An Autobiography

eBook - 2009
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Far more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.

Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game's highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and--described in haunting, point-by-point detail--the highs and lows of his celebrated career.

Publisher: New York : Vintage, 2009.
ISBN: 9780307592804
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.


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Dec 19, 2017

I had no knowledge of, or interest in, either tennis or Andre Agassi prior to reading this book, but I couldn't put it down. A gritty, awe-inspiring, passionate and sometimes hilarious read that describes Agassi's legendary matches so vividly that you can almost feel the sweat on each page. Highly recommended.

Jul 12, 2016

Read this book after reading an article about Bjorn Borg being taken aback by the pressure tennis parents put on their kids. It was a little surprising to read that Agassi hated tennis pretty much throughout his career. His father is pretty much portrayed as a unrelenting tyrant. Agassi seems to spend a good amount of the book beating himself up and dwelling on his losses. Despite his hatred of tennis, it gave him financial security and international acclaim. The book follows his ill-fated marriage to Brooke Shields and his current marriage to Steffi Graf, as well as a few lifelong male confidants. An interesting and absorbing read.

Jul 31, 2015

this book/story is awesome! I t is written/told in a nice flowing and easy to understand the tennis lingo for the NON_tennis player. I couldn't put it down. definitely a must read.

modis01 Nov 20, 2014

Offers insight into the life of a tennis champion. Well written. An intriguing glimpse into Agassi's life.

Oct 10, 2014

From a high school tennis player point of view, this autobiography of Andre is very motivating. It has amazing story behind how the Andre Agassi became legendary. I like how his writing show me in clear picture of his real story and not the picture being paint by the media.

WVMLStaffPicks Aug 30, 2014

This autobiography of tennis great Andre Agassi is one of the best autobiographies I’ve ever read, and I don’t particularly like sports. Ably assisted by ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer, a Pulitzer Prize winner, Agassi hits a perfect autobiography combination of a man making peace with his inner demons mixed with just the right dash of celebrity scandal. Even if you never cheered for Agassi when he was playing tennis, you’ll be rooting for him by the end of the book.

Aug 26, 2013

Don't tend to read biographies, especially autobiographies, however I'm glad I ventured outside my tendencies for this one. Definitely a must-read for Agassi fans, tennis historians, and biography lovers. Tremendous blend of personal revelations, insider gossip, self-mythologizing, record straightening, and tennis match action from in the trenches. Loved it.

medpro Jul 27, 2013

Outstanding! You can just feel the pain, anguish, and exhiliration that Agassi endured, especially in the long, grueling matches toward the end of his career. His co-author, JR Moehringer, didn't want to receive credit, but was clearly responsible for this being so well written. Highly recommend Moehringer's touching book, The Tender Bar.

Jun 14, 2013

From the first few pages I knew I'd be staying up late to finish this one. Compelling stories, vivid retelling of matches and some interesting insight into his "rivals" as well.

And, if you read the acknowledgements, you will learn he had a ghostwriter. An amazing ghostwriter.

hdavi Nov 15, 2012

Best sports book ever. Fascinating!

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