Open by Andre Agassi

Open

byAndre Agassi

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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 achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game’s highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career.

Andre Kirk Agassi was born on April 29, 1970. He is a retired American professional tennis player and former World No. 1. He is 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." Agassi turned professiona...
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Title:OpenFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 24, 2009Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307592804

ISBN - 13:9780307592804

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice read Well put together book. Great to read about such an interesting tennis player.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Very strong autobiography. Loved how Andre opened up and told his story. As a mother, sometimes I wonder how much we push. pressure and make our kids do things they really do not want to do or enjoy. Eye opener #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for Agassi fans Great book and written with honesty. Everyone I know who has read this book has thoroughly enjoyed it. A story of a comeback - not just in tennis, but in spirit.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended If you are a tennis lover and followed Andre Agassi, this is a must read for you. It gives you the insight to his tennis career journey.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! One of my all time favourites, fascinating insight into his life. If you like tennis, I would strongly recommend this book!
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from "I hate tennis" - Andre Agassi "I hate tennis" This is something Andre Agassi and I have in common, and one of the most surprising things about his autobiography is that he states that repeatedly. I am not sure how this book came into my possession, but it fit perfectly with my resolution to start reading about subjects that I wouldn't normally. I enjoyed this book until about halfway, then I struggled to finish it. He goes into great detail about his early life, how his father, an extremely violent man, a failed boxer from Iran, prone to unprovoked fits of rage, including pulling a gun on people in front of his young children, and perpetrating savage road rage beatings on strangers decided when Andre was a baby that he was going to be a champion tennis player. He details this misery of being forced to eat, sleep and breath tennis everyday, how he dropped out of school in the ninth grade to focus even more on tennis, and how he went pro. He details his relationship and short marriage to Brooke Shields. Halfway through those chapters, I couldn't believe they even made it to two years. Brooke is apparently still upset about her portrayal, even after all these years. The book chronicles his professional career, how his closest friends nurtured and mentored him, and he lavishes praise on them. He is humble about his wins, and even moreso about his losses. He talks about his sweet, if awkward, courtship with Steffi Graf, their marriage, his retirement, and the charter school he founded in Las Vegas. I haven't read many athlete's autobiographies, but it could be considered one of the best by people who are actually fans. Numerous recollections of an extremely violent man, sociopath, laughs when pulling out his gun, road rage
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Major respect This guy went through a lot and enjoyed one of the most successful careers in all of tennis. At one point he said he hated playing - very thoughtful book and highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly amazing If you love tennis, it's the book for you!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from would recommment to a friend the first time i read this book it was for a university class and i'm glad i did because it gave me such insight to a strong and confident person.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing biography As someone who likes, but doesn't love, tennis, I still thought this book was great from page 1. I am a bit more in the Nadal/Federer tennis generation, so did not know Agassi's story at all, but it was really fascinating. It was almost exhausting reading about all the ups and downs of his life, yet I had a hard time putting it down.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read on ambition and hard work! I just LOVED this book! It's written by Andre Agassi, and is so honest and inspiring! It also showed me the importance of parents (especially armenian parents as his dad is the one who obsessively pushed him!!). It showed how much he's sacrificed, his hard work, his almost obsessive focus, and jumping on every opportunity that leads to always great opportunities. I was totally inspired and have so much respect for him and parenting!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love had to read this for school, but I am glad I did! It was very inspirational and kept me wanting to read more.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read Page turner. Simply could not put this book down!
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible memoir couldn't put this book down. my favourite memoir so far. great for everyone, regardless of whether or not you enjoy tennis
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible memoir Couldn't put this book down. My favourite memoir so far. Great for everyone, regardless of whether or not you enjoy tennis
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you enjoy tennis .... Then this book about his life and times should be one on your list.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read i had to read this for a class, and couldn't put it down. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it #plumrewards. Awesome read!! Couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from big fan andre and his bald head never looked better
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story My friend recommended this book to me as I am an avid tennis fan. Written so well, like Andre is there reading it to you. Understanding his struggles both on and off the court reveals so much about him. Would recommend to all athletes and sports fan
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+ for Agassi Super raw look at one of the craziest roller coaster rides of a pro sports career. Tennis great Andre Agassi also actually doesn't like tennis which is the big shocker of the whole book. It also sort of explains his fall to the satellite circuit before clawing to greater heights than ever before.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This was a really incredible auto-biography. For someone who didn't grow up watching Agassi but only knows him for what he did this was a very surprising and amazing story.For someone who did watch Agassi this sheds light on a whole other part of him and it will amaze you the stuff that he went through you don't have to be a tennis fan to appreciate this well written life story.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Breath of biography fresh air I'm not someone who follows tennis, like ever, and I honestly knew nothing about Andre Agassi at all before this biography, only that others loved it and recommended it. If anything, this lack of Andre and tennis knowledge only made me enjoy the book more. I didn't know the outcome of his life or of any of his matches and could let myself get fully into every chapter with anticipation. It's refreshing to read a biography that doesn't have a learning lesson with each chapter or some inspirational mantra repeated so often you hate it. This biography was just an honest retelling of a man's entire life, the good and the bad, and reads like any good coming-of-age novel, but this one happens to be a true story. Highly recommend regardless of your interest in tennis.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing read, exhilarating and devastating at times.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dr. A life of missed opportunities, but losses recouped, and final inspiring victories.
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dr. Intriguing, realistic, motivating...Couldn't stop reading.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dr. I enjoyed very much. An honest, open book witha great insight into the world of tennis.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Open Wonderful insight to the man and the game.
Date published: 2013-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Open This book was alright. The drug use was just a footnote to the story that was told. It gives an inside view to Aggasi's career and has some interesting stories but overall it wasn't what I thought the book was going to be when I picked it up.
Date published: 2013-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book, and I'm not a tennis fan. Such a great book. I'm glad I finally read it after many recommendations. Read it, you'll love it.
Date published: 2013-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read This Book Simply amazing. Even if you don't like tennis, you won't be able to put it down.
Date published: 2012-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring That book was my first english book (french is my fisrt language). The writing is easy to understand and the story of Andre is very inspiring.
Date published: 2011-06-28

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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFar 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 achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game’s highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career.