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Andre Agassi - Author

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Andre Agassi played tennis professionally from 1986 to 2006. Often ranked number one, he captured eight Grand Slam singles championships, tying him for seventh on the all-time list, and he's the only man to win a career 'Golden Slam' - all four Grand Slam singles titles plus the Olympic gold medal. He also compiled one of the best records ever by an American in the Davis Cup. As founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, he has raised more than $85 million for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, an acclaimed K-12 charter school for underprivileged children in his hometown, Las Vegas. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Stefanie Graf, and their two children.

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Whirl

Whirl

Author: Andre Agassi Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2015

What's heaven to seven-year-old Andre Agassi? To never play tennis again. Yet his father has other plans. Mike Agassi was born in Iran, where Allied soldiers gave him a racket after the war and introduced him to the game. He shaves without soap or cream, boxed in the Olympics, and speaks five languages. The sixth is tennis. And his greatest dream is for his son to become number one in the world. A selection from the acclaimed autobiography Open, this is the tumultuous first confrontation between father and son, between the lines of the court: a searching portrait of Agassi before fame and success.

Open

Open

Author: Andre Agassi Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

Zum Wunderkind erkoren, zum Tennis getrieben, wurde aus Andre Agassi der rebellische Superstar auf dem Centre Court, eine Pop-Ikone der Achtziger. Kaum stand er ganz oben auf der Weltrangliste, sturzte er ab - und fiel tief. Sein spektakulares Comeback und seine Liebe zu Steffi Graf machten ihn zu der uberragenden Personlichkeit, die er heute ist. - Das sensationelle Selbstportrat eines begnadeten Tennisspielers, der uber sich selbst hinausgewachsen ist. Andre Agassi ist einer der talentiertesten Spieler, die je einen Tennisplatz betreten haben - doch von klein auf hasste er das Spiel. Bereits dem Kind drckte der Vater einen Schlger in die Hand, und als Schler musste er tglich Tausende von Bllen schlagen. Auch wenn er den unerbittlichen Erfolgsdruck verabscheute, wollte er doch dem Ruf des Wunderkinds gerecht werden. In seiner zutiefst bewegenden Autobiographie erzhlt Andre Agassi nun die Geschichte seines Lebens im Widerstreit zwischen Selbstzerfleischung und Perfektionsdrang. Agassi lsst uns die Angst des siebenjhrigen Jungen spren, der unter dem obsessiven Blick seines autoritren Vaters den ganzen Tag trainieren muss. Als Elfjhriger wird er in eine Tennis-Akademie geschickt, die fr ihn eher einem Gefngnis gleichkommt. Einsam und verngstigt begehrt der Schulversager auf: Agassi frbt sich die Haare, er trgt Ohrringe und kleidet sich wie ein Punk. Als er mit sechzehn Profi wird, verndert sein Erscheinungsbild die Tenniswelt ebenso nachhaltig wie sein blitzschneller Return. Trotz seines Naturtalents muss er kmpfen. Seine anfnglichen Niederlagen gegen die Weltbesten bestrzen ihn. Doch viel grer noch ist seine Verwirrung, als er die ersten groen Siege erringt. Nach drei verlorenen Endspielen bei Grand-Slam-Turnieren beeindruckt er 1992 die Welt mit seinem grandiosen Triumph in Wimbledon. ber Nacht wird Andre Agassi der Liebling der Tennisfans und eine Zielscheibe fr die Medien. Agassi hat ein fotografisches Gedchtnis, mit dem er uns entscheidende Matchs miterleben lsst. Nie zuvor wurden die innere Dynamik des Tennisspiels und die uere Dramatik des Ruhms so eindringlich beschrieben. Beeindruckend sind die scharfen Portrts seiner grten Kontrahenten - Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Boris Becker, Roger Federer - und seines groen Vorbilds Bjrn Borg. Und wir erhalten ungeschminkte Einblicke in die kurze Beziehung mit Barbra Streisand und seine gescheiterte Ehe mit Brooke Shields. Agassi offenbart die Depression, die sein Selbstvertrauen zutiefst erschttert, und den schweren Fehler, der ihn fast alles kostete. Er schildert seine schmerzhafte Wiederauferstehung - sein Comeback, das in dem legendren Sieg bei den French Open 1999 und dem Durchmarsch zur Nummer eins der Weltrangliste gipfelt. Voller Dankbarkeit wrdigt Andre Agassi seinen loyalen Bruder und seinen klugen Trainer. Sie helfen ihm, sein Leben wieder ins Gleichgewicht zu bringen und die Liebe seines Lebens zu finden: Stefanie Graf. Ihre ruhige Entschlossenheit gibt ihm die Kraft, gegen seine bestialischen Rckenschmerzen anzukmpfen, und die Energie, um auch nach zwanzig Jahren auf dem Centre Court ein kaum zu schlagender Gegner zu sein. Agassi hat sich grundlegend verndert: vom Nonkonformisten zum engagierten Prominenten, vom Schulabbrecher zum Bildungsfrderer. Nach seinem letzten Match bei den US Open 2006 hlt er eine ergreifende Abschiedsrede, wie sie in einer Sportarena wohl nie zuvor gehrt wurde. Open ist eine unerhrt aufrichtige Lebensschau - sehr emotional und umwerfend gut geschrieben. Fr Tennisfans ist dieses Buch ein absolutes Muss - es wird aber auch alle Leser begeistern, die bisher nichts ber den weien Sport wissen. Wie Agassis Spielweise setzt dieses sensationelle Selbstportrt einen neuen Mastab fr Ausdrucksstrke, Anmut, Schnelligkeit und Kraft.

Open: An Autobiography

Open: An Autobiography

Author: Andre Agassi Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2009

He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court - but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the game.Coaxed to swing a racket while still in the crib, forced to hit hundreds of balls a day while still in grade school, Agassi resented the constant pressure even as he drove himself to become a prodigy, an inner conflict that would define him. Now, in his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by such conflicts.Agassi makes us feel his panic as an undersized seven-year-old in Las Vegas, practicing all day under the obsessive gaze of his violent father. We see him at thirteen, banished to a Florida tennis camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. By the time he turns pro at sixteen, his new look promises to change tennis forever, as does his lightning fast return.And yet, despite his raw talent, he struggles early on. We feel his confusion as he loses to the world's best, his greater confusion as he starts to win. After stumbling in three Grand Slam finals, Agassi shocks the world, and himself, by capturing the 1992 Wimbledon. Overnight he becomes a fan favorite and a media target.Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match, and every public relationship. Alongside vivid portraits of rivals, Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He reveals the depression that shatters his confidence, and the mistake that nearly costs him everything. Finally, he recounts his spectacular resurrection and his march to become the oldest man ever ranked number one.In clear, taut prose, Agassi evokes his loyal brother, his wise coach, his gentle trainer, all the people who help him regain his balance and find love at last with Stefanie Graf.With its breakneck tempo and raw candor, Open will be read and cherished for years. A treat for ardent fans, it will also captivate readers who know nothing about tennis. Like Agassi's game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed and power.

Open

Open

Author: Andre Agassi Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2009

From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography.Agassis incredibly rigorous training begins when he is just a child. By the age of thirteen, he is banished to a Florida tennis camp that feels like a prison camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. He dyes his hair, pierces his ears, dresses like a punk rocker. By the time he turns pro at sixteen, his new look promises to change tennis forever, as does his lightning-fast return. And yet, despite his raw talent, he struggles early on. We feel his confusion as he loses to the worlds best, his greater confusion as he starts to win. After stumbling in three Grand Slam finals, Agassi shocks the world, and himself, by capturing the 1992 Wimbledon. Overnight he becomes a fan favorite and a media target.Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned. Alongside vivid portraits of rivals from several generationsJimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Roger FedererAgassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He reveals a shattering loss of confidence. And he recounts his spectacular resurrection, a comeback climaxing with his epic run at the 1999 French Open and his march to become the oldest man ever ranked number one.In clear, taut prose, Agassi evokes his loyal brother, his wise coach, his gentle trainer, all the people who help him regain his balance and find love at last with Stefanie Graf. Inspired by her quiet strength, he fights through crippling pain from a deteriorating spine to remain a dangerous opponent in the twenty-first and final year of his career. Entering his last tournament in 2006, hes hailed for completing a stunning metamorphosis, from nonconformist to elder statesman, from dropout to education advocate. And still hes not done. At a U.S. Open for the ages, he makes a courageous last stand, then delivers one of the most stirring farewells ever heard in a sporting arena.With its breakneck tempo and raw candor, Open will be read and cherished for years. A treat for ardent fans, it will also captivate readers who know nothing about tennis. Like Agassis game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed, and power.From the Hardcover edition.

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