The autobiography of Andre Agassi was a raging hit after its release, and still continues to inspire sportspersons across the globe. So what makes "Open" such a special book among the many autobiographies that are out there?
Agassi is one of the greatest players to have ever graced a tennis court. His on-field antics and his rebel-like attitude on court brought him numerous fans as well as haters, not unlike Nick Kyrgios today.
From having long hair to going completely bald, Agassi showed the tennis world every facet of his personality. He could transform from one form to another quickly and surprise people.
In his autobiography, Agassi talks about every situation that made him the person he is right now. His love-hate relationship with tennis was confusing yet intriguing at the same time.
Here are five reasons why "Open" should cement its place among the shelves of every tennis fan:
1. It's relatability to the common audience
The first and foremost reason why everyone would get connected to this book from the early pages itself is its relatability.
Agassi writes in simple words, and describes everyday situations with poignancy. Any reader would easily understand how Agassi was a confused brat, hating the methods implemented by his father to make him learn tennis at a very tender age.
The book also gives an insight into what runs through any typical teenage lad's brain when his parents are controlling everything concerning his career. This is shown with utmost sincerity, and can be empathized with easily because of the words used to describe those feelings.
Agassi was just a boy next door who was forced into playing tennis by his father, and he hated it throughout his boyhood. But the important point to be noted here is that Agassi knew that even though he hated tennis, he didn't know know what to do if he stopped touching his racquet.
This ambiguity is cleverly demonstrated in his own words by Agassi in the book.