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
A great insight into the thought processes of a competetive athelete. Has lessons for every parent and voyeur of athletic competitions by letting one peek inside the mind during one man's journey from boyhood to manhood.
Sitting listening, I realize theres a similarity between playing in the low grades to the pros, tennis is a mental game, if you think you're hot, you are, if you think you're not, you aren't.
I remember watching Agassi during summer break as a kid. Very good book about his struggles throughout life on the tour. Was fascinated during the entire book. Definitely recommend!
I am a very cerebral person and a voracious reader. I am usually listening to something while simultaneously reading something on Kindle.
This was not only well written but it is a good story often feeling like a well written novel. Agassi is honest and raw - poignant and often subtly humorous. I am not a tennis buff but did not find the tennis talk unbearable. My barometer of how good a book is how much my mind drifts from the story and this did not happen one - I was kept engaged the whole listen. The narrator was a perfect match also. I will browse for other books he narrates. The high ratings that still resulted from the cumulative rating to number of raters speaks volumes. Go ahead and get this book, you will be pleasantly surprised.
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