Open - Andre Agassi

openCitisem intr-un post ca odata cu ascensiunea Simonei Halep am devenit cu totii un neam de specialisti in tenis. Printre care si eu! Haha, nu, glumeam! Dar lucrul bun in toata povestea asta este ca tot mai multa lume se uita la tenis, printre care da, si eu. Mi-a picat in mana Open-ul lui Andre Agassi in format electronic si am zis da, de ce nu, ar fi o buna modalitate sa aflu mai multe despre tenis, daca tot ma uit.

Si afli. Pentru ca ce vedem noi la tv (sau pe streamuri cateodata din pacate) nu e tot. Iar ce scriu ziarele (mai ales cand se dau cu parerea despre aspecte personale) nici atat, sau mai bine zis nici pe departe adevarat.

Agassi a pierdut in 3 finale de Grand Slam inainte sa poata cuceri primul lui mare titlu: a pierdut in 1990 la Rolland Garos si US Open si din nou 1991 la Rolland Garos. Plus eliminare la Wimbledon in sferturi tot in 1991, sau eliminare in primul tur la alt turneu. A pierdut impotriva unor adversari mai slab cotati, pe care era sigur ca-i va invinge, in momente de incredere in sine sau din contra, pe momente de varf ale adversarillor sau nu, cu accidentari sau nu, ideea e ca sunt multe variabile, multe incercari pana sa resusesti, si nici atunci nu esti sigur ca ramai acolo unde ai ajuns. Simona noastra a ajuns doar intr-o singura finala pana acum si deja e analizata, sunt emise tot felul de concluzii certe si sentinte irevocabile. Dar nu-i nimic, se pare ca asa a fost si asa va fi mereu, indiferent despre ce tara vorbim, prin asa ceva a trecut si Agassi si cred si sper ca o sa continue sa treaca si Simona pana va ajunge acolo unde isi doreste, pentru ca se poate, nimic nu e definitv si tot timpul vor exista modalitati de imbunatire a punctelor slabe.

Descoperim in carte un jucator de tenis sensibil, un perfectionist care se lupta pentru fiecare punct (desi nu aici este cheia succesului), un om care isi deapana povestea din copilarie pana la retragerea din tenis. Nu e o poveste liniara, ajuns cu greu nr 1 pica undeva spre locul 150, ca apoi sa revina pe locul 1 ca cel mai in varsta jucator ever care a reusit acest lucru.Antrenorul care l-a ajutat sa ajunga la aceasta performanta si apoi ca cel mai in varsta jucator care a castigat US Open este Daren Cahill, antrenorul cu care a ales Simona noastra sa lucreze!

Cartea te prinde de la inceput, "My name is Andre Agassi. My wife's name is Stefanie Graf." Mai zi ceva!Numai faptul ca poti sa le citesti povestea, oricare ar fi ea si te entuziasmezi." We have two children, a son and daughter, five and three. We live in Las Vegas, Nevada, but currently reside in a suite at the Four Seasons hotel in New York City, because I'm playing in the 2006 U.S. Open. My last U.S. Open. In fact my last tournament ever. I play tennis for a living, even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion, and always have."

De la copilul aprig impulsionat de tatal sau, la abondonul resimtit in cadrul Academiei Bollentieri in pragul adolescentei, la rebeliune ca manifest al suferintei, vedem un tanar care devine cu ajutorul prietenilor (parte in acelasi timp din staff-ul sau) un jucator care reuseste dupa adanci si dureroase lupte cu sine insusi sa scoata la lumina si sa stapaneasca ce e mai bun in el. Cunoastem un om care in ciuda faptul ca a urat scoala (mai putin literatura) apreciaza educatia si infiinteaza o fundatie gradinita-scoala-liceu pentru copii defavorizati in care se implica si pentru care joaca pana la ultima picatura de durere pe care spatele sau o poate indura.

Sunt multe de zis, Brooke Shields, Barbra Streisand, Nastase, Boris Becker, Pete Sampres, Nelson Mandela, Roger Federrer, Nadal, Steffi Graf, cartea este si de un amuzament care merge pana la hohote de ras, in alternanta cu pasajele chinurilor devenirii unui om deosebit:

El copil avand ocazia sa schimbe cateva mingi cu Ilie Nastase, Wendi fiind copil de mingi si viitoare lui iubita:

"As Nastase and I hit, Wendi watches from the net post. I’m nervous, Nastase is visibly bored – until he spots Wendi.
Hey, he says. Is this your girlfriend, Snoopy? Is this pretty thing over here your sweetheart?
I stop. I glare at Nastase. I want to punch this big, stupid Romanian in the nose, even though he’s got two feet and 100 pounds on me."

Cand i se rupe pantoful in timpul unui meci:

"A man in the upper bleachers rises and waves his shoe. He would be happy, he says, to
loan me his Schuh. Brad goes up to the stands and retrieves it. Though the man is a size
nine, I force his shoe on my foot, like some half-wit Cinderella, and resume play.
Is this my life?
This can’t be my life.
I’m playing a match for the number one ranking in the world, wearing a shoe borrowed
from a stranger in Stuttgart."

La un eveniment la masa cu Nelson Mandela:

"After dinner Mandela stands and gives a stirring talk. His theme: we must all care for oneanother—this is our task in life. But also we must care for ourselves, which means we mustbe careful in our decisions, careful in our relationships, careful in our statements. We mustmanage our lives carefully, in order to avoid becoming victims. I feel as if he’s speaking directly to me, as if he’s aware that I’ve been careless with my talent and my health"

Prima intalnire cu  Steffi Graf:

"On the way to San Diego, where Stefanie is playing, I phone J.P., who gives me a
pep talk. Don’t try too hard, he says. Don’t try to be perfect. Be yourself.
I think I know how to follow that advice on a tennis court, but on a date, I’m at a loss.
Andre, he says, some people are thermometers, some are thermostats. You’re a thermostat.You don’t register the temperature in a room, you change it. So be confident, be yourself, take charge. Show her your essential self."

Prima data lasat singur cu copilul; copilul are 6 luni  :))  :

"Stefanie will murder me. I need to even 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, myson 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?"

Magia cartilor:

"I hope he and his sister feel that same pride in this book ten years from now, and thirty,
and sixty. It was written for them, but also to them. I hope it helps them avoid some of thetraps I walked right into. More, I hope it will be one of many books that give them comfort,guidance, pleasure. I was late in discovering the magic of books. Of all my many mistakes that I want my children to avoid, I put that one near the top of the list."

P.S. HAI SIMONA!!!

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