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Giving Back Something,
This review is from: Open: An Autobiography (Hardcover)
With some trepidation I ordered Andre Agassi's book because I am always dubious about sports' biographies. They can be very boring and not too interesting to people not interested in tennis, ie Andy Murray's biography before he'd even hit 21, I think - quite ridiculous. McEnroe's bio wasn't too boring; neither was Nastase's. However, they could hardly be called page turners. Perhaps Marat Safin's might be more interesting.
AA's book is a page turner and all based on the premise that he hated tennis. I like the warts and all approach although I think some of the romantic bits about Steffi Graf were doctored with hindsight. I am sure that even non-tennis fans would like this book as it concentrates on human relationships, with family and friends. His father does not come over as a sympathetic character but one wonders now whether Andre is grateful for his obsessive approach to his son's success.
It is very well written, with a lot of professional help I'm sure, and I admire the fact that the Agassis are giving so much back to their community. Andre came to realise how important education is. As a tennis player and fan, I appreciated some of the match descriptions - dealing with the psychology of the moment. Both Andre and Stefanie purport to have hated tennis?!? Did they really? Nah!!!0