to the ATP. It's filled with lies interwoven with bits of truth.

"I feel ashamed, of course. I promise myself that this lie is the end of it," the book says.

Agassi's autobiography "Open" is scheduled to be released Nov. 9.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Andre Agassi. Credit: Gerry Penny / EPA