He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court - but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the game. Coaxed to swing a racket while still in the crib, forced to hit hundreds of ...
balls a day while still in grade school, Agassi resented the constant pressure even as he drove himself to become a prodigy, an inner conflict that would define him. Now, in his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by such conflicts. Agassi makes us feel his panic as an undersized seven-year-old in Las Vegas, practicing all day under the obsessive gaze of his violent father. We see him at thirteen, banished to a Florida tennis camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. By the time he turns pro at sixteen, his new look promises to change tennis forever, as does his lightning fast return. And yet, despite his raw talent, he struggles early on. We feel his confusion as he loses to the world's best, his greater confusion as he starts to win. After stumbling in three Grand Slam finals, Agassi shocks the world, and himself, by capturing the 1992 Wimbledon. Overnight he becomes a fan favorite and a media target. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match, and every public relationship. Alongside vivid portraits of rivals, Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He reveals the depression that shatters his confidence, and the mistake that nearly costs him everything. Finally, he recounts his spectacular resurrection and his march to become the oldest man ever ranked number one. In clear, taut prose, Agassi evokes his loyal brother, his wise coach, his gentle trainer, all the people who help him regain his balance and find love at last with Stefanie Graf. With its breakneck tempo and raw candor, Open will be read and cherished for years. A treat for ardent fans, it will also captivate readers who know nothing about tennis. Like Agassi's game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed and power.
Just finished reading this great book! Some of the reviews in Amazon.co.uk said this may be the best sport autobiography of all time. I think Andre Agassi truly opened his tennis life and inner self to the readers. Covered his high and low; sweet
..." and bitterness, I will recommend this for all tennis fans. Agassi had revealed his mind of several important matches in his career. You’re almost like watching the game in the court again. They are brilliantly written.
There are some quotes that I would like to share: “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 of miniature.” “I won’t let myself down the way others have. It’s up to me to change the course of my future and I will never give up.” Continua...Nascondi
Avevo sempre provato un misto di invidia e riluttanza per chi pratica sport a livello agonistico: pensavo come sarebbe incredibile avere una passione così forte da investirci una vita è come sarebbe limitante, in egual misura, investirci la vita
..." intera. Questo libro è una rivelazione: scritto in un modo che ti vien voglia di divorarlo e poi speri che non finisca mai, mi ha impressionato per come, descrivendo centinaia di match nella vita di Agassi ,non mi abbia annoiato una sola volta. É come se ora volessi appassionarsi al tennis anche se so che non lo farò mai. É la conferma ulteriore che quando la gente pensa che hai tutto in realtà non Sa che il tutto, per ognuno di noi, é molto relativo. Ma anche che la tenacia nell'inseguire la propria gioia personale é l'unica cosa a portarci davvero in alto. Continua...Nascondi
I tell reporters that I'm struggling with the end more than I expected. I tell them that the best way I can explain is this: Many of you, I'm sure, don't like your jobs. But imagine if someone told you right now that your story about me would be
... your last. After this, you'll never be able too write another word for as long as you live. How would you feel?Continua...Nascondi
Maybe they're confused because I don't tell them the full story, don't explain my full motivation. I can't, since I'm only slowly becoming aware of it myself. I play and keep playing because I choose to play. Even if it's not your ideal life, you
...fe, you can always choose it. No matter what your life is, choosing it changes everything.Continua...Nascondi
She listens without interrupting. I'd rather she interrupted. I want answers. The more I talk, the more acutely aware I become of talking to myself. As always. This isn't the way to save a marriage. Marriages don't get saved or solved by one person