A stunning memoir by one of the world's most beloved athletes--a nuanced self-portrait, an intensely candid account of a remarkable life, and a thrilling inside view of the pro tennis tour.
From the Hardcover edition.
Before reading a single page of Andre Agassi's autobiography, Open, I determined to evaluate it according to the standards established in a lovely little essay called "How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart," by David Foster Wallace. Austin was a tennis star in the 1970s whose memoir Wallace, an exuberant observer of the game, agreed to review for a newspaper in 1994. He had high hopes, because on the court Austin was "prodigious, beautiful, and inspiring" -- a true artist who displayed "a grace that for most of us remains abstract and immanent." But he was disappointed to find that her memoir was terrible: insipid, cliché-ridden, and almost completely lacking in insight, or even compound sentences.