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Open: An Autobiography | Hardback

Released on 10 November 2009

Author: Andre Agassi | Format: Hardback

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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2010


He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court - but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the game. Coaxed to swing a racket while still in the crib, forced to hit hundreds of balls a day while still in grade school, Agassi resented the constant pressure even as he drove himself to become a prodigy, an inner conflict that would define him. Now, in his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by such conflicts. Agassi makes us feel his panic as an undersized seven-year-old in Las Vegas, practicing all day under the obsessive gaze of his violent father. We see him at thirteen, banished to a Florida tennis camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. By the time he turns pro at sixteen, his new look promises to change tennis forever, as does his lightning fast return. And yet, despite his raw talent, he struggles early on. We feel his confusion as he loses to the world's best, his greater confusion as he starts to win.After stumbling in three Grand Slam finals, Agassi shocks the world, and himself, by capturing the 1992 Wimbledon. Overnight he becomes a fan favorite and a media target. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match, and every public relationship. Alongside vivid portraits of rivals, Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He reveals the depression that shatters his confidence, and the mistake that nearly costs him everything. Finally, he recounts his spectacular resurrection and his march to become the oldest man ever ranked number one. In clear, taut prose, Agassi evokes his loyal brother, his wise coach, his gentle trainer, all the people who help him regain his balance and find love at last with Stefanie Graf. With its breakneck tempo and raw candor, Open will be read and cherished for years. A treat for ardent fans, it will also captivate readers who know nothing about tennis. Like Agassi's game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed and power.

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 Insider story

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A thoughtful, characteristic book. It has depth and the way the words are put on paper makes it still easy to read. Overall, I liked the book much. It's also sad, touching and honest. Great read, if you enjoy tennis, Agassi, psychological insight or sports overall.

 Truly is Open

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I have read many autobiographies and several from tennis players... McEnroe, Becker, Sampras but by far Agassi's book is the ultimate, the standard, the benchmark. It really is an opena nd brutally honest insight into the life and mind of Andre Agassi.
It is an excellent read for anyone, even if you are not interested in tennis or indeed sport in general, you would not be disappointed with this read. A lot of reviews call books 'must reads' but truly this story is a MUST READ. He tells his story right from the beginning and manages to give us an excellent view of life inside and outside tennis and how he managed to merge the two. For anyone struggling to find their place in life, Agassi's story can be a beacon of light and hope. Never give up and your rewards will come. Beautifully written.

 Read this...

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I'm halfway thru this book and it's brilliant - so well written and fascinating. I didn't realise such a passionate tennis player hated the game so much because of his father's force when he was young. Really interesting.

 Must Read

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If you're a fan of tennis and Andre then this is a must, if you aren't a fan of either it'd definitely worth the read. The book is so well written, Andre takes you on the journey with him as he struggles to cope with the life he has been given by his father - one he doesn't want. Over his childhood and teenage years the journey is a real rollercoaster of highs and many lows, his frank and honest feeling about his marriage, the great freindships that he manages to build and sustain to this day and his thoughts on his peers on the tennis circuit. You hit every ball with him willing the outcome of matches to change whilst reading, even though you know the outcome! You come away with a sense of how lonely a tennis life can be, but with the strong dedication and attitude that Andre has how he copes with what life throws at him.... control what you can control. I didn't want it to end and now it has I want to go on that journey again!

 A flamboyant journey of a legend.

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There aren't many tennis players, let alone sportsman who are interesting enough to write a book. In fact, too many books are written by under-achieving and those bereft of personality, but 'Open' is not one of those. Andre Agaissi, for me anyway, is one of not only tennis', but sports greatest icons. From his wild days as a flamboyant youngster, to his Grand Slam victories, and also his resurrection after an all-time low. This book will enthrall as Agassi, in haunting style, takes through his tournament wins and losses, all the while snarling at his upbringing where he was literally forced to maintain a tennis career from such a young age.
Agassi also takes us on an emotional rollercoaster, where we live through his broken relationships, but will become uplifted by his new found lust for life now married to Steffi Graf. In a genre so heavily dominated by robotic and sullen competitor's, 'Open' is a an honest account of a brutally lonely sport, and gives us an insight into a charismatic and enigmatic mind. This book has everything, from backhand winners, cross-court forehands and verbal warnings, to strange journeys, wonderful friendhsips, blood, sweat and tears. A must for Agassi fans..a must for tennis...just like the great man himself. Tennis is a a dull sport without him. Cherish those memories he left us with and buy 'Open'.

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AuthorAndre Agassi
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers (United Kingdom)
Year2009
ISBN9780007281428
FormatHardback - 400 Pages