True story – while playing tennis today, I overheard a woman on the court next to me say: “Forget the crystal meth, the toupee is the really shocking part!”
Agassi’s upcoming autobiography keeps getting juicier. Beyond the drug use, the abusive father and the admission that he hates tennis with a deep, dark passion, Agassi also reveals that he wore a wig on court. Image really was everything, it seems. Via the New York Daily News:
“Every morning I would get up and find another piece of my identity on the pillow, in the wash basin, down the plughole.” Agassi writes.
“I asked myself, ‘You want to wear a toupee? On the tennis court?’ I answered myself: ‘What else could I do?’ ”
Agassi says he was too embarrassed to admit to his premature baldness and went to great lengths to mask the shiny truth.
He claims he lost his first Grand Slam final, at the French Open in 1990, because he was worried the wig would fall off.
“With each leap, I imagine it falling into the sand,” he wrote.
“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.”
Well, at least he went for it. This was no insurance salesman from Fargo’s hair piece. It’s funny to watch this clip from Agassi’s 1990 Roland Garros final against Andres Gomez and think about his interior monologue, “Is it creeping up? I think I can feel it! Dang, missed that forehand!”
But could anything be tougher than going hairline to hairline vs. Boris Becker at the US Open?
Though it was Brooke Shields who encouraged Andre to go with the shaved head look, Andre looks happiest going au naturel with Steffi: