Open by Andre Agassi

Open

By Andre Agassi

  • Release Date: 2009-11-09
  • Genre: Racket Sports
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Description

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, an inner conflict that would define him. In his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by conflict.

Agassi makes us feel his panic as an undersized seven-year-old, practicing all day under the obsessive gaze of his violent father. We see him at thirteen, banished to a tennis camp. A lonely, scared, 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.

Yet, despite raw talent, he struggles. 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 title. Overnight he becomes a fan favourite and a media target.

Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match, and every public relationship. Alongside vivid portraits of tennis rivals, Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his relationships. 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.

Note that this ebook edition does not include illustrations that first appeared in the print version.

Reviews

‘engaging, thrilling…a superbly written book’
Michael Atherton, The Times.

‘stunningly good’
Lynne Truss, The Times

‘An ace autobiography’
***** London Lite

About the author

Andre Agassi played tennis professionally from 1986 to 2006. Often ranked number one, he captured eight Grand Slam singles championships, tying him for seventh on the all-time list, and he's the only man to win a career 'Golden Slam' - all four Grand Slam singles titles plus the Olympic gold medal. He also compiled one of the best records ever by an American in the Davis Cup. As founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, he has raised more than $85 million for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, an acclaimed K-12 charter school for underprivileged children in his hometown, Las Vegas. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Stefanie Graf, and their two children.

Reviews

  • To know the real Agassi

    5
    By Haiderfuad
    The book reads about the legend Agassi, not who we used to cheer on, but who he actually was.
  • Open Andre Agassi

    5
    By Cormac harty
    This is one of the best autobiography I have ever read. This book is like Al's famous speech in the film Any Given Sunday, inspiring in all aspects of life. This is a most read for any one who wants to achieve. C Harty
  • Open : andrei Agassi

    4
    By Boomba33
    Brilliant book - tough, brutally honest, showing courage and human flaws, but great spirit. Reveals the intensity and sometimes animosity that exists among fellow players on the tennis circuit. Great insights. Sometimes the narrative around matches and scores feels a bit much - as there are so many -21yrs worth! Love the steffi angle. Love the ending about the magic of books that Agassi discovered late, having left school at 14.....
  • Open

    5
    By Gabriel amato
    Brilliant from start to finish.
  • FantAstic

    5
    By SlickDunn
    Wonderful read! A must for any tennis fan
  • OPEN Andre Agassi

    5
    By EDyrka
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Didn't want it to finish. Can't wait for the follow up. Elaine Robinson
  • A gripping journey

    5
    By cmcleod1989
    For those who look to athletes for an insight into how their personal development has been shaped by sport, Agassi's autobiography provides a perfect illustration of how a 'game' can engulf an innocent life's journey. Agassi's path has been incredulously shaped by a passion, tennis. Whether this passion is for or against his contradictory love of the game, Agassi delivers a gripping insight into an addiction that plays on every emotion and artery in his body indirectly through his father from birth and directly through his choices during and after his professional career. Tennis will always be involved with Agassi all his life, whether he likes it or not, and, as he reveals in the book, it's been a painful road through his ups and downs to reach his own status as one of the game's greats and a loving father to his children and his foundations. A well-written and addictive story of a man's physical and emotional development through the vehicle of tennis.
  • Open: An Autobiography

    5
    By Stu7674
    What an astonishing read. I have learnt so much about my tennis idol that has surprised and enlightened me as to the ups and downs of a truly world class player.
  • Agassi

    5
    By Ed Bizzey
    A fabulous book straight from the heart. A must read.
  • Open by Andre Agassi

    5
    By Your Granma
    This book is easy to read, honest and inspiring, highly recommended for all tennis lovers.

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