I hope the Andre Agassi example teaches fathers out there not to push children too hard. Your child might turn into a great athlete, but I would rather have a great relationship.
Ross Drishinski, Dupuyer, Mont.
Growing up across the street from where the U.S. Open is played, I have idolized Andre Agassi. The excerpt from his autobiography ("I Hate Tennis," Nov. 2) brought me to tears; I still cannot fathom that the man who first inspired me to play tennis hates the sport with such passion. That said, with his display of courage in admitting his crystal meth use and detailing his relationship with his father, Agassi is still a role model for players of all ages.
Evan Badler, Queens, N.Y.
Agassi was a fan favorite not because he was the tallest, strongest or most graceful but because every time he stepped on the court he did the best he could. And that is something noncelebrities like us can relate to. Many of us strive to do the best we can in jobs we do not particularly like. And until we are able to do something else that we enjoy, doing the best we can in whatever situation we find ourselves is what makes all the difference in a life well lived.
New York City
The SI cover jinx did double duty this week. At the time I received my issue announcing Ryan Howard + A-Rod = World Series Home Run Derby, the two sluggers were a combined 2 for 17 with 12 strikeouts and no home runs.