London, October 31 (ANI): Tennis icon Andre Aggasi has revealed in his new autobiography 'Open' that the long lion-mane hair he flaunted in the 90s was actually a wig.
The stylish sportsman had used the wig in the French Open in 1990, when he reached the final of a Grand Slam for the first time.
"Every morning I would get up and find another piece of my identity on the pillow, in the wash basin, down the plughole," the Telegraph quoted him as stating.
He added: "I asked myself: you want to wear a toupee? On the tennis court? I answered myself; what else could I do?"
However, Andre suggested that the fake hair was one of the reasons he lost the final, as he was scared it would fall off while playing.
He further added: "Then a fiasco happened. 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.
"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."
After Agassi married Brooke Shields, she advised her to go bald.
He recollected: "She said I should shave my head. It was like suggesting I should have all my teeth out.
"Nevertheless, I thought for a few days about it, about the agonies it caused me, the hypocrisy and lies."
He mentioned that he couldn't recognize his own face after he shaved his hair.
He said: "A stranger stood before me in the mirror and smiled.
"'My wig was like a chain and the ridiculously long strands in three colours like an iron ball which hung on it." (ANI)