Andre Agassi made Prince Harry’s author store belongings and ‘beef with bosses’

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The author behind Prince Harry’s memoir was persuaded to ghostwrite the autobiography of Andre Agassi because he could see that the tennis legend had ‘an intense and specific ache’ that he believed he could help cure. J.R. Moehringer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who shot to prominence in the sporting world after ghostwriting ‘Open’ for the eight-time Grand Slam champion.

The author’s credibility also saw him chosen to ghostwrite Prince Harry’s controversial memoir ‘Spare’ recently, which has quickly gone on to become a best-seller.

Moehringer’s collaboration with Agassi on ‘Open’ proved to be an instant success on publication in 2009 and became a source of inspiration for a number of global athletes. And in a recent interview with The New Yorker, the author has lifted the lid on what working with the former World No. 1 was like and how his own personal memoir had put him on the global sports star’s radar in the first place.

Moehringer said: “On the verge of retiring, he told me that he was decompressing from the emotions of the moment by reading my memoir, ‘The Tender Bar’, which had recently been published. It had him thinking about writing his own. He wondered if I’d come talk to him about it. A few weeks later, we met at a restaurant in his home town, Las Vegas.

“He hated tennis, he said. He wanted to talk about [the] memoir. He had a list of questions. He asked why my memoir was so confessional. I told him that’s how you know you can trust an author—if he’s willing to get raw.”

Agassi’s ability to resonate with Moehringer’s own memoir was the catalyst for his strong desire to get the author onboard with his own autobiography. The writer had previously rejected offers from the American on a couple of occasions but after seeing a little deeper into his soul, he eventually had a change of heart and felt that by collaborating, he could actually help him.

“Apart from a beef with my bosses, and apart from the money (Andre was offering a sizable bump from my reporter salary), what finally made me change my no to a yes, put my stuff into storage and move to Vegas was the sense that Andre was suffering an intense and specific ache that I might be able to cure. He wanted to tell his story and didn’t know how; I’d been there. I’d struggled for years to tell my story,” Moehringer said.

Although Moehringer had been reluctant to work with Agassi initially, the author revealed that their time together had actually been plain sailing, with the pair never once experiencing a moment of friction.

Moehringer added: “‘Please,’ I said to Andre, ‘don’t give me a story to tell at future Super Bowls.’ He grinned and said he’d do his best. He did better than that. In two years of working together, we never exchanged a harsh word, not even when he felt my first draft needed work.”

Agassi, now 53, earned nearly £25million in prize money during his career. He retired in 2006 after the US Open.

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