The Art Of Lawn Tennis (Dodo Press)

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William Tatem Tilden II (1893-1953), often called "Big Bill", was an American tennis player who was the World No. 1 player for 7 years, the last time when he was 38 years old. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a wealthy family, he was a "Junior" at birth but changed his name to "II" when he was in his mid-20s. He was a champion player of the 1920s and 1930s who was, along with the great French star Suzanne Lenglen, one of the two most influential persons in the history of tennis. In the United States' ...
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William Tatem Tilden II (1893-1953), often called "Big Bill", was an American tennis player who was the World No. 1 player for 7 years, the last time when he was 38 years old. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a wealthy family, he was a "Junior" at birth but changed his name to "II" when he was in his mid-20s. He was a champion player of the 1920s and 1930s who was, along with the great French star Suzanne Lenglen, one of the two most influential persons in the history of tennis. In the United States' sports-mad decade of the Roaring 20's Tilden was one of the five dominant figures of the "Golden Vigin of Sport", along with Babe Ruth, Howie Morenz, Red Grange, Bobby Jones, and Jack Dempsey. From 1920 through 1926 he led the United States team to 7 consecutive Davis Cup victories, a record that is still unequalled. His works include: The Art of Lawn Tennis (1921), It's All in the Game and Other Tennis Tales (1922), Better Tennis for the Club Player (1923) and The Common Sense of Tennis (1924).
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  • ISBN-13: 9781409982937
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

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    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

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    A classic tennis book for all serious players and fans

    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.

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