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 like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites
This was an amazing listen. I do not follow tennis closely but I wish that I had watched him play more after hearing this book. He is brutally frank about his feelings for Pete and Brook but beautifully frank about his love for his wife Steph. Graff. What a lonely life and what a happy finish.
I would not. You have to be able to endure 20 chapters of Andre talking about how horrible his father and coaches are while he gives too many 'whoa as me' details about his life. Way too much repetition of similar stories over and over again, just a different year. The only redeeming factor is when he met Stephanie Graff and he seemed to find his happiness and hit his stride. I admire Andres work in his foundation.
The narrator was fine.
I think you would need to be an absolute Agassi mega fan to like this book. I never watch tennis.
I wish it were Agassi read it himself but the Erik Davies did a splendid job.
Say something about yourself!
Have not enjoyed a nonfiction audiobook as much as I enjoyed this, ever. Entertaining and uplifting!
What a life Andre Agassi has lead. I applaud Andre for showing us his warts and helping us understand how they got there. It was fun being taken back to the go-go days of US Men's tennis in the 90s - so many great competitors and personalities. I think anyone who is curious or intrigued by Andre Agassi would enjoy this book, but there is a fair amount of tennis match recounting, so it helps if you like tennis. I blew through this book very quickly.
Liberal, retired, special ed teacher teacher from California (quite the cliche ) now living near Montreal. I love to play and watch tennis
I loved this book for it's honesty, introspection, warm/rich characters, and storytelling. Andre's inner dialog throughout the book puts you right there with him. As the french said go Andre go.
This book is an epic poem, an odyssey replete from beginning to end with triumph and failure, love and pain, joy and conflict, certainty and bewilderment. It is about so much more than tennis or lapses into substance use and/or abuse. I plan to listen again.
Curious, though, that the collaboration with J.R. Moehringer, memoirist and author of "The Tender Bar" is not mentioned, at least not in the audiobook version. It's not possible to say what parts are Agassi and what parts are Moehringer, but the brilliantly paced, fluid narrative adds up to way more than the sum of its parts. Game, set, match. Grand slam.
Since the Moehringer book is only available on audible in abridged format, I will need a trip to the library or bookstore.
This book gives a candid picture of the life of a top athlete. Tennis fans, especially those who have followed Agassi's career, will find it quite interesting. However, Erik Davies' reading of this book was one of the worst I've ever heard. He was breathy and whiny, making Agassi sound pathetic and others such as Steffi Graf sound weak and vulnerable. It's the only audiobook I've ever considered not completing because the narrator was so bad. If you can get past this irritating downside, the book itself is worth the read.
A wonderful insight of a pro athletes life! I highly recommend to anyone who wants to be inspired.
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