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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 13, he is banished to a Florida tennis camp that feels like a prison camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. He dyes his hair, pierces his ears, dresses like a punk rocker. 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, 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 relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned. Alongside vivid portraits of rivals from several generations - Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer - Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He reveals a shattering loss of confidence. And he recounts his spectacular resurrection, a comeback climaxing with his epic run at the 1999 French Open and his march to become the oldest man ever ranked number one.

With its breakneck tempo and raw candor, Open will be listened to and cherished for years. A treat for ardent fans, it will also captivate listeners who know nothing about tennis. Like Agassi's game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed, and power.

©2009 Andre Agassi (P)2009 Random House

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First bad review - Really wanted to like this book

This is my first bad review and let me start by pointing out that I really wanted to like this book, but it is totally overrated. The good rating fooled me.

If you are not into tennis and if you are not even into sports in general then this book is IMO probably not for you. I heard reviews stating the opposite and this is what convinced me to read it among other facts like the book being an autobiography, whereas this is the first biography I don't like. Why? The reasons can - spoiler alert! - be summarized in two sentences:

1. Andre Agassi hated tennis all his life.
2. Although Andre's story is somewhat interesting 18+ hours is totally overkill.

Maybe my expectations were to high given that I do like sports, I love biographies and the ratings were phenomenal. The main issue that I have with the book is that it is very - let me emphasize VERY - repetitive and way too long. Andre's story is not that bad, but 8-9 hours would have sufficed.

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Inspiring

Andre Agassis life as told in OPEN is an inspiring story about hardship, contradictions and overcoming it all .
It's inspiring as his hate for tennis turns into deep respect and love for the game. Agassis capacity and need to share everything with the ones he loves and the ones in need shows how money only is a means to achieve greater goals in life.

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Absolut Top

Ich bin kein Tennisfan und habe dieses Buch in der original ungekürzten Version regelrecht verschlungen. Sehr spannend und gut geschrieben.

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Outstanding.

listen. to. this. story. it is absolutely outstanding. not a single minute wasted. Thanks, Andre!

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Simply amazing - a great story

Very inspiring - a must read or listen. You don't have to be a tennis fan although I have to admit that growing up watching Andre and Steffi brought back some memories. ENJOY

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