I'd like to discuss in this thread about tennis books (of course tennis books connected with males
). Would be nice if we shared our opinions and recommend some interesting books to buy and read
Here are the books which I've read this year and would recommend you.
Bud Collins: "The History of Tennis"
I call it "Bible of tennis". Actually it should be an obligatory tennis book for all tennis fans
The year by year analyses of tennis seasons going back to 1919! Plenty of interesting stories, mainly of Grand Slam tournaments, long and shorter biographies of most notable tennis players (male & female) in history + results and stats...
Randy Walker: "On This Day in Tennis History"
It's a great supplement to Collins's bible
Many interesting short stories given a particular day of the calendar year from January to December. I love the formula of the book because you can read it without a chronological order just to extend your tennis knowledge. Similarly like in Collins's bible there are unique stories from the period between World Wars.
Rod Laver with Bud Collins: "The Education of a Tennis Player"
An extremely honest autobiography about a man who (as I suppose) transformed his inferiority complex into a huge success thanks to very hard work. It's a story about greed (it's a positive trait for every athlete), devotion and loyalty with purely athletic background which allows us to understand today's financial success of world's tennis. The book includes also interesting advices of the great champion for players on many different levels. If an autobiography can depict the spirit of a protagonist, "The Education of a Tennis Player" does it very well (the same thing with two autobiographies below). I shocked myself because after the last paragraph I had tears in my eyes
John McEnroe with Mark Kaplan: "You Cannot be Serious"
I've got an impression it's a very honest autobiography too. McEnroe tries to explain his on-court outbursts, maybe in some sense apologizing for that and shows the backstage of his eccentric behavior. I wish some interesting matches hadn't been depicted more profoundly but enjoyed off-court stories with the best players of 70's and 80's
Sex, drugs and rock & roll
Cliff Richey with Hilaire Richey: "Acing Depression: A Tennis Champion's Toughest Match"
Actually Cliff Richey wasn't the most popular player of the 60's and 70's (at least in retrospective) but he was a top class player, maybe someone like "Pics" Ferrer nowadays, a big fighter and a moody player, some archetype of McEnroe. It's a double track story: from one side we have a supplement to Laver's book which allows to understand better the first years of the Open era, on the other side there's a story about a man who suffers depression as a tennis player and can't get ride of it after his retirement, so it's an interesting book for all readers who like psychology and the whole stuff connected with the mysterious human mind