Agassi's incredibly rigorous training begins when he is just a child. By the age of 13, 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 16, 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.
With its breakneck tempo and raw candor, Open will be listened to and cherished for years. A treat for ardent fans, it will also captivate listeners who know nothing about tennis. Like Agassi's game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed, and power.
©2009 Andre Agassi; (P)2009 Random House
I really enjoyed about the first half of this narration, where Andre talks about his childhood, rough relationship with his father, and pretty interesting encounters with bold faced tennis player names. However, he never quite reconciled to my satisfaction how he managed hating tennis so much with his drive to win Wimbledon. Also, as soon as Steffi Graf appeared in the story line - ugh. The writing became choppy and sappy.
This was a book that I only "read" audibly after so many disparate friends told me how enjoyable the book was.I enjoy memoirs and biography but.. I didn't follow tennis, couldn't imagine how I could follow it but his openness was an extraordinary gift to an audience of fans, who now include me.It's not about tennis, as much as it is about sharing a life in tennis that seemed quite literally to end at LOVE but with Steffi Graf. And it was fun finally learning about tennis And in his honesty and generosity towards other players I now understand more about the sport .After the first sentence, it was mighty hard to put down. A passionate but curiously anti-sports book. If I had read this review from Time, I wouldn't have had to have so many friends tell me to read the book! “Andre Agassi’s memoir is just as entrancing as his tennis game . . . By sharing an unvarnished, at times inspiring story in an arresting, muscular style, Agassi may have just penned one of the best sports autobiographies of all time. Check—it’s one of the better memoirs out there, period.”
-Sean Gregory, Time
This book is amazing. I was blown away by how honest he is. The title says it all. This is a great story of a very conflicted man who ultimately finds peace. I loved it.
The book is VERY good. You can see an excellent editor was behind it. It is odd to read such a good book from a 9th grade dropout. He seems honest and wants to create an image of an insightful character, which I do not fully buy. He trashes his ex and most players in the tour, which is also a sad reflection of his true self. But somehow I got him and the book made me waNt to go to a court and smash some balls, harder. The book made me go to youtube to relive some of his matches. After probably 50 audiobooks, this should be top 5, because of the way it caught my attention.
You do not have to be a tennis fan to love this book. Andre's journey of self-development is what makes this book impossible to stop listening to.
Among the most engaging autobiography I've listened to. Perfect combination of story, writing and narration. I did not stop listening to it from the time I started until the end. A truly exceptional perspective - most enjoyable. Well worth the time and money.
Great book, a total inside of Agassi`s true feelings for the game as well as the honest story of a man whose failures and sucess made him one of the game`s greatest legends...... Great narration.... takes you in there and keeps you interested through 18 hours.
What a fantastic insight to how the media can portray an individual vs. what's really going on. Just such a good read. At first you want to slap him and get tired of his excuses, but he adapts, adjust, and creates a life he wants. Great read!
You may have thought you knew about Andre Agassi before, but this book really opens your eyes to who he is and what the world of professional tennis is really like. The story will keep you listening in the car even though you have pulled into your driveway. The only negative is the reader's voice. The way he changes his voice for the female characters borders on disrespectful. It would have been great if Andre Agassi could have just read it himself. Still really good!
I loved this story, not a huge tennis fan, but always liked Agassi. The book is definitely long, but truly engaging and interesting. I could not stand the narrator. His voice was breathy and whiny, he uses the same one manly voice for all the male characters, and the same goofy girly voice for all the women, making otherwise strong women sound ridiculous. If the book had not been so good, I would have given up. It would have been nice to hear the book read by Andre himself, but alas. Otherwise wonderful insight and an amazingly detailed autobiography from a legend.
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