Saturday, October 31, 2009
Andre Agassi's Autobiography "OPEN"
Andre Agassi's autobiography will be published by Alfred A. Knopf on November 9, it was announced today by Sonny Mehta, Chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. OPEN, a deeply personal account of Agassi's life on and off the court, will also simultaneously be published in Canada, England, Germany, France and the Netherlands.Andre Agassi says he used crystal meth and lied to ATP authorities when he failed a drug test in 1997 in a yet-to-be published autobiography.In OPEN, he recalls for the first time a childhood without choices. Forced to embrace tennis, banished to a brutal tennis camp while still in grade school, catapulted to fame while still in his teens, Agassi grew up feeling isolated, alienated, detached. In OPEN he tells how he reconnected, how he overcame his fears, fought through his loneliness, found strength and purpose in the decision to devote his life to others and in the love of one extraordinary woman.
Agassi writes with uncommon candor about his father, his family, his best friends and first loves. He recounts the intimate details of his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He describes the grind of championship tennis, the physical toll and greater mental toll. He recalls his most painful moments in the arena humiliating defeats, career-threatening injuries, ridicule from fans and media but celebrates the maturity to which they all led.