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Safin says Agassi should give titles, money back

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PARIS — Former No. 1-ranked Marat Safin believes that Andre Agassi should give his tennis titles back after confessing he tested positive for a banned substance during his career and lied about it to the ATP.

Agassi admitted in his autobiography "Open" that he used crystal meth in 1997 and failed a drug test, a result he says was thrown out after he lied by saying he "unwittingly" took the substance.

Safin, who plans to retire this month, said in an interview with L'Equipe newspaper on Tuesday that Agassi should "give his titles, his money and his Grand Slam titles" back.

"I'm not defending the ATP, but what he said put it in a delicate position," Safin said. "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?"

Agassi, who retired in 2006, won 60 titles, including eight Grand Slams, during his career. He recently told The Associated Press that he had to speak about his lies because he couldn't live with it anymore.

"If he is as fair play as he says he is, he has to go to the end," Safin said. "You know, the ATP has a bank account and he can give the money back if he wants."

Safin, who will retire after this week's Paris Masters, won the 2000 U.S. Open and 2005 Australian Open. The 29-year-old Russian said he isn't going to write his autobiography when his career will be over.

"Me, I don't need money," he said. "The question is: Why did he do this? What is done is done. Does he hope to sell more books? It's absolutely stupid."

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Safin is absolutely right.
Agassi is the worst sort of hypocrite.
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Of course Safin is right.

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Entertainingly provocative comments from Safin, who's never been rhapsodic about Agassi. I wonder if anything lies behind his quite public antipathy? Could just be that he dislikes the holier-than-thou facade Andre has upkept over the years post-1998.

Of course, it could be something more petty, like some lingering resentment Marat might have about losing that TMC match to Agassi that would have cemented year-end no. 1 for him if he'd won. Shame about the ankle injury that day in 2000...
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Brilliant Safin, what a bright and viable idea. :retard::retard:
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Brilliant Safin, what a bright and viable idea. :retard::retard:
why the hell not! if everyone's jumping on 'the-isn't-Andre-so-noble-to-tell-the-truth' bullshit, let him show just how honest he is by giving the dough back or is there limitation to his honesty;

if that's hard he should donate every penny he makes from his biography to the anti-doping body!

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Brilliant Safin, what a bright and viable idea. :retard::retard:
Marat never shied away from his own opinion, why should he now?

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I agree!

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Safin is so damn right!

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why the hell not! if everyone's jumping on 'the-isn't-Andre-so-noble-to-tell-the-truth' bullshit, let him show just how honest he is by giving the dough back or is there limitation to his honesty;

if that's hard he should donate every penny he makes from his biography to the anti-doping body!
Get a clue! Is like saying I am gonna refound some of the companies I have wroked for. Because while working there. I have smoked some pod with friends and when I joined the company, they had it in the contract and even took a medical exam, to make sure I had no drugs on my system.

Why do people think that Tennis players or 'famous' people live in a different world than regular people do. People should try and put yourself under other's shoes from time to time. It works wonders in giving you a better perspective.
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Marat never shied away from his own opinion, why should he now?
his opinion is stupid. Is the type of stuff you joke around with friends in a bar with friends after some beers. It is pure idealistic crap.
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Get a clue! Is like saying I am gonna refound some of the companies I have wroked for. Because while working there. I have smoked some pod with friends and when I joined the company, they had it in the contract and even took a medical exam, to make sure I had no drugs on my system.

Why do people think that Tennis players or 'famous' people live in a different world than regular people do. People should try and put yourself under other's shoes from time to time. It works wonders in giving you a better perspective.
Do you come out with "confessions" 10 years after the fact?

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Refund, not refound.

Safin isn't actually saying Fakegassi should really give his money back. He's saying Fakegassi should quit being all talk.
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Good stuff Safin, but as likely as women giving birth through their arse.

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