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ISBN13: 9780307268198
ISBN10: 0307268195
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From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography.

Agassis incredibly rigorous training begins when he is just a child. By the age of thirteen, he is banished to a Florida tennis camp that feels like a prison camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. He dyes his hair, pierces his ears, dresses like a punk rocker. 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 worlds 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 relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned. Alongside vivid portraits of rivals from several generations—Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer—Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He reveals a shattering loss of confidence. And he recounts his spectacular resurrection, a comeback climaxing with his epic run at the 1999 French Open 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. Inspired by her quiet strength, he fights through crippling pain from a deteriorating spine to remain a dangerous opponent in the twenty-first and final year of his career. Entering his last tournament in 2006, hes hailed for completing a stunning metamorphosis, from nonconformist to elder statesman, from dropout to education advocate. And still hes not done. At a U.S. Open for the ages, he makes a courageous last stand, then delivers one of the most stirring farewells ever heard in a sporting arena.

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 Agassis game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed, and power.

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Andre Agassi played tennis professionally from 1986 to 2006. Often ranked number one, he captured eight Grand Slam singles championships. Founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, he has raised more than $85 million for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy for underprivileged children in Las Vegas, where he lives with his wife, Stefanie Graf, and their two children.

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Josh_, October 20, 2013 (view all comments by Josh_)
Never in my life have I been so touched and intrigued by a book before. To be completely honest, books we read in school have not been of the highest caliber. Besides everyone’s favorite, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, I had yet to find another gem in the world of books until now. I started reading Andre Agassi’s Open with little to no knowledge about tennis or even who Andre Agassi was. I thought it was going to be some bland memoir depicting the life of the professional tennis player. I couldn’t have been more inaccurate. After finishing the book, I feel like I’ve known him all my life. Each scene, each game, and each experience, I was right there next to him. Each loss, and each downfall, I was there to experience every emotional bit of it. Throughout the book, I empathized, I felt, and I lived every moment of Andre’s exceptional and very engrossing life. From an early age, Andre was going to become a professional tennis player whether he liked it or not. His tennis-obsessed father drilled him endlessly and his practices as a child were brutal. An interesting spin to the book is Andre’s love-hate relationship with tennis. We see this relationship shown early on. “I slide to my knees and in a whisper I say: Please let this be over. Then: I’m not ready for this to be over(7)”. This relationship fuels the book and adds a much needed and necessary spin to better the book even more. Because of the wide use of monologue to portray Andre’s thoughts, this book was a very compelling, touching, and relatable memoir that simply was a reading experience of a lifetime. We see Andre change and grow and follow him through his many ups and downs. From the book, I’ve gained many insights about life, and I’ve gained a new appreciation too. This is one book you do not want to pass by.
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Kalani , October 18, 2013 (view all comments by Kalani )
A Grand Slam
Andre Agassi has always been one of my favorite tennis players of all time, but after reading his memoir, I see him as much more than just an exceptional tennis player. This memoir connects to me because I play tennis and even though my skills are nowhere near Andre’s, I can still relate to him and understand his feelings at times. After reading the first couple pages, I was hooked. The skill and eloquence of this memoir is more like a renowned author rather than a sports jock. Andre’s game on the court was legendary, but I never thought about what his life was like off the court. That’s what makes this memoir such a joy to read, because Andre takes you on a detailed journey of his life and shows that there was a lot more to tennis player than many perceive. He faces many challenges and I am shocked at how honest he is like when he talkes about all his troubles with drugs and depression, “Slim dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I ease back on the couch. There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness. Then comes the tidal wave of euphoria that sweeps away every negative thought in my head, every negative thought I’ve ever had. It’s like a cortisone shot to the subcortex” (210). The amount of detail that Andre puts into each scene just makes it come alive and you can’t help but to struggle with him and sympathize for him. Andre has once again performed wonders with this book just as he did on the tennis court. I really enjoyed reading this memoir and would highly recommend it to anybody whether you play tennis or not. If you play tennis or enjoy tennis, this is a must-read memoir. You will find yourself losing sleep over this totally engrossing story of a man who overcomes hardships and eventually finds the path to success.

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seacatbird, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by seacatbird)
This book is nowhere near my genre of preference and I am not a fan of sports. I usually read Science Fiction and Fantasy novels with a dash of historical fiction. That said, I loved this book! Andre Agassi is exactly what the title suggests, "Open". I found his personal journey inspiring and true to the nature of life. Through the ups and downs he manages to chase the truth of himself albeit in brutal stops and sprints. It's not about the end game but being at peace with the process. Great Book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307268198
Author:
Agassi, Andre
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Tennis
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Tennis players -- United States.
Subject:
Agassi, Andre
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PHOTOGRAPHS IN TEXT
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.59x6.55x1.37 in. 1.52 lbs.

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