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Open: An Autobiography

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Publisher's Summary

From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography.

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

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    Chris Rockwell 08-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent book and narration."

    New appreciation of Andre Agassi. Very of matter of fact tells his story - good and bad.

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    J. Small 08-01-15
    J. Small 08-01-15

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    "Moving!"

    Perhaps the best autobiography I've ever read...very enjoyable. I highly recommend it, even if you are not a tennis fan.

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    Joshua 07-28-15
    Joshua 07-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    Incredible hidden story of one of America's greatest athletes! Reads like a thriller! I believe his intent was to be as honest as possible and with an almost photographic memory of events he pulls off quite a story. Is it fully 'open,' who are we to know? I didn't care! Erik Davies did a great job but it would have been more interesting to hear Agassi narrate himself!

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    Alfred Los Angeles 07-26-15
    Alfred Los Angeles 07-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen, kind of a downer"
    Where does Open rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first Audible listen to it's ranked #1 so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Open?

    The long boring segment about going to a taping of "Friends"


    What does Erik Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Extra self deprecating


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Hit Harder"


    Any additional comments?

    Easy to listen. I wish there had been a little bit less about brook shields. For the most part it was very engaging.

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    Vladimir I. 07-26-15
    Vladimir I. 07-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Learn about the real Agassi"

    A journey into the mind and soul of AA. Emotional roller coaster. Learned things about the man that I didn't know, my opinion of him was wrong shaped the media at that time.

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    Jacob Reynolds 07-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    ""Read" it twice. Keeps getting better."

    I love this book! I grew up loving Andre Agassi's game. I also grew up loving Stephie Graff. It is a pleasure to hear struggles and his victories and how he overcame and finally "grew up" (his words). I also relate to the love story. I am looking forward to reading it again sometime.

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    peterpan1 07-03-15
    peterpan1 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Honesty, Intriguing, mesmerizing"

    I've read this book 3 times now. New applicable life lessons each time I read it. Amazing story and life.

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    Steven Bloomington, MN, United States 07-03-15
    Steven Bloomington, MN, United States 07-03-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Incredible"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, you do not need to be a tennis fan to love this book you basically have to be a life fan. When I was a kid Andre was not my favorite player but I did like him second to Pete, that is when I watched the most tennis in my life. This book goes so much deeper than most 'sports biographies' go. You get a great impression of every step of his life, it is written so well you get a feel for every character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Open?

    The early years of his life get you hooked because I would have never guessed what Agassi went through. From beginning to end it remains excellent. I listened to this book in 3 sessions the 3rd being the last 45 mins.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where a rival turns into a friend.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    All range of emotions, it is a top 10 book for me and I would have never expected that.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not wait on this one, if you have never listened to a tennis audio book make this one your first.

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    Anthony 07-01-15
    Anthony 07-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awful narration"

    The story was entertaining. The narrator however read it with a dull and raspy voice. His character voices were almost all identical.

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    sian murray ireland 06-23-15
    sian murray ireland 06-23-15 Member Since 2016

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    "I will miss this book"

    What a great read/ listen. A great combination of inspiration and entertainment. Glad he wrote it and hope he's enjoying life.

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