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Open by Andre Agassi
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May 19, 12

bookshelves: memoir, non-fiction, sports, tennis
Read from April 30 to May 07, 2012

Andre Agassi's career has more than a twinge of Odysseus to it; the initial early successes, the forced wandering in tennis's minor leagues, and finally the triumphant return to the spotlight. And perhaps a third-person biographer would have captured that. Instead, Open reads more like a celebrity tell-all that put on its nice clothes for a night out. To be sure, there are some genuine moments of emotion and insight, and some snappy one-liners sprinkled throughout, but on the whole Open alternates back and forth between then-this-happened-and-then-this-happened accounts of tennis matches and what amount to on-page therapy sessions. The long sections on Agassi's relationship with Brooke Shields in particular seem like they're missing something; it is an account of a fairly typical relationship where two young people jumped in too early and soon realized their mistake, albeit with the additional complications of fame. But Agassi, as we all tend to do with our own lives, doesn't seem to realize how ordinary this kind of thing is.

Tennis fans (especially those who loved the American Sampras-Agassi-Chang-Courier domination of the 1990s) will want to read this book, but probably have already. Not recommended unless you've been dying to know what Andre Agassi *really* thinks about Pete Sampras. (SPOILER ALERT: He didn't particularly like him.)
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