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Posted June 28, 2008
Bill Tilden was a 1920s superstar and a tennis genius. 'The Art of Lawn Tennis' is filled with his timeless wisdom. For example, 'The first thing to fix firmly in your mind in playing a match is never to allow your opponent to play a shot he likes if it is possible to force him to make one he does not.' Another example: 'It is the uncertainty of match tennis that is its greatest charm.' A third example: 'It is the ability to control your mental processes, and not worry unduly over early reverses, that makes a great match player.' The more you read, the more you learn and the smarter you get. Tennis has come a long way since Tilden, but Tilden has bequeathed to posterity a brilliance that has more than stood and passed the test of time.
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This Tilden classic is second only to his "Match Play and the Spin of the Ball. It is filled with aphorisms such as "It is the ability to control your mental processes, and not worry unduly over early reverses, that makes a great match player." Another is: "Singles is a game of the imagination, doubles a science of exact angles." His profiles of comtemporary champions and contenders are loaded with insight. On Suzanne Lenglen, Tilden says: "Her acrobatic style and grace on the court form an appeal no gallery can resist." Much of the instruction is timeless. Consider: "The object of service is to obtain the maximum return with the minimum effort. This statement holds ture for all tennis strokes, but in none so strongly as in service." Don't be dissuaded from reading this book because it was published in 1921. Tilden was not only a champion for the ages, but a thinker for the ages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.