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January 8, 2010

OPEN: Confessions of a dangerous mind

Filed under: Sports — Rabea Khan @ 12:16 pm
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I have just finished reading Open. Empty and sad… I am not describing the book but the feeling I am left with now when the book is over. It’s that good.

Copyright: Chris Josefy, Source: Wikipedia

Andre Agassi’s autobiography is brutally honest, where he lets the reader peek into not only his life but his mind as well.

You are left wanting for more, wanting to know him more, wanting to share few more anecdotes…

The book covers his career right from the very beginning to his last match. He underlines his hatred for tennis quite a number of times in the book. Yet the book is an account of life in between various tournaments. This illustrates his passion. Even if he hated the game, he hated it with a passion. That passion in the end made him excel.

Agassi has made a player more human by laying bare his thoughts during numerous matches. Whenever one is watching any sport, one tends to think of people playing as mere players. They are players of course but they are human beings too. That might be thinking about their girlfriend, their parents in between sets, but that seems impossible to us.  They should be and they must be thinking about the game.

The book is full of inane things he used to think during matches. And also strategic thinking that decided the outcome of the match.

You would want to watch all those matches again, now that you know what was he thinking when he played that particular shot or how he felt when lost a match to Sampras.

Agassi’s love life

The book also mentions his various relationships over the years and he doesn’t choose to be private here as well.  If his marriage with Brooke Shields comes across as a mistake, he let you think he is a romantic fool when he pursues Steffi Graf. In fact his love for Graf is evident even before he marries Shields. When he marries Shields you almost wish to tell him, please don’t marry Brooke, you love Steffi.

Thankfully, he doesn’t sermonize or ponder at any point of time. The Book is all about ‘when’ and ‘what’ and not ‘why’.

Reading Open is like renewing your vows with tennis. You will fall in love with the game again…more so with Andre Agassi.

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