Agassi’s confessions could have knock-on effect for Serena

November 24, 2009

agassiAndre Agassi’s decision to open his soul and tell the world he took drugs and then hoodwinked his governing body, the ATP, into believing his failed drugs test in 1997 was a mere mistake could not have come at a worse time for Australian and Wimbledon champion Serena Williams.

While Agassi has been condemned by players and pundits alike for tainting the image of his sport, tennis authorities have come under fire for not investigating the matter thoroughly and believing Agassi’s lies.

One of the accusations against the ATP was it brushed the whole episode under the carpet as it could not afford to ban one of its biggest draws on the men’s tour.

In light of the Agassi debacle 12 years ago, Williams knows she could be in for some stiff punishment from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) even though the cases are so different.

Williams is in many ways the face of women’s tennis as she has won more grand slams than any other active player – her tally currently standing at 11 – and is also the world number one.

But her foul-mouthed rant at a lineswoman during her U.S. Open semi-final defeat against Kim Clijsters has left the ITF, who run the four grand slam tournaments, facing a real dilemma.

Should they make a stand by banning one of the sport’s biggest stars from taking part in one or more grand slam tournaments? Or should they simply hit Williams with a larger fine than the $10,500 she was handed at Flushing Meadows so that tournaments do not suffer financial consequences by the no-show of the biggest names in women’s tennis.

With tennis, like the rest of the world, trying to survive the effects of the global credit crunch, tournaments rely on the big names to turn up in order to convince the paying public to part with their hard-earned cash.

For the ITF, this saga could not have come at a worse time. And as for¬†Williams, could Agassi’s confessions cost her dear?

PHOTO: Andre Agassi of the U.S. prepares to serve during his tennis exhibition match against compatriot Pete Sampras at Venetian Macao in Macau October 25, 2009. REUTERS/Bobby Yip


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Agassi’s revelations hurt Yanina Wickmayer and should have no particular bearing on the Williams case, since it does not involve drugs.

What’s interesting is that everyone is ignoring Agassi’s revelation that he tanked at least one match.

Posted by Diane | Report as abusive

You have to be kidding me! What does taking drugs have to do with losing your temper during a match? Stop grasping for straw! I guess you’re still upset that Ms Williams wasn’t banned from tennis for life, because she happened to get upset during a match.

Posted by lsismor | Report as abusive

You need to take lessons in how to understand and draw

Posted by michael nash | Report as abusive

If Agassi keeps quiet throughout his life, his tennis achievements will be remembered for good. Now his sportsmanship goes down the drain, but his candid revelation of truth shows integrity that too makes up loss of reputation. He remains my idol.

Posted by Gilles | Report as abusive