The book contains lots of interesting stuff:
- Mike Agassi says that his son would have won more slams had he adopted the serve volley style he advocated, but that Nick Bolletieri destroyed his plans by making Agassi camp out at the baseline in the style of other Bolletierri players like Courier, Chang and Seles.
- He often quarreled with Brad Gilbert saying that Gilbert did not want to improve Andre's serve. Mike says that Andre's serve could have been improved by changing to a smaller racket size which would have moved through the air quicker. On this point, I think I'm with Gilbert and Andre cause they know best.
-Mike Agassi makes lots of interesting points about how difficult it was, as an Iranian, to try and bring his kids through USTA tournmants. He says he faced some discriination because of his race, and even claims that his children were the victims of sabotage e.g. stolen rackets.
Although Mike Agassi does seem to have a bit of a warped perspective on things, you have to admire some of the things he said about his son. Mike says that he would not have been ashamed had Andre retired at the age of 27 when his rankng slipped to 141 because he'd already achieved more than what he had hoped for his son.
He was full of admiration for the way Andre played challengers to claw his way back up the rankings, saying a lesser man would simply have retired.
He says that he doesn't expect Andre to retire anytime soon.
Although he's had some troubled relations with his son, they are reconciled now and I did not detect a tone of bitterness in his book.