Agassi Unstrung

In a new memoir, the tennis legend explains his tortured relationship with the sport. He aces it

Tomasso Derosa / Corbis

Despite his woes, Andre Agassi took eight Grand Slams.

Andre Agassi's memoir, open: An Autobiography (Alfred A. Knopf; 388 pages), is just as entrancing as his tennis game. Agassi's mind pops back and forth like a ball during one of his rallies: I hate the sport, winning is fun, my father preys on me, but I understand why. It's a perpetual struggle, yet Agassi, who won eight Grand Slams, survives the excruciating points, and your eyes stay glued to the action. He can hit a loud smash. In case you haven't heard, at one point in his career Agassi grew quite fond of crystal meth. Still, his soft shots carry...

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