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Open - An Autobiography  (English, Paperback, Agassi Andre)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
    • ISBN: 9780007416790, 0007416792
    • Pages: 400
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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 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.
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    Publication Year
    • January
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    • Andre Agassi played tennis professionally from 1986 to 2006. Often ranked number one, he captured eight Grand Slam singles championships, tying him for seventh on the all-time list, and he's the only man to win a career 'Golden Slam' - all four Grand Slam singles titles plus the Olympic gold medal. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Stefanie Graf, and their two children.
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    5

    OPEN-Andre Agassi: A saga for Tennis Lovers

    The book takes you through the crests ,the size of craters, and through troughs,the size of mountains, of Andre Agassi.
    The book has interspersed emotions of the great player on and off the field.The pace of the book keeps you on the edge of your seat and you may even have to kiss your night's sleep a goodbye because it is, simply put, extremely interesting.One of the best books I have read in recent times. A MUST READ.
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    Ivanshu Gupta

    Jan, 2012

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    Honest man using simple language, interesting read.

    It's a good read, well-written, easy language, yet very expressive. Get to know how life can be for a tennis champ literally tortured to fame by his dad.
    Despite going through hell for most of his life, Agassi finally gets a happy life in which he accepts himself with maturity and grace, and smartly obtains the woman he admires as his understanding and loving wife - Steffi.
    Way to go, Agassi ! :-)
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    R S

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    Nov, 2013

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    You simply cant close this book

    I bought the book a few months ago...read it through within a few days and I cant recount the number of times I've re-read the book.
    Its simply unputdownable! You relate to each character, each situation ,each triumph, each set back the way Agassi writes it.
    SUPER SUPER SUPER book. Read it to believe.
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    Munira Hussain

    Jul, 2012

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    One of the best books ever.!!

    This is one of the books which i have read multiple no of times.
    The narration is absolutely brilliant. The journey of Agassi from a child prodigy to World No 1 then falling back to World No 141 and again working back his way to the Top is just wonderful.
    Its a book not just for Tennis fans but it can be read by anyone interested in knowing a story of a successful person.
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    Sumanth J

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    Oct, 2011

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    A Fascinating Journey

    An awesome book by an awesome person. This book is really very well written and is very easy to understand. It gives an insight on how tough a sportsman's life can be. Many people think that the tennis starts might be leading a very comfortable life, but after reading this book you will realize how tough it is to earn the money and fame which the game offers. Not does Agassi sum up his sports career, he also helps us know his dad, mom, sis, friends, teachers, the academy, his crushes and not ...
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    Jul, 2012

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    One of the better sports biographies

    A lot of sports biographies I have read across a gamut of sports are pretty bland and fail to enthuse the reader. This one is pleasantly different ... It is witty, honest (blatant at times) and crisp. It seamlessly takes u through the various phases of Andre's tennis stint ... starting as a 80s rebel to th2 2000s mature statesman of the game ... It's a no hold barred account and has some interesting anecdotes on his rollercoaster life, his relationship with Gil, his on-court rivalry with Samp...
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    BISWADEEP SENGUPTA

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    Mar, 2012

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    Rivetting is an understatement for this book

    Synonymous to the title of the book, Andre Agassi's autobiography "Open" is a succinct portrayal of a sportsman's inner struggles with self, how he battles against those things in life which he hates to the core and turns the corner. It can prove to be inspirational for those of us who have ended up in the wrong profession with not much motivation.
    Also Andre's humaneness and his deep concern for his entourage, especially his all out efforts to help them during their troubled times, leaves on...
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    Alex Vergis

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    Dec, 2011

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    Great insight into the life of a Tennis player

    If you've grown up in the 80s and 90s and have been somewhat alive during that period you would have heard of Andre Agassi. If you followed Tennis, then you know him as one of the legends. Open is a great book not only to understand that behind every grand slam win there is a lot of hard work, but also because Agassi truly opens up about his life. He talks about his "hate" for tennis, his relationships, and how everything eventually made him the person he turned out to be. An spectacular insi...
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    Raghav Modi

    Dec, 2011

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    Breathtaking book!!

    The best autobiography I ever read. I finished reading the book in 2 days. It was so intriguing. Anyone who doesn't know about tennis would also really love the book. How he hated tennis and he was still very good at it. This book will again redefine his iconic status!! A must read for everyone specially tennis lovers and Andre Agassi fans!!
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    Karan Laungani

    Dec, 2011

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    Bad quality

    page quality is poor
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