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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (19,395 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andre Agassi Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, comes a beautiful, haunting autobiography.

Agassi’s incredibly rigorous training begins when he is just a child. By the age of thirteen, 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 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 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.

In clear, taut prose, Agassi evokes his loyal brother, his wise coach, his gentle trainer, all the people who helped him regain his balance and find love at last with Stefanie Graf. Inspired by her quiet strength, he fights through crippling pain from a deteriorating spine to remain a dangerous opponent in the twenty-first and final year of his career. Entering his last tournament in 2006, he’s hailed for completing a stunning metamorphosis, from nonconformist to elder statesman, from dropout to education advocate. And still he’s not done. At a U.S. Open for the ages, he makes a courageous last stand, then delivers one of the most stirring farewells ever heard in a sporting arena.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2009 Washington Post Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2009 Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Teegan Loy | 2/17/2014

    " loved the book. Huge fan. Saw him play live several times with hair and without. Love the honesty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bridget Fraser | 2/9/2014

    " Didn't expect to like this book as i thought it would be a standard dry sports autobiography but this was 100 times better. Told more like a story and gives some good insight into what he was thinking and feeling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer Maul | 2/8/2014

    " Seemingly made a transformation from very self-involved to something much bigger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dan Maffeo | 2/6/2014

    " My absolute favorite biography. Before I read, "Open" I knew fairly little about Agassi...but, the book got stellar reviews, so I thought I would give it a whirl. I was instantly hooked. It was just soooo good. Agassi gives the reader anything they can want in a beefy celeb Bio: an over-bearing father, drugs, celebrities, marital woes, AND most importantly an honest and raw behind the scenes look at the life of a pro athlete. (O yeah, there's some tennis in there, too!) "

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