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Open: The Autobiography

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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 13, 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 16, 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, and 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.

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.

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.

©2009 Harper Collins; (P)2009 Harper Collins

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    Jennifer London, Vereinigtes Königreich 22.06.2011
    Jennifer London, Vereinigtes Königreich 22.06.2011
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    Dieses Hoerbuch hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Es war sehr spannend gesprochen. Einzelne Tennisspiele werden sehr bildlich beschrieben, ich hatte das Gefuehl ich wuerde die Spiele sehen. Ansonsten ist Agassi sehr offen, wie der Titel schon sagt.

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    I bought the book because I like listen to autobiographies, which are read by the author. Hence I aspect a nice story, but this book was a great surprise. It was so open! Agassi recounts not only his success but also his failures, flops and mistakes. He also gives the reader a picture of how he felt about people like Steffi Graf, Brooke Shields, his family, his friend Perry, his coach, and also his rivals on the tennis court, e.g. Pete Sampras or Jim Courier. Whether you were an Andre Agassi fan or not this is one life worth reading about and it's told very well with a twinkle in the eye.

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