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Open: An Autobiography

By Andre Agassi

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Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 10 August 2010
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 to become a prodigy, an inner conflict that would define him. Now, in his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by such conflicts. Agassi makes us feel his panic as an undersized seven-year-old in Las Vegas, practicing all day under the obsessive gaze of his violent father. We see him at thirteen, banished to a Florida tennis camp. Lonely, scared, a 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. 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 public relationship. Alongside vivid portraits of rivals, Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. 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.

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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.


Agassi endured his father's rage-filled obsession to make him a tennis superstar. Actor/narrator Erik Davies's breathy, edge-of-the-seat delivery brings to life the near disaster of Agassi's childhood as well as his desire that his life could have been different. [Audio, LJ 3/15/10, starred review] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

'engaging, thrilling...a superbly written book' -Michael Atherton, The Times 'stunningly good' -Lynne Truss, The Times 'Honest in a way that such books seldom are ... An uncommonly well-written sports memoir.' -Charles McGrath, The New York Times 'Agassi weaves a fascinating tale of professional tennis and personal adversity ... His tale shows that success is measured both on and off the court.' -Doree Shafrir, New York Post 'An ace autobiography' -London Lite

EAN: 9780007281435
ISBN: 0007281439
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 2 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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5 of 5 Stars! '

Extremely good read. Was intrigued the whole way through; did not want to put the book down.


5 of 5 Stars! '

Loved this book. A fascinating life lead by an amazing tennis player. Think it especially appeals to those of us who remember seeing him on the court. More depth than I was expecting, I highly recommend it.


5 of 5 Stars! '

i enjoyed this book immensely and im not even a tennis fan or an agassi fan. it was easy to read, interesting and i jsut couldn't put it down. i'd recommend it for sure.


4 of 5 Stars! '

I am not a tennis enthusiast, but Agassi always fascinated when I saw him play. A lengthy book, but I managed it from start to finish without a problem. Well written, easy to follow, an insight into what made the man and the tennis player.

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