Monday, March 29, 2010


Open: An Autobiography Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi

New York Times Notable Book of the Year

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am talking about this book to anyone who will listen...

At tennis practice: Did you know 7-year old Andre Agassi had to hit 2,500 balls a day?
To my sister: Let me tell you about the Andre Agassi-Pete Sampras rivalry.
At my book club: His dad! Oh, his awful dad!

I come from a tennis family. We played tennis together growing up, attended Wimbledon when we lived in England, and I play on a league now. Lovers of Andre and/or tennis will find this book to be a very insightful and interesting look into the world of professional tennis. I was completely immersed in Andre's world while I was reading this.

While Agassi is admittedly far from perfect, I have nothing but respect for the person that he has become--his family with Steffi Graf, his philanthropic efforts, his honesty and his love of books. This book (co-authored with the help of Pulitzer-Prize winner J. R. Moehringer) is incredibly well-written and is certainly recommended.

Also reviewed by: Book Nut

Book 26 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge
Book 17 of 50 for the New Author Challenge
Book 11 of 25 for the Support Your Local Library Challenge 

Source: Library


bermudaonion said...

I'm glad to see this book is worth reading. I think there are far too many children who have sacrificed their childhoods for a sport or other pursuit. Just think of those who do it and never "make it."

Serena said...

this is a book that is on my wishlist

Melissa said...

Oh, I KNOW! To anyone who will listen... if you like tennis, if you like Agassi, you *have* to read this one. And, like you, I'm impressed with the person he became. (Did I mention that my favorite part was his first meeting w/ Stefi?? Loved it. Made Hubby -- who watched Agassi win the French in 1999 -- read it.) Didn't know you were a player, though. That's interesting...

Veens said...

I really wanted to read this one! Just like that!