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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Best autobiography of a tennis player?

The best biography from a tennis player I ever read was Monica Seles >>From Fear To Victory<<.
Not many people have got such an up and down life and after all the things that happend to her, she's got a lot to tell.

There are a lot of books from and about Martina Navratilova. Interesting life - no doubt about it.

Is there a biography about Jennifer Capriati?

Arantxa Sanchez got a new one and from what I've heard she is very honest on personal matters.

From male players I really liked the Agassi's >>Open<<. Entertaining and interesting.

In contrast to Sampras' biography

What's your favorite autobiography?
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I've read JMac's, Agassi's, Laver's and Sampras'. JMac's was probably the best. Really liked them all though, Laver's showed that he has a great sense of humor (and it's very nice to learn about the old legends as well).

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Re: Best autobiography of a tennis player?

Laver's is quality, The Education of a Tennis Player should be required reading for any tennis player or fan.

I also enjoyed Pancho Gonzales' book, The Man With A Racket. Sampras' book A Champion's Mind is a bit dull, but there are a bunch of diamonds in the rough in that book, invaluable tips hidden in there.

Rafa's book is very good, though I wish he had waited until after his career to get it out there.

Tilden's books were all good, Match Play and the Spin of the Ball and The Art of Lawn Tennis, as well as The Triumphs and the Tragedy.

Ilie Nastase's book, Mr. Nastase is hilarious

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Re: Best autobiography of a tennis player?

I loved Agassi's book I do think that Agassi's voice, and his memory, make it what it is. They chose to narrate it in the endless present tense, which was wise, because it pulls the story along, but also prevents Agassi from opining on his own past and clearing issues in hindsight (that is the becker problem he had in 1995). He tells the story as he felt it at the time. You see his feelings towards people and towards playing evolve over time. It is a story about one person's struggle towards maturity, towards making himself a more whole person, given the cards he had to play.
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Re: Best autobiography of a tennis player?

I've only read Agassi's. Very well-written. Agree with Winnie above.

Oh I've read Rene Stauffer's book on Rogi too, of course. It was all right.

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Re: Best autobiography of a tennis player?

I have read Agassi's, Fed's and Rafa's.

Enjoyed Agassi's the most to be honest although Roger is my favourite player.

I have 2 bio's from Roger, one from Stauffer and one from Bowen.

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