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Far more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.
Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieve
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
As far as sports biographies go it’s pretty good: an engaging narrator, a compelling narrative arc (startling rise to number one in the world and three Grand Slams, personal disintegration and rapid fall to 141, before a big late career surge, back to number one and another five Gr ...more
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 ...more
Than friends suggested me the "Open" (köszi Niki & Zsófi!), and said it's f@ing great. Oh, well, at least I knew who Andre Agassi is, knew some about him, caught some glimpses of his games back then. But still...
And yeah, this book gets you, catches is. And yes, definitely difficult to ...more
Io, il tennis, non l’ho praticamente mai seguito se non per qualche incontro sporadico.
Conosco le regole di base, conosco qualche nome, ho provato a giocarci qualche volta da ragazzino, ma lì mi fermo.
Di Agassi sapevo veramente poco: conoscevo la sua fama di ribelle, sapevo che era stato un campione per parecchi anni, non sapevo (ad esempio) fosse sposato con Steffi Graf.
Questo per spiegare le basi da cui partivo accostandomi a Open.
Perché comprare un libro di ...more
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 ...more
Three reasons I wouldn't give this book more stars:
1) Its just ...more
The Autobiography which I longed to read and Im Happy that my wallet was Open for Open.
The moment I started this , I went straight to the days were I used to bunk classes, skip food, Hold my bowels, prorogue almost anything Just to witness the charm this guy was evincing on the court.
The expectation rose within me as I tried to stop envisage my past wid agassi and start ...more