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Tennis books.

My birthday is coming up, and I could not think of a better present to demand () than a tennis book.

I find myself facsinated by the pre-open era (especially lil' Mo, Lenglen and Wills-Moody, as well as Big Bill Tilden and the magnificant Australian gang), as well as the Borg-McEnroe rivalery and Lendl's revoloution of the men's game.

What do you think are the best books in the realms of tennis I mentioned? I would really appreciate any opinion here.

I heard that Magnus Norman's book was interesting, but it's yet to be translated to english, right?

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Re: Tennis books.

Is Norman's book an autobiography?

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Gotta be the Jonny Mac book. Very entertaining, a good read.
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My birthday is coming up, and I could not think of a better present to demand () than a tennis book.

I find myself facsinated by the pre-open era (especially lil' Mo, Lenglen and Wills-Moody, as well as Big Bill Tilden and the magnificant Australian gang), as well as the Borg-McEnroe rivalery and Lendl's revoloution of the men's game.

What do you think are the best books in the realms of tennis I mentioned? I would really appreciate any opinion here.

I heard that Magnus Norman's book was interesting, but it's yet to be translated to english, right?

Thanks alot for every responder .

Some good tennis books that I enjoy...some are pre Open (1968)...some after.

Too Soon to Panic by Gordon Forbes (foreward by Bud Collins

Love and Faults (Personalities Who Have Changes the History of Tennis In My Lifetime) by Ted Tinling

Open Tennis: 1968-1988 by Richard Evans

A Handful of Summers by Gordon Forbes

Mc Enroe, A Rage for Perfection by Richard Evans

Bad News for McEnroe by Bill Scanlon

Hard Courts: Real Life on the Professional Tennis Tours by Richard Feinstei(A long book which chronicles the tennis tour of 1990...LOTS of interesting stuff)

Tough Draw by Eliot Berry
Top Spin by Eliot Berry Two of my favorites...a lot of insights to current players and players like Laver and Gonzalez and Perry in these books

The Courts of Babylon by Pete Bodo...MY ALL-TIME FAVE!!!!!!

Short Circuit by Michael Mewshaw (an excellent commentary of the men's tour in the days of Vilas and Borg....

A couple of good to OK autobiographies:

The PLayer by Boris becker
Rocket to the Top by Patrick Rafter
Uncovered by Pat Cash


I got most of these at Amazon.com ... a few new, most on their used section books, some for onlyu a couple of dollars!!!

One of the best new books that I bought was The Rivals (Story of Evert and Navratilova)...

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Re: Tennis books.

I never heard about Rafter's autobiography, is it good?

I have heard about The Courts of Babylon and A Handful of Summers - what are they about? Which period? What players?

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I never heard about Rafter's autobiography, is it good?

I have heard about The Courts of Babylon and A Handful of Summers - what are they about? Which period? What players?
Rafter's bio is EXCELLENT...it chronicles the time just after he won the 1997 and 1998 US Opens...and his struggles through 1999, weaving tales of his life throughout...one of my favorite parts of the book are his his "fights" (off the court as much as on) with Pete Sampras....

The book is written in the first person...and with the easy "good mate" style that one associates with Rafter!!! I enjoyed the book A LOT!!! I still read it now and again when I miss Rafter being on the tour...like Agassi, he won't ever challenge for the best ever player...but his warmth and personality are not easily replaced! Those with the unique styles are rare!!!



A Handful of Summers: I'll just copy for you what the inside jacket cover reads of this book: "In a Handful of Summers, Gordon Forbes looks back with laughter at his international tennis playing years, from the mid 1950's through a varied and successful and often outrageous career on the world's courts... Gordon Forbes had time to observe (and compete against) all the great players of his era, from Hoad and Rosewall, Drobny and Patty to Laver and Santana...Maria Bueno,Lea Pericoli, Sandra Reynolds, Virginia Wade...(this book is full of) superbe antedotes ...from his dressing room-view of the tennis world."

Chapter headings have such titles as: Pietrangeli, Sirola, Emerson, Laver; Seixas and Trabert --their crew-cuts; Abie, Neale Frazer and Ken Rosewall; Don Candy (who was Pam Shriver's coach); Lew Hoad; The younger Cliff Drysdale; The maturer Cliff Drysdale; Rod Laver at Wimbledon; Bjorn Borg...and about 30 other chpater headings....

I hope that gives you some idea...


The Courts of Babylon by Peter Bodo (the same Bodo who currently writes for Tennis Magazine and writes the Internet blog at www.tennis.com is my FAVORITE tennis book.

It's subtitle is "tales of greed and glory in the harsh new world of professional tennis'

It cover LOTS of stories about players such as Lendl (the chapter on Lendl is GREAT), Evert, Connors, Navratilova, McEnore, Borg...generally the late 1970's and the 1980's....

There's a chapter on Goolagong (a fave with Bodo)...and insights into Navartilova and Evert that I haven't read anywhere else...There's also a very insightful chapters on Boris Becker and John McEnroe that you won't get from too many other sources...and one very interesting chapter about Steffi Graf...
also Stefan Edberg....

Bodo also writes chapter about the Rise and Fall of the Christian Ministry in tennis...and the fashion push of sponsors and endorsers...MONEY!!!

He writes a little bit about Agassi and Chang and Sampras and Courier...but just as much as they were beginning their careers and how they played into some of the other topics (like Christianity and endorsers, etc.)

It's a GREAT book by one of the best authors in tennis...and if you want someone who actually seems to understand Jimmy Connors, this book is a MUST!!!

I got my copy of ...Babylon at www.amazon.com in their used tennis books section for just a few bucks...and it's a TREASURE!!!

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Re: Tennis books.

there is a good thread about tennis books that are struggling with sales - perhaps you might find something you're interested in there.

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Re: Tennis books.

I'd go for the Gordon Forbes books as well - plus Elliot Berry's as well - and my fav, Hard Courts. I wish there was a more up to date version of Hardcourts - like life on the tour in the last 5 years.

I think for me the most talented of all times was (Marcelo) Rios. Marat Safin, 2004

Marcelo has an enormous talent. Gaudio, RG champion 2004

"Rios ... he has a beautiful game, great forehand and great touch," Federer, World number 1

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Re: Tennis books.

As for player bios - I wouldn't bother with Becker's or Cash's. They both have monstrous egos and blame others for any misfortunes they suffered.

I think for me the most talented of all times was (Marcelo) Rios. Marat Safin, 2004

Marcelo has an enormous talent. Gaudio, RG champion 2004

"Rios ... he has a beautiful game, great forehand and great touch," Federer, World number 1

Guillermo Coria: "Ríos and Vilas are my two idols"
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Re: Tennis books.

Reading is bad for you.

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Re: Tennis books.

joycomesmorning - thank you so much!

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As for player bios - I wouldn't bother with Becker's or Cash's. They both have monstrous egos and blame others for any misfortunes they suffered.

that's the funny thing about monstrous egos - they make great sports stars, but boring books. What do you want to bet that Sampras's will be the biggest snoozer of them all.
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