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2009 . Biography, Non-fiction, Sports . Andre Agassi, J.R. Moehringer

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Everyone

About the book

4.3/5.0

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 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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Year:

2009

Language:

English

Publisher:

Knopf

Pages:

388

ISBN:

0307268195 (ISBN13: 9780307268198)

Reviews

Carl Johan Skovsen

6 months ago

10

Absolutely 10/10

Inger Hjort Bech

7 months ago

10

Biografi - en af de bedre 🎾

Morten V Schroeder

10 months ago

10

Absolutely amazing biography. Really well written and all told as first hand encounters. Agassi has an incredible memory so the detail level of events is so high. You dont need to like tennis or event sports to find this book interesting! Its simple just a story about struggles and life. Blew through it in 10 days! Read it on Audible and the narrator is fantastic

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Thomas Vogelsang

12 months ago

10

Absolutely one of the best sports autobiographies

Víctor González Azpiazu

1 year ago

10

Helps you understand the real problematic of a professional tennis player that actually didn't like his profession so much.

Anders Thorup-Jensen

1 year ago

10

Honest and powerful - one of the best biographies I’ve read

Emma Louise Teisen

2 months ago

10

Daniel Fallah

4 months ago

9

Kristian Hald

5 months ago

10

Ravinder kumar Bhatia

8 months ago

9

Anders Knudsen

8 months ago

9

MarieLouise Schmidt

10 months ago

8

Abhi Yaduwanshi

1 year ago

10

Emilie Lilja

1 year ago

10