I just finished reading Agassi book, and I must say I liked him more before I red it. I donīt know what really happened in their marriage, and itīs none of my business, but I couldnīt help but noticing that Agassi blames Shields for pretty much everything that went wrong, and he also takes sime real cheap and unnecessary shots at her, hardly classy behavior.
And that is actually a reoccurring theme in the book. He comes out as this open, honest guy whoīs not afraid to admit his mistakes and shortcomings. But still, it seems like there always someone to blame when things go wrong. Whether itīs his dad, who pushed him too hard, or Bollettieri, who did the same. Or Shields, who was so wrong to him, and didnīt understand him at all, but still he proposed to her. Or the media, who was responsible for his image and, consequently, his pressure to wear the wig. Also, he takes a couple of cheap shots at Sampras, and the way he describes some of his opponents ( like Jan Siemerinkīs game, for example, when he calls him the garbage man, because his forehand, backhand and serve are crappy) is classless.
All in all, an entertaining book, but doesnīt portrait Agassi as the great man he probably would have wanted himself.
I admit I'm an Agassi fan. Ironically I didn't really know much about him before 2001, so I only followed the end of his career. It wasn't the tennis that made me a fan - it was his philanthropy. I admire his charitable works and that's what caused me to become interested. So, fairly, I may be biased in the other direction.
I honestly think there is more behind the divorce from Brooke Shields, than what has been mentioned. In both his father's book and Kathy Griffin's they intimate that Shields' present husband was in the picture before she and Agassi separated. Maybe they had an agreement to divorce quickly and quietly without any mention that he might have been on the scene. His father says they've never asked about the divorce, but were shocked how quickly he wanted it done.
As for blaming others- I see the stories of his father's control in a whole different light. His father admits that he was fanatical. That he drilled him mercilessly - and would do it again - to make him a champion. Yet, today, Agassi has a good relationship with his father and has said many times that he always knew his father loved him. I don't know many people who could have dealt with something like that and still forgive and maintain a close relationship with their parent.
I find that many people "don't like" the Agassi in the book. How dare he say he hates tennis! How dare he say that he does hold grudges! How dare he be human - and admit it. He says this book was an atonement for the many mistakes of his life and he wanted the truth to come out. That shows a lot of guts to me. You say "it doesn't portrait (portray) Agassi as the great man he would have wanted himself". I don't think he had any intention of wanting to look like a "great man". I think he wanted to say to the world - "hey, here I am. Just a guy. I made mistakes. I was thrust into a crazy life I never wanted. I'm sorry your illusions are shattered, but this is who I was and who I am now; just someone trying to be a better person."