I’m not a big reader of non-fiction, or particularly interested in tennis, so it was with some surprise that I found myself halfway through Andre Agassi’s autobiography and unable to put it down – especially as a large proportion of the book is taken up with blow by blow accounts of tennis matches. It turns out that tennis matches are something like a cross between gladiatorial bouts and psychological warfare and Agassi brings it all to life very vividly.
The book begins with Agassi’s claim that he hates tennis, and this was what really intrigued me. I can’t say that I understood it any better when I’d finished the book – or that I entirely believed him. Nonetheless, Agassi’s rise to fame is a far more interesting and curious story than I had realised – even that infamous hair is not what it seems – and he tells it very well.