Book: Open (Andre Agassi Autobiography)

Last week was full and intense, so I woke up tired yesterday and decided to take a digital sabbath. I had breakfast with Amy, continued reading Open by Andre Agassi (which I had started one night earlier in the week before going to sleep), napped, read some more, napped, went for a run, watched the end of the Patriots game, finished Open, and watched the end of the Cardinals game.

I enjoy biography and read a lot of them. I generally don’t like autobiographies as they never feel fully authentic to me, but Agassi’s had been recommended by a number of friends, especially one’s who play tennis.

I was mindbogglingly amazing. Fucking awesome. Incredible.

Agassi does what I wish more people would do in autobiography. He starts with his origin story and takes us on a full ride through his life while undergoing his own caamora while sharing it with us.

I am a big Agassi fan. I always loved his tennis style and after reading Open understand it a lot better. His philanthropy, especially around education, is inspiring and the motivation for it is clear after reading Open. His personal style and relationships were always curious, but make a ton of sense after reading Open.

When I crawled into bed last night, I was rested and happy. And, when I woke up this morning, I was ready for a nice Sunday with Amy, a run, watching the Broncos game with Dave, Amy, and Maureen, all in preparation for two weeks on the road.

  • Gabriel Coch

    There’s one thing that was bothersome to me about the book, which is that he mentions multiple times that he hated tennis. When you play competitively there’s always a side of you that dislikes the pressure, but granted how much he got out of the game, it seems that he dwells too much on the negative.

    • Oh – I believe that he really hates tennis, from the very beginning.

    • StevenHB

      There’s something very odd about a father who sees school as a distraction from sport at such a young age. He must have been receiving some majorly conflicting messages around that time.

      I tend to believe that to get really good, you need to have the drive and that you can’t be forced to be dedicated and persistent. How that played out for Andre and his father, I’m still not sure.

  • “Points become games, which become sets, which become tournaments, all so tightly connected”

  • MAJOR points for using something from the Covenant lexicon. Well done.

  • agreed on this being a great book … props on getting in the run, I hope it was a good one

  • Riley Poppy

    Great book! I also recommend reading another autobiography called Breaking Back by James Blake, a story of an amazing comeback.

  • Gracias. I just read Open this weekend, on your suggestion. I really enjoyed it and was surprised (and impressed) by some of his unflattering honesty.

  • Salt Shaker

    I’m a little late to the party here. Agassi asked J.R. Moehringer to collaborate with him on this very well written memoir after reading J.R.’s autobiography “The Tender Bar”, which is a phenomenal story and read in its own right. If you liked “Open” you should read TTB. Very touching story about overcoming personal adversity.

    • Thanks for the recommendation.