American tennis legend Andre Agassi has admitted using crystal methamphetamine a year before he won the French Open in 1998, and that he lied to the sport's governing bodies in the same period about a positive drugs test to avoid a ban.
The image of tennis has long been that of a rather dainty exercise, played before ladies and gentlemen on lawns -- not anything so de classe as "fields." It was the last major sport where amateurs, not those grubby professionals, competed in the most important championships. "Love" is in the scoring. The one expression most often used to put down its snooty image is: "Tennis, anyone?"
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has asked the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to assist its investigations into irregular betting in a match involving Russian world number five Nikolay Davydenko.
French Open runner-up Mariano Puerta will lead Argentina's Davis Cup quarterfinal challenge against Australia next month, while Guillermo Canas has opted to skip the tie while he awaits a doping investigation.