Agassi’s hate of tennis was a deep part of his life

November 9th, 2009 - 4:43 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Nov.9 (ANI): Tennis star Andre Agassi’s disclosure that he took a drug known as crystal meth and got away with it, is only one of the startling revelations in a new autobiography. What Agassi has to say about tennis is also pretty startling.

He says that it was sport that he didn’t choose and couldn’t escape from, and adds that it was a life that often made him feel empty and depressed, despite having earned close to a 100 million dollars from it.

For both Steffi Graf, his wife, and Andre, tennis isn’t what it used to be.

“It is a little fun. Come on!” Graf replied, laughing.

“Yeah, it’s fun,” he said.

Agassi reveals to CBS that for most of his life he hated tennis with “a dark secret passion” but never let anyone know.

“I think I was just flat out scared. Just didn’t know what people would do if they heard the way I felt,” he says.

“I have to call it like it is. And, hating tennis was a deep part of my life for a long, long time,” he added.

He also blames his father, Mike Agassi, a first generation immigrant from Iran, for driving him so hard that by the age of six, he was practicing four to five hours a day.

“Well, I think he drove me hard because he drove himself hard. Tennis was a passion that he had from when he was a little boy himself. And he saw it as the quickest road to the American dream for his kids. Somethin’ that, you know, he wanted for his family,” Agassi explained.

But according to the book that’s not how he felt. He wanted to quit, but was afraid to tell his father, who he calls “Pops.” (ANI)

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