Open by Andre Agassi
An Autobiography

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16 Critic Reviews

The answer for Agassi, the high-school dropout, has been to finance and build a public charter school that serves low-income youth in Las Vegas. Like "Open" itself, it's an inspiring achievement.
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Far more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.
 
Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game’s highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career.




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About Andre Agassi

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Andre Agassi played tennis professionally from 1986 to 2006. Often ranked number one, he captured eight Grand Slam singles championships. Founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, he has raised more than $85 million for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy for underprivileged children in Las Vegas, where he lives with his wife, Stefanie Graf, and their two children.
 
Published December 24, 2009 by Vintage. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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All: 16 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 2

NY Times

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Reviewed by Sam Tanenhaus on Nov 20 2009

...not just a first-rate sports memoir but a genuine bildungsroman, darkly funny yet also anguished and soulful.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Nov 08 2009

Welcome to Mr. Agassi’s world. As described in “Open” it is lively but narrow, since Mr. Agassi’s curiosity does not extend far beyond tennis, more tennis, the misery of tennis, the way sportswriters misunderstand tennis and the irritating celebrity that tennis stardom confers.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Geoff Dyer on Nov 07 2009

...here is the not entirely unexpected irony of Open. For all the lurid revelations, despite the overarching story of personal growth and the struggle for self-awareness, the most enthralling parts of the book are all about… tennis.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Lynn Voedisch on Jun 28 2011

This writer was at the U.S. Open when Andre ended his career. I watched as he played the biggest match of his career...It was one of those most moving and heart-rending moments in tennis. This book captures all of it.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Jay Winik on Nov 08 2009

...with his uncommon dedication to distinguished causes far from the tennis court, perhaps Mr. Agassi belongs in even more hallowed company—alongside Arthur Ashe. "Open" is a superb memoir, but it hardly closes the book on an extraordinary life.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Jay Winik on Nov 08 2009

His career-comeback tale is inspiring but even more so is another "Open" storyline. It could be called: The punk grows up..."Open" is a superb memoir, but it hardly closes the book on an extraordinary life.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Alex Pugsley on Nov 17 2009

...it is the struggle to alternately contain and express contradiction that makes his picaresque journey so tormented, so compelling, and at last so resolutely and triumphantly un-idiotic.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Chris Nashawaty on Nov 04 2009

By the time Agassi’s hopeful ending arrives, not only has he bared his soul like few professional athletes ever have, he’s done it with a flair and force that most professional writers can’t even pull off.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by David Davis on Nov 21 2009

The answer for Agassi, the high-school dropout, has been to finance and build a public charter school that serves low-income youth in Las Vegas. Like "Open" itself, it's an inspiring achievement.

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Michael Mewshaw on Nov 08 2009

...it's both astonishing and a pleasure to report that Andre Agassi, who was castigated for an ad campaign saying "Image is everything," has produced an honest, substantive, insightful autobiography.

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Book Forum

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Reviewed by Brian Gallagher on Nov 19 2009

Most athletes who write memoirs rely heavily on their co-authors, and Agassi has chosen well in the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist J.R. Moehringer, who lends the book a breezy tone, even when the subject matter is unmistakably tense.

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Reviewed by JOHN BRANSTON on Jan 03 2010

Andre Agassi's autobiography is uncommonly interesting, uncommonly well written, and — to an extent we may never know — uncommonly open. But I had a feeling after I finished it that I had been shortchanged on the story.

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Reviewed by MrRooibos on Jul 05 2013

As he leaves the sport behind him, the reader can clearly see that he carries all of these conflicting emotions with him into his retirement. Yet Agassi does not let his past weigh him down.

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Reviewed by Arlene Somerton Smith on Aug 28 2013

Open does just what the title suggests. It opens Andre Agassi up to us, so we (and he) can understand why he made the choices he did. It opens up the world of professional tennis. It opens up discussions about how children train to become élite athletes, and at what cost. And once you open it, you won’t want to put it down.

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Help4newmoms.com

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on Sep 27 2011

Open is quite simply – riveting! I don’t even know the guy (obviously) but I’m so proud of him. Agassi has created a masterpiece that is well-written and exudes heart, humor, poignancy, and most of all hope. I simply could not put the thing down.

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on Nov 17 2009

You feel the raw pain and anger so acutely in every page, you wonder if getting it all down on paper somehow helped Agassi rid himself of some demons. You hope so. That’s an incredibly heavy load he’s carrying.

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