Open is an autobiography by famous tennis professional Andre Agassi. He began writing his tell-all memoir after his final tournament of his career, the 2006 U.S. Open, where he lost to the young Cypriot, Marcos Baghdatis. This memoir shows the struggles Agassi faced as he was growing up with a strict Iranian father and a quiet, white mother from Nevada.
His father, Mike Agassi, was an Olympic wrestler for the small country of Armenia in the 1940’s. He moved to America in search for a better life and to start a family after the many years he spent training in the Middle East. His transferred his harsh training methods on to his son when he first put a racquet in his hands at the young age of 4. He made Andre hit tennis balls every night, and often took him out of school to practice tennis. When Andre was in 9th grade, his father took him out of school and sent him to the world renowned Bolletieri Tennis Academy in Florida.
As soon as Andre entered the pro circuit, he became an instant sensation with the ladies. He earned multimillion dollar deals with brands like Nike and Head Tennis. His success had finally caught up to him when he landed on the cover of Tennis magazine, sporting a pair of Oakley sunglasses. The very next day after the magazine hit store shelves across the nation, Jim Jannard, the owner of Oakley, had a Porsche 911 delivered to Agassi’s bachelor pad in Las Vegas. What the public did not know was that Andre Agassi had a dark side to him that most people thought was impossible.
Agassi hated tennis. His famous hair style which had made women want him more than anything was actually a wig, weaved into his thinning hair. The number one player in the world struggled with depression and eventually delved into the recreational usage of methamphetamines, also known by the street name “Chrystal Meth”. He would stay up for 3 days straight after using the drug, meticulously cleaning his home, often forgetting to call his girlfriend Brooke Sheilds, who was in Hollywood filming various television shows.
This riveting story of the former number one tennis star shows how drug addiction can completely control one’s life, even if they have money and success with them.
The theme that this book conveys to its’ readers closely resembles that of The Kite Runner’s, where the protagonist finds out how someone in his life had been lying to him his entire life.
How would you feel if you found out today that your idol (they can be your favorite athlete, celebrity, or even a family member) had been lying to you your whole life. They had betrayed you because of an action they were concealing from the public because they were afraid it would damage their image. Would you still think they were as great as you once thought they were? And would you forgive them for their actions?