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Open: An Autobiography by André Agassi
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Open: An Autobiography (2009)

by André Agassi (Author)

Other authors: J.R. Moehringer (Author)

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"Image is Everything" Classic Statement.
Fascinating read, wasn't expecting this honest portrayal of his life. Initially Agassi whining a lot about his childhood was bit too much but then as the story progressed i realised the need for it. [spoiler alert start] Cant imagine he hated tennis so much but even then ended up being one of the great [spoiler alert end]. After reading the book, i ended up watching some of his classic matches on youtube just to relate his take in the book looked up some of his photos
Must read even if one is not averse with tennis (technically). ( )
  _RSK | Jan 26, 2016 |
What a waste of time.... ( )
  tmscott13 | Jan 23, 2016 |
I did not realize how much he hated tennis. This was quite the in site into the mind of Mr. Agassi. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
I did not realize how much he hated tennis. This was quite the in site into the mind of Mr. Agassi. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
This was a phenomenal autobiography. I couldn't put the book down and learned a lot from one of the most charismatic of sports stars. Andre doesn't hold back and admits to some of his biggest personal failings in the book. I would recommend this even for people who aren't big tennis fans as there is so much about life and challenging yourself no matter what you're doing. I'm extremely glad to have read this book. ( )
  briandarvell | Jul 28, 2015 |
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“Open” is one of the most passionately anti-sports books ever written by a superstar athlete — bracingly devoid of triumphalist homily and star-spangled gratitude.
 
Somebody on the memoir team has great gifts for heart-tugging drama.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Agassi, AndréAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moehringer, J.R.Authorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barfoed, ErikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borello, SuzyTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Breuer, CharlotteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, ErikReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lupi, GiulianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Möllemann, NorbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meudal, GérardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.

Agassi’s 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 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. 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, he’s hailed for completing a stunning metamorphosis, from nonconformist to elder statesman, from dropout to education advocate. And still he’s 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 Agassi’s game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed, and power.

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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.

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