Agassi claims worry WADA

ANTI-DOPING chiefs have demanded an explanation from tennis authorities after former world No1 Andre Agassi said he was able to lie his way out of a ban for taking crystal meth.<br /><br />Five-time grand slam winner Agassi, who retired in 2006, recounts in his autobiography how he tested positive for the stimulant in 1997. <br /><br />However he escaped punishment by writing a letter to the Association of Tennis Professionals in which he falsely claimed the substance, graded class A in Britain, had been slipped into his drink without his knowledge.<br /><br />Agassi, 39, is unlikely to face retrospective action for his admission, but the case raises questions about the stringency of the ATP&rsquo;s testing programme &ndash; and World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey yesterday said he wanted answers. &ldquo;WADA would expect the ATP, which administered its own anti-doping program at that time, to shed light on this allegation,&rdquo; Fahey said. <br /><br />The ATP said it had closed the case long ago, while the International Tennis Federation said the sport&rsquo;s anti-doping programme was far more stringent now than 12 years ago. A statement read: &ldquo;Such comments in no way reflect the fact that the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme is currently regarded as one of the most rigorous and comprehensive anti-doping programmes in sport.&rdquo;<br /><br />Agassi, who became only the fifth man to win all four grand slams and is one of the game&rsquo;s most charismatic characters, said his excuse contained &ldquo;lies interwoven with bits of truth&rdquo;.<br /><br />Having avoided a ban that would likely have amounted to three months, the American resurrected his career and climbed back from world No141 to No1.&nbsp;