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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 ach
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
The first thing to realize about Agassi, is that like many tennis players, he got good, then bad, then really bad, then good, then bad, then good, etc. In other words, he loses. A lot. But the fascinating part of his story is what motivates him to keep ...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
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
After staggering ups and downs, playing well into his 30’s, Agassi became a true tennis super star, beloved to fans and sportswriters’.
One can only applaud this boy who became a man on a tennis court while battling his demons on and off the court.
From Andre to you: “It’s easier to be free and loose, to be yourself, after laughing with the ones you love.” (Pg.342)
It is inspiring reading.
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.
This autobiography at its core isn’t really all about sports but rather the human an ...more
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
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
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
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
It is terrifically written, engrossing you to the way he thinks and feels before, throughout and after the game. It is not about how great he was, but rather how confused, unsure, rebellious and sick of his life, his tennis and himself!
He was in constant search of himself and kept evolving to understand himself and ...more
I cannot really say what I disliked about it. I could not ”believe” the voice of the ”author”. It sounded fake to me. I wish it would have been different.
It was at times painful to rea ...more
This is a book about a father who pushes his child too hard, the difficulties with relationships and social skills that it produces as the child matur ...more
But what I loved most of all was his description of the matches. He makes you really appreciate the mental fortitude that a person needs to win a tennis match. He talks of matches he could have won ...more