‘He was basically bald’ – Hollywood star and ex-wife Brooke Shields explains how Andre Agassi wore wigs to hide his hair loss

Once a top player in the world, Andre Agassi was one of the most famous tennis stars. Only five players in the open era have achieved the career grand slam, and he’s one of them. The American won eight Grand Slam tournaments and finished second in seven others.

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Unlike his early career success, Agassi’s personal life has been a bit up and down. He was initially married to actress Brooke Shields. However, their relationship did not last for many years and they divorced in 1999. Then, in 2001, he married famous German tennis player Steffi Graf and they now have two children. In one of her interviews, Brooke Shields revealed that she supported Agassi unconditionally when they met.

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Brooke Shields on Andre Agassi and his hair loss incident

In an interview with People magazine in 2014, the star opened up about her marriage’s breakdown and her ex-husband’s drug problem. Shields went on to speak about her unconditional support as a wife and saidHe snubbed me when he lost and after he won he went to the next tournament. We drifted apart. I was the one who supported him unconditionally when he told me (after we started dating) that he was basically bald and had worn hairpieces for most of his adult life.

Andre Agassi watches Novak Djokovic practice during day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

She further said: “Why should this have been different? I would have been his greatest advocate and supporter.” In 1993, while filming in South Africa, they met and fell in love through many long, emotional exchanges.

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Agassi once lied to the tennis federation to avoid being banned

The legendary tennis player wrote an autobiography entitled “Open” in which he described his triumphs and failures. In this book, he detailed his drug abuse, which began in 1997 and ended with the devastating news that he had tested positive for drugs.

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After failing the test, he claimed to the ATP that he accidentally drank an alcoholic beverage that contained the drug. The eight-time Major winner later admitted to lying about the incident.

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Despite a two-year suspension, he managed to salvage the rest of his tennis career. It’s worth noting that after his comeback, he continued his Grand Slam wins, eventually retiring with eight major titles.

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