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  • An Autobiography
  • Written by: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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Written by: Andre Agassi
Narrated by: Erik Davies
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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 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 help 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 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

What the critics say

“Insightful [and] exceedingly well-written . . . [Open] has the cadence and plotting of a good novel . . . The raw energy and emotion throughout are pure Agassi.” -Newsday Top 10 Books of 2009

“Surprisingly candid . . . The baseline bad boy serves up his harrowing anecdotes with the same force he put behind every on-court ace.” -Entertainment Weekly 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2009

“Bracingly devoid of triumphalist homily, Agassi’s is one of the most passionately anti-sports books ever written by a superstar athlete.” -The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2009

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  • Victor
  • 2010-01-31

Great listen, get the full version.

I have been a tennis fan for a number of years and was eager to listen to this audiobook.
I got the abridged version because I thought the complete version would be too long and I would get tired of it, but there are some great stories, and I'm left wanting more.
My advice is get the full version, if you are a tennis fan I think you will enjoy it.

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  • Brandon
  • 2015-10-28

Narrator was so painful I couldn’t finish

I wish Agassi would have done it himself.. sounded like a robot was reading his story.

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  • Madisyn
  • 2010-03-21

Honest & Entertaining

Andre writes an amazingly honest & clear picture of himself. Funny, heart-breaking & without a sense of self. His recollections of matches, relationships & events in his life, are written in photographic detail. You can tell by the cover picture alone, that this a person who wants to tell their story, from the heart & not the ego.

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  • Janet
  • 2023-02-18

Buy the full not this slaughtered abridged version

For years I heard fav reviews of Open. I accidentally bought this disappointing abridged version —didn’t realize my mistake until the very end. I returned a got the full version. Wow! What a difference. The full version will not disappoint. Beware of the abridged.

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  • Eli
  • 2023-01-19

Great read

I now understand why my husband, who trained hard from a young age, hates tennis.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-06-26

Inside look at one of the greatest US tennis players !

Straight and to the point, inside look at his life (professional /personal) including his Las Vegas upbringing to his arduous path rising up the ranks on the ATP tour .

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  • bub
  • 2020-11-04

Very enjoyable listening

Informative, encouraging and motivating, even if he is not your favorite tennis player, you will still enjoy it, describing how the underdog at the early days could turned the table and raised to world number 1.

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  • S. Birge
  • 2020-02-05

Who Knew

What a great story. Start to finish I looked forward to each match. Andre's work ethic & athleticism was both inspiring & impressive.

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  • Gogo Cholo
  • 2018-05-01

Great abridged version of Agassi's story!

I enjoyed this book very much, because I had heard many good things about it and just wanted to learn more about Agassi. The unabridged version would have been too much for me! Great narration ans Story writing.

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  • Randall Medford
  • 2017-11-23

Amazing!!

One of the best biographies I’ve ever read. Incredibly written. The story is super inspiring!

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