Thursday, 30 May 2013


Andre Agassi, 43, won eight Grand Slam championships and an Olympic gold medal during his career (1986-2006). 

Andre Agassi wore a wig in the early part of his career.

The former tennis star wore a lion mane-style wig during the 1990s to hide his baldness.

The tennis legend admitted, in an extract of his book, that during one match he struggled to stop it falling off altogether - and lost as a result.

'Every morning I would get up and find another piece of my identity on the pillow, in the wash basin, down the plughole.

Disaster: Agassi wore a toupee at the French open in 1990

'I asked myself: you want to wear a toupee? On the tennis court? I answered myself; what else could I do?'

In the French open in 1990, he was in the final, his first in a Grand Slam tournament.

'Then a fiasco happened,' he said. 'The evening before the match, I stood under the shower and felt my wig suddenly fall apart.

'Probably I used the wrong hair rinse. I panicked and called my brother Philly into the room.

'"It’s a total disaster!" I said to him. He looked at it and said he could clamp it with hair clips.

May 1990: Andre Agassi of the USA in action during the French Open championships at Roland Garros in Paris

'It took 20 clips. "Do you think it will hold?" I asked. "Just don’t move so much," he said.
'Of course I could have played without my hairpiece, but what would all the journalists have written if they knew that all the time I was really wearing a wig?

'During the warming-up training before play I prayed. Not for victory, but that my hairpiece would not fall off.

'With each leap, I imagine it falling into the sand.I imagine millions of spectators move closer to their TV sets, their eyes widening and, in dozens of dialects and languages, ask how Andre Agassi’s hair has fallen from his head.'


Agassi went on to win eight Grand Slams during his career and is one of only six men to win all four major titles.


  1. Too gud 2 be true

  2. He's not crious.... Wats ring wt bein bald