Yes, Agassi Tanked: ‘Losing on purpose isn’t easy’

Thank god for Rick Reilly. In a blog post for ESPN THE MAG, it appears he’s shaken out all the interesting bits from Andre Agassi’s new book Open. The topper, at least to me, is Agassi admitting that he lost matches on purpose. But almost as perplexing as Agassi fully admitting that he tanked on occasion, like the Australian Open Final in ‘96, was Reilly describing his rhetoric has “hinting.” Judge for yourself:

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Losing on purpose isn’t easy. You have to lose in such a way that the crowd can’t tell, and in a way that you can’t tell. Your mind is tanking, but your body is fighting on. … You don’t do those tiny things you need to do. You don’t run the extra few feet, you don’t lunge. You’re slow to come out of stops. You hesitate to bend or dig.”

Of losing in the semifinals of the 1996 Australian Open against Michael Chang — a match Agassi suggests he tanked — he writes, “I’m glad I lost.”

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Agassi Meth Revelation Netted ‘$1M+’: Worth It?

Andre Agassi will reveal in an upcoming autobiography that he did crystal meth. Celebrity branding consultant David Schwab told CNBC’s Darren Rovell today that the news was likely worth over $1M in terms of Agassi’s book advance.

Agassi Took Crystal Meth

Was it worth it?

Andre Agassi’s meth use news netted him $1M+ for book. Worth it?

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Absolutely.
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Agassi To Admit He Took “Crystal Meth” In Book

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s Richard Deitsch reports via Twitter this morning:

Agassi Took Crystal Meth

The revelation, from Agassi’s upcoming autobiography Open, will appear in an excerpt in an upcoming issue of SI.

Agassi Took Crystal Meth

If you’re like me, when you heard that, this was the first thing that came to mind:

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