An intimate record of professional tennis, by the man who made it famous. Bud Collins gives an anecdote-filled history of the game and introduces the players both great and flaky of the past and present. 32 halftones.
This is Rod Laver's first-hand account of his historic 1969 Grand Slam sweep of all four major tennis titles. In this memoir, the four-time Wimbledon champion and the only player in tennis history to win two Grand Slams details his childhood, early career and his most important matches. Laver also sprinkles in tips and lessons on how players of all levels can improve their game and shares some of the strategies that helped him to achieve unparalleled success on the tennis court. Originally published in 1971, "The Education of a Tennis Player" was updated in 2009 on the 40th anniversary of his historic second Grand Slam with new content, including his recovery from a near-fatal stroke in 1998. Bud Collins, the legendary tennis personality and historian, serves as the book's co-author.
Considered the "bible" of the tennis world, "Bud Collins' Tennis Encyclopedia" provides thorough statistics and presents a history of the sport, from its country club beginnings in 1876 to the billion-dollar industry it is today. The latest edition includes biographies of the best players, rules of the game, Hall of Fame facts, world rankings since 1991, and more. 230 photos.
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK A “thoroughly captivating biography” (The San Francisco Chronicle) of American icon Arthur Ashe—the Jackie Robinson of men’s tennis—a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual. Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1943, by the age of eleven, Arthur Ashe was one of the state’s most talented black tennis players. He became the first African American to play for the US Davis Cup team in 1963, and two years later he won the NCAA singles championship. In 1968, he rose to a number one national ranking. Turning professional in 1969, he soon became one of the world’s most successful tennis stars, winning the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975. After retiring in 1980, he served four years as the US Davis Cup captain and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. In this “deep, detailed, thoughtful chronicle” (The New York Times Book Review), Raymond Arsenault chronicles Ashe’s rise to stardom on the court. But much of the book explores his off-court career as a human rights activist, philanthropist, broadcaster, writer, businessman, and celebrity. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ashe gained renown as an advocate for sportsmanship, education, racial equality, and the elimination of apartheid in South Africa. But from 1979 on, he was forced to deal with a serious heart condition that led to multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, one of which left him HIV-positive. After devoting the last ten months of his life to AIDS activism, Ashe died in February 1993 at the age of forty-nine, leaving an inspiring legacy of dignity, integrity, and active citizenship. Based on prodigious research, including more than one hundred interviews, Arthur Ashe puts Ashe in the context of both his time and the long struggle of African-American athletes seeking equal opportunity and respect, and “will serve as the standard work on Ashe for some time” (Library Journal, starred review).
Arthur Ashe explains how this iconic African American tennis player overcame racial and class barriers to reach the top of the tennis world in the 1960s and 1970s. But more important, it follows Ashe’s evolution as an activist who had to contend with the shift from civil rights to Black Power. Off the court, and in the arena of international politics, Ashe positioned himself at the center of the black freedom movement, negotiating the poles of black nationalism and assimilation into white society. Fiercely independent and protective of his public image, he navigated the thin line between conservatives and liberals, reactionaries and radicals, the sports establishment and the black cause. Eric Allen Hall’s work examines Ashe’s life as a struggle against adversity but also a negotiation between the comforts—perhaps requirements—of tennis-star status and the felt obligation to protest the discriminatory barriers the white world constructed to keep black people "in their place." Drawing on coverage of Ashe’s athletic career and social activism in domestic and international publications, archives including the Ashe Papers, and a variety of published memoirs and interviews, Hall has created an intimate, nuanced portrait of a great athlete who stood at the crossroads of sports and equal justice. "Hall’s elegant and well-paced narrative teases out the contradictions of one of tennis’s most enigmatic characters."—Times Literary Supplement "A strong book on an outstanding topic, it serves as a reminder that Ashe's tragic death has to some extent eclipsed his life's work on behalf of racial equality."—Wall Street Journal "A portrait of Arthur Ashe that shows the fullness of his character—his broad interests, his impressive talents, and his missteps."—New Books in Sports "A remarkable book that will serve as a model for future works in this genre."—Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Eric Allen Hall is an assistant professor of history at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro.
"This reference work covers the careers of 35 champions who made significant contributions to the sport both on and off the court. The book features photos, statistics and records of each player"--Provided by publisher.
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