Holy cow! Crystal Meth?! Lots of articles popping up today (see a short one below) after a publicist Tweeted about this! SI and People to have articles on the book THIS week! If anyone gets their copy sooner than Thurs/Friday (when they hit the stands in my area) please post.
Updated: October 27, 2009, 5:03 PM ET
Agassi says he used crystal meth in '97
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Andre Agassi used crystal meth while he was playing professional tennis, according to a new autobiography to be released next month.
The information was confirmed by the director of media relations at Knopf, a division of Random House which is publishing the book, according to a report in the New York Daily News. It was first publicized widely by Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch in a Twitter post.
The Daily News said that the year was 1997.
"FYI: There's an off-the-charts book excerpt from Andre Agassi in the forthcoming SI: He admits to taking crystal meth during his career," Deitsch wrote Tuesday morning. The post was later deleted. The excerpt of the book is due out later this week in Sports Illustrated and People magazines.
"Those excerpts contain revelations about Andre's use of crystal meth when he was a tennis player," said Paul Bogaards of Knopf, according to the Daily News.
Agassi had won the Olympic gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Games, but didn't win a major in 1997. His next major came at the 1999 French Open. He won the U.S. Open later that year and went on to win three more Australian Open titles before retiring in 2006. He won more than $30 million in his career, and eight major singles titles.
He is currently married to former Grand Slam champion Steffi Graf. They have two children.
The book, titled "Open: An Autobiography," is due out on Nov. 9.