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medium size paperback,exc. condition

When parents don't achieve their dreams, their children suffer. That's the main message of this book by Andre Agassi's father, Mike.

The book, an easy and interesting read, charts Mike's obsession with moulding his children into champion tennis players.

Mike grew up in poverty in Iran but developed a childhood love for tennis. He put the sport aside to become a boxer, representing Iran in two Olympics. Tennis stayed in his heart, however, as shown by reaction to visiting the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, home of Wimbledon, during the 1948 London Olympics: "My social position, my family's financial situation, had denied me my shot at tennis greatness."

But, he writes, "someday, somehow, somebody from my family would win this tournament". Mike forced his tennis dreams onto his four children by coaching them virtually from birth.

"People say I pushed my kids too hard, that I nearly destroyed them," he writes. "And you know what? They're right. I was too hard on them."

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