- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harper; 2010 edition (19 August 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780007416790
- ISBN-13: 978-0007416790
- ASIN: 0007416792
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 164 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Open: An Autobiography Paperback – 19 Aug 2010
Audible Audiobook, Abridged
Save Extra with 3 offers
- Cashback (2): Get 10% cashback up to Rs. 100 using Visa Signature or Visa Infinite cards. Shop during the Visa Shopping Days starting 20th to end of every month. Applicable on shopping, recharges and bill payments. Cashback within 3 days from shipment. Here's how
- Get 25% back up to Rs.50 using Amazon Pay UPI. For Android App customers only. Valid once during the offer period. Cashback within 10 days. Set up Amazon Pay UPI Here's how
- No Cost EMI: No Cost EMI available on Amazon Pay ICICI credit cards on orders above Rs. 3000 Here's how
- Bank Offer: Avail 5% Cashback on SBI Credit card EMI transactions Here's how
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
‘engaging, thrilling…a superbly written book’
–Michael Atherton, The Times
–Lynne Truss, The Times
‘Honest in a way that such books seldom are . . . An uncommonly well-written sports memoir.’
-Charles McGrath, The New York Times
‘Agassi weaves a fascinating tale of professional tennis and personal adversity . . . His tale shows that success is measured both on and off the court.’
–Doree Shafrir, New York Post
‘An ace autobiography’
About the Author
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 also compiled one of the best records ever by an American in the Davis Cup. As founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, he has raised more than $85 million for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, an acclaimed K-12 charter school for underprivileged children in his hometown, Las Vegas. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Stefanie Graf, and their two children.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter mobile phone number.
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Read reviews that mention
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Was always intrigued by how Agassi had carried himself on court and reading his biography, it was an eye opener. The struggle he had go through. Was inspiring to read the way he dealt with spinal condition as well as how he had dealt with his emotional conflicts.
At the same time, he has projected both his Dad and Nike as being taskmasters and not really giving consideration for a young one's life. This is getting common in tennis nowadays. Where the parent is pushing the ward beyond the child's interest.
To me there was a huge parental learning as well as making that blindside of the parent visible.
the narration and overall flow the timeline was great. once you start to read this, you will not be in a position to put it down.
Good read. I can promise you will not be disappointed.
It is not just a recollection of various games, the focuses on the mental state of Andre Agassi.
The very thought that a person who behaved a certain way on a court and had such a different inner emotions was difficult to digest. Yet at some level all of us wear different masks with different people.
The book would resonate with most people who hated what they did and were still good at it, which is almost everyone.
The book provides insight to life of Agassi and his road to becoming one of the greatest tennis players of all time. We are struck by his candour while discussing the events of his early life and could empathise with the pain of little Andre who saw virtually no childhood, thanks to his ambitious father. The fact that he grew to hate tennis in spite of being a top tennis player of the world should open our eyes – do we not often subject our children to similar ordeals? The pressure to excel in education or in some other field (the trend has increased with TV backed sponsoring of realty shows and talent hunts) is today so great on children that they are today growing up without experiencing the fun and adventure that we normally associate with childhood.
Like all true Champions, Andre Agassi’s greatest achievement has been the way he rose once more to pinnacle of glory after almost everyone had written obituary of his tennis career. Another heartwarming aspect of Andre Agassi the person is the fact that he has stayed loyal to his friends throughout ups and downs of life. Also, in the later part of his life, he found the meaning of his life through helping less privileged children and he deserves a standing ovation for the effort.
Another very well written part of the book is the part in which he woos Steffi Graf. Like entire generation of male tennis lovers of that era, Andre seemed to be a wide eyed fan of Steffi whose blistering forehand was matched by her smashing good looks. Till the end of the book and even post marriage and children, he remained her wide eyed admirer – that goes to show that Steffi Graf is either as good a homemaker as she was a tennis player or that her forehand remains a formidable weapon even without tennis racket.
However, there are some parts of the book which left me a little disturbed as well as disappointed. The way he has depicted his married life with famous actress Brooke Shields leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. It is clear that Andre and Brooke are two incompatible personalities and one can hardly blame Brooke Shields for having taste for literature or adventurous sports but Agassi has portrayed these as a flaw in Brooke Shields character. Similarly, the fact that Pete Sampras only paid 1 $ as tip should not had prompted Agassi to declare in glee that he is so much better than Sampras (not exactly in these words but close enough). Nor should he have lectured on pitfalls of marrying an actress after Sampras conveyed him his decision of marrying his long term girlfriend. Rather we would have him discussing regarding some of his matches in greater detail and analysing the game of the great tennis players of his generation. After all, we know Andre Agassi only because of his tennis and we would rather hear more about tennis from him.
Still, ‘Open’ remains an important contribution to sports literature for its nice, easy flowing narration, new insights it provided on life of a great sportsman and candour of the author in describing his life and views.