1997 was the low point of Agassi’s career. His wrist injury resurfaced, and he played only 24 matches during the year. He would later confess that he started using crystal methamphetamine at that time, allegedly on the urging of a friend. He failed an ATP drug test, but wrote a letter claiming the same friend spiked a drink. The ATP dropped the failed drug test as a warning. He stated upon admitting to his drug use that the letter was a lie. He quit the drug soon after. He won no top-level titles and his ranking sank to World No. 141 on November 10, 1997.
Andre Agassi is coming out with an autobiography and he apparently has a blockbuster confession: HE USED ILLEGAL DRUGS AND FAILED A DRUG TEST back in the 1990’s and LIED to his fans and the ATP and blamed the whole thing on his friend!
Wow. Well, because we are a blog about divorce, we were looking for a divorce angle from a hot “GOOGLE TRENDS” and we noticed, upon reading up on Agassi on Wikipedia, that this drug use coincided with his divorce from actress Brooke Shields back in 1999.
Agassi married actress Brooke Shields on April 19, 1997. In February 1998, they filed suit against The National Enquirer claiming it printed “false and fabricated” statements about the couple, but the case was dismissed. The couple later filed for divorce, which was granted on April 9, 1999.
So, it got us to wondering whether this drug situation was the reason behind the hasty Agassi/Shields split? Not that it matters at this point but the divorce was rather hasty if memory serves, so chances are, to one extent or another, his drug use did contribute to the bust up of that marriage….but to both their credit, they both seem to be happily remarried and defying the odds that second marriages don’t last. And both have a couple of comely children. And Steffi Graf is not a bad replacement for Brooke. So I guess it didn’t end too badly for either of them. Did it?