Andre Agassi: It Was A WigJosh Loposer
Not only did tennis great and father of two shock the world last week by admitting that he used crystal meth while winning tennis tournaments in the 90s, Agassi’s also revealed that his infamous tennis mullet was really just a wig! Thankfully for his 8-year-old son Jaden, the genes that govern male pattern baldness come from your mother’s side.
So, you’ve kinda got to wonder: Why would Andre come out with all of these shocking admissions now?
Is it because he’s a father and he wants to set a good example for his kids? Because, honestly, if you wanna set a good example, you might want to keep quiet about the whole doing crystal meth and lying about it to tennis officials thing. Am I right?
“Every morning I would get up and find another piece of my identity on the pillow, in the wash basin, down the plughole,” he writes. “I asked myself: you want to wear a toupee? On the tennis court? I answered myself; what else could I do?”
But the wig began to disintegrate as he took a shower the night before the Paris final — “probably I used the wrong hair rinse,” Agassi, now 39, continues.
“Of course I could have played without my hairpiece, but what would all the journalists have written if they knew that all the time I was really wearing a wig? During the warming-up training before play I prayed. Not for victory, but that my hairpiece would not fall off.”
He says, “With each leap, I imagine it falling into the sand. I imagine millions of spectators move closer to their TV sets, their eyes widening and, in dozens of dialects and languages, ask how Andre Agassi’s hair has fallen from his head.”
What do you think? Is Andre really trying to help kids stay away from drugs and cheating by telling his cautionary tale about meth and vanity? Or is Andre just trying to sell some books?
It kind of leads to a broader question: Is it necessary to reveal all of you past transgressions to your children as they’re growing up? Or is it better to hold back some secrets until they’re adults?