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Open - Andre Agassi, J.R. Moehringer
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307268198 (0307268195)
ASIN: 307268195
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 388
Edition language: English
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Amber's Thoughts
Amber's Thoughts rated it
4.0 Does He Really Hate Tennis?
I don’t play or follow tennis, and neither does the friend who recommended Andre Agassi’s memoir. I may never fully understand people like his tennis-obsessed father, but the life of a player makes more sense to me now, and this intense story gave me insights into the mindset of a competitive athlet...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books rated it
3.0 Open
I have had this on my "mildly interested" list for a few years now, and after reading it, I remain mildly interested. It is, as advertised, better written than most sports autobiographies, and this is doubtless partly because the ghost writer managed actually to prod or extract a fair bit of emotion...
Stories2358
Stories2358 rated it
5.0 Open. La mia storia
Stories Blog Review: http://storiesbooksandmovies.blogspot.it/2014/02/open-andre-agassi.html“Vantaggio, servizio, errore, break, love (zero), gli elementi basilari del tennis sono quelli dell’esistenza quotidiana, perché ogni match è una vita in miniatura.”Per più di venti anni ha corso, attaccato g...
Papermate
Papermate rated it
3.5 The Tension of Tennis
This is a fascinating look into the world of professional tennis. I don't follow a lot of sport, but Andre Agassi has always interested me as a man of surprises, The title of the book - OPEN - is a description of the way the story is told - Agassi certainly seems to hold nothing back, telling the s...
Sad Books Say So Much
Sad Books Say So Much rated it
4.0
Read in 2011 We're always told, "Follow your bliss. Do what you love". Andre Agassi spent decades doing what he hated most, with results that often surpassed his level of emotional engagement. That's what makes this book an inspiration.
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