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

  • Open

    5
    By NessMaz
    Great read. Well written and incredibly honest. I wasn't expecting this book to be a page turner but it had me up many a night not being able to put it down.
  • Andre The Legend

    5
    By So you tink
    An extraordinary story of a tennis legends lifelong battles. Open and honest throughout and impossible not to be engrossed in the Agassi story!
  • Open

    4
    By Nkh1971
    Andre Agassi's book is a page turner. Loved it and didn't want it to finish!
  • Open, Andre Agassi

    5
    By DeaLAus
    Loved it! Determination, generosity and honesty. We can all learn something from Andre Agassi. Worth the read.
  • Open

    5
    By Lmao1883718
    An honest and open story. Loved every part of it. Well written.
  • Awesome

    5
    By Pontarama
    First book i have ever read in my 33 years of living totally loved it read it from cover to cover front to back side to side awesome story
  • Open

    4
    By AussieGreggie
    Good reading and always enjoy when someone lays their life on the table and not holding anything back. Always thought a professional tennis player would be a magic life but now I understand what they need to go though to get their and stay there my opinion has changed. Wishing the Aggasi's a fantastic life together as a family.
  • Indescribable !!!

    5
    By iSmith007
    Andre has produced his best shot ever. As an avid reader of autobiographies, this is without a doubt the most brilliant description of an amazing person that I have ever enjoyed. My opinion is shared by all of those whom I know to have read it and the honesty in the book is nothing short of hypnotic. I will buy the hard copy for my son and store it until he is old enough to appreciate its content.
  • A Story of Succeeding Against All Odds

    5
    By 1961Vintage
    I have always admired the man, the tennis player, the gentleman Mr Andre Agassi. This book, his life story, inspires me and I am positive others too around the world. Seems to me you found your goal and your peace. Congratulations - The applause will never stop for a true champion man.
  • Open

    5
    By Rosch27
    Simply inspiring. So much happens in the lives of individuals and so little of it is truly seen nor understood by others.

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