Russian tennis star Marat Safin has criticised Andre Agassi for the American's recent admission that he took drugs in the 1990s and encouraged him to hand back his titles and prize money. Agassi won eight Grand Slams and earned over 30 million dollars.
The revelation was met with shock in tennis circles and former world number one Safin, set to retire at the end of the week, believes Agassi should prove his remorse by returning the spoils of his career.
“OK, so he feels guilty? Then he should give back his titles, his money and his Grand Slams!” Safin told French sport daily L'Equipe. “If he's about fair play, he should go all the way. You know, the ATP have a bank account, he can pay them back if he wants to.
“The question is: why has he done that? What's done is done. He wants to sell more books? That's completely stupid.”
“I'm not defending the ATP, but what he said puts them in a bad position. The ATP allowed him to win lots of tournaments and lots of money and kept his secret, so why be bad to them? Sometimes you need to know when to shut up.”