Here is a piquant passage from Andre Agassi’s Open in which the tennis great explains the letdown of success:
"But I don’t feel that Wimbledon has changed me. I feel, in fact, as if I’ve been let in on a dirty little secret: winning changes nothing. Now that I’ve won a slam, I know something that very few people on earth are permitted to know. A win doesn’t feel as good as a loss feels bad, and good feeling doesn’t last as long as the bad. Not even close."
In addition to being disenchanted with success, Agassi has had the privilege of becoming jaundiced from the banalities of fame. As he writes:
“I marvel at how unexciting it is to be famous, how mundane famous people are. They’re confused, uncertain, insecure, and often hate what they do. It’s something we always hear—like that old adage that money can’t buy happiness—but we never believe it until we see it for ourselves.”