Nov 11, 2009

Marat Safin: Andre Agassi should return titles & money

In an interview with L'Equipe, Marat Safin openly criticised Andre Agassi and suggested that he should give back his tennis titles after confessing he tested positive for a banned substance during his career and lied about it to the ATP.

Agassi admitted in his autobiography "Open" that he used crystal meth in 1997 and failed a drug test, a result he says was thrown out after he lied by saying he "unwittingly" took the substance.
"I'm not defending the ATP, but what he said put it in a delicate position," Safin said.

"The ATP allowed him to win a lot of tournaments, a lot of money. It kept his secret. Why does he need to be so cruel with it?"

"If he is as fair play as he says he is, he has to go to the end," Safin said.

"You know, the ATP has a bank account and he can give the money back if he wants."
Safin, who will retire after this week's Paris Masters, said he doesn't have any intention to write his own autobiography when his career will be over.
"Me, I don't need money," he said.

"The question is: Why did he do this? What is done is done. Does he hope to sell more books? It's absolutely stupid."
(Via AP)

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