The holiday season is finally upon us and there isn’t much tennis being played out there (unless you count the exhibitions where Henin is pummeling top players), so I figured I’d help Andre Agassi promote his memoir.
But before I get into that, I’d like to thank everyone who pushed me into professional blogging, Madmax, Jane, Kimmi, and all the other posters here who have supported me. In case it’s still not clear, it is me, devastatingdjokovic/sensationalsafin. I’m now an official blogger on tennis-x and I really would never have done it if you guys weren’t around to force me to come up with arguments and debates on the latest tennis issues. So thanks again, everyone.
Now back to Agassi and his publication, Open. Basically, if you still need to find a present for someone, this is it. If you have a lot of downtime and need to do something to fill the emptiness of no live tennis, buy this book. If you are extremely busy with hosting a Christmas/New Year’s/Hanukkah/Kwanza party for 50+ family members and guests and have no time for yourself whatsoever, then make time and buy this book and read it while you’re at the stove or in the bathroom. This is a must read for everyone and anyone, and that’s what makes it so special.
It’s a shame that some of the details of the book were revealed before the public had a chance to read it. The meth, hating tennis, crazy dad, too many spoilers that fortunately and unfortunately made a lot of people decide whether they were going to buy the book without even looking at it themselves. It’s a shame when book releases become like Hollywood movie trailers. You know, when the trailer shows the funniest three jokes and the best fighting sequence of the movie and sometimes even shows the daughter in the arms of her dad after he’s already saved her, too much, way too much.
However there is a silver lining in all this in that Agassi had so much going on in his life that those spoilers are not as revealing as they were made out to be. The meth thing was mentioned for maybe two paragraphs out of 400+ pages. And there is a lot more to him hating tennis and his dad than people can really understand without reading Agassi’s thoughts and explanations.
So what is so great about this book? I’m not going to give anything away because everything in Agassi’s life must be read within the context of his life in order to understand its significance. What I will say is that every single person on this planet can relate to multimillionaire, 8-time Grand Slam champion, and former world No. 1 Andre Agassi in one way or another. That is what makes this his story so unbelievably fantastic.
There are bad moments, terrible moments, good moments, great moments, and all kinds of other moments in Agassi’s life. He shows that no matter how rich or successful or talented you are, everyone deals with the same crap day in and day out. When I finished the book, I wanted it to keep going, rather, I wanted to fly out to Vegas, meet Agassi, and become his best friend in order to stay inside his fascinating world.
If you have any doubts about reading this book because of its content, well, forget it. Forget about everything you’ve heard and every critical thing you’ve read. Get this book, borrow it, buy it, just get it somehow, and read it. One thing I can assure you is that you will not be disappointed. Hate it or love it, you are going to have a lot of feelings while reading about Agassi’s life.
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