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recommend me a good tennis book

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Im searching for a christmas gift for a good friend of mine. he recently started to play and watch tennis. now he's interested in the games history and future and i would like to buy him a good book to catch up. i searched on the internet but did not found anything good.

he loves statistics so it should have that as well.

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PS: the book should be written in english.
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Illie Nastase'e autobiography is the best tennis biography I've read. You wouldn't have to be a tennis fan at all to enjoy it.

It has a stats section at the back with all his career results though not sure what else is in it.
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Jonny Mac's is good as well. Interesting read.
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Re: recommend me a good tennis book

How to win in tennis, by Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes.

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Re: recommend me a good tennis book

Maybe a compendium like "Tennis Confidential" (Paul Fein - http://www.tennisconfidential.com), it covers a wide range of topics. I only have the 1st book, I don't know the last one. It's not bad, but the 1st book is a bit old now, I guess your friend would like to read stories about the current players too.
There are a few "Fascinating Facts" at the end of each article with some stats too, but it's not the main focus.

There also are some recommendations here:
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(Adam already gave his standard answer - I agree that Johnny Mac's biography is quite good.)

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How to win in tennis, by Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes.

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How about Novak Djokovic's monography 'My First Grand Slam' ?
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Try these:

My Life as a Prick - Andre Agassi

The One Slam Wonder - Novak Djokovic and Thomas Johansson
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Also read part 2 of "My Life As A Prick" by Agassi: "How To Be A Phony".
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Winning ugly - Brad Gilbert

Serious - Mcenroe

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Lifting the covers, by Alan Mills

Winning ugly, by Brad Gilbert

I got your back, by Brad Gilbert

Mr Nastase, by Ilie Nastase (my fav)
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A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis. Its Sampras's autobiography. Well written and quite interesting.
You can't go wrong with Brad Gilbert's Winning Ugly either.

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When did Brad win anything?
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maybe the wrong forum but:

Im searching for a christmas gift for a good friend of mine. he recently started to play and watch tennis. now he's interested in the games history and future and i would like to buy him a good book to catch up. i searched on the internet but did not found anything good.

he loves statistics so it should have that as well.

thanks in advance

PS: the book should be written in english.
There is a book he might enjoy. It has a long title:

"How to be ranked around 100 in the world, pose for Playboy, and get far more press than any WTA player will ever get" by Ash Harkleroad.

I am not sure if your friend will like the statistics (probably something like 31 - 22 - 34 I'd guess).

It seems to translate well into all languages. Very quick read. Really tells you all you need to know about the WTA (present and future).
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Re: recommend me a good tennis book

John Mcenroe: Taming the Talent, by Richard Evans


havent read a book in a loooong time... but used to read heaps...

this one is from and about the year 1990, and author Richard Evans follows Mcenroe around the tour in the infamous year where he was defaulted form the aussie open...

but... for me at least, it wasnt really engaging in the literal sense, but, it was an interesting time for tennis historiaclly as in 1990 was when the 'new' ATP was formed... and, we all are aware what sort of association that is... here, you can study its infancy somewhat... Evans kinds of tries to make Mac out as widely misunderstood...

mcenroe is always an engaging character... for me at least anyways...

heres the last couple of paragraphs from a review...

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But there are inconsistencies, it seems to me, in Evans’ account of
the springs of McEnroe’s behaviour and in his biographer’s reactions and
partial justifications of it. He deplores the tantrums and rudeness. And
yet his account of McEnroe’s apparent warmth as father and husband -
sometimes in Evans’ hands a mite schmalzy - sits strangely with the
admission of McEnroe’s less than charming attitude to strangers, and this
in turn sits oddly with accounts of McEnroe’s patience in dealing with
offensive drunks in a bar in Nice. At times Evans bends too far from what
are reasonable expectations of a mature adult in dealing with strangers
(on the practice court in the host club, in the hotel lobby, on the plane)
in order to justify McEnroe’s behaviour, pleading that he was at the time,

after all, the world’s highest-ranking player, while at other junctures
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making play of McEnroe’s unassuming and unobtrusive nature. Does a
certain arrogance peep in the back door? Where does arrogance shade
into competitiveness and single-minded drive and perfectionism? And,
in fairness to both Evans and his subject, what understanding is necessary
in making judgments, given the fact that almost everything of a modern
touring tennis genius’ life is public - open to the camera, tape recorder,
press hound, and to the often brazen public?

Taming the Talent,


despite these cavils, is interesting for its
insider’s view of the different levels at which the tennis ‘industry’
operates, the players’ and entrepreneurs’ roles in it, its insights into the
media’s urge for smutty stories on the one hand and its eager earnings
from the sport on the other, the pursuit at all these levels of the mighty
dollar, the fickleness of the gallery and the changes for the worse in
partisanship in crowd behaviour - the New York crowd singled out -
which McEnroe deplores as a professional.
Graeme Kinross-Smith
Deakin University


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