Open is a stunning chronicle, written by one of the world’s most beloved tennis champion, Andre Agassi. It is a nuanced self-portrait and an extremely honest account of an extraordinary life.
The book, Written by Andre Agassi, brings out a shocking fact that he hated tennis though he was on 'crystal meth' for a period of time. Andre started playing tennis at the age of 3 and by the age of 5 he was showing ability for the game. His father, a fanatical man, pushed Andre too far and too much. He felt that education was not obligatory and it was an obstruction to his tennis practice. But Andre did not like the game as he hated it but because it was his responsibility to help his family he did what his father wanted him to do. He was forced to leave school in the ninth grade for the sake of the game and this is what has bothered him his entire career. His goal became tennis. He joined the Bollettien tennis camp, but he felt it more like a prison than a camp. According to Agassi, the academy was "Lord of the Flies with forehands." In retribution Andre started wearing earrings, grew his hair long and wore strident outfits. Thus his character was born. Andre, tried to keep it all together, as his career started to thrive. He was known as a flashy and a real player. He played against the best tennis players in the world, and was always counted among the best.
Andre Agassi also talks about his rivals, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker and Jimmy Connors. The book is more interesting when the game of tennis is being discussed. He talks about each play during the tournaments and how he planned to win them. He also never really wanted to be married, just like he never really liked to play tennis. But in spite of not being interested he got married to Brooke Shields.
Andre also gives a brief account of his crystal meth years, the chatter he gave the Tennis Association when he tested positive for drugs. But then He finally met and married Steffi Graf and found the happiness that had so long dodged him.
Andre has built a life and a foundation that sponsors a charter school. In spite of being a ninth grade drop-out, he has achieved success and fame. This book is for anyone who loves tennis. This is a book that will be a charming look at the life of a giant in the tennis world, told in words that best portrays him.