Randy Walker - The Days of Roger Federer
Understanding how to access and use information - it's the cornerstone in the digital age. Our thoughts tend to be reflected by 140-character text messages, therefore we also need short messages to get information. I assume Randy is fully aware of this process and offers a new way of telling the history of tennis: short stories in day-by-day format. Both his book "On This Day in Tennis History" and the one about Federer, don't require your constant attention. You can open them whenever you want, picking up a random page and reading it extending your tennis knowledge. Federer has been playing against the best players since 1999, facing players ten years older and ten years younger, so I think it's a valuable book for every tennis fan.
Lindsay Gibbs - Titanic: The Tennis Story
Even though I'm not an admirer of novels, I decided to read "Titanic". I spent a few days at my favorite pond: surrounded by pigeons, occasionally glancing at ducks, I was trying to imagine the marine atmosphere of the Titanic setting... Two main protagonists were real people: Richard "Dick" Williams
and Karl Behr
- the two hall of fame tennis players who survived the sinking. The former was traveling with his father, the latter found himself on the ship to ask parents of his lover Helen for hand in marriage. I know that descendants of the players were rather upset after reading the book, Behr's granddaughter even said that 'the story has been bastardized', but it's a mixture of facts and creative narratives, so I don't see any problem at all. The book is far from controversial, it's about passion and determination confronted with misfortune.