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Agassi cries for sympathy

ANDRE Agassi, mired in controversy after admitting to using crystal meth, pleaded for compassion from his critics in a television interview.

During the 60 Minutes interview, to be broadcast on Sunday, Agassi discussed his explosive autobiography "Open" in which he admitted to using the recreational drug and his battles with depression.

The former world No. 1 becomes emotional after being asked to respond to criticism from Martina Navratilova, who compared him to baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, who is battling doping allegations.

"Yeah it's what you don't want to hear," Agassi said. "I would hope along with that would come some compassion that maybe this person doesn't need condemnation. Maybe this person could stand a little help. Because that was at a time in my life when I needed help."

Agassi said he has no regrets about disclosing his drug use, even if it eventually ends up costing him a place in the Tennis Hall of Fame.

"I don't know what the ramifications are. I had way more to lose by telling this story in its full transparency than I had to gain," he said.


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