Federer shocked by Agassi

2009-10-30 07:27

Paris - World number one Roger Federer on Thursday voiced disappointment at Andre Agassi's bombshell admission that he had taken drugs in 1997 and then lied to the ATP to avoid a ban.

"It was a shock when I heard the news. I am disappointed and I hope there are no more such cases in future," Federer said at a sponsors meeting at Kilchberg near Zurich.

But Federer also noted that Agassi "has done a lot for tennis, both as a player and as a human being".

"Today, he raises millions of dollars for his foundation for disadvantaged children," the Swiss commented.

Agassi, one of just six men to have won all four Grand Slam titles and widely regarded as one of the sport's finest players, stunned tennis this week by revealing he'd taken the highly-addictive drug crystal methamphetamine in 1997.

The American, now 39, also admitted that he lied to the governing body of the ATP to escape a ban.

Federer noted that today, players must make themselves available for dope tests between 20 and 30 times a year.

"Our sport must stay clean," he stressed.


  • Germ - 2009-10-30 08:48

    I am not sure why he feels upset. Drug use is so rife among sportsmen today. Just take a look at Matt Stevens and Justin Harrison of Bath rugby. I played rugby with a lot of provincial and springbok players and I know that a lot of them did lines of coke on weekends and dope was a regular thing. When Ecstacy was the in drug of choice a lot of players do their E on a saturday night after a game, or those that were more disciplined would wait till the off season. Drug testing is a joke. Players know when it is going to happen and the tests are so limited that 9 times out of 10 they do not pick up recreational drug use. Agassi is only human and he made a mistake. I am not condoning drug use cos I have never taken anything stronger than a Myprodol, but people must wake up and realise that it is widespread. Worse and more scary than recreational drug use among sportsmen is Steroid use. But thats a whole different article.

  • Fan - 2009-10-30 09:16

    I totally agree with Federer, we must not overlook what Agassi has done for Tennis and for disadvantaged children. Without condoning him using the drug at all I am impressed by his honesty and I'm sure that in time we'll see how his coming clean will help the ATP and ITF. I have met Agassi and found him to be one of the most humble, intelligent and charistmatic people I have ever encountered, I applaud him for his candor.

  • Very Concerned - 2009-10-30 09:37

    If they would just stop a moment and think what drugs an drinking does to your body and brain they surely must realise how stupid it is to carry on with this crazyness.

  • willie - 2009-10-30 09:51

    He spoke up. Others stay quiet. It shows charracter

  • Bernard - 2009-10-30 10:11

    Just shows that Agassi is human. He has the courage to admit his mistakes, apologize & move on. Many people should/could learn from that.

  • John - 2009-10-30 10:26

    Yip, Agassi spoke up. Was it not in a book he just wrote? Could be a great timing to boost sales of is book if that is the case

  • Ams - 2009-10-30 10:34

    I'm not really shocked, Agassi was sort of the bad boy of tennis. I think we would be flabbergasted if we knew what these squeeky-clean sport stars get up to.

  • @John - 2009-10-30 10:44

    You little gemius you. That's how it was revealed that he used the drug. In his book

  • polly - 2009-10-30 11:09

    Great timing Agassi....similar to your returns of those misile service of Borris Becker, etc..Book sales will obviously increase.

  • Val Leech - 2009-10-30 11:15

    At first my reaction was "Oh No" but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was good to come clean. I agree with Federer, lets remember what he is putting back into sport and all those who are benifiting enormously from his foundation.

  • cris - 2009-10-31 10:04

    Federer = Gentleman of the game

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