Agassi autobiography excerpts..

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by THESEXPISTOL, Nov 5, 2009.


    THESEXPISTOL Hall of Fame

    May 5, 2009
    Post links to excerpts..
    Except that one where the talks about the meth, his father, steffi and 92 wimbledon.
  2. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005
    That would be a copyright violation
  3. Fee

    Fee Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    In front of my computer, obviously
    There's a thread in the former pro player section with the excerpts already.
  4. TennisD

    TennisD Semi-Pro

    Feb 15, 2005
    No, it's not, assuming the excerpt is one that's been released to news outlets by the publisher, which in the case of the whole "meth" story, it clearly has.
  5. Mun

    Mun Banned

    Nov 9, 2009

    • On Sampras: Agassi says Sampras "sounds more robotic than" a parrot. At his depths, Agassi thinks: "I envy Pete's dullness. I wish I could emulate his spectacular lack of inspiration, and his peculiar lack of need for inspiration." Agassi tells of betting coach Brad Gilbert about how much Sampras tipped a parking valet; they ask the valet, who says $1; Agassi's conclusion: "We could not be more different, Pete and I."

    • On Chang: "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. I beat Chang and savor every blasphemous stroke." When Chang wins the 1989 French Open, Agassi thinks, "I feel sickened. How could Chang, of all people, have won a slam before me?"

    • On other opponents: Agassi writes about holding grudges against Becker (who Agassi says blew kisses at Shields during a match), Jim Courier, Thomas Muster, Yevgeni Kafelnikov, Jeff Tarango (who Agassi says cheated during a match between them when Agassi was 8).

    • On "tanking": Agassi says he lost on purpose against Chang in the Australian Open semifinals one year so he wouldn't have to face Becker in the final, writing: "It's almost harder than winning. You have to lose in such a way that the crowd can't tell." He also says of sports writers: "They never get it right. When I tank, they say I'm not good enough; when I'm not good enough, they say I tank."

    • On his fake hair: Of the 1990 French Open final, Agassi writes, "Warming up before the match, I pray. Not for a win, but for my hairpiece to stay on."

    • On the 1999 French Open final, which he won to complete a career Grand Slam: "I've already obsessed about this tournament for the last ten years. I can't bear the idea of obsessing about it for another eighty. ... If I don't win this thing right now, I'll never be happy, truly happy, again."
  6. Shaolin

    Shaolin Legend

    Feb 11, 2004
    Evil Lair
    Wow. I respect Agassi for his candor but now I cant help thinking of him as this toupee/mullet/spandex wearing meth-head that talks **** about his fellow pros.

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