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Andre Agassi autobiography "Open"

OrdinaryfoolisNJ
10-19-2009, 05:41 AM
http://www.celebritybooksigningsandevents.com/events


Okay, who is going with me to the Century City Borders signing in LA on Nov 18th???!!! The bad thing is that the book is definitely going to be cheaper at Costco - but it'll cost me more to travel to Summerlin to buy it, so I guess I'll just have to see him in LA!

I'm getting excited.

Nancy J

Updated 10/18/09


Andre Agassi, tennis great, signing copies of Open: An Autobiography

* 11/12/09 12:30 PM at Barnes & Noble – Fifth Avenue. New York, NY.
* 11/13/09 7:00 PM at Indigo Books - Bloor Street. Toronto, Onatrio.
* 11/15/09 2:00 PM at Books-A-Million - Sawgrass Mills Mall. Sunrise, FL.
* 11/18/09 7:00 PM at Borders Books - Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.
* 11/20/09 7:00 PM at Books Inc. - Van Ness Avenue. San Francisco, CA.
* 11/21/09 1:30 PM at Kepler's Books - El Camino Real. Menlo Park, CA.
* 11/22/09 1:00 PM at Costco – South Pavilion Drive. Las Vegas, NV.

Jessyka
10-19-2009, 10:09 AM
I want to go!

But since I'm in Brazil it won't happen. :sad:

camilia
10-22-2009, 02:43 PM
I want to go!

But since I'm in Brazil it won't happen. :sad:

If it makes you feel better, I'm in the UAE so I'm not going either :hug:

OrdinaryfoolisNJ
10-23-2009, 03:13 AM
Too bad, as I'd love to meet both of you! Maybe he'll come to one or both of your areas. It could happen! :)!

Here's another article:

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/1294366.html

Posted on Thursday, 10.22.09

Agassi's book tour to hit South Florida
BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN
mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

Andre Agassi has stayed out of the limelight since his 2007 retirement, but plan to see a lot more of him in the coming weeks as he embarks on a cross-country tour to promote his autobiography Open, which hits bookstores Nov. 9.

Agassi will be at Books-A-Million in Sawgrass Mills Mall from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 15 and at Temple Judea in Coral Gables at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 for a Books & Books-sponsored event that includes a 45-minute interview with Miami Herald columnist Edwin Pope (go to booksandbooks.com for information on tickets).

This weekend, Agassi will be in Macau for a Sunday exhibition against his former rival Pete Sampras. He will appear in upcoming editions of People magazine and Sports Illustrated and on 60 Minutes. Agassi made headlines this week for suggesting that era of domination by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could be coming to a close as younger players come along and Nadal deals with knee injuries.

``Now we have possibly the changing of the guard,'' Agassi told reporters in Hong Kong during a teleconference.

``You have those top two who are now losing ground to the likes of [Novak] Djokovic and [Andy] Murray and [Juan Martin] del Potro.''

Agassi said Federer, 28, ``still has the chance to do some more special things,'' but he faces more rivals than just Nadal. He said Murray, the only top-six player not to win a Grand Slam title, is primed to make a breakthrough.

``This is going to be a crucial time in his career, and I predict the next year will determine his career one way or another,'' Agassi said of Murray. ``He has a lot of reasons, motivations and skills that can help him to accomplish a great deal, but he has to be willing to push to get over the next hump. Do I think he can do it? Absolutely. Do I expect him to do it? I really do.''

camilia
10-24-2009, 11:24 AM
I'd love to meet you too, who knows. Maybe one day ;)
I wanted to go and watch him play when he came to Dubai but unfortunately he didn't make it to the weekend :sad:
Thanks for the article :)

Jessyka
10-24-2009, 12:17 PM
I'd love to meet you guys too.

But since we can't meet, I'm gonna anxiously, I mean, patiently (:p) wait for the stories and all the details of those who went. :)

camilia
10-24-2009, 04:01 PM
I'd love to meet you guys too.

But since we can't meet, I'm gonna anxiously, I mean, patiently (:p) wait for the stories and all the details of those who went. :)

:haha:

tanaja
10-25-2009, 10:44 PM
When will excerpts from his book be published in People magazine or Tennis magazine? Does anybody know?

karenpoon
10-27-2009, 10:55 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qC_rfMmhm0

OrdinaryfoolisNJ
10-27-2009, 09:48 PM
Holy cow! Crystal Meth?! Lots of articles popping up today (see a short one below) after a publicist Tweeted about this! SI and People to have articles on the book THIS week! If anyone gets their copy sooner than Thurs/Friday (when they hit the stands in my area) please post.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=4600027

Updated: October 27, 2009, 5:03 PM ET
Agassi says he used crystal meth in '97
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ESPN.com news services
Andre Agassi used crystal meth while he was playing professional tennis, according to a new autobiography to be released next month.


Agassi
The information was confirmed by the director of media relations at Knopf, a division of Random House which is publishing the book, according to a report in the New York Daily News. It was first publicized widely by Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch in a Twitter post.

The Daily News said that the year was 1997.

"FYI: There's an off-the-charts book excerpt from Andre Agassi in the forthcoming SI: He admits to taking crystal meth during his career," Deitsch wrote Tuesday morning. The post was later deleted. The excerpt of the book is due out later this week in Sports Illustrated and People magazines.

"Those excerpts contain revelations about Andre's use of crystal meth when he was a tennis player," said Paul Bogaards of Knopf, according to the Daily News.

Agassi had won the Olympic gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Games, but didn't win a major in 1997. His next major came at the 1999 French Open. He won the U.S. Open later that year and went on to win three more Australian Open titles before retiring in 2006. He won more than $30 million in his career, and eight major singles titles.

He is currently married to former Grand Slam champion Steffi Graf. They have two children.

The book, titled "Open: An Autobiography," is due out on Nov. 9.

Jessyka
10-27-2009, 10:52 PM
Thanks for the video and the article!

I can't wait to read his book!

karenpoon
10-28-2009, 02:34 AM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6892979.ece

camilia
10-28-2009, 01:49 PM
Thanks for the articles, somehow that doesn't suprise me!

karenpoon
10-28-2009, 02:39 PM
This week's edition of People Magazine

juliehardwick
10-30-2009, 02:15 AM
Did any of you used to go to the Agassi board on peoplesforum before it crashed? Anyone know where those people went (if anywhere...)? That was a lively group.

I lurk here but have been amazed there haven't been hundreds of postigs the last couple of days. Here are Friday's book excerpts from the London Times.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6896029.ece

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6896056.ece

camilia
10-30-2009, 07:38 AM
Did any of you used to go to the Agassi board on peoplesforum before it crashed? Anyone know where those people went (if anywhere...)? That was a lively group.

I lurk here but have been amazed there haven't been hundreds of postigs the last couple of days. Here are Friday's book excerpts from the London Times.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6896029.ece

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6896056.ece

Yah, that's strange, isn't it?!
Thanks for the links :)

camilia
10-30-2009, 07:39 AM
OMG Jess I love your avi :hearts:

Jessyka
10-30-2009, 12:40 PM
Thanks for the links, juliehardwick!

OMG Jess I love your avi :hearts:

Steffi was such a cutie pie when she was little, wasn't she? :hearts:

camilia
10-30-2009, 03:42 PM
Thanks for the links, juliehardwick!



Steffi was such a cutie pie when she was little, wasn't she? :hearts:

She was indeed :)

Jessyka
10-30-2009, 08:55 PM
grafans92 posted this on Steffi's thread:

Agassi's tell-all admission admirable

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4608557&name=bodo_peter

Stephan
10-31-2009, 02:44 AM
October 29, 2009, 2:10 AM ET
Do Agassi's mistakes tarnish legacy?

Comment Email Print Share By Bonnie D. Ford
ESPN.com

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=ford_bonnie_d&id=4602910

yoguis
10-31-2009, 03:41 AM
Thanks for the articles!! ;)

karenpoon
10-31-2009, 02:29 PM
People Magazine – November 9, 2009

ANDRE AGASSI OPENS UP

In a stunningly candid memoir, tennis champ Andre Agassi discusses his marriage to Brooke Shields, the truth about his famous hair – and how crystal meth nearly derailed his career.

He was the athlete as rock star, a cocky rebel with shaggy locks and go-for-broke style. Yet Andre Agassi’s wild-child image – and a burning drive that earned him eight Grand slams titles – masked an inner torment he kept hidden throughout his 20- year career and which he reveals only now in his autobiography, Open. “If you’re going to tell your story, you owe it to yourself to tell it honestly,” Agassi, 39, explained to PEOPLE’s Alex Tresniowski. “Especially if you’re going to call it Open.”

Agassi, who retired in 2006, says he spent thousands of hours “downloading my life and finding out the arc of it. I knew my stories, but what was my story?” He explored his deep ambivalence toward tennis and how his demanding father pushed him into the sport. “I never chose this life, so I resented it,” he says. “It came with a huge price tag.” In 1997 he dropped to no. 141 in the world rankings; by then he was already using crystal meth. “It was periodic for a year or so,” he says. “I can’t speak to addiction, but a lot of people would say that if you’re using anything as an escape, you have a problem.” Scared straight after flunking a drug test, he quite and rededicated himself to his sport – and found happiness with Steffi Graf, whom he married in 2001 (they live in Las Vegas with their children Jaden, 8, and Jaz, 6.)

Agassi says he consulted with first wife Brooke Shields before writing about their rocky two-year marriage. “We spent many hours [on it],” he says. “A lot of our recollections were the same, but not the interpretations.” In the end, he says, Shields complimented “the beautiful nature” of the book. “I tried to turn a harder lens on myself,” says Agassi, “than on anyone else.”

I’m seven years old, talking to myself, because I’m scared, and because I’m the only person who listens to me. Under my breath I whisper: Just quit, Andre, just give up. Put down your racket and walk off this court, right now. Wouldn’t that feel like heaven?

But I can’t/ Not only would my father chase me around the house with my racket, but something in my gut won’t let me. I hate tennis, hate it with all my heart, and still I keep playing, because I have no choice. I keep begging myself to stop, and I keep playing, and this gap, this contradiction between what I want to do and what I actually do, feels like the core of my life. My arm feels like it’s going to fall off. I want to ask, How much longer, Pops?

No answer.

I get an idea. Accidentally on purpose, I hit a ball high over the fence. I catch it on the rim of the racket, so it sounds like a misfire. My father sees the ball leave the court. He curses. But he heard the ball hit wood, so he knows it was an accident. He stomps out of the yard. I now have four and a half minutes to catch my breath and watch the hawks circling overhead.

My father likes to shoot hawks with his rifle. He doesn’t like them because they swoop down on mice and other defenseless creatures. He can’t stand the thought of something strong preying on something weak. Of course he has no qualms about preying on me.

Agassi quits school in the ninth grade and turns pro at 16. His looks and style attract nearly as much attention as his game – particularly his hair, which he wears long. In fact, he is going prematurely bald and has to wear a hairpiece, even while playing.

The night before the 1990 French Open, I’m taking a shower and I feel my hairpiece suddenly disintegrate in my hands. The weave is coming undone – the damned thing is falling apart. I summon my brother Philly to my hotel room. Disaster, I tell him. My hairpiece – look! He examines it. We’ll clip it in place, he says.

He runs all over Paris looking for bobby pins. He can’t find any. In the hotel lobby he bumps into Chris Evert and asks her for bobby pins. She doesn’t have any. At last he finds a bag full. He helps me reconfigure the hairpiece and set it in place. Will it hold? I ask. Yeah, yeah. Just don’t move around a lot. We both laugh.

Of course I could play without my hairpiece. But after months of derision, criticism, mockery, I’m too self-conscious. Image is Everything? What would they say if they knew? Win or lose, they wouldn’t talk about my game. They’d only talk about my hair. I can close my eyes and almost hear it. And I know I can’t take it.

Set up by a mutual friend, Agassi and actress Brooke Shields exchange faxes before their first date in Los Angeles shortly after Christmas 1993.

We go to a little Italian joint on San Vicente. We say most of the same things we’ve said by fax, but now, in person, over plates of pasta, they sound different, more intimate. There is nuance now, subtext, body language, and pheromones. Three hours pass in a millisecond.

We discover that, despite our outwardly different lives, we share similar starting points. She knows what it’s like to grow up with a brash, ambitious, abrasive stage parent. Her mother has been her manager since Brooke was eleven months old. The difference: her mother still manages her. And they’re nearly broke, because Brooke’s career is slumping. She does coffee commercials in Europe to pay the mortgage. She says things like this, startlingly candid. I wish I could be half as open. I can’t tell her much about my own torments, though I can’t avoid admitting that I hate tennis. She laughs. You don’t actually hate tennis.

Yes.

But you don’t hate hate it.

I do. I hate it.

My third date with Brooke. We’re kissing, on the verge, but first I need to tell her the truth about my hair. She can sense that I have something on my mind. What’s wrong? She asks.

I haven’t been completely honest with you.

We’re lying on a couch. I sit up, punch a pillow, take a breath.

Andre, what is it?

This isn’t easy to admit, Brooke. But, look, I’ve been losing my hair for quite some time and I wear a hair-piece to cover it up.

I reach out, take her hand, put it on my hairpiece. She smiles. I had a feeling, she says. It’s no big deal. It’s your eyes I find attractive. And your heart. Not your hair.

Shields persuades him to shave his head, to his great relief. But by then cracks are already starting to show in their relationship.

The producers of Friends have asked Brooke to [be a guest on the show]. The actor playing Joey seems like a nice enough guy. When the scene starts, however, I realize I’m going to have to kick his ass. Apparently the script calls for Brooke to grab Joey’s hand and lick it. But she takes it one step further, devouring his hand like an ice-cream cone. Brooke is laughing. Joey is laughing. I’m staring, wide-eyed. Brooke didn’t mention anything about hand licking. On the next take, Brooke takes Joey’s hand and puts it in her mouth, up to the knuckles. I jump out of my seat, push through a side door. Behind me comes Brooke. She grabs my arm and asks, Where are you going? I don’t want to watch you lick that man’s hand, I say. Don’t do this, Brooke says. Me? Me? I’m not doing anything. Go back and enjoy yourselves. Have some more hand. I’m out of here.

Despite escalating tensions, Agassi proposes and the couple set a date.

My wedding looms. I think all the time about postponing it, or calling it off altogether, but I don’t know how. One day I’m watching TV with Slim, my assistant. During a commercial Slim says, You want to get high with me?

High? On what?

Gack.

What the hell’s gack?

Crystal meth.

Why do they call it gack?

Because when you’re high, your mind is going so fast, all you can say is gack, gack, gack.

That’s how I feel all the time. What’s the point?

Make you feel like Superman, dude. I’m telling you.

As if they’re coming out of someone else’s mouth, I hear these words: You know what? Yeah. Let’s get high.

Slim dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, I snort some. There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness. Then comes a tidal wave of euphoria. I’ve never felt so alive, so hopeful – and above all, I’ve never felt such energy. I don’t sleep for two days. Playing weeks later, I struggle. Afterward, reporters ask if I’m OK. They’re actually concerned. Brooke is remarkably unconcerned. Her oblivion is partly due to the wedding planning, but also her rigorous premarital training regimen. For motivation, she tapes a photo on the refrigerator door. It’s a photo of the perfect woman, she says. The perfect woman with the perfect legs – the legs Brooke wants. The photo is Steffi Graf.

Agassi and Shields wed in April 1997. At the nearly 6-ft.- tall bride’s request, he’s wearing shoes with lifts.

That summer, Brooke is in Los Angeles, but I spend most of my time in Vegas. Slim and I get high a lot. Apart from the buzz of getting high, I get an undeniable satisfaction from harming myself and shortening my career. After decades of merely dabbling in masochism, I’m making it my mission. Then, in the fall of 1997, I get a phone call. It’s a man with a gruff voice. It’s my duty, he says, to inform you that you’ve failed the standard ATP [Association of Tennis Professionals] drug test. The urine sample you submitted has been found to contain trace amounts of crystal methylene. If you knowingly ingested the drug, you’ll be disciplined, of course. Three months’ suspension.

I write a letter to the ATP. I say Slim, whom I’ve since fired, often spikes his sodas with meth – which is true. I say that I drank accidentally from one of Slim’s spiked sodas. I don’t know what else to do but lie. I’ve never been so disgusted with myself. I tell [my coach] I’m done with drugs, I’ll never touch them again.

He’s true to his word. But his marriage to Shields remained troubled.

I’m sitting in our bathroom in Los Angeles, watching Brooke get ready to go out. Brooke accuses me of refusing to participate in her world. She says I’m not open to new experiences, new people. I could be rubbing elbows every night with geniuses – writers, artists, actors, musicians. But all I want to do is stay home, watch TV, and maybe, just maybe, have my friends over for dinner. I can’t lie. That does sound like a perfect night.

They divorce in 1999. That same year, Agassi connects with a fellow tennis champ who’d resisted his advances in the past – Steffi Graf.

[At the 2000 French Open, I lose in the second round.] Later I tell Stefanie that I don’t understand why I sometimes come apart – still. She gives me insights from her experience. Stop thinking, she says. Feeling is the thing. Feeling. It’s nothing I haven’t heard before. It sounds like a sweeter, softer version of my father. But when Stefanie says it, the words go deeper. Other times, Stefanie knows there is nothing to be said. She touches my cheek and tilts her hand and I see that she gets it – that she’s been there – and that’s enough.

Agassi and Graf begin dating, and in 2001 they announce she is pregnant.

It’s what we both wanted, and she’s delighted, but frightened too. So many changes. We go out dinner, to Matsuhisa. We sit holding hands, telling each other it’s going to be fantastic. I don’t realize until later that this is the same restaurant where it all unraveled with Brooke. Just like tennis. The same court on which you suffer your bloodiest defeat can become the scene of your sweetest triumph. After we’re done eating and crying and celebrating, I say: I guess we should get married. Her eyes widen. I guess so.

Agassi retires in 2006, finally giving up the game he both loved and hated. Then one day he and Graf – who have no tennis court in their Las Vegas home – drive to the local court for a pickup game.

I hit a screaming backhand – into the net. First backhand crosscourt I’ve missed in twenty years. For a moment it bothers me. I tell Stefanie it bothers me. I feel myself getting irritated. Then I laugh, and Stefanie laughs, and we begin again. Soon we’re having so much fun that when the rain comes, we don’t notice.

karenpoon
11-01-2009, 12:42 PM
Mike Agassi fed drugs to Andre?

Stephan
11-03-2009, 12:09 AM
Mike Agassi fed drugs to Andre?

"Andre Agassi in his 15th got all speed from his dad"
automatic translation dutch-to-english by means of google tool
http://www.hln.be/static/FOTO/pe/17/16/6/media_xl_2438496.jpg
The autobiography 'Open' of Andre Agassi continues to stir concern. Besides the use of "crystal meth" has eight times grand slam winner now giving even "speed" to have swallowed, received from his dad. According to publications of the book, which appears on November 9, shows that the American on his five tenths already the stuff Sat According to Sports Illustrated went to a tournament in Michigan, where "The Las Vegas Kid" grabbed the doubles title.
http://www.hln.be/static/FOTO/pe/15/12/7/media_l_2438152.jpg

Speed
Agassi describes how his older brother Phillip warned him for the white pills from Dad. "One night I had" Phillie "pills promise to paps not to take. I answered that for me he gave every match all Exedrin. Because a lot of caffeine Sat he knew and showed me a different kind of pills. The turned to "speed" to go. Phillie As predicted, Daddy gave me a pill for a national tournament in Chicago. A small, white, round pill. I took them and felt a little more alert. "
http://www.hln.be/static/FOTO/pe/16/13/8/media_l_2438153.jpg
Facts barred
Agassi used 'crystal meth' in 1997. He was caught doping, but in a letter to the ATP Agassi that he invented a wrong had been drinking cocktails. The ATP could only classify the case vertically. The World Anti Doping Agency (Wada) is not already set up with the new revelations. Because the limitation period of 8 years has elapsed since Agassi and his racket has long hung on the willow, the ATP and the ITF Agassi sporting nothing in the way. But Wada would like to see the tennis federations consider them the 39-year-old tennis hero can not prosecute for perjury. (dea)
02/11/09 22h39min

if i would be Andre i would not tell every one on his drugs-problems...:(:p

Jessyka
11-03-2009, 01:27 PM
Some brazilian news websites are saying that there's a possibility that Andre will lose the gold medal he won at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. :eek:

karenpoon
11-03-2009, 02:03 PM
why lose the gold medal? He wasn't into crystal meth at that time.

juliehardwick
11-03-2009, 02:25 PM
Way too much unfounded speculation in the media - kind of wild to me that even though it is a huge bombshell, the mdeia is so irrespondible. All these articles about possible investigations, penalties etc, including mass circulation of the WADA asking the ATP to take action. But almost no circulation of the not so salacious ITF response yesterday which anyone who knows anything about spotrs or drug testing could predict:

http://www.dnaindia.com/sport/report_difficult-to-take-action-against-agassi-itf_1306440

Stephan
11-03-2009, 04:39 PM
Game Recognizes Game: Pass the Asterisk to Andre Agassi

Posted 11/02/2009 at 3:44 PM by JFK

http://www.vibe.com/mt/andre%20agassi.jpg

Image may or may not be everything, but it's the unbridled truth tennis legend Andre Agassi is hoping will forever set his once tortured soul free.

The eight-time Grand Slam champ and former No. 1 player in the world has co-authored a new autobiography titled Open in which he candidly details a past that includes everything from rampant drug use and fake toupees to a simmering "hatred" for his hard-driving father.

"If you're going to tell your story, you owe it to yourself to tell it honestly," says Agassi, who admits to using crystal meth for "about a year or so," beginning in 1997 and only escaping suspension by lying to tour officials by insisting a failed drug test was the result of "unwittingly" consuming the spiked drink of an assistant.

Of his father, Agassi, writes, "he was violent by nature," recalling how he once pointed a gun at another motorist and regularly implored him to hustle people on the courts, among them NFL legend Jim Brown, whom he beat in a match for $500 when he was just nine-years-old.

While Agassi, who retired in 2006, has termed his revelations and the motivation behind them as purely cathartic, not everyone seems inclined to share his self-absolving view.

"Shocking," said singles record titleholder Martina Navratilova. "Not as much shock that he did it as shock he lied about it and didn't own up to it. He's up there with Roger Clemens, as far as I'm concerned."

Added current No. 1 Roger Federer, "it was a shock when I heard the news. I am disappointed and I hope there are no more such cases. Our sport must stay clean." --Glenn Minnis

karenpoon
11-05-2009, 06:17 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/reillygofish

camilia
11-05-2009, 05:58 PM
I disappear for a weak and when I come back, everybody is still talking about it :lol:

Jessyka
11-05-2009, 09:40 PM
Time review: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1934997,00.html

hélène
11-06-2009, 04:58 AM
Thanks for the article

Jessyka
11-06-2009, 04:05 PM
Andre Agassi is Still a Legend

http://www.sports-central.org/sports/2009/11/06/andre_agassi_is_still_a_legend.php

juliehardwick
11-06-2009, 07:30 PM
New(ly expanded) extract:

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307268198&view=excerpt&ref=rhtwt

LMason
11-06-2009, 10:29 PM
New(ly expanded) extract:

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307268198&view=excerpt&ref=rhtwt

That's a pretty amazing excerpt.

Nice article: How Andre Agassi Should Respond
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/285190-how-andre-agassi-should-respond-to-his-critics

karenpoon
11-07-2009, 03:33 AM
New(ly expanded) extract:

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307268198&view=excerpt&ref=rhtwt

Thanks :)

karenpoon
11-07-2009, 04:01 PM
http://www.fox5vegas.com/video/21542661/index.html

yoguis
11-08-2009, 01:33 AM
Thanks!:)

karenpoon
11-08-2009, 12:48 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/tennis/i-was-never-doped-up-on-court-agassi/2009/11/08/1257614959658.html

OrdinaryfoolisNJ
11-08-2009, 10:57 PM
New(ly expanded) extract:

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307268198&view=excerpt&ref=rhtwt

Thanks, Julie. I canNOT believe how well written this book appears to be. I'm totally drawn in by every excerpt. Not just because I love Andre, but because I can "feel" that "fly on the wall feeling" of where he's coming from through the words.

yoguis
11-09-2009, 12:48 AM
Andre Agassi's Extraordinary Journey
Tennis Star Speaks Candidly to "60 Minutes" About His Life, Career, Drug Use, and Incredible Comeback

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/11/05/60minutes/main5537569.shtml (video also there)

kati830728
11-09-2009, 11:27 AM
andre will be on letterman

Wednesday, November 11


Kate Walsh
(Private Practice)

Andre Agassi
(Book, "Open")

Norah Jones
(CD, "The Fall")

please can someone put that interview on youtube.I can´t watch the show here in germany

llama
11-09-2009, 01:36 PM
What a wonderful interview on 60 Minutes! Even my husband, who is definitely not a tennis fan, remarked on how classy Andre was. And I see this morning that Martina Navratilova is on the Morning Show trying to back-track and say that she "didn't mean to imply that Andre was like Roger Clemens - just that he "lied". Nice try Martina. Too little, too late. I have lost all respect for that woman. How many times has she asked for compassion during her ups and downs?

Chairpersons
11-09-2009, 02:30 PM
i know Martina Navratilova is an idiot! sure!

in india Cricket is very famous and as per my knowledge:- Kapil Dev and Martina Navratilova both are same type of personalities.

day by day,they loosing respect from me!

karenpoon
11-09-2009, 03:16 PM
Excerpts:-

Excerpt 1:- October 2001

In October 2001, 3 days before Stefanie is due to give birth, we invite our mothers and a Nevada judge to the house.

I love watching Stefanie with my mother. The 2 shy women in my life. Stefanie often brings her a couple ofnew jigsaw puzzles. And I adore Stefanie's mother, Heidi. She looks like Stefanie, so she had me at guten tag. Stefanie and I, barefoot and wearing jeans, stand before the judge in the courtyard. For wedding bands we use twists of old raffia Stefanie found in a drawer - the same stuff I used to decorate her first birthday card. Neither of us notices the coincidence until later.

My father insists he's not the least bit slighted by not getting an invite. He doesn't want an invite. The last thing he wants to do is attend a wedding. He doesn't like weddings. (He walked out in the middle of my first.) He doesn't care where or when or how I make Stefanie my wife, he says, so long as I do it. She's the greatest women's tennis player of all time, he says. What's not to like?

The judge runs through his legal rigmarole, and Stefanie and I are just about to say I do, when a team of landscapers arrive. I run outside and ask them to please turn off their lawnmowers and leaf blowers for 5 minutes so that we can get married. They apologized. One holds a finger over his lips.

By the power vested in me, the judge says, and at last, at long last, with 2 mothers and 3 landscapers looking on, Steffi Graf becomes Stefanie Agassi.

Excerpt 2:- Key Biscayne tournament - April 2002

"One morning Stefanie goes off to buy groceries and get in a fast workout. She dares to leave me alone with Jaden. My first time flying soll.

You two going to be OK? she asks.

Of course.

I sit Jaden on the bathroom counter, lean him against the mirror, let him play with my toothbrush while I get ready. He likes to suck on the toothbrush while watching me shave my head with the electric shearers.

I ask him, What do you think of your bald daddy?

He smiles.

You know, son, I was once like you: long hair flowing in every direction.You're not fooling anyone with that comb-over.

He smiles wider, no idea what I'm saying, of course.

I measure his hair with my fingers.

Actually, you look a little ratty there, buddy. You could use a clean-up. I put a different attachment on the shearer, the attachment for trimming. When I run the shearer across Jaden's little head, however, it leaves a bright stripe of scalp down the middle, as white as the baseline.

Wrong attachment.

Stefanie will murder me. I need toe ven this boy's hair out before she gets home. But in my frantic attempt to even out the hair, I make it shorter. Before I know what's happened, my son is balder than I. He looks like Mini-me.

When Stefanie comes through the door she stops in her tracks and stares, saucer-eyed. What the --? Andre, she says, what on earth is the matter with you? I leave you alone for forty-five minutes and you shave the baby?

Then she lets fly a burst of histrionic German.

I tell her it was an accident. The wrong attachment. I beg her forgiveness.

I know, I say, it looks like I did it on purpose. I know I'm always joking abut wanting to shave the world.But honest, Stefanie, this was a mistake.

I try to remind her of that old wives' tale, that if you shave a child's head the hair will grow back faster and thicker, but she holds up a hand and starts laughing. She's bent over laughing. Now Jaden is laughing at Mommy laughing. Now we're all giggling, rubbing Jaden's head and mine, joking that the only one left is Stefanie, and she'd better sleep with one eye open. I'm laughing too hard to speak, and days later, in the final of Key Biscayne, I beat Federer. It's a good win. He's as hot as anyone on tour. He came into this tournament with 23 wins so far this year.

It's my 51st tournament victory, my 700th victory overall. And yet I have no doubt I'll remember this tournament less for beating Federer than for that one belly laugh. I wonder if the luahg had something to do with the win. It's easier to be free and loose, to be yourself, after laughing with the ones you love. The right attachments."

Stephan
11-09-2009, 09:05 PM
Real funny part...:)
thanx Karenpoon :wavey:

Jessyka
11-09-2009, 09:18 PM
From amazon.com bestsellers list today:

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/backup674/Misc/amazon.jpg

yoguis
11-09-2009, 10:49 PM
Thanks Karenpoon! love the Excerpt 2 :lol::D

Jessyka
11-10-2009, 09:26 AM
Book-signing turnout amazes Agassi

http://media.lvrj.com/images/4001794.jpg

http://media.lvrj.com/images/4001798.jpg

http://www.lvrj.com/sports/book-signing-turnout-amazes-agassi-69639387.html


Agassi tapping into his reputation capital

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4637551&name=bodo_peter

djul
11-10-2009, 12:36 PM
Safin just destroyed AA in today's L'Equipe, but as Marat is Marat it's not that surprising.

Jessyka
11-10-2009, 01:42 PM
The Spiegel interview translated:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/...660148,00.html

karenpoon
11-10-2009, 03:15 PM
Practice session at Key Biscayne in 1999

The next tournament where Steffi and I are both scheduled to play is Key Biscayne. Brad tells me to relax, he’ll get me close. He knows Steffi’s coach, Heinz Gunthardt. He’ll talk to Heinz about setting up a practice session.

The moment we arrive in Key Biscayne, Brad phones Heinz, who’s surprised by the proposition. He says no. He says Steffi would never agree to break her regular preparation schedule for a practice session with a stranger. She’s too regimented. Also she’s shy. She’d be highly uncomfortable. But Brad is persistent, and Heinz must have some trace of romantic in him. He suggests Brad and I book the court for right after Steffi’s practice session, then arrive early. Heinz will then casually suggest that Steffi hit a few balls with me.

It’s all set, Brad says. High noon. You. Me. Steffi. Heinz. Let’s get this party started.


On the appointed day, Brad and I get to the court 40 minutes early. I’ve never been so breathless. I’ve played 7 times in the final of a Grand Slam and I never felt like this. We find Heinz and Steffi deeply absorbed in their practice session. We stand off to the side, watching. After a few minutes Heinz calls to Steffi to the net and says something to her. He points to us.

She looks.

I smile.

She doesn’t.

She says a few words to Heinz, and Heinz says a few words, and then she shakes her head. But when she jogs back to the baseline, Heinz waves me onto the court.

I tie my shoes quickly. I pull a racket out of the bag and walk onto the court – then impulsively whip off my shirt. It’s shameless, I realize, but I’m desperate. Steffi looks and does a barely detectable double take. Thank you, Gil.

We start to hit. She’s flawless, of course, and I’m struggling to get the ball over the net. The net is your biggest enemy. Relax, I tell myself. Stop thinking. Come on, Andre, it’s only a practice session.

But I can’t help myself. I’ve never seen a woman so beautiful. Standing still, she’s a goddess; in motion, she’s poetry. I’m a suitor, but also a fan. I’ve wondered for so long what Steffi Graf’s forehand feels like. I’ve watched her on TV and at tournaments and I’ve wondered how that ball feels when it comes flying off her racket. A ball feels different off every player’s racket – there are minute but concrete subtleties of force and spin. Now, hitting with her, I feel her subtleties. It’s like touching her, though we’re 40 feet apart. Every forehand is foreplay.

She hits a series of backhands, carving up the court with her famous slice. I need to impress her with my ability to take that slice and do whatever I want with it. But it’s harder than I thought. I miss one. I yell to her: you’re not going to get away with that again!

She says nothing. She hits another slice. I sit down on my backhand and hit the ball as hard as I can.

She nets the return.

I yell: That shot pays a lot of bills for me!

Again, nothing. She merely hits the next one deeper and slicier.

Generally, during my practice sessions, Brad likes to keep busy. He chases balls, offers pointers, runs his mouth. Not this time. He’s sitting in the umpire chair, his eyes peeled, a lifeguard on a shark-infested beach.

Whenever I look in his direction he mutters one word. Beautiful.

Around the edges of the court, people are beginning to gather, to gawk. A few photographers snap photos. I wonder why. Is it the rarity of a male and female player practicing? Or is it that I’m catatonic and missing every 3rd ball? From a distance, it looks as if Steffi is giving a lesson to a shirtless, grinning mute.

After we hit for 1 hour and 10 minutes, she waves and comes to the net.

Thank you very much, she says.

I trot to the net and say, The pleasure was all mine.

I manage to act nonchalant, until she starts to use the net post to stretch out her legs. All the blood rushes to my head. I need to do something physical or I might lose consciousness. I’ve never stretched before, but now seems like a good time to start. I put a leg on the net post and pretend my back is flexible. We stretch, talk about the tour, complain about the travel, compare notes on different cities we’ve enjoyed.

I ask, What’s your favorite city? When tennis is over, where do you imagine living?

Oh. It’s a tie, I think. Between New York and San Francisco.

I think: Have you ever thought of living in Las Vegas?

I say: My 2 favorites also.

She smiles. Well, she says. Thanks again.

Any time.

We do the European double-cheek kiss.

kati830728
11-11-2009, 11:08 AM
When did he tell his wife, Steffi Graf, about the crystal meth use and what was her reaction? Early in their relationship in 1999, said Agassi, and she teared up.

kati830728
11-11-2009, 11:09 AM
andre will be on letterman today.can someone post the interview on youtube?
i think he is also on regis&kelly today.

Jessyka
11-11-2009, 11:35 AM
andre will be on letterman today.can someone post the interview on youtube?
i think he is also on regis&kelly today.

I second that request.

kati830728
11-11-2009, 11:52 AM
http://www.accesshollywood.com/andre-agassi-responds-to-former-rival-pete-sampras-comments-on-agassis-alleged-drug-use_article_25363

karenpoon
11-11-2009, 01:33 PM
http://www.vegasdeluxe.com/blogs/luxe-life/2009/nov/10/photo-gallery-andre-agassi-opens-drugs-dark-places/

Jessyka
11-11-2009, 01:45 PM
http://blog.beliefnet.com/idolchatter/2009/11/just-about-everyone-i-know.html

yoguis
11-11-2009, 02:24 PM
andre will be on letterman today.can someone post the interview on youtube?
i think he is also on regis&kelly today.

I think we can see the letterman show (live) here http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-cbs.html but don´t know the hour when the show starts.

Jessyka
11-11-2009, 07:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNgtIkDvsxk

karenpoon
11-12-2009, 01:48 AM
http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/tennis/newk-serves-up-some-love-for-agassi/2009/11/12/1257615112723.html

kati830728
11-12-2009, 03:04 AM
Does someone has seen regis & kelly?
Does someone has a video from the interview?

yoguis
11-12-2009, 04:15 AM
I think we can see the letterman show (live) here http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-cbs.html but don´t know the hour when the show starts.

maybe its too late and not live, but you can see andre on letterman right now using that link:)

kati830728
11-12-2009, 12:04 PM
has someone a video from andre at letterman and from regis&kelly?

Jessyka
11-12-2009, 01:51 PM
I'll try to get Andre on Letterman today, and IF I get it I'll upload it on You Tube (if it isn't there already).

karenpoon
11-12-2009, 02:27 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/danpatrick/blog/85821/

Jessyka
11-12-2009, 08:24 PM
Here's what's on You Tube, it's not complete, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qksUqfazcs

karenpoon
11-13-2009, 12:05 AM
Does anyone has the complete interview on Letterman?

Stephan
11-13-2009, 02:36 AM
David Letterman - Andre Agassi's Hair Farewell
Video:
http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/video/?pid=ORdjLB2nSdTUwj5PQVhHB5lShbRq6TQZ&vs=Big%20Show%20Highlights&play=true
http://thumbnails.cbsig.net/CBS_Production_Entertainment/242/777/ls_bsh_20091111_140x80.jpg
very funny part...:)

yoguis
11-13-2009, 02:41 AM
No regrets, Agassi wrote tell-all for his kids

NEW YORK, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Andre Agassi said he has no regrets about baring his life in his recently published memoirs and his use of crystal meth despite criticism from the tennis community, adding that his wife Steffi Graf was proud of him.

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylc=X3oDMTB0aGd0MXFpBF9TAzIxNTExMDUEZW1haWxJ ZAMxMjU4MDc1MDk5?slug=reu-agassi_interview_pix&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Stephan
11-13-2009, 05:33 PM
Andre's autobiography makes him again very popular... (here in forum too) :)

Does some one know?
Has Steffi in plan to issue also something "Open"? :)

Jessyka
11-13-2009, 07:46 PM
Does some one know?
Has Steffi in plan to issue also something "Open"? :)

I doubt it. She's very, very private.

But I'd love to read it.

djul
11-13-2009, 09:12 PM
Andre's autobiography makes him again very popular... (here in forum too) :)

Does some one know?
Has Steffi in plan to issue also something "Open"? :)

Steffi ? A book ? No. I think it's impossible.
In 25 years she made something like (allez) 3 interviews in which she talked private things so :o
And if there is one, one day, it will probably be entitled "double locked from the inside" or "do not disturb" :p

Jessyka
11-13-2009, 11:37 PM
Steffi ? A book ? No. I think it's impossible.
In 25 years she made something like (allez) 3 interviews in which she talked private things so :o
And if there is one, one day, it will probably be entitled "double locked from the inside" or "do not disturb" :p


:lol:

Yes, but I can't help but imagine what it would be like to read something that open about her. What she was feeling, what she was thinking at times... do you think we would have as many surprises as we had with Andre? :lol:

Stephan
11-14-2009, 03:42 AM
Steffi ? A book ? No. I think it's impossible.
In 25 years she made something like (allez) 3 interviews in which she talked private things so :o
And if there is one, one day, it will probably be entitled "double locked from the inside" or "do not disturb" :p

Steff is clever, she will not write such private things...
if she would write something "Open" ...
it could be too "open" ...
i'm not sure i would like to know about :p


p.s. just joking

djul
11-14-2009, 10:14 AM
Steff is clever, she will not write such private things...
if she would write something "Open" ...
it could be too "open" ...
i'm not sure i would like to know about :p


p.s. just joking

More open than andre's book, it's impossible I think :o
And if you wouldn't like to know it's because you are affraid :
"1990 : this stupid american tennis player with strange hair and pink clothes is turning around, so annoying":p:devil:

camilia
11-14-2009, 11:25 AM
Andre's autobiography makes him again very popular... (here in forum too) :)

Does some one know?
Has Steffi in plan to issue also something "Open"? :)

Highly doubtful :p

I doubt it. She's very, very private.

But I'd love to read it.

I do love to read it too :awww:

Steffi ? A book ? No. I think it's impossible.
In 25 years she made something like (allez) 3 interviews in which she talked private things so :o
And if there is one, one day, it will probably be entitled "double locked from the inside" or "do not disturb" :p

:haha: convient title though:angel:

:lol:

Yes, but I can't help but imagine what it would be like to read something that open about her. What she was feeling, what she was thinking at times... do you think we would have as many surprises as we had with Andre? :lol:

Just imagine :p

Jessyka
11-14-2009, 11:35 AM
"1990 : this stupid american tennis player with strange hair and pink clothes is turning around, so annoying":p:devil:


:lol: :lol: :lol:


Remember that interview from 1992 (I think) where she said something like: 'That Andre Agassi leaves me completely cold'?


:lol: :lol: :lol:

irma
11-14-2009, 11:39 AM
But if Steffi has dark secrets and she would reveal them it would be even more shocking then Andre's since Steffi was always seen as a good, sometimes a little bit sad girl (woman) surrounded by money hunger people and her dogs.

Jessyka
11-14-2009, 12:41 PM
But if Steffi has dark secrets and she would reveal them it would be even more shocking then Andre's since Steffi was always seen as a good, sometimes a little bit sad girl (woman) surrounded by money hunger people and her dogs.

Especially if it was sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Steffi always had some kind of a 'naive girl' image. Very focused on tennis, no time for anything else.

Sometimes I don't really believe that people were so shocked about Andre's revelations because he's always been the rebel, the bad boy. I'm not saying that I wasn't shocked, because I was a little bit, and I think that's funny.

kati830728
11-14-2009, 01:13 PM
does someone has seen andre on the regis & kelly show?

Jessyka
11-14-2009, 01:33 PM
does someone has seen andre on the regis & kelly show?

I can't find it anywhere.

irma
11-14-2009, 01:44 PM
According to a booksite the Dutch translation of Andre's book will be released this monday, but Andre won't come to Amsterdam(or Europe in general) till december so I am not sure if it's really released in two days.

kati830728
11-14-2009, 06:17 PM
Can someone buy the vogue edition with andre and stefanie and post it here?

Jessyka
11-14-2009, 11:06 PM
I just uploaded the complete David Letterman interview:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StDwxwOka9k
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cSGfk3n70M

Jessyka
11-14-2009, 11:16 PM
From The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/sports/tennis/15vecsey.html

Ilovetheblues_86
11-14-2009, 11:27 PM
Oi Jessyka

Jessyka
11-15-2009, 09:38 AM
Oi Jessyka

Olá!

OrdinaryfoolisNJ
11-15-2009, 10:40 PM
Especially if it was sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Steffi always had some kind of a 'naive girl' image. Very focused on tennis, no time for anything else.

Sometimes I don't really believe that people were so shocked about Andre's revelations because he's always been the rebel, the bad boy. I'm not saying that I wasn't shocked, because I was a little bit, and I think that's funny.

First, "Open" is pretty darned good. I only wish Andre had spoken more of his sister, Rita, who I've always wondered about--but I suspect that Rita Agassi Gonzalez is even MORE private than Stefanie Graf!

I have one question about the book -- why doesn't Andre mention that December 1998 chance meeting between him and Stef in that German airport?! I always thought that (along with how he handled his renaissance in 1998) was key in her changing her mind about him as a person. They never mention it. Not in interviews,nothing. It makes me wonder...


I never saw Stef as "niave," but rather as a dark and troubled inward personality. At least before Andre(now she's blossomed and HOW!). Maybe a little bit self conscious, because even though she is self educated, I sense perhaps she had the same pain of her lack of formal education that Andre has.

But there is so much I'd like to know beyond the matches. Like, how she managed to hide her first ever romance over several years with the Jewish photographer from NYC starting when she was about 18!!! About dealing with her father's problems while she was trying to concentrate on her gamel, and how they managed to keep what must have been an "open" secret secret until the "baby mama" drama exposed it all. About how most people wrote back in the day that Stef was immature until the mid 90's when she was forced to emotionally mature when separated from Peter, and how she did it so very well. Her anger at how people saw her dad. Her relationships with her mother and brother. Mostly, her relationship with Alfans Graf (or was there one...),himself a former nationally admired athlete. So many interesting things I'd like to know about Stef.

My favorite interview ever with Stef is of her talking about her depression and her dark side in 1992. Her dark room, her fascination with the color black. I didn't really like Graf very much until I read that interview just a year ago. Reading that, I changed my entire perception of her as a woman and as a player, and it started my current fascination with her career. Before reading that one interview, I thought she and Monica were cold fish, and the death of women's tennis for me (really, Chrissie retiring was the death...until the WS came along).

Reading between the lines of what is out there, I bet Stef couldn't write the book that Andre wrote because she couldn't stand to hurt and out her family. Her dad's story alone (I WISH I could see that documentary on him aired in Germany not long ago) is filled with dark angst from being the child of a troubled marriage during and after the Nazi era. Strangely (or maybe not so), Peter Graf nearly did the SAME thing to Heidi and his own children that his father did to his own wife and son. THAT I find really interesting from a psychological point of view.

If one has read that great interview with Heidi where she opened up on how the destruction of her family nearly did her in...

Frankly, Stef's story would probably be JUST as moving as Andre's if not more so because of the angst of family having gone through the war and it's aftermath in Germany, and what I personally perceive is a girl stuck inside herself (loved the title that D assigned her). Locked in and unable to get out...that's how I see Graf for many years. I remember reading articles where the writers said there was no way to know if Stef would have a happy ending...boy, has her life evolved lovingly and positively. Her success (for me) is more about her evolution off the court than on. The same with Andre.

But in the Spiegel interview, Dre clearly says that he only shared things of Stef that she was somewhat comfortable with, and that he held what she holds dear and private, private. So, we can forget any kind of books I think.

But, I often write Pete Bodo and beg him to write Stef's autobio. She wouldn't have to be so "open" to please me, but could be "closed" and write a bio like Sampras'. IT would be enough to read about the time line and her feelings about tennis (of course, her personal life would have effected that...but she could skim as much as she liked...others have and do!). But, maybe in Stef's case it wouldn't be honest. No way she can talk about certain things without sharing the pain of disappointment of her father and her mother and her grandparents before them. No way.

I'm so proud of Andre. I've read many a tennis story and autobiography, and this one is by far one of the most revealing. Even though, I find some inconsistencies in the book.

One thing, I'm betting the farm that Brooke Shields will write "openly" one day about her point of view of that marriage (now that Andre has opened that particularly "honesty" door). There's always two sides to a marriage story.

Regardless of what Andre writes about Brooke that is negative, she has to be one HELL of a good sport to agree that Dre share his feelings about her and their marriage as "openly" as he has. It has to pain her to read some of that stuff. He also leaves out a lot of the pain Brooke felt at Mike's rejection of her (which explains why she didn't particularly like to visit Vegas too often!!!!).

Also, Brooke was RIGHT about Perry it seems. Now Andre and Perry are "divorced" with (apparently) no love lost between Stefanie and Perry! Brooke wasn't all wrong it seems.

juliehardwick
11-15-2009, 11:25 PM
All true.

However - BS - I agree he seems to have protect Graf very carefully in this book - remarkably little in fact about her in the coverage of the time period of their years together whereas he did not feel the same need to protect BS. (Although generally the pre 99 years are far more fully explored than the post 99 ones.) I'm wondering also if she'll have her say as Tatum O'Neal did after the McEnroe book (cover story in People for that riposte if I recall...). However since she hasn't said a word these last couple of weeks and apparently he did consult her, perhaps she won't. It makes you wonder what she had him take out.

BUT overall, I have to say it seems to me (not having read the whole yet) that BS comes out of this better than she was before in this sense - the common line for the last decade it seems to me of his renaissance has been that BS ruined him, all her fault etc. Now it's quite clear to everyone that he was doing himself in ... she wasn't helping but she certainly wasn't the cause. So no more how the actress ruined the tennis player stories... Perhaps she thinks that too. I think she has something to lose by trashing him in public too whereas O-Neal had nothing to lose with her whole litany of problems well known. We'll see.

Ilovetheblues_86
11-16-2009, 01:27 AM
Olá!

You are only fan of Agassi? i see your few posts are on his forum.

irma
11-16-2009, 04:59 AM
Steffi tried so hard to keep her privat life privat especially before Andre and of course Andre will respect that
It's not only about them anymore but also about the kids

I am already surprised that he is allowed to talk about their first date or the incident with dad one and dad two.

Stephan
11-16-2009, 08:04 AM
Steffi tried so hard to keep her privat life privat especially before Andre and of course Andre will respect that
It's not only about them anymore but also about the kids

I am already surprised that he is allowed to talk about their first date or the incident with dad one and dad two.

Andre & Steffi are absolutely different in this parameter:
Steffi is really very "closed" person,
Andre wants to be "Open"

Look on these pictures - such emotional man cannot be very closed::):p

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01512/andre_agassi2_1512127c.jpg
http://cdn.picapp.com/ftp/Images/a/1/a/f/Andre_Agassi_Charitable_ff9c.jpg

Jessyka
11-16-2009, 09:03 AM
But there is so much I'd like to know beyond the matches. Like, how she managed to hide her first ever romance over several years with the Jewish photographer from NYC starting when she was about 18!!! About dealing with her father's problems while she was trying to concentrate on her gamel, and how they managed to keep what must have been an "open" secret secret until the "baby mama" drama exposed it all. About how most people wrote back in the day that Stef was immature until the mid 90's when she was forced to emotionally mature when separated from Peter, and how she did it so very well. Her anger at how people saw her dad. Her relationships with her mother and brother. Mostly, her relationship with Alfans Graf (or was there one...),himself a former nationally admired athlete. So many interesting things I'd like to know about Stef.

Very interesting post. I agree with you on so many points.

I highlighted that part of your post, because that's exactly what I feel, and what I'm curious about. But I believe that's something we'll never find out.


You are only fan of Agassi? i see your few posts are on his forum.

I love tennis in general, but I'm only comfortable posting here for now. ;)

kati830728
11-16-2009, 11:28 AM
andre will be on ellen degeneres.

Thursday, November 19
SIMON BAKER I sure have a lot of good-looking neighbors here on the WB lot -- the gorgeous SIMON BAKER films the hit show "The Mentalist" just a few stages over from mine. He's so cute and sexy, and I love having him here. Then, in one year, LEONA LEWIS went from being "The X-Factor" winner to becoming a huge pop star. You probably know all the words to "Bleeding Love," and now she's here to perform her new hit. Also, my friend, tennis star ANDRE AGASSI just wrote a new book, and a lot of people are surprised by some of his revelations. He'll be here to tell us all about it

Jessyka
11-16-2009, 01:24 PM
andre will be on ellen degeneres.

Thursday, November 19
SIMON BAKER I sure have a lot of good-looking neighbors here on the WB lot -- the gorgeous SIMON BAKER films the hit show "The Mentalist" just a few stages over from mine. He's so cute and sexy, and I love having him here. Then, in one year, LEONA LEWIS went from being "The X-Factor" winner to becoming a huge pop star. You probably know all the words to "Bleeding Love," and now she's here to perform her new hit. Also, my friend, tennis star ANDRE AGASSI just wrote a new book, and a lot of people are surprised by some of his revelations. He'll be here to tell us all about it

That's great! Thanks for the info!

djul
11-16-2009, 01:24 PM
Steffi tried so hard to keep her privat life privat especially before Andre and of course Andre will respect that
It's not only about them anymore but also about the kids

I am already surprised that he is allowed to talk about their first date or the incident with dad one and dad two.

100% agree, I was very surprised too.

kati830728
11-17-2009, 11:13 AM
does someone has read the vogue article?

Jessyka
11-17-2009, 11:33 AM
does someone has read the vogue article?

Is it out already?

irma
11-17-2009, 12:36 PM
Andre's book is a great read. I wonder if Roald Dahl knew Andre's dad when he wrote "the twits" :p

yoguis
11-17-2009, 02:51 PM
For Andre Agassi, life is an open book

http://www.miamiherald.com/459/story/1337054.html

Bashak
11-17-2009, 05:16 PM
There is going to be a chat session with Agassi on Tennis Channel Website:

Title: Andre Agassi Chat

Date: Thursday November 19, 2009
Time: 1:15PM EST
http://www.tennischannel.com/agassi_chat/

Jessyka
11-17-2009, 06:46 PM
There is going to be a chat session with Agassi on Tennis Channel Website:

Title: Andre Agassi Chat

Date: Thursday November 19, 2009
Time: 1:15PM EST
http://www.tennischannel.com/agassi_chat/


Thanks for the info!

LMason
11-17-2009, 11:28 PM
From npr.org:
I also have to stress: that Andre Agassi book is fantastic, and I am not a person who cares tremendously about tennis. He's very generous in the acknowledgments with his ghostwriter, and it's a good thing, because about three pages in, you will think, "Despite Agassi's name on the cover, if this was written by a tennis player, I am the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers."

Stephan
11-18-2009, 12:19 AM
From npr.org:
''''if this was written by a tennis player, I am the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers."

if this was written by just an ordinary tennis player...
Andre is the man, one of the best players of tennis history :)

juliehardwick
11-18-2009, 12:50 AM
Here's an interesting piece from the personal blog of a tennis journalist:

http://slh28.blogspot.com/2009/11/andre-agassi-imperfect-perfection.html?spref=tw

If any of you are signed up for the new agassiandre twitter (why are they reversing names on that?), maybe you could post the link there as I notice they're posting a variety of less obvious pieces as well as big news stories. (I'm not a twitter person...). I notice it does include passthrough notes as it were from Agassi himself as well as book stuff.

Jessyka
11-18-2009, 08:34 AM
Turns out, all Andre Agassi needed was . . . love

His harrowing autobiography notwithstanding, the tennis great appears to have achieved inner peace. Steffi Graf and their kids are a big part of that.


Andre Agassi is asked whether he is happy right now.

As he sits in an empty room at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, doing his part to promote his new autobiography "Open," looking forward to Thanksgiving in Las Vegas with the love of his life, Steffi Graf, with an outgoing 8-year-old son, Jaden, who is an aspiring baseball player and with an introspective 6-year-old daughter, Jaz, Agassi doesn't exactly answer the question.

"I find peace every day," he said Tuesday. "I try to enjoy the day, get the most out of each intersection."

Agassi's painfully honest book details what he calls his "love-hate" relationship with tennis, the sport that brought him fame and adulation but also was born of a tumultuous relationship with his hard-driving father, Mike.

In the book Agassi revealed that he had used the drug crystal meth in 1997 and failed an ATP tour drug test. Agassi's explanation -- he said he had accidentally ingested the drug by sipping on a soft drink given him by an assistant -- earned him a free pass 12 years ago.

"That wouldn't happen today," Agassi said. "With everything being looked at by WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency], I would have probably had to serve a suspension."

Agassi chronicled his emotional free fall at that time, one that occurred while he was married to actress Brooke Shields, and that ended with him ranked No. 141 and playing challenger tournaments.

The book is a love story. In the part where Agassi courts Graf, woos her with red roses and letters and constant voice mail messages, there is the sense of a grown-up man who found, all by himself, something to love.

This book is also a painful telling of the relentless need from an old-school father to make his son into a champion.

Agassi chronicles unending sessions of hitting tennis balls in the Las Vegas sun, of how his father built a contraption the young Agassi called "the dragon" that spit tennis balls at the child.

He writes of being sent to a tennis academy in Florida and of how he hated the sport, hated being good at it but also loving the sense of victory because it gave him respite from his father's demands.

Agassi said his father didn't want him to write the book, then read the book and told his son if he had it to do all over again, "He'd do things the same way," Agassi said. "Only maybe he'd have me play baseball or soccer instead. But we have a healthy communication. Me and the kids see him every weekend. We've reconciled to the degree we can be."

Agassi said Graf supported the retelling of everything, of the drug use, of his unhappy marriage to Shields and of his courting Graf. And, no, he said, the famously private Graf has not been inspired to tell her own story. "Never going to happen," Agassi said.

His biggest regret about the crystal meth use, Agassi said, was that he didn't tell the truth and ask for help at the time. "I wish I had been more open," he said. "I was depressed, was pursuing a career I didn't choose, I was 27 and in a marriage I didn't want to be in."

He also suggested that when a player fails a doping test for a recreational drug as opposed to a performance-enhancing substance, penalties should be different.

"One is cheating the sport, the other players and the fans," Agassi said. "The other is hurting only one person. Maybe we should be reaching out to help as well as punish."

source: LA Times

karenpoon
11-18-2009, 11:31 AM
does someone has read the vogue article?

Perfect Match

As his highly anticipated memoir hits stores, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf open up to Rebecca Johnson about their unlikely courtship, married life in Vegas – and why they no longer play tennis.

English is not Steffi Graf’s first language, but on the subject of the first roses Andre Agassi ever sent her, words came easily. “I wondered where they came from. Each rose was stunning. You felt every petal had reached the perfect moment of its bloom.” Sitting a few feet away from her in the empty dining room of a private golf club near the home they share with their two children in Las Vegas, Andre Agassi gets one of those goofily endearing “Isn’t my wife great?” smile on his face.” There was something special about those roses,” he agrees.

His timing, on the other hand, was not so good. Agassi was married to someone else, and the man standing next to Graf as she unwrapped the bouquet in her Fisher Island hotel room off the Florida coast was her then boyfriend, a German race-car driver who was not happy to see his girlfriend of seven years receive flowers from another man. “I didn’t know what to think,” she says diplomatically.

“She thought I was a dog.” Agassi interjects. Albeit a dog with a plan. “When she called to thank me for the flowers, I was going to explain,” he says, referring to his imminent divorce from the actress Brooke Shields. Graf never called, but the flowers did the trick. “He definitely got into my head,” she says.

Agassi has a way of doing that. There are players with more stellar records (his wife, for one), but when it comes to capturing the public’s attention, Andre Agassi, a scrappy kid from Vegas with a chip on his shoulder and a fire in his belly, has been packing the stadium ever since he turned pro at the age of sixteen. On his good days, Agassi was very, very good. As Graf says, “Andre has an eye for the ball like no one else. He was the best returner because he was able to take the ball earlier than anyone else.” But even on his bad days, the crowd adored him because he fought so hard and wore his emotions so openly. There were tears when he won and tears when he lost. Sportswriters may have hated his brash persona, but people who didn’t normally watch tennis suddenly started showing up to cheer the kid from Vegas on.

And then there was the visual spectacle. Before him, tennis players tended to look like investment bankers on a weekend in the Hamptons. Their hair was short; their clothes were white. Agassi’s mullet, denim shorts, and dangly earring made him the Madonna of tennis. Even Graf, who didn’t know him then, wasn’t sure what to make of him. “He brought a freshness to tennis,” she says, “but from the outside it was hard to tell if it’s him or marketing dreamed up by someone else.”

As Agassi reveals in Open, his autobiography published in November by Knopf, the bravura was nothing more than sheer terror. “I was scared to death,” he admits. “It turns out the greatest way to hide who you are is to wear a mullet. People will make assumptions about you that have nothing to do with who you are.”

“I like Andre without the hair,” Graf volunteers, “but it didn’t bother me. I was surprised that people made it such a big issue.”

“You didn’t judge me?” Agassi asks.

“No,” Graf answers.

“Thank you, baby.”

Open, which took him two and half years to write with the help of J.R. Moehringer, author of the memoir The Tender Bar, is like Agassi’s game itself – fast-paced, aggressive, and surprisingly vulnerable. From his descriptions of his scary father, the kind of person who pulls a gun during an incident of road rage, to his fractious relationship with mentor, Nick Bolletieri, a man with skin “the color of beef jerky” who doesn’t know tennis “all that well,” to his emotionally frigid marriage to Brooke Shields (“the most animated talks we have are about things”), Agassi holds little back. Poor Pete Sampras gets whacked for being a lousy tipper. And that kid who cheated on him at a juniors tournament 30 years ago? It’s payback time. Even tennis itself, the game that has made him a world-famous multimillionaire, takes a beating- “I hate tennis,” he writes in the introduction, “hate it with a dark and secret passion and always have.”

The frankness and score-settling make for entertaining reading, but they also make you wonder – is her nervous about being so, well, open? “There were skeletons in my closet, and I had to face that,” he answers. “But early in the process I had to commit internally to doing it full-on. Yes, it was hard. Yes, I do worry. I jumped from an airplane with this book, and I am in free fall. I just hope the parachute opens.”

Actually, Agassi seems to have very wisely married his parachute. He is the first to admit the relationship began with testosterone: “My first attraction to her was physical because she is hot.” Still true. At 40, Graf works out almost daily and looks as long, lean, and healthy as she did when she posed in a bathing suit for a 1997 issue of Sports Illustrated. But over the last eight years the relationship has evolved into a mature partnership centered on children, family, and charitable works. Graf focuses her attention on Children for Tomorrow, a nonprofit she founded in 1998 that runs projects in South Africa, Uganda, and Eritrea. Agassi, who admits to having been a lousy student himself, spends the majority of his time and energy on Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, the public charter school he started in an economically devastated patch of downtown Vegas. The $40 million campus now serves 650 students, with a waiting list of 800. Las Vegas might seem a stranger place for a couple that’s traveled the world to settle down, but Graf feels lucky to have Agassi’s extended family and her own mother and brother, a Web-site designer, living nearby: “Seeing all the kids growing up together, it doesn’t get much better than that.” As for Agassi, he says, sounding like he still can’t quite believe his luck, “If this relationship didn’t work out, I think every one of my friends would disown me.”

Nevertheless, when they first got together, the tennis world was shocked. Steffi Graf (she prefers Stefanie) and Andre Agassi? No way. If he was fire on the court, she was ice. Even though they played the same tournaments year after year, the two never really met, because organizers tended to schedule Graf’s matches in the morning and Agassi’s at night. The economics were simple – she would be done in an efficient 45 minutes, while he might go on all night. “They knew I would provide entertainment value,” he says. “It’s not that she didn’t use strategy. She was just such a better athlete. She had a gear that most women didn’t have. I didn’t have that luxury, so my opponents became more of an equation that I had to solve.” Agassi made tennis personal. When he was out there, battling for every last point, he hated his opponent with an intensity that had the crowd on the edge of its seat. Graf never saw tennis that way. “My challenge on the court was to push myself as hard as I could, to get to the next level,” she says. “That was more important than who I was playing against.”

Underneath the surface, however, there were similarities. Both went professional in their teens – Graf because she ran out of players good enough to challenge her; Agassi because, as his father put it, “You have an eighth-grade education. What are your choices?” There’s a reason the couple don’t have a tennis court at their house and don’t actively encourage the sport as a career for their children, Jaden Gil, eight, and Jaz Elle, six. Growing up in the bizarre bubble of professional tennis is not easy on a child. “It’s surreal and absurd world,” Agassi says. “You are experiencing world attention and success when you’re emotionally immature and undeveloped. You have no tools to deal with normal growth, let alone this odyssey.”

More profoundly, they share the distinction of having been raised by “difficult” fathers. Mike Agassi, a former Olympic boxer who lived on tips from his work as a captain in a Vegas casino, was so determined to make his son a champion, he insisted the seven year old boy hit 2,500 balls a day from a souped-up machine that spat them out at 110 miles per hour. Mornings, he would leave the house as if to drive the kids to school, only to take them to the local tennis courts instead, instructing them “not to tell their mother.” He once wagered the family house on a bet that Agassi, then nine, could beat a grown man in a tennis game. Now that Agassi himself is grown, he’s developed some sympathy for his father. “He wasn’t the guy who thought school was important. Work was important, and tennis was the work.” But it doesn’t take a therapist to understand Agassi might have come to hate the game of tennis.

Peter Graf, who quit his job as a car and insurance salesman once he realized his daughter’s talent, was notorious for arguing with referees or illegally coaching from the stands when Graf was a young player on the circuit. Once she started earning millions in endorsement deals, there was a scandal involving her father and a Playboy Playmate, followed by the bigger trauma of tax-evasion charges brought by the German government. Graf was eventually exonerated, but her father served two years in prison. The media frenzy set off by those events still seems to haunt the former champion. “I knew that being in the spotlight was part of being a professional athlete, but I was never comfortable with it,” she days. “I was OK when the focus was on me, but when the focus became my friends and family, I felt violated.” Her mother, a supportive presence who traveled with Graf on tour, eventually divorced her father, who still lives in Germany.

In the shadow of his father’s volatility, Agassi had trouble controlling his emotions, while Graf controlled hers all too well. Coming together as a couple has moderated both of them. “I admire that he is open to emotions,” Graf says. “It helps us in our relationship. I think it makes me more comfortable opening up.” Agassi agrees. “When we met, her governor came off her engine and came to mine.” The governor? “It’s a device on a car that keeps the engine from going too fast. She has always had one, and I didn’t. Now that the governor is on me, it’s a good thing.” Fans needn’t worry that their personalities have completely reversed. When the subject of Serena Williams’ unfortunate outburst at the recent U.S. Open arose, Graf’s response was as measured as you might expect: “As an athlete, it was hard to watch, but it was obviously a tough moment for her.” Agassi’s response, on the other hand, sounded like the governor was on vacation. “Utterly and completely out of line,” he fumed. (Nevermind that he once called a linesman a cocksucker.)

Open expertly captures the profoundly stressful job of professional tennis player, but nobody who hasn’t lived it can ever truly understand what it does to a person’s psyche. “I am surprised when people ask me about the ‘glamorous’ tennis life,” Graf says, “because it is really a demanding sport. You’re traveling twelve months a year, with no off-season. You have a coach and maybe a parent traveling with you, but there is limited opportunity for friends. It never stops. It’s not cruel” – Graf hesitates, searching for the right word – “but it’s excruciating.” Agassi agrees. “Emotionally, physically, mentally, it is so demanding. ‘Rest’ is the real example of what a grind it is. When you’re not playing, you have to just sit there and do nothing. You can’t go out in the sun; you can’t go out and do anything, because you are in training. I used to think I was moody, but then, after I retired, I realized, I’m not moody. It’s tennis that’s moody.

kati830728
11-18-2009, 09:55 PM
http://www.tennis-channel.tv/tennis/

juliehardwick
11-19-2009, 01:38 AM
Some great interviews today:

Ryan Seacrest (not a bad interviewer - go figure)

Larry Mantle - on public radio

Jim Rome - on espn

All the links via twitter.

Jessyka
11-19-2009, 08:48 AM
http://www.tennis-channel.tv/tennis/

Thanks for the link!

I put it on You Tube. ;)


Here's another article:
http://www.theskichannel.com/news/skinews/20091118/Andre-Agassi-kills-it-in-LA

Jessyka
11-19-2009, 11:23 AM
Books Men Want
oprah.com

Open
By Andre Agassi
400 pages; Knopf

In tennis, love means "nothing"—which is apparently what Andre Agassi felt for the game that made him famous. Over and over in Open, his heartfelt memoir, one of the most successful players of all time says he hates the sport. (Now happily married to fellow champion Steffi Graf, he doesn't exhibit much affection for his first wife, Brooke Shields, either.) Even more surprising, though, is the athlete's shockingly casual admission of his midcareer dabble in the drug crystal methamphetamine. Agassi's style is open, all right, and his book, like so many of his tennis games, is a clear winner.

kati830728
11-19-2009, 02:11 PM
can someone record andre on ellen degeneres? and put it on youtube

Jessyka
11-19-2009, 07:17 PM
can someone record andre on ellen degeneres? and put it on youtube

Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-zO-4953KA

Jessyka
11-19-2009, 08:12 PM
Andre on Good Day LA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3awzlCIaJM

yoguis
11-19-2009, 09:39 PM
Thanks everyone! :)

juliehardwick
11-20-2009, 02:10 AM
Great interview with Tavis Smiley:

http://www.podcastdirectory.com/podshows/6057655

kati830728
11-20-2009, 10:25 AM
andre will be on jimmy kimmel,monday november 23

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Professional tennis player Andre Agassi

karenpoon
11-20-2009, 04:18 PM
http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200911/20091119.html#

juliehardwick
11-20-2009, 05:52 PM
Another great interview - NY Book Review (which also gave it a great review in the new issue):

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/11/20/books/1247465759724/a-conversation-with-andre-agassi-.html?hp

OrdinaryfoolisNJ
11-20-2009, 08:10 PM
Let me tell you, the autograph that I got from Andre on my book looks nothing like the one in the NYTimes video interview! ;)!! Thanks for the video links, peeps. The Tavis Smiley was excellent!!! I'm so sorry I missed it. Heck, I've missed them all. I worked yesterday, so missed Ellen, I missed Dave, etc. I hope he does Larry King, that I hope NOT to miss (doubt it though, since he didn't do it when he was in LA).

There were tons of people at Borders, Century City, California (LA) on Wednesday night (Nov 18th), and most had multiple copies of the book (I had three - one for me, my daughter and son).

He looks smaller in size (not as bulky) than I'd expected. I can't say taller (although the guys behind me commented on how he seemed taller to them). He looks like the GOOD photos of himself--the younger looking ones--not the haggard ones. Not better, not worse, just like a great photo of himself. Even without hair, he grooms with precision. My daughter commented on how "shiny" his shaved head was. It WAS shiny!

Nice sexy voice, and he was sweet even though we only had about 6 seconds together. He was personable with every person even though there were so many people to greet, sign a book for, speak to. His signature was truncated (as I mention above), but only to be expected. I bet he will have a cramped tired signing hand when it's over (he probably had it at the end of Wednesday night).

All in all, I'm glad I took off work, stood in the cold (well, cold for LA) and went. I still would like the autographs of Steffi and Chrissie Evert -- but you know what, having Dre's is enough if I never meet his wife or my childhood hero, because he was so pleasant.

They wouldn't allow photos, so I only have a couple of not so great phone photos - which maybe I'll post later.

juliehardwick
11-21-2009, 02:49 AM
What fun!

karenpoon
11-21-2009, 12:43 PM
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/episodes/2009/11/11/segments/143284

karenpoon
11-21-2009, 02:36 PM
http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/authors/agassiaudio/

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780739358573

kati830728
11-23-2009, 02:26 PM
andre will be on jimmy kimmel today.Can someone please record it and put it on youtube?

Jessyka
11-24-2009, 10:01 AM
That's great that you had fun, OrdinaryfoolisNJ!

I got my copy of the book yesterday and I'm so excited!

karenpoon
11-24-2009, 01:59 PM
http://willworkforjustice.blogspot.com/2009/11/andre-agassi-open.html

On His Son: after his son threw a tennis ball at Agassi's dad, his dad told Agassi if his son ever did that again, he'd kick his butt so hard, his son wouldn't sh*t for a week. Agassi's son responded with more curiosity than fear, asking, "Is that possible?"

juliehardwick
11-24-2009, 05:38 PM
The twitter account is getting pretty active ("agassiandre" strangely), and they (publicity people obviously) have put up a Facebook page too:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andre-Agassi/201866934318#

juliehardwick
11-24-2009, 11:01 PM
Sounds a bit exasperated here...

http://www.insidetennis.com/2009/11/agassi-insists-steroids-criticizes-federer/

The Vogue is out. Nothing to add in the interview but a very lovely photograph - unusually romantic for Vogue and for a posed for public consumption photo of Graf and Agassi.

camilia
11-26-2009, 03:23 PM
Let me tell you, the autograph that I got from Andre on my book looks nothing like the one in the NYTimes video interview! ;)!! Thanks for the video links, peeps. The Tavis Smiley was excellent!!! I'm so sorry I missed it. Heck, I've missed them all. I worked yesterday, so missed Ellen, I missed Dave, etc. I hope he does Larry King, that I hope NOT to miss (doubt it though, since he didn't do it when he was in LA).

There were tons of people at Borders, Century City, California (LA) on Wednesday night (Nov 18th), and most had multiple copies of the book (I had three - one for me, my daughter and son).

He looks smaller in size (not as bulky) than I'd expected. I can't say taller (although the guys behind me commented on how he seemed taller to them). He looks like the GOOD photos of himself--the younger looking ones--not the haggard ones. Not better, not worse, just like a great photo of himself. Even without hair, he grooms with precision. My daughter commented on how "shiny" his shaved head was. It WAS shiny!
Nice sexy voice, and he was sweet even though we only had about 6 seconds together. He was personable with every person even though there were so many people to greet, sign a book for, speak to. His signature was truncated (as I mention above), but only to be expected. I bet he will have a cramped tired signing hand when it's over (he probably had it at the end of Wednesday night).

All in all, I'm glad I took off work, stood in the cold (well, cold for LA) and went. I still would like the autographs of Steffi and Chrissie Evert -- but you know what, having Dre's is enough if I never meet his wife or my childhood hero, because he was so pleasant.

They wouldn't allow photos, so I only have a couple of not so great phone photos - which maybe I'll post later.

:haha: glad you had fun :)

Jessyka
11-27-2009, 08:28 AM
Just finished reading Andre's book. I loved it!

karenpoon
11-27-2009, 10:37 AM
Just finished reading Andre's book. I loved it!

me too esp from Chapter 22 lol

kati830728
12-03-2009, 07:21 PM
http://www.bordersmedia.com/borderspresents/agassi

juliehardwick
12-04-2009, 01:41 AM
That video of the Reilly conversation is interesting. I read several accounts of it:
1) That was the first interview after 60 minutes - had worked out what he was going to say as he's said much the same repeatedly since.
2) You can see his parents (and I think brother) very clearly standing up and clapping at the start and the end. They look very proud of him.

yoguis
12-05-2009, 05:50 PM
http://www.bordersmedia.com/borderspresents/agassi

Thanks! ;)

m3csl
12-10-2009, 03:55 AM
I was pretty upset with his account of the Martin Jaite episode in the 1988 Davis Cup. He claims it was cold and he just caught the ball without thinking, but it was clearly premedidated - he looked over at Bollettieri moments before and mouthed out: "Watch this".

Makes me wonder how much truth-bending is going on in other parts of the book.

irma
12-10-2009, 04:48 AM
There was an article where somebody wrote that Andre is a whiner and loser because he blamed his father for pushing him into tennis and that he should take Tiger Woods as an example because he never misbehaved and grew up as a responsable man despite being pushed into golf. I guess that journalist should write a new article.

juliehardwick
12-10-2009, 09:26 AM
1) Jaite - how do you know that's what they were talking about? You're connecting dots without any evidence.
2) Irma - I'm struck by how ALIKE Tiger and Agassi look in all this - I'm thinking Tiger is stuck in exactly the same whirlpool Agassi was stuck in the 1990s, but risky sex replacing risky drugs... Can he pull of out of it like Agassi though?

llama
12-10-2009, 02:04 PM
I was pretty upset with his account of the Martin Jaite episode in the 1988 Davis Cup. He claims it was cold and he just caught the ball without thinking, but it was clearly premedidated - he looked over at Bollettieri moments before and mouthed out: "Watch this".

Makes me wonder how much truth-bending is going on in other parts of the book.

Actually, I saw that on tv not too long ago. I had heard about it - so I watched rather carefully. He didn't look at anyone before the ball was served. And it was pretty much an instinctive reaction. After he caught he he looked totally bemused at why everyone was booing him.

I've read the book. With all the stuff he's confessed, why would he lie about that? It would seem like a rather insignificant incident to "bend the truth" about.

kati830728
12-10-2009, 06:42 PM
http://blogs.news.sky.com/sunrise/Post:5fbfd3a1-dcde-4eaf-a921-7422eb92d72f

m3csl
12-10-2009, 09:02 PM
Actually, I saw that on tv not too long ago. I had heard about it - so I watched rather carefully. He didn't look at anyone before the ball was served. And it was pretty much an instinctive reaction. After he caught he he looked totally bemused at why everyone was booing him.

I've read the book. With all the stuff he's confessed, why would he lie about that? It would seem like a rather insignificant incident to "bend the truth" about.

Completely disagree. Perhaps you watched a different telecast. He clearly looked at Nick, said "watch this", and did it in a bemused way. Commentators noted it. It is also referenced in the Mary Carillo interview with Andre afterwards (look it up!), where he shows the camera a telegram from then-girlfriend Amy Moss. He thought that catching the ball would endear him further to the fans, but in his youthful naivete it had the opposite effect.

I agree it is somewhat insignificant in terms of lying (and in fact, in this instance, there would be nothing wrong in noting that he simply made a childish mistake - so why even TRY to cover it up), but how do you know all this "other" confessions aren't truth benders as well?

Look, I love Andre and have since 1986! But the recounting of the Jaite incident just seems disingenuous.

Jessyka
12-10-2009, 09:33 PM
I've read the book. With all the stuff he's confessed, why would he lie about that? It would seem like a rather insignificant incident to "bend the truth" about.

I agree.

m3csl
12-11-2009, 12:16 AM
I agree.

You're assuming, falsely, that every single thing he's "confessed" to is 100% accurate. I just pointed out one thing that I'm pretty sure he's not being totally honest with.

Geez, be a fan, not a worshipper. He's not God, he's a human being who is perfectly fallible. If you didn't get THAT from the book....I don't know what you did get.

m3csl
12-11-2009, 12:46 AM
Not to belabor the point, but Andre himself has been inconsistent in the press/interviews with how he's reflected on the Jaite incident. One such example:

"And I've made mistakes: the time I caught the ball that Martin Jaite served in Argentina, I just can't imagine doing something worse than that. I can't imagine me ever doing it now."

http://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/29/sports/lights-cameras-agassi.html?pagewanted=3

juliehardwick
12-11-2009, 01:13 AM
That doesn't mean he intended to do it ahead of time in concert with Bolletieri.

What is idiotic is to think he lied in this book - you don't have to think he's anything but I regular person to maintain that. If he did, he's ruined forever and I think he & his whole team are savvy enough to be well aware of that. Lots of things people said 'weren't true" when the book came out have proven to be - eg I saw several tennis journalists write that stuff with Shields didn't happen at the US) because they didn't see it (and they know all), then Becker came out and said yes it did.

chowdahead25
12-11-2009, 01:15 AM
Havent read through the thread, but lending my two cents, this was a really great book. The Bollitieri stuff was really cool to me. Highly reccomend this book.

m3csl
12-11-2009, 01:19 AM
That doesn't mean he intended to do it ahead of time in concert with Bolletieri.

What is idiotic is to think he lied in this book - you don't have to think he's anything but I regular person to maintain that. If he did, he's ruined forever and I think he & his whole team are savvy enough to be well aware of that. Lots of things people said 'weren't true" when the book came out have proven to be - eg I saw several tennis journalists write that stuff with Shields didn't happen at the US) because they didn't see it (and they know all), then Becker came out and said yes it did.

I'm not sure what you mean. When he mouthed out "watch this" to Bollettieri, he clearly knew what he was doing before Jaite served and it wasn't just a split second reaction!

Are you doubting that he actually said "watch this"? Just look around on the web, or at the ESPN replay on video. There's also plenty of online documentation of what happened that day. One such site:

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=2391517&page=3

Isn't it interesting that Andre (or rather, his book), didn't even mention this?

Did most of the people here actually watch Agassi grow up, or is this board representative of "newer" fans unfamiliar with young Andre?

yoguis
12-11-2009, 04:13 AM
Proud Andre Agassi bids to swap private torment for public acceptance

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6951040.ece (a video is also there)

kati830728
12-11-2009, 02:27 PM
andre will be on jonathan ross

juliehardwick
12-11-2009, 06:47 PM
* "I'm not sure what you mean. When he mouthed out "watch this" to Bollettieri, he clearly knew what he was doing before Jaite served and it wasn't just a split second reaction!

Are you doubting that he actually said "watch this"?"

No - I'm doubting that what you assume is necessarily correct. That's why I gave the Becker and Brooke example - saw several comments from people who saw the match that it wasn't true they were sure because they were watching (like you). But then Becker said it was true. Impossible to tell, and no reason to think an observer's version is more accurate than a participant's - especially when participant recounting later in purportedly truthful matter.

* I'm ancient myself. First got into tennis in the 1970s (Evert and Connors era), so I've been a very close observer of pro tennis for a long time. I saw Graf play when she was 13 and she's 40. I recall the Lendl and McEnroe generated buzz about Agassi from the summer of 1986. I never was a fan of his in the 90s - I thought he was an idiot, and I was happy in the book to see him self-identify as such so candidly. (Even while offering an explanation.)

* There are 1000s of specific things I can recall that I thought might be in the book that aren't - the endless exos, casual flings (not as many as Tiger hopefully), all over shaving, traveling with two babies, many things about his life with Graf which is very little revealed here etc. But no book can tell it all, and his explanation is that his basis for selection was things that were formative for him. I don't think the things left out render it a less plausible account of how he experienced the longtime chaos of his life. I think he has been honest about the fact that people remember the same events but their interpretations of them differ (he and Brooke is his example there usually), but this obviously pertains to all matters. That doesn't make it a lie, it just means people experience the same events differently.

* I'm mostly struck now by the possible parallels with Tiger. Who is striking me on the one hand as an almost unbelievable idiot - and who is certainly an extraordinary betrayer of his wife and children (although I hope Agassi isn't that, at least with the current wife...) - but on the other hand I'm wondering if in fact he's caught up in a much similar whirlpool to the one Agassi describes in the 1990s, with a different version of otherwise similar self-destructive behavior. Perhaps that's too generous...

llama
12-11-2009, 09:07 PM
I'm not sure what you mean. When he mouthed out "watch this" to Bollettieri, he clearly knew what he was doing before Jaite served and it wasn't just a split second reaction!

Are you doubting that he actually said "watch this"? Just look around on the web, or at the ESPN replay on video. There's also plenty of online documentation of what happened that day. One such site:

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=2391517&page=3

Isn't it interesting that Andre (or rather, his book), didn't even mention this?

Did most of the people here actually watch Agassi grow up, or is this board representative of "newer" fans unfamiliar with young Andre?

I have to disagree with you - I did not see that. Maybe I was blinking at the time. I really don't know why you're making such a HUGE deal about one small incident.

irma
12-12-2009, 10:07 AM
I read an article from a feminist journalist who was dissapointed in Steffi because she always looked out that Andre got his diner at the right time. (according to Andre in the book)

And it wasn't Nav this time :p

djul
12-12-2009, 11:44 AM
I read an article from a feminist journalist who was dissapointed in Steffi because she always looked out that Andre got his diner at the right time. (according to Andre in the book)

And it wasn't Nav this time :p

:lol: god some "journalist(s)" have time:o

Jessyka
12-12-2009, 12:20 PM
andre will be on jonathan ross

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECFZkxPwTmI
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpxqrWpJdiI

kati830728
12-15-2009, 07:49 PM
http://player.omroep.nl/?aflID=10414667

yoguis
12-16-2009, 12:48 AM
http://player.omroep.nl/?aflID=10414667

Thanks!:wavey:

Stephan
12-16-2009, 02:01 PM
http://player.omroep.nl/?aflID=10414667

Thank you!

-------------------------
Can we download this video?:confused:
YouTube downloader does not do....:(

Stephan
12-16-2009, 03:30 PM
http://nos.nl/artikel/120183-schorsing-wickmayer-en-malisse-opgeschort.html

yoguis
12-17-2009, 03:05 AM
Another interview :)

http://boeken.blog.nl/leestips/sport/2009/12/15/dwdd-met-andre-agassi (Andre came at 34 min)

bia
12-17-2009, 04:18 PM
www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20091216_221339_agassi-a-dit.htlm

hélène
12-17-2009, 08:37 PM
Merci beaucoup, grazie, thank you

Stephan
12-18-2009, 12:01 AM
Agassi: Ik speelde om mijn vader te plezieren
Agassi: I played for my father to please
INTERVIEW, Van onze verslaggever Mark van Driel op 14 december '09, 22:41, bijgewerkt 15 december '09, 08:31
http://www.volkskrant.nl/multimedia/archive/00175/Agassi_175684x.jpg
Andre Agassi bij de presentatie van zijn autobiografie (AFP)
Translation:
AMSTERDAM - Former tennis (39) saw as a child of the tennis court lines and the bars of his existence. He lived in a "solitary".


Even before his birth that Andre Agassi was the best player in the world would be. His father Mike, an ex-boxer and immigrant from Iran, had so determined. What he had not succeeded in his three previous children, would work with Andre.

"After 22 years and 22 million strokes with my racket" was like his father, writes in his autobiography Agassi Open. He had won Wimbledon. But he knew no advice to his feelings. He never had the chance to choose his own life fulfillment. While millions of fans adored him, he hated tennis.
Father

His book is an exploration of his extraordinary life, a frank and thorough search for identity. And while it is a warning to parents, who share the ambitions of his father. In tennis it teems. It fills him with horror, says Agassi (39) during a promotional visit to Amsterdam.

"If you define the success of your children in terms of money or the amount of titles they win, you're beyond help. It makes me sad when I see parents make that decision. Because if you make that mistake, many mistakes will follow. "
Andre Agassi was a guest Monday at the Holland Sports Program

2500 balls per day

Agassi sees the countless hours as a child he spent on the tennis court as child labor. His father had him hit balls for hours daily. He fired them at him with a self-designed cannon balls ( "The Dragon"), on the tennis court was specially built in the backyard of their home is Las Vegas. The training philosophy was simple: 2500 balls per day is 17,500 per week is nearly one million per year. That was successful.

What was Agassi of tennis, did not matter. He would often stop, but did not dare say to his father. The mood in-house Agassi depended entirely on his performance on the track. "I play to please him. Everyone was happy when I won at home, because then my father was enjoying. I hated it to see what the family did with tennis. It turned all relationships. If that child had a great weight. Tennis was the enemy. "
Brother and two sisters

While Agassi struggled with feelings of loyalty. "The stakes were high, because my dad always let me show his last and best hope of tennis success. For a little boy that is a tremendous pressure: the faith of your father in your options. It provided a sense of duty on. For me tennis was working. I know that children in some cultures to work, but it is unreasonable to expect a child that he can handle such complex emotions. "

In his 2004 biography of Father Mike said that he was ready to Andre ', after the failed attempts his brother and two sisters ready for the professional tennis. He would not make the same mistakes. His brother and two sisters have been even heavier, Agassi readily acknowledges. Because they never have been number one and not have earned millions in tennis.
The departure of Andre Agassi on the tennis court

Identity Crisis

"That I've made it, has been difficult for them. They have always felt that what my father did was unreasonable. But my success has been more or less legitimate approach. It was not him it was to them. I've been fortunate that my successes have given me the chance to find myself and own identity. "

That Agassi managed only to his own estimation his 27th round, after a deep identity crisis in which he shall strip of hard drugs and sinking far in the world.
Steffi Graf

His hatred for tennis was replaced by "hate-love, even his marriage to former tennis star Steffi Graf. It was his opinion that the first shared his complicated feelings about tennis. When he confessed he felt a deep hatred for tennis, she replied nonchalantly, "That's all we do."

Agassi beaming at the memory. "It was unbelievable at the same instinct to think about something important. The difference is that they have asked themselves for tennis has chosen, while the choice was made for me by my father. It is elegant dealt with the pain and pressure of the tennis player.

"For me it has always squeezed, like a square piece of wood through a round hole, trying to push. I kept trying, but it did not succeed. "
Jaden and Jaz

With Agassi Graf has two children: son Jaden and daughter Jaz from 8 to 6. Their presence has helped him understand the strange, twisted world of his boyhood in his book describes as a stay in a "solitary". The lines of the tennis court served as the bars of his existence.

The former stars and have consciously decided to keep their children away from the tennis circuit. They have no tennis court at their home. Agassi's son is doing to baseball. If he goes to visit his 80-year-old grandfather, the cannon balls used in baseball, but not to the best of the Jaden world. Agassi has another ambition: "I hope my son will learn to see the world through the eyes of others."

From his father he expects no more empathy. Mike has already informed him that the autobiography remains unread. "He said if I should do it again, I would do everything the same. Only I would not let you play tennis, but golf or baseball. Keep you full longer, and that you deserve more. "

Stephan
12-18-2009, 12:07 AM
More dutch illustrated articles on Andre:


http://www.pzc.nl/sport/internationaal/5951759/Verhaal-Agassi-is-goud-waard.ece

http://www.parool.nl/parool/nl/11/SPORT/article/detail/271907/2009/12/15/Andre-Agassi-de-omstreden-autobiografie.dhtml

http://www.volkskrant.nl/sport/article1327409.ece/Agassi_Ik_speelde_om_mijn_vader_te_plezieren

http://www.ed.nl/sport/5950665/Door-de-pijn-heen-gevochten.ece

http://www.sportweek.nl/tennis/121925/Boekrecensie_Open_zelden_zon_treffende_titel_gezie n

http://www.sportweek.nl/uploads/news/agassi_121925_300px.jpg

yoguis
12-18-2009, 03:13 AM
A Conversation with Andre Agassi

http://fora.tv/2009/11/20/A_Conversation_with_Andre_Agassi#fullprogram

jjg
12-19-2009, 06:49 PM
Has anybody seen the UK This Morning interview from Wednesday? I am in the US and cannot access the video clip online

Jessyka
12-20-2009, 12:30 PM
Has anybody seen the UK This Morning interview from Wednesday? I am in the US and cannot access the video clip online

Do you have the link?

jjg
12-20-2009, 01:14 PM
This is the link but it's only available if you are in the UK

http://www.itv.com/lifestyle/thismorning/showbiz/andreagassi/

bia
12-22-2009, 09:17 AM
Did you know about andre's blog? http://www.agassifoundation.org/andre-s-blogs/

camilia
12-24-2009, 05:15 PM
A Conversation with Andre Agassi

http://fora.tv/2009/11/20/A_Conversation_with_Andre_Agassi#fullprogram

It doesn't start for me.

This is the link but it's only available if you are in the UK

http://www.itv.com/lifestyle/thismorning/showbiz/andreagassi/

I hate it when I get that message when I try to view a video :sad:

Did you know about andre's blog? http://www.agassifoundation.org/andre-s-blogs/
thanks :)

yoguis
12-24-2009, 06:00 PM
[QUOTE=camilia;9434510]It doesn't start for me.


Hi Camilia! works for me. Strange. Maybe you can try watching each of the chapters or download the full program.

camilia
12-25-2009, 08:46 AM
[QUOTE=camilia;9434510]It doesn't start for me.


Hi Camilia! works for me. Strange. Maybe you can try watching each of the chapters or download the full program.

Hi yoguis :wavey: Thanks, it worked today maybe I had connection problems yesterday :hug:

yoguis
12-31-2009, 03:25 AM
[QUOTE=yoguis;9434600]

Hi yoguis :wavey: Thanks, it worked today maybe I had connection problems yesterday :hug:

Hi Camilia! :wavey: no problem :)

karenpoon
12-31-2009, 04:31 AM
Anyone able to play this clip? If possible, able to post on youtube. Thanks
http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/The_Hour/Guests/ID=1335338746

Stephan
01-03-2010, 01:43 PM
Anyone able to play this clip? If possible, able to post on youtube. Thanks
http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/The_Hour/Guests/ID=1335338746

I'm able to play/watch it,
but cannot download...
Which download program should I use?

Stephan
01-05-2010, 01:33 PM
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Andre Agassi: How Open is "Open"?
Posted by John Branston on Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Full story and comments
http://www.memphisflyer.com/GetMemphisMoving/archives/2010/01/03/andre-agassi-how-open-is-open

When a professional athlete writes a book and calls it "Open," skepticism is in order.
http://www.memphisflyer.com/images/blogimages/2010/01/03/1262555877-agassi_cover.jpg

Andre Agassi's autobiography is uncommonly interesting, uncommonly well written, and — to an extent we may never know — uncommonly open. But I had a feeling after I finished it that I had been shortchanged on the story.

On the first count, Agassi won eight major tennis tournaments, dated Barbra Streisand and married and divorced Brooke Shields, and made a comeback from drug abuse. On the second count, he had the help of author and professional journalist J. R. Moehringer, who declined to put his name on the cover or the title page. Very noble, but suffice it to say that a ninth-grade dropout writing a book as polished as this one is as unlikely as a journalist winning a national tennis tournament. On the last count, Agassi's celebrated disclosures about using crystal meth and lying about it and hating tennis all his life simply do not ring completely open

Memphis tennis fans saw Agassi at his best and his worst. When he was 18 years old, Agassi won the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships at the Racquet Club in 1988. He mentions that tournament in passing, as well as the young Memphian who was his girlfriend for a year. In 1996, Agassi lost in straight sets in the first round to Luke Jensen, a doubles specialist who was never ranked in the Top 100 in singles. This match doesn't make the book, but anyone who saw it knows that Agassi tanked and took the appearance money.

In 1997, according to the book, Agassi used crystal meth with a man he names "Slim." “Slim dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon I’ve just crossed.” Agassi lied to the Association of Tennis Professionals to save his career and avoid a suspension. We are to believe that an admitted wild child, charmer, and serious drinker rehabilitated himself and never slipped again.

Agassi also says he hated tennis. Well, all right. But he played the sport almost daily for more than 30 years. There must have been some enjoyment in there somewhere.

For tennis addicts, some of the more interesting observations concern equipment and other players. Agassi says the biggest change in the game in recent years is not the stronger players or the bigger racquets but the new elastic polyester string that imparts more spin on the ball. And his comments on rivals old and new are, as he says, pretty open. Here is a sample.

Jimmy Connors, Regions Morgan Keegan champion in 1978, 1979, 1983, and 1984: “He’s now coaching Roddick. Poor Andy. It makes me laugh. I can only admire that Connors is who he is, still, that he never changes. We should all be so true to ourselves, so consistent.”

Ivo Karlovic: “He’s a totem pole, a telephone pole, which gives his serve a sick trajectory. When Karlovic serves, the box technically becomes twice as large. The net becomes a foot lower. I’ve never played anyone so big.”

James Blake. “He plays pretty, graceful tennis, and I’m not in his league, not today. He’s simply younger, faster, a better athlete. He also thinks enough of my history, my accomplishments, to bring his A game. I like that he comes out loaded for bear.”

Lleyton Hewitt: “He’s among the best shot selectors in the history of tennis.”

Brad Gilbert, Agassi’s coach and Regions Morgan Keegan champion in 1986 and 1989: “Tremendous coaching skills, odd people skills.”

Todd Martin, champion in 1994 and 1995: “A deadly opponent. He has a nice hold game and a solid break game. With his own serve he’s uncannily accurate. He hasn’t the vaguest interest in hitting the inside of the line, he wants to hit the outside half.”

Jim Courier, champion in 1993: “The good news is, I know how to beat Courier. The bad news is, it’s personal. We began in the same place, in the same barracks at the Bolletierri Academy, our bunk beds a few feet apart.”

Michael Chang, champion in 1997: “Every time he beats someone he points to the sky. He thanks God — credits God — for the win, which offends me. That God should take sides in a tennis match, that God should side against me, that God should be in Chang’s box, feels ludicrous and insulting.”

Tommy Haas, champion in 1999, 2006, and 2007 who beat Agassi at Wimbledon in 1998: “He tells reporters he grew up idolizing me. I used to look up to Agassi, he says. I can say I beat Andre Agassi, a former number one who’s won a couple of Grand Slams. It sounds like a eulogy. Does the guy think he beat me or buried me?”

Chris Woodruff, who is from Tennessee: “He always reminds me of a country-western singer, and plays as if he’d rather be performing at a rodeo.”

Ivan Lendl, champion in 1991: “Asked about my game, he sniffs: ‘A haircut and a forehand.’”

John McEnroe, champion in 1980: “It feels like playing John Lennon. The man is a legend. I’ve grown up watching him, admiring him, though I’ve often rooted against him, because his archrival, Borg, was my idol.”

Mark Philippoussis, champion in 1998 and 2001: “An Australian kid with tons of talent and a reputation for squandering it.”

Pete Sampras, champion in 1996: “Our rivalry had been one of the lodestars of my career. Losing to Pete has caused me enormous pain, but in the long run it’s also made me more resilient.”

Agassi Fan
01-13-2010, 03:14 PM
http://www.celebritybooksigningsandevents.com/events


Okay, who is going with me to the Century City Borders signing in LA on Nov 18th???!!! The bad thing is that the book is definitely going to be cheaper at Costco - but it'll cost me more to travel to Summerlin to buy it, so I guess I'll just have to see him in LA!

I'm getting excited.

Nancy J

Updated 10/18/09


Andre Agassi, tennis great, signing copies of Open: An Autobiography

* 11/12/09 12:30 PM at Barnes & Noble – Fifth Avenue. New York, NY.
* 11/13/09 7:00 PM at Indigo Books - Bloor Street. Toronto, Onatrio.
* 11/15/09 2:00 PM at Books-A-Million - Sawgrass Mills Mall. Sunrise, FL.
* 11/18/09 7:00 PM at Borders Books - Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.
* 11/20/09 7:00 PM at Books Inc. - Van Ness Avenue. San Francisco, CA.
* 11/21/09 1:30 PM at Kepler's Books - El Camino Real. Menlo Park, CA.
* 11/22/09 1:00 PM at Costco – South Pavilion Drive. Las Vegas, NV.

I've been in London. He signed my book. He was very nice, friendly, and funny, as always.:D

Stephan
01-13-2010, 11:45 PM
I've been in London. He signed my book. He was very nice, friendly, and funny, as always.:D

that's our Andre :)

varar
01-18-2010, 09:51 AM
http://www.zimbio.com/watch/I0yyXkFXc35/Agassi+drugs+carry+harsh+truths/Andre+Agassi

Stephan
01-25-2010, 02:06 PM
http://www.agassigraf.com/

http://www.agassigraf.com/assets/Uploads/backgroundshomepage2.jpg

http://www.agassigraf.com/

camilia
01-26-2010, 10:56 AM
Never seen this site before, thanks Stephan :)

Stephan
01-27-2010, 01:55 PM
Never seen this site before, thanks Stephan :)
there is another site too...http://www.agassi.com/
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/511/aga15.jpg

did you see it? :)

Stephan
01-27-2010, 02:01 PM
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/511/stefka1.jpg
stefi's site

camilia
01-27-2010, 02:09 PM
I know about Steffi's site but not Andre's.

juliehardwick
01-28-2010, 01:29 AM
It's funny that he links to hers, but she doesn't link to his!

I think, Camilla, they just launched the new Agassi/Graf and Agassi website the week the book came out. The Agassi people have been very slow to do
anything about with the new social media I think. They seem to be getting there now with the facebook and twitter accounts as well as the website, but still slowly - bizarrely I don't think there's a link to the facebook or twitter stuff on the website.
Haven't they heard of integration?

camilia
01-29-2010, 08:01 AM
It's funny that he links to hers, but she doesn't link to his!

I think, Camilla, they just launched the new Agassi/Graf and Agassi website the week the book came out. The Agassi people have been very slow to do
anything about with the new social media I think. They seem to be getting there now with the facebook and twitter accounts as well as the website, but still slowly - bizarrely I don't think there's a link to the facebook or twitter stuff on the website.
Haven't they heard of integration?

Interesting, they should link them to the website at least to help people know they are authentic accounts! Didn't know about the facebook, I'm following him on twitter but I kind of hoped he'd be tweeting himself :shrug:

juliehardwick
01-30-2010, 05:29 PM
There's a link to the twitter and the website on the facebook page, but nothing vice versa..
I don't think they have the hang of the social media yet, and the twittering is a good start, but I think it could be used more effectively. I thought the mix of posting and pr worked better at the start when they did mix a few notes from Agassi in - they were pretty candid...

Meanwhile AO's ending, Olympics coming up, here's a funny link in a Lisa Dillman article about the gold medalist snowboarder, Shaun White, on snowboarding with Graf and Agassi:

"You know what, he's gonna hate me, but Steffi was almost better," White said. "She was good, man. She was good."

Stephan
02-28-2010, 07:10 PM
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/11/12/arts/12agassi_CA0/articleLarge.jpg
J. R. Moehringer, left, and Andre Agassi in Las Vegas.
They collaborated on Mr. Agassi's memoir, "Open."

sydfd
03-06-2010, 09:20 AM
amazing book....amazing journey...
i admire and respect him now more than ever!

tanaja
03-07-2010, 06:40 PM
Brooke Shields is planning to write her own memoirs and give the other side of her marriage to retired tennis ace Andre Agassi.

Brooke about her first marriage to Andre Agassi(Ladies Home Journal):

"With Andre it was like, 'Please be the adult. Please take care of me.' And he did."

A few links(similar articles):

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/entertainment/Brooke+Shields-77378.html

http://www.pr-inside.com/shields-plans-to-give-the-other-r1759887.htm

http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2010/03/07/brooke_shields_writing_andre_agassi_ma

juliehardwick
03-08-2010, 11:32 AM
Try reading the actual article - which is represented very misleadingly in those links. She's seems in fact fact with it and no intention of settling scores with him:

http://www.lhj.com/style/covers/brooke-shields/?page=1

tanaja
03-08-2010, 04:06 PM
Try reading the actual article - which is represented very misleadingly in those links. She's seems in fact fact with it and no intention of settling scores with him:

http://www.lhj.com/style/covers/brooke-shields/?page=1


Thank you Julie. You're right. This article is much more informative.

bia
03-08-2010, 07:07 PM
It's really annoying how often reporters take a sentence out of contest just to make the headlines.

sydfd
03-08-2010, 09:24 PM
Try reading the actual article - which is represented very misleadingly in those links. She's seems in fact fact with it and no intention of settling scores with him:

http://www.lhj.com/style/covers/brooke-shields/?page=1

Thank you Julie. You're right. This article is much more informative.

It's really annoying how often reporters take a sentence out of contest just to make the headlines.


Thanks for sharing Julie.

I agree with you all. Reading OPEN, I believe that Andre disliked the marriage but not Brooke. In fact, he mentioned that he will forever be indebted to Brooke for convincing him to get rid of his 'hair', and how sorry he was for Brooke who had to put up with his moods.

I'm sure that Andre and Brooke have matured since their years together. They're now both a peace with what they have and who they're with.

tanaja
03-10-2010, 10:32 AM
I think, that Andre held back in talking about his life with Brooke Shields, not wanting to dish out the dirt on her. He said in an interview about Brooke: "There were some harsh truths, but I tried to turn a harder lens on myself."
And I think, that Brooke's book might even show Andre in better light than Open. He took blame for so many things.

But on the other hand... their relationship... I don't know... I think, there were some other things Andre didn't mention.
Well, maybe Brooke will mention them.

sydfd
03-13-2010, 10:51 AM
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/114518-page.html

OPEN won best autobiography in the British Sports Book Awards :bigclap:

tanaja
04-09-2010, 11:24 AM
Here we go again. OMG, OMG! I hope this sort of things won't happen all the time.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/news/a213372/shields-i-never-approved-agassi-book.html

Shields: 'I never approved Agassi book'

Brooke Shields has said that she did not give her approval to her ex-husband Andre Agassi autobiography Open.

In last year's book, former tennis star Agassi confessed to past use of cystal meth and suggested that he should not have married Shields.

When asked if she had been sent a copy for approval, Shields told Easy Living: "No, he made me sit in a room with his ghost writer and read what his writer had written.

"And of course he wouldn't change anything I remembered differently, so I was like, why did I read it then? So you can tell everybody, 'She read it'? Which means, 'She's put her stamp of approval on it?'"

She added: "I didn't put my stamp of approval on anything. It wasn't what I remembered. You also can't write a book and ask for people's sympathy, it just doesn't work like that.

"I mean, I don't know why he wrote the book. I'm not sure he's gotten the reaction he hoped for."

Stephan
04-09-2010, 01:49 PM
she is an actress?
what could she say... :)

llama
04-09-2010, 05:47 PM
He "made" her sit in a room and read it? The only way he could "make" her read it was to keep her forceably confined. And seeing as she never pressed legal charges against him - I seriously doubt he MADE her read it. Also, in all the interview he gave I never heard him say he had Brooke's "stamp of approval". He did say she read it and they remembered different things differently - like most ex's do.

Apparently Brooke's writing a book of her own - I guess she wants to stir up some publicity for it.

Stephan
04-09-2010, 08:43 PM
After Brooke,...

Steffi can also come to "arena"... :)
if she likes, can also write a book,
f.e. "10 years Open with Agassi" ...

can she, ? what do you thing, fans?

tanaja
04-09-2010, 11:51 PM
Steffi can also write a book,
f.e. "10 years Open with Agassi" ...

can she, ?

Andre said, it would have never happened.
So... it's probably not her style.

Also, in all the interview he gave I never heard him say he had Brooke's "stamp of approval". He did say she read it and they remembered different things differently - like most ex's do..

I saw articles (even headlines) about her approval. Never saw his direct quote though.

Apparently Brooke's writing a book of her own - I guess she wants to stir up some publicity for it.

I agree about publicity. I wonder, when will she publish the book. This year, next year?
She dated so many public personalities (Andre, Michael Jackson, Liam Neeson, even John Kennedy jr. etc). A lot of material for the book...


BTW, Kathy Griffin's book mentioned that Brooke's current husband was visiting the Suddenly Susan set all the time when she was still married. Were there articles about rumors of an affair? Was there an affair when she was married to Andre?

llama
04-10-2010, 02:14 PM
BTW, Kathy Griffin's book mentioned that Brooke's current husband was visiting the Suddenly Susan set all the time when she was still married. Were there articles about rumors of an affair? Was there an affair when she was married to Andre?

Mike Agassi says the same thing in his book The Agassi Story. That he had heard "rumours". Here is the quote: "Andre never told us what had happened, why he'd wanted a divorce, why he'd wanted it so quickly. I had a few suspicions; at my job, I occasionally heard things about Brooke that weren't exactly favorable, but I never passed those stories along to Andre."

juliehardwick
04-10-2010, 03:26 PM
1) Shields in an interview in Good Houskeeping last month - waved off criticism of the book, spoke fondly of her ex and said he was the adult in their relationship. Can't decide what she thinks apparently.

2) Agassi NEVER said he had her stamp of approval. He said repeatedly from the first interview in People that they remembered the same events, but had different interpretations of what was going on then - which is apparently what she thinks. She wants his book to be from her side?

3) I noticed the omission of her dating before they split too - either he didn't know (?) or judged it wasn't important from his view or didn't want to blame her...

I thought from first reading it that she came out of pretty well - all this time the press had been blaming her for the collapse to 141, but he makes abundantly clear in the book that he was his own basket case. She wasn't helping but she didn't cause it.

I see her in gossip columns still out every night (without husband often and always without children) constantly having her photo taken and I'd judge she's the same and you can see why he's far happy with the family first wife he has now....

llama
04-10-2010, 06:10 PM
1) Shields in an interview in Good Houskeeping last month - waved off criticism of the book, spoke fondly of her ex and said he was the adult in their relationship. Can't decide what she thinks apparently

....

I read the same interview. What struck me in that was that she was talking about her daughter wanting her to be "class mom" and she replied "you've got a classy mom instead". Wow! Not something a 6 year old really wants to hear! I never had any negative feelings about Shields until she wrote her first book about post-partum depression - which was very courageous of her. I applauded her for coming out and telling off Tom Cruise when he criticized her for taking medication - then the next thing you hear is he's apologized and she's off to his wedding in Italy. I don't know - if someone publically criticized me like that I don't think I'd be anxious to go to his wedding, whether he apologized or not. She always seems to be seeking the limelight.

tanaja
04-11-2010, 07:04 PM
Llama and Julie thanks a lot for clearing things up for me.

tanaja
04-22-2010, 12:26 PM
SHIELDS LEARNED FROM AGASSI MARRIAGE MISTAKES

2010-04-21 17:27:2

BROOKE SHIELDS is convinced her failed marriage to tennis ace ANDRE AGASS I helped her forge a long and happy union with her current husband - beca use she learned from her previous marital mistakes.
The actress dated the sports star for four years before they wed in 199 7. The marriage ended in divorce and Shields went on to settle down with TV writer Chris Henchy.
They have two children together and recently celebrated their ninth wed ding anniversary (04Apr10).
And the beauty is sure her past problems have helped make their marriag e work.
Shields tells Britain's Easy Living magazine, "I married Chris for all the right reasons and there was no fear. Those are two things I think did not happen with my first marriage. I was afraid that if he (Agassi) left me, or if I didn't have him in my life, everything was going to crumble.
"I had a safety net. I don't think that was the healthiest way to go in to a marriage for me. I went into this marriage (with Henchy) with a trem endous amount of freedom. Those are things I recognised and knew that I w anted for the rest of my life."

Dougie
04-22-2010, 04:51 PM
I just finished reading Agassi book, and I must say I liked him more before I red it. I don´t know what really happened in their marriage, and it´s none of my business, but I couldn´t 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 who´s not afraid to admit his mistakes and shortcomings. But still, it seems like there always someone to blame when things go wrong. Whether it´s his dad, who pushed him too hard, or Bollettieri, who did the same. Or Shields, who was so wrong to him, and didn´t 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 Siemerink´s 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 doesn´t portrait Agassi as the great man he probably would have wanted himself.

juliehardwick
04-23-2010, 09:04 PM
I didn't think he "blamed" anyone.

On Shields in particular, I didn't read it as him blaming her. He was making a terrific mess on his own, and when I read that section i thought "oh that's the end of that as it turns out totally wrong media narrative that she ruined his tennis." Nobody will ever blame her for that again.

She said (see above) she married him for all the wrong reasons. He certainly says he married her for the wrong reasons. They seem to agree each erred in that decision...

He doesn't blame her for the crystal meth, the depression or any of that ...

I don't think he had any intention of portraying himself as a great man. He wouldn't have written it if he had and in fact I think he says one thing that drove him crazy in the latter years was the press, having villified him, now writing about him as if he was perfect. Why write a book if it's a neat tidy picture of a life that hasn't been neat or tidy?

Shields always struck me as very superificial - I remember when they got engaged and she called her pr person to announce it before they got home. Even then it struck me as weird as hell. Their whole life together was a constant media performance of perfection that bore no resemblance (we see now) to what was going on. That continued long after him - remember the perfectly happy new mom cover story on People magazine? Then she writes a memoir that she had terrible postpartum depression. So that charade for People?
She seems all about a kind of facile performance for the public even now, and she'll do anything to get her photo in the press. Ugh.

Never any of that with his current wife from the start and he seems far happier with that.

juliehardwick
04-23-2010, 09:06 PM
Refreshingly rational take on the book from a former crystal meth user...

http://toddcurl.blogspot.com/2010/04/agassi-rational-thoughts-on-tennis-meth.html

llama
04-24-2010, 02:29 PM
I just finished reading Agassi book, and I must say I liked him more before I red it. I don´t know what really happened in their marriage, and it´s none of my business, but I couldn´t 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 who´s not afraid to admit his mistakes and shortcomings. But still, it seems like there always someone to blame when things go wrong. Whether it´s his dad, who pushed him too hard, or Bollettieri, who did the same. Or Shields, who was so wrong to him, and didn´t 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 Siemerink´s 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 doesn´t 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."

tanaja
04-06-2011, 09:41 AM
BROOKE SHIELDS LOOKS ANGRY AT AGASSI'S WORDS, THAT THEY SHOULD NEVER HAVE MARRIED, THAT THEY HAD BEEN TWO INCOMPLETE PEOPLE
(from The Australian)

Shields was married to Agassi from 1997 to 1999. He later said they should never have married, that they had been two incomplete people.

Shields looks angry at these words. "I would be curious to know if he feels complete now," she snaps. "Hopefully I'm never complete. I learn every day." Was the marriage for life as far as she was concerned? "Yeah, I never go into anything half-assed." Did she know he had a drug problem before they got married? "No, I don't have that mentality. I'm not predisposed to addictions. It was very hard emotionally. I still feel such fondness and appreciation for him and he got me from one stage - being with my mother - to gaining some independence."

Neither she nor Agassi were quitters, Shields says, so the split was hard for them both. "I think we're both better people in our current marriages [his to Steffi Graf]," she says.

Link:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/americas-pretty-baby-brooke-shields-all-grown-up/story-e6frg8n6-1226034287178

tanaja
06-27-2011, 09:03 PM
Another article about Brooke (where Andre is mentioned):

Though she deftly defused a (Tom) Cruise missile years ago — he later made “an honest, heartfelt and off-camera apology” for attacking her use of pills to fight postpartum depression — she felt blindsided by her ex, Andre Agassi.

In his 2009 memoir, “Open,” the former tennis champ depicted their brief marriage as something out of an Ingmar Bergman flick. Shields begs to differ.

“I thought we were happy!” she says. She was given a copy of the book before its publication, ostensibly to correct anything she believed false.

“I spent a considerable amount of time with his ghostwriter, a nice man who took copious notes, went back and changed nothing,” she says. “That’s an afternoon I’ll never get back. Ah, well.”

So is there a rebuttal in the offing?

She shrugs. “I’m too young to write my autobiography,” she says. “I’m going to wait a couple of decades — or at least until a lot of people die!”


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/bubbling_brooke_ofXvnQQK8A0xC7O4fhP5rO#ixzz1QVnjss aX

Stephan
07-04-2011, 01:33 PM
Another article about Brooke (where Andre is mentioned):

So is there a rebuttal in the offing?

She shrugs. “I’m too young to write my autobiography,” she says. “I’m going to wait a couple of decades — or at least until a lot of people die!”[/I]


nobody will read her autobio even after 3 decades, or, if they will - only parts, were Andre is mentioned:)

tanaja
07-05-2011, 02:09 PM
nobody will read her autobio even after 3 decades, or, if they will - only parts, were Andre is mentioned:)

I posted this article, because she has claimed in the past, that she was going to publish an autobiography.
Well, it will obviously not happen.

Perhaps there was something ungracious in her past (but Andre has been too kind to mention it).
So, she prefers to stay silent :confused::confused:.

However, IMO her autobiography could be quite a big hit. After all her close friends were Michael Jackson, John Kennedy jr., George Michael and others. And she dated Liam Neeson and prince Albert. I am sure, she has a lot of interesting stories to tell.

stef-fan
11-06-2011, 01:22 AM
If 'OPEN' is made into a movie, who will be Andre and Steffi? Interesting discussion.
http://tennis.si.com/2011/11/03/the-toss-casting-andre-agassis-movie/