Andre Agassi's OPEN: An Autobiography Snags First Place in Book Contest
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08/12/10 - In its first book contest, the United States Tennis Writers’ Association awarded First Prize to OPEN: An Autobiography
. The USTWA Book Contest recognized and honored the best tennis books published in 2009.
was written by charismatic Andre Agassi, winner of eight Grand Slam tournaments, assisted by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer J.R. Moehringer. OPEN
, which ranked No. 1 on The New York Times
nonfiction bestseller list, was published by Alfred A. Knopf.
a starred review: “This lively, revealing and entertaining book is certain to roil the tennis world and make a big splash beyond.” In The Washington Post
, Michael Mewshaw wrote: OPEN
is “extraordinary,” a book that “vividly recounts a lost childhood, a Dickensian adolescence and a chaotic struggle in adulthood to establish an identity that doesn’t depend on alcohol, drugs or the machinations of PR.” Kirkus Reviews wrote: “An ace of a tale … the enigmatic tennis great lays it all on the line.”
A Terrible Splendor: Three Extraordinary Men, A World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played
received Second Prize. Written by Marshall Jon Fisher, A Terrible Splendor
chronicles the famous 1937 Davis Cup duel between American champion Don Budge and popular, dashing German Baron Gottfried von Cramm played out against a dramatic backdrop of menacing Nazism, veiled sexuality and spiraling global tension. A Terrible Splendor
was published by The Crown Publishing Group.
Bud Collins, correspondent for The Boston Globe
and commentator for ESPN and Tennis Channel, wrote: “A literary masterpiece. Blending their lives with the darkening times, Fisher illuminates bygone cultures in a fascinating tale of a July afternoon in London.” Frank Deford, senior contributing writer, Sports Illustrated
, said: “This is sport history at its finest and most thorough.”
Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal and the Greatest Match Ever Played
received Third Prize. Strokes of Genius, written by L. Jon Wertheim, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and one of America’s best tennis writers, provides a riveting and provocative account of the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal rivalry through the prism of their epic 2008 Wimbledon final.
Booklist gave Strokes of Genius
a starred review, writing: “Compelling … Hardcore tennis fans will revel in Wertheim’s expertise and his proximity to the players and their event; others can’t help but be attracted to a vision of two champions and a rivalry in their prime.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published Strokes of Genius.
Bud Collins, the dean of American tennis writers and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Michael Mewshaw, a multi-award-winning author of 19 books, including the critically acclaimed Short Circuit, served as judges for the Book Contest.
The winners of the USTWA Book Contest will receive their awards in a ceremony during the second week of the U.S. Open.
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