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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 achiev
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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'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 ...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
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 ...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
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
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
Open è l'autobiografia di Andre Agassi, pubblicata nel 2011 da Einaudi nella collana "Stile Libero". Alla stesura ha contribuito in modo ...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
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 ...more
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!
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