11/1/09 12:32 PM | Johan Lindahl
Andre Agassi's upcoming autobiography is yielding more nuggets with the revelation that the "image is everything" player lost the 1990 French Open final to Andes Gomez wearing a mullet-style wig to preserve pride over his fast-receding hairline.
Agassi, 20 at the time, related the secret in excerpts from his book to be published within weeks in a serialization in the Times of London.
"Every morning I would get up and find another piece of my identity on the pillow, in the wash basin, down the plughole," he wrote of his disappearing natural hair. "I asked myself: you want to wear a toupee? On the tennis court? I answered myself; what else could I do?"
After shampooing the rug the night before the final, it started to fall apart, with the young player more worried about that disasters than what ,might happen on court. With the help of his brother Phil,the pair made repairs with Agassi taking to the clay looking like the young rebel he was meant to portray.
"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 finally bit the bullet a few years later and shaved his head bald,thereby overcoming the sticky question of his missing mane.
"A stranger stood before me in the mirror and smiled," said the eight-time Grand Slam winner.
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