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Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi

Open: An Autobiography
Title:
Open: An Autobiography
Author:
Andre Agassi
ISBN:
0007358814
ISBN13:
978-0007358816
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1642 kb
Size epub:
1125 kb
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf (2010)
Language:
English
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Rating:
4.4
Votes:
359
Category:
Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory:
Memoirs

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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.

  • Vuzahn
With the passing of these many years since Andre Agassi's tennis prime, my recollections are of a super fit but balding counterpuncher who could prolong a rally, a game, a set and a match with a great return with indefatigable energy and desire. Watching him play a night match at a Grand Slam often meant a late night and bleary-eyed morning at work the following day as the match went the full five sets and Andre chalked up another W.

Well, that was Andre Mark II. Andre Mark I was a different person and this autobiography tells the story of how he grew up - from living under a tough father in Las Vegas, to a punk rock prodigy under Nick Bollettieri in Florida and on to an "image is everything" meteoric career as a pro before crashing out and then climbing back to the top and creating wonderful memories of his clashes with Pete Sampras and others.

Life as a top athlete seems like it would be the best! Adulation, fame, fortune - It's all there for the taking. Andre does a great job of taking us behind the scenes and providing a reality check. Brutal training regimens, loneliness, incessant travel are the flip side of life at the top. Agassi's journey from precocious kid to mature adult is a great lesson for kids who want to reach the top of their sporting mountain as well as for their parents. I suspect that Mr. and Mrs. Agassi were happy that their tennis playing, tv commercial kid was just an actor - for Agassi knows the agony and the ecstasy of the journey.

The lasting impression of this book is a kid who had great sporting talent and withstood the test of time to become something more than an ex-jock. A family man and philanthropist - happily ever after!
  • Steamy Ibis
This brutally, unflinchingly honest autobiography is only rivaled by that of Lemmy Kilmister White Line Fever: The Autobiography. Agassi's doesn't shy away from the bad stuff and tells about his feelings and thoughts, taking readers on an intimate journey inside the mind and soul of a troubled, damaged champion. This story should be a lesson to everyone who struggles and everyone who feels like giving up hope. Rather than focus on his victories, Agassi focuses on the obstacles and defeats along the way. And somehow, in all of that, he accomplishes something extraordinary—he conveys humanity, and in that, a lesson about overcoming. Perhaps overcoming adversity isn't about making everything perfect, but rather about making one's life worth living. It's about the little things, and Agassi shares that in a way that I found quite endearing (and a bit tear-jerking as well).

As for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both of whom criticized Agassi for his honesty about using drugs and questioned the veracity of his claims of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of his father and trainers, I only have this to say—you may have been Agassi's opponents, but you're not his friends. And neither of you could ever write a book as honest as this.
  • Mojar
I have really been enjoying tennis. My kids play, and I play with them. It is a fun family activity. Because of this, I was told that this was an amazing book, which sometimes causes the book to be pretty average. Your expectations are so high, that the book struggles in meeting those levels. But this book was not that case. It was a great read. Andre has a great story about being pushed by his father, going through the ups and downs of a pro career, and really putting his heart out there. The book talks about his journey, and you see his process of maturity in the stories. It is an emotional read. The stories are great, powerful, and well told. If you enjoy Tennis, you will love this book, but even if you dislike tennis, you will probably enjoy the book still. Great book, but what appears to be a great guy.
  • Zainn
This is an enjoyable book. Agassi's narration has a cinematic scope, so there is plenty of humor which helps him cope with a life that was never fully under his control.
His tennis upbringing under his father and later at the Bolleteri Tennis Academy sometimes takes on the feel of a prison movie. Though the reader empathizes with our protagonist's plight, the descriptive text sets the stage for understanding and celebrating Agassi's rebellious nature which sometimes helped him on the tennis court.
As his career developes and success from his hard work starts to pay dividends, the cinematic quality of the text plays out like a road movie as Agassi and his brother, Phil drive from tournament to tournament.
As Agassi hits stardom with his Wimbledon trophy, he shares with us the lifestyle of a tennis pro.
The book does not ignore his romantic life, nor his feelings towards other top tennis players.
I was impressed by Agassi's conception of this autobiography. During the education part of Open, he says that he enjoys writing. He has certainly authored a fine book.
  • Painwind
I love this guy and I never saw him play tennis. (I'm taking up tennis at the moment and am reading all things related.) Anyhoo, Andre Agassi may have had a limited education, but man, can he write. He's funny and smart and has such a beautiful, simple style. His engaging personality comes through the writing. He is so honest, it's almost breathtaking. His beginnings sure were challenging. Who knew a tennis great could hate tennis.

What I really loved about him was the way he cherished friends and loved ones and how he'd go out of his way to be kind and loving to them. He was not happy playing tennis, but discovered the secret of life along the way: get out of your head and self-centeredness and love and help others. This is just a great guy in my opinion. It was fun to read about his tennis career (the childhood part wasn't fun...it was fascinating though), but it was his appealing, smart and funny personality that carried the book for me.

Highly recommended whether you're into tennis or not