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
Open was a great book, I knew little of Andre Agassi's life and he is truly an amazing fellow.
Above all odds.
Listening to this book made me aware that there is a huge price to pay for such athletic success.
One great book!
When his first wife was trying to get to a perfect woman's body like Stephanie Graf who whe has in a photo to compare to.
This one is tops
Very well written and spoken.
The subject matter.
I have read many autobiographies, mostly of athletes or political figures. I have to say this has easily been the best of all of them. I may be biased due to being a fan of Andre's growing up? However, I'd like to think it's because of this books information and the smoothness at which it is told. The stories are complete and the narrator does a good job of pacing. I couldn't put this down.
Andre is completely direct and seemingly brutal in cases. His descriptions of certain people are thorough and at times cruel or in some cases funny.
Overall, this is the story of his own personal struggles. His accounts of his struggle for identity and self are more striking because they are truly documented on film with every tournament he played in. I personally remember things about matches he played that he mentions in this book. It really explains so much about him and why he is the way he is/was.
Whether you are a tennis fan or not, this is a an amazing listen.
Yes, I have recommended it to my friends. For the people who saw Agassi this book let us understand why he have the different attitudes we saw at the courts!
It is a very good story! Eventhough it is long, it finishes very fast because you want to continue listening!
The book is extremely well-written. There is never a dull moment. While there are a lot of players (literally) and people in Agassi's life, the writer laid out very clearly each of the roles. I loved the book so much that I went and bought the hardcover just to re-read some of the moments....and to see the pictures - to my disappointment, there are numerous photos included in the book but audible did not provide them in a PDF file like they did for other books.
Also, I would like to point out that the narrator acts out the female voices in the book. It didn't bother me at first but it started to be irritating. I didn't want Graf's voice to be done with his voice and that was one of the other reasons I bought the hardcover!
Anyway... Superbly entertaining and thought-provoking book. LOVE Agassi and always will!!!
Talk about not knowing a person in the limelight, Andre is one of those. I can relate to his story so much although I was never in the limelight. Childhood abuse leads to a great story of triumph.
As a huge Agassi fan (I even had the mullet, necklace, and earring as I was running around the courts), i was stunned at some of his revelations. Although I was shocked, I still find him to be a hero and an all time tennis great. To be able to face your fans and the world and explain that what we saw in the media was not really Andre Agassi is proof how amazing he is as a person.
I think we would all love to be able to come clean with our skeletons in our closets.
Great listen, Amazing story.
Thank you Andre!!!!
The book is well written, I learned a lot and he is such an interesting person. I thoroughly recommend the book for anyone that enjoys the categories of history and historical fiction.
I really enjoyed this book, even though I think it would have been really exciting if Andre performed it. But as we learned, he is a very busy man. I admire his courage to publicly reveal his struggles to come to terms with himself. I went through similar struggles but had the luxury of privacy to conceal me from the world. I am more of a fan of his now, and I was a pretty big fan before I read the book.
Good luck Andre, and God bless.
Liked the stories. Enjoyed the details and mental aspect of the game. Came to understand Andre Agassi as a very self centered individual.
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