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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 ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Vintage (first published 2009)
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Kaye I would wait a few years. This is not all about sports and tennis, as there is a lot about his trials and tribulations with women, drugs and…moreI would wait a few years. This is not all about sports and tennis, as there is a lot about his trials and tribulations with women, drugs and psychologically trying to find himself. Kind of heavy for an 11 year old.(less)
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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Elizabeth
Dec 26, 2009 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
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Daniel Audet
Jan 24, 2011 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
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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.
Priyanshu
Jul 02, 2012 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
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Ed
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
Giovanna
Feb 16, 2016 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
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Emmapeel
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sei un campione di tennis, ma il tennis l'hai sempre odiato. Perché ti è stato imposto da un padre padrone, perché ti ha rubato l'infanzia, perché ti distrugge nel fisico e nella mente prima, durante e dopo ogni partita. Perché è ciò che dà senso alla tua vita e contemporaneamente ti impedisce di viverne una. Perché è lo sport più solitario del mondo, dici. E qui ti sbagli, Andre. Quando vuoi o devi essere il primo tocca lasciare gli altri molto, molto indietro; e il principale avversario da bat ...more
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
Anna [Floanne]
Sarà che a pane e tennis ci sono cresciuta, sarà che moltissimi degli incontri raccontati nel libro li ho visti in TV (e sì, lo ammetto, Pete Sampras era il mio idolo) ma questo libro mi è entrato dentro come pochi altri. Ricordo i pomeriggi sul divano con mio padre a guardare le finali di Roland Garros, degli US Open, di qualsiasi torneo trasmettessero all'epoca (non c'era SKY e dovevi sempre sperare che la RAI ti facesse un favore!) e ammetto che non ho mai tifato per Agassi: sempre troppo pol ...more
Brian
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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
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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.” 92 likes
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