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Open: An Autobiography

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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 thirteen, he is banished to a Florida tennis camp that feels like a prison camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebe
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Published November 9th 2009 by Random House Audio (first published 2009)
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Ellen Karnowski Yes, he has been through so many experiences as a player himself, he understands the tensions, struggles and mental anguish players have to be subject…moreYes, he has been through so many experiences as a player himself, he understands the tensions, struggles and mental anguish players have to be subject to and he could give good advice for any aspect of a player's life.(less)
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Dec 26, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Andy
My old editor always said that I should try to write like anyone, it should be J.R. Moehringer. So when this book came out--even though I'm a sub-par tennis player--I was excited. The second piece of information that made me want to read this book was Jara's review: "After finishing this I appreciate Agassi more as a human than a tennis player." That got me really curious.

A couple things that stood out to me after reading this: Agassi loses--a lot. Over and over and over. Yes there are the few
Daniel Audet
Feb 13, 2011 Daniel Audet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished "Open" last night. I realize I'm way late to the party, this book having come out in Nov. '09, but I'm not really a non-fiction book reader. I'm still very glad to have read this, Andre's story.
Why should I, or we, care? Why should anyone at all, tennis fan or not, care about Andre Agassi's life, let alone buy his book? Because this isn't just the "story" of a tennis player or just a story at all. Andres life covers a lot of real estate, both literally and figuratively. From Las Vegas
Jonathan Ashleigh
Open was too long but it was entertaining. It was sold as a tell-all but didn't feel as though he said anything groundbreaking besides that he was insecure about basically everything in his life. He only does drugs once and he was pressured into doing so, which is very different than what the media made this book out to be when it was released. Don't read this book if you think you are going to be blown away, but do read it if you love Andre and want to know more about him.
Jul 10, 2012 Priyanshu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While browsing my next buy, I had stumbled upon this one a number of times, before I finally decided to buy and read it last week. Time and money well spent.
So, what is the book about? First, it is not a story of a flawless man or an impeccable athlete. It is one of a confused, rebellious and an ever evolving man in search of himself, who by the way, plays great tennis. Second, it is also not a blow-by-blow account of tennis matches. But, a diary of his love-hate relationship with tennis; where
I have a checkered past with Andre Agassi. Having been a fan of pro-tennis since I was a kid, I was intrigued with Agassi when he debuted on the tour (I'll even admit to owning a pair of those denim shorts), but somewhere along the way something went astray and it took to the last couple of years of his career for me to re-warm up to him. Contributing to that personal opinion decline was observing him "behind the scenes" when I dabbled as a tennis writer/photographer for in the mid-/late-1990s, ...more
Mar 06, 2016 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In case you didn't know (and if you don't know then I probably need to post Yuzu-stuff again) I'm a huge sports fan. And just to be clear and completely honest: I'm the kind of fan who wakes up at 7 on a Sunday to watch a competion with an unreliable streaming.
I'm the kind of fan who plans to stay up 'til 3 a.m. to watch the Olympics this year.
I shout at the tv.
I torture my family with my distress when my favourite athletes lose.
I made them watch swimming, diving, figure skating, football, fen
Nov 20, 2011 Adi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me awake at night. I felt compelled to finish it in 2 days ("straight sets" maybe? - not my fault for the metaphor).
I might as well add that I was surprised to find out that Agassi fundamentally hates tennis and that he was an underachiever - he could have done (much) better. The way his father forced him to train as a little boy and the life he led as a tennis pro were also very interesting to know.
Lorenzo Berardi
«Did you know that Agassi is an Iranian surname? It should be pronounced Agassì, with the stress on the last "i"».

No, I didn't know that when I was 12. But I kept that in mind, as you can read.
Now, the same fact that, back in 1994, my friend Amir (owner of an Iranian and final "i" stressed surname himself) told me something on Andre Agassi and I knew who that guy was means something.

One year before our teens, Amir and I were all but into tennis. Not that we didn't care about sports - football, b
(5.0) I want you to read this book

Oh my goodness, this was one of my favorite reading experiences ever. I'm not sure I can objectively explain it, but I laughed, I nearly cried, my palms sweated, I was just riveted (ask my wife). This memoir is so well written (Agassi gave effusive praise to J.R. Moehringer, who helped him record his history and transform it into this masterpiece, and I'm sure much of the credit must go to him) that I just couldn't handle it. It is such an emotional ride--perhap
Araxie Altounian
I am not into tennis at all, but read this book back to back with Lang Lang's memoires, "Journey of a Thousand Miles". Why? Here are the stories of two men whose childhoods were taken away from them by their ambitious fathers who wanted their children to become "Number One". How each one reacted to their fate was what interested me. Once rich an famous, both men have done so much for younger generations, one through his charter school, the other through his foundation. Very touching, indeed. I m ...more
Aug 29, 2016 Lidia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No soy seguidora de tenis ni fan de las "biografías/memorias" y demás géneros que se centran únicamente en la vida de una persona. Dicho esto, las memorias de Agassi me han encantado, fascinado y enganchado a partes iguales. Hay tenis, sí, pero también emoción, sensibilidad, lucha, amor... todos aquellos estados en los que uno pasa en la vida, pero teniendo en cuenta la presión de ser un personaje público y con una carrera limitada por la edad. Todo lo importante ocurre cuando aún está intentand ...more
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
Open space

il tennis può essere uno sport
o anche una religione
un modo per fare soldi
o anche un modo per dimostrare qualcosa
quello che però il tennis non può essere mai è un motivo
una ragione per perdere la vita, l'identità e tutto quel che ci sarebbe dovuto per diritto di nascita: un Io

Agassi si fa aiutare da uno che la penna la sa usare davvero per raccontare la sua vita abusata
il suo successo amaro perchè mai cercato, un successo che significa una rinuncia al suo vero io
ogni vittoria lo allonta
Gus Sanchez
Feb 05, 2010 Gus Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Among Andre Agassi's impressive accomplishments - 8-time Grand Slam winner, Olympic Gold medalist, nearly 800 career wins - we can now add "author" to his list of accomplishments. It's his words, every single one of them in this book, and Agassi demonstrates a true gift for prose and pace. He even marvels at his ability to write a memoir; for someone who pretty much flunked out of school to pursue tennis, Agassi grew into a vocal and tireless advocate for education, a voracious reader, and now, ...more
Dec 17, 2010 Candy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is hard to know what to say about this book. It is a strange book! It has a strange tone. It is a page-turner.
I'm not sure.

Agassi hates tennis. Agassi plays tennis long after his peers have retired even at the point where his body is barely holding on.
Agassi has an insane dad. So insane and high-strung and focused on his kids' tennis that it seems like it can't be true.
The media doesn't get Agassi. The media thinks he's a brash young a-hole. But he acts like a brash young a-hole. But h
Sumit Singla
Most sporting memoirs I've read so far begin with the sportsperson's love for the game at an early age, some fortuitous occurrence or sheer slogging hard to make it big, and then staying competitive at the big stage despite obstacles, issues and problems of various kinds.

Not this one. Probably the first one I've read that begins with the author talking about hate for the game. Andre Agassi's voice certainly seems articulate and honest. (Of course, that also means the ghostwriter did the job well
Christian Scala
Non avevo mai letto un libro che era un'autobiografia di uno sportivo. Non che ci fosse un motivo particolare, forse, inconsciamente pensavo che uno sportivo non aveva una storia interessante da raccontare, che l'uomo dietro l'atleta aveva poco da dire, probabilmente credevo che uno sciolinare continuo di risultati sportivi mi avrebbe tediato, annoiato a morte.

Open è l'autobiografia di Andre Agassi, pubblicata nel 2011 da Einaudi nella collana "Stile Libero". Alla stesura ha contribuito in modo
Sep 04, 2016 Angigames rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stelle e mezzo
Orfana dello sguardo assassino di Zaytsev, della figaggine di Juantorena, della grazia delle farfalle azzurre e della precisione della Cagnotto, sono caduta in depressione post Olimpiade…
Non sono una sportiva ma mi sono ritrovata a tifare di brutto per la mia nazione e gli atleti che la rappresentavano. Dopo giorni di strazio mi sono decisa a prendere il toro per le corna e finalmente leggere un libro sullo sport.
Ma quale leggere? Ne ho visti a milioni sui calciatori che però non
Jul 22, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, let me say I am not a tennis fan. At all. I don't know the terminology, and I have no idea what the rules are. However, I quite liked this book and genuinely didn't mind all the tennis stuff.

For the first half of the book I sort of thought that Andre sounded like such a "guy." But not in a good way if you know what I'm saying. But man, he won me over by the end! Now he seems like a little softie to me and I'm slightly obsessed with googling him. He seems like a good person, and he
Anurag Kesarwani
When i picked up this book the name OPEN suggested Andre will discuss about his prolong tennis career, his rivalry with Pete Sampras and many nail biting matches at the 4 grand slams or the OPENS, but from the first page till the end it was more about Agassi's fight with his inner self, his projection to the outer world and how wins through life after numerous failures. The title OPEN actually signifies how with course of time Andre puts his inner feeling out in the open with his near and dear o ...more
Penni Pappas
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Andreas Ernst
Nov 15, 2014 Andreas Ernst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: test-book-shelf
The book provides a lot of visibility into Agassi's life. His love-hate relationship with tennis, his upbringing, his ups and downs in life, his relationship with Steffi Graf and his confession on taking performance enhancing drugs! All in all a great, fascinating and entertaining read!
Mar 10, 2015 Dianais rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I cannot believe it that I liked this autobiography so much, given that I am not a tennis fan. This is really good stuff! :)
Mosharraf Hossain
টেনিসের বছর শুরু হয় সূরযের সাথে সাথে পথচলায়। বছরের শুরুতে অসটরেলিয়ান ওপেন, পথ চলতে চলতে এশিয়া পার হয়ে এসে ফরেঞচ ওপেন, সেখান থেকে ইংলযানডে গিয়ে উইমবলডন এবং শেষ হয় ইউ,এস ওপেন দিয়ে। সূরযের সাথে তাল মিলিয়ে চলতে চলতে টেনিস খেলাটাও হয়ে উঠেছে সূরযের মতোই নিঃসঙগ। টেনিস চূড়ানত একাকীতবের খেলা; সাড়ে চার, পাঁচ ঘণটা বা তার চেয়েও বেশি সময় পাশে কেও থাকেনা, এমনকি কোচের সাথে কথা বলার-ও অনুমতি নেই। দৌড়বিদরা তার পরতিযোগীকে পাশে পায়, বকসাররা পায় রিং এর কোনায় তার এসিসটেনটকে বা সপরশ করতে পারে পরতিপকষকে, কিনতু টেনিসে ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Paola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Non é che propriamente l'ho letto, no, l'ho divorato, e manco ho fatto indigestione. Scrive bene il ghost writer che non é nemmeno tanto ghost, alla fine del libro c'é il nome e cognome e tanti ringraziamenti dell'Agassi, e non é uno da niente ma uno che ha vinto il Pulitzer... e quindi.

Per chi ama il tennis é una droga sto libro.

L'enfant terrible du tennis raccontato da lui stesso medesimo.

Si certo, certo, é una storia molto americana, il farsi da sé, l'ascesa, la caduta e la risalita, storia d
Nov 02, 2014 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not one to read sports memoirs, but wow, did this one blow me away. My fellow Goodreaders really spoke highly of this book, and it's ghostwritten by J.R. Moehringer, who wrote another book that I loved, so I thought it was about time I give this a whirl. Because I don't watch a lot of tennis, the actual parts of the matches, which is probably about 50% of the book, was mostly boring to me. Some of the matches were more tense than others and I did feel that edge-of-your-seat tension that only ...more
Andreea Ursu-Listeveanu
I knew that this was one of the best autobiographies, but I was still amazed at how good it's written. Agassi spills everything in his memoir. He talks about his hatred for tennis, about his wins and losses, about his wonderful team, about the women he loved, about his rivals. The thing I loved the most was the self-irony, the courage to admit his weaknesses and his strengths without sounding cocky. Then I loved the humor, the metaphors, the comparisons. I also loved the fact that with 2-3 excep ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Marcela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Muy, muy bueno.

Estoy caminando por una acera irregular. Es fácil dar un paso en falso, pero no me importa: aún así voy leyendo "Open". Un corredor pasa por mi lado y aplaude justo a la altura de mi oreja. He captado el mensaje, pero ni siquiera levanto la cabeza. No puedo dejar el libro. Horas más tarde estoy en una clase. No leo por respeto, aunque lo haría. Mi mente, sin embargo, está lejos. Estoy pensando en Agassi.
"Open" está escrito así, en un lenguaje simple y sincero. En puro presen
Apr 27, 2016 Giuls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 stelline


Devo ammettere una cosa: non sono una fan del tennis. Seguo moltissimi sport, ma il tennis.. mi fa venire il mal di testa.
E comunque, quando Agassi si è ritirato avevo 10 anni.
Per cui non ho letto questo libro né come fan della persona né come fan dello sport.

Mi hanno consigliato questo libro dicendomi che era quasi una lezione di vita. E avevano ragione.
Questo libro non parla solo di tennis, anzi.
Questo libro parla di sofferenza, di obbedienza e di trasgressione. Di obiettivi e
May 12, 2015 Milkiways rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I would be lying if I went for it because I was interested in Andre Agassi or his life. I think you know about whom I was curious. Yup! It's Steffi Graph... There wasn't much about her though (apparently she is very private and Agassi respected that so no complaints there) Even though, I wasn't interested in him or his life by the end of the book all I could say is there wasn't a single word where I hadn't felt anything for this great man. If I had to say one book that I have ever read not with ...more
Catalin Arama
Nov 01, 2014 Catalin Arama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Of one thing I'm sure after finishing up reading it, I'll not be using any time soon the phrase "This is the best book I've read".

If you're reading this right now, be prepared, most probably after your first chapter, you'll open up YouTube and watch Agassi vs Baghdatis at the US Open. And then, you'll basically make a habit of watching 1-2 games after every 3-4 chapters.

But don't worry,it will all be worth your time.

Allez Agassi, allez!
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Andre Kirk Agassi is a retired American professional tennis player and former World No. 1. Generally considered by critics and fellow players to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Agassi has been called the best service returner in the history of the game.
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“It's no accident, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature. Even the structure of tennis, the way the pieces fit inside one another like Russian nesting dolls, mimics the structure of our days. Points become games become sets become tournaments, and it's all so tightly connected that any point can become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours, and any hour can be our finest. Or darkest. It's our choice.” 79 likes
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