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Open: An Autobiography (Vintage)

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ISBN13: 9780307388407
ISBN10: 0307388409
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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 generationsJimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Roger FedererAgassi 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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Far more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.

 

Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game’s highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career.

About the Author

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.

 

Visit the author's website: www.agassifoundation.org

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mrn1701, October 21, 2013 (view all comments by mrn1701)
When I chose Open as my reading assignment, I had no idea who Andre Agassi was. As I read his life story, I became more and more engrossed in his biography of how tennis consumed his life and led to his becoming one of the greatest tennis players of all time. However, there was one theme throughout the book that I think would surprise most people who admired him and followed him throughout his career; his hatred of tennis.
I really enjoyed reading this book and it captured my attention because you could feel all his pain and suffering as he was growing up under the strict and demanding coaching of his father. He basically was robbed of a normal childhood and his whole life revolved around tennis. He was not afraid to say how mean his father was although he knew his father loved him. His father raised all his children in the same manner but began focusing on Andre as he realized that he was the most talented of his siblings and had the potential of becoming a champion.
It really amazed me how Andre started entering national tournaments at a very young age and would win even over older opponents. But another thing that caught my attention was the hatred he felt for tennis his whole life. There was never a moment from day one to his retirement where he actually wanted to play tennis. On Page 48, after losing a match, he tells a complete stranger, “But i don’t want to play anymore. I hate tennis.” The stranger tells him to use this experience as a motivation to win in order not to feel this hurt again.
His whole professional career he was torn between his hatred of tennis and his competitive spirit. Another fact most people would not know was that he played in pain throughout his career. He was born with a congenital condition and learned to play through his pain. I really could identify with his story because of my own experience and focus on playing baseball year round sometimes even on 3 different teams at the same time and even when injured.
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verbatim, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by verbatim)
This is a great book regardless of whether you are a tennis fan or not. Agassi writes with the honesty, whit, and sarcasm you would expect from a rebel. A note to the younger set, there is some light profanity in the book, but most of it stems from the frustration of his love/hate relationship to the sport. Excellent read!
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A tennis fan, January 26, 2011 (view all comments by A tennis fan)
Sure, you've heard many of the highlights from the extensive press coverage of Agassi's memoir, but the first-hand insights into the struggles of a reluctant professional athlete's life keep this interesting. Agassi's voice throughout is thoughtful and indeed, Open.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307388407
Subtitle:
An Autobiography
Author:
Agassi, Andre
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Tennis
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
tennis;autobiography;sports;memoir;non-fiction;biography;sport;las vegas;celebrity;athletes;bio;andre agassi
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20100810
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP. BandW
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x .8 in .85 lb

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Far more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.

 

Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game’s highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career.

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