‘Why Does He Need to Be So Cruel?’ – Russian Former World No.1 Once Blasted Andre Agassi for His Astounding Crystal Meth Confession

Published 09/28/2022, 11:21 AM EDT
MONACO, MONACO – OCTOBER 23: Russian politician and retired tennis player Marat Safin attends the SPORTEL Monaco 2017 at the Grimaldi Forum on October 23, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Olivier Anrigo/Getty Images)

Former American tennis star, Andre Agassi, is one of the most decorated tennis players in America. The former world number one has eight Major titles and was a runner-up in seven as well. One of the most prominent tennis players of his time, the American also had a controversial phase in his life.

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Back in 2009, the former world number 1 admitted to consuming a banned substance and getting away with it. The admission led him to face intense criticism. Many tennis professionals also criticized Agassi. Former Russian tennis star, Marat Safin, was one of them.

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Marat Safin slammed Andre Agassi

The former Russian tennis star was furious at how Agassi got away with it. Further, he asked the American to return all the money that he earned, along with his titles. He said Agassi should, “give his titles, his money and his Grand Slam titles back”

He further added, “I’m not defending the ATP, but what he said put it in a delicate position, The ATP allowed him to win a lot of tournaments, a lot of money. It kept his secret. Why does he need to be so cruel with it? If he is as fair play as he says he is, he has to go to the end. You know, the ATP has a bank account and he can give the money back if he wants.”

Agassi Opens up about his introduction to tennis

If we look back at his playing days, the American was at the top in his time. The least one could say after looking at him is that the guy is passionate and loves tennis. However, in a recent interview, the former world number 1 revealed that tennis was not his choice and rather his parents pushed him to pursue it.

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Andre Agassi watches Novak Djokovic as he practices on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Speaking about life choices, the Olympic gold medalist said that we don’t get to choose everything in our life. We don’t get to choose our parents, our strength, and our weaknesses.

Watch this story: Martina Navratilova once chastised American icon Andre Agassi over his substance abuse confession

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However, we can own it and nurture it for our own cause. That’s how Agassi developed his interest in tennis.

What are your thoughts on the issue? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui

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