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  • An Autobiography
  • Written by: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (374 ratings)

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Written by: Andre Agassi
Narrated by: Erik Davies
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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 21st 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 US 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 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

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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Unbelievable

The best one yet !!!!! I laughed I cried. I am great full to learn about his life !!!!!!

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Absolutely phenomenal

Great medley between a fierce competitive athlete and a shakespearean, romantic at heart. Love this book.!!

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A captivating and uplifting life tale

I'd totally suggest the book to both sports enthusiasts and those less into sports. It's a riveting ride through Andre Agassi's formation into the person he is today. A journey that, in one form or another, we all experience—overcoming challenges and bettering ourselves.

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Inspiring and insightful

Engaging throughout, this book will give you an appreciation for the life Andre Agassi has lived. 10/10

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Great listen

Was fortunate enough to watch the end of his career. This is a great listen and I would highly recommend.

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Great Sports Book

One of my favorite sports books and autobiographies. very engaging read and surprising how "Open" Agassi is in his story. Highly recommend.

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Excellent Audiobook

Fascinating story about Andre's life. I couldn't stop listening. It was honest and vulnerable. I highly recommend it.

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If you want to listen to someone complain for 17 hours, listen to this book

Great storytelling. You can’t help but feel bad for the guy. All this success in his life and all he can focus on are the negatives.

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Honest and inspiring

Can’t believe I didn’t read this earlier. Incredibly honest and compelling listening if you are a tennis fan or sport in general. The honesty though is what makes this book. Like us all, he has many ups and downs. His inner struggle over his like/ dislike of tennis is intriguing. Often autobiographies are a bit dull, but this one certainly isn’t.

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Entertaining listen

I enjoyed Agassi's story, and the book is well written. My only qualm is the ridiculous female voices the narrator adopts whenever there's text by a feminine figure. Not Agassi's fault however, and I recommend the book!

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