Arthur Ashe on Tennis: Strokes, Stategies, Traditions, Players, Psychology & Wisdom

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Arthur Ashe was not only a great tennis champion but a great teacher and analyst of the game he loved. In this book - delayed in its publication while Arthur completed his memoir Days of Grace - he shares the incomparable store of brilliance, experience, strategy, technique, and all-around tennis wisdom he acquired in the course of his remarkable life: as player in training, as winner of three Grand Slam titles, as two-time number-one-ranking player, as Davis Cup captain, as superb and instinctive teaching pro, ...
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Arthur Ashe was not only a great tennis champion but a great teacher and analyst of the game he loved. In this book - delayed in its publication while Arthur completed his memoir Days of Grace - he shares the incomparable store of brilliance, experience, strategy, technique, and all-around tennis wisdom he acquired in the course of his remarkable life: as player in training, as winner of three Grand Slam titles, as two-time number-one-ranking player, as Davis Cup captain, as superb and instinctive teaching pro, as television commentator, as writer for Tennis magazine. Arthur speaks to players at all levels. In addressing the questions he was most often asked, he details an approach to the game built on fundamentals - strokes, grips, serves, returns of serve - and match-tested strategies: when to change your game plan, playing percentage tennis, covering the court. In addition, he stresses the aspect of tennis for which he was particularly known: the mental game. He helps you to understand both your own game and your opponent's, explaining body language and the element of surprise, and breaking a match down to its key points. His comments on players past and present - from Pancho Gonzalez and Rod Laver to Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, and Pete Sampras - illuminate essential areas of tennis.

Featuring introductions by Billie Jean King, Lori McNeil, John McPhee, and George Vecsey, this collection of invaluable instructional advice and tennis wisdom from the late Arthur Ashe is infused with the finest insights of a great man and a great tennis mind.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Ashe (Days of Grace), who died of AIDS in 1993, is noteworthy in tennis history as the first man of color to win at Wimbledon, in 1975. This volume, written in collaboration with former Tennis magazine editor McNab (The Tennis Doctor), gives advice on every aspect of playing the game, from the best footwear through the optimum strokes in various situations to what Ashe regards as the key to winning-the mental game. He also assesses the most expert players of our time, concluding that John McEnroe was the best. The book should be especially valuable for anyone learning the game or trying to sharpen skills.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ashe Days of Grace, who died of AIDS in 1993, is noteworthy in tennis history as the first man of color to win at Wimbledon, in 1975. This volume, written in collaboration with former Tennis magazine editor McNab The Tennis Doctor, gives advice on every aspect of playing the game, from the best footwear through the optimum strokes in various situations to what Ashe regards as the key to winning-the mental game. He also assesses the most expert players of our time, concluding that John McEnroe was the best. The book should be especially valuable for anyone learning the game or trying to sharpen skills. 50,000 first printing. Apr.
Library Journal
McNab, a contributing editor at Tennis magazine, worked with Ashe on this book for two years prior to Ashe's death in 1993. The intent was for Ashe to answer those questions about the game that he was most frequently asked. The book is thematically divided into two sections. The first half is geared toward intermediate to advanced players and gives instructions on how to improve one's game. The second half focuses on the history of tennis, individual famous players, conditioning, and other points of wisdom. Unfortunately, the book reads like several short magazine articles pasted together rather than a full-length study. When read individually, the essays are informative and useful, yet their cumulative effect is choppy and abrupt. Buy only according to demand. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/94.]-J. Sara Paulk, Satilla Regional Lib., Douglas, Ga.
Wes Lukowsky
Near the end of his too short life, Arthur Ashe became a symbol. After contracting AIDS through a blood transfusion, he faced his death with dignity and tried to use his condition to raise AIDS awareness. Years earlier, he had done much the same when a heart condition halted his tennis career. Almost--not quite--lost in this admiration for Ashe the man is the memory of Ashe the tennis player, winner of multiple tournaments including the men's singles crown at Wimbledon in 1975, where he defeated Jimmy Connors in the finals. People remember his game with terms such as "fluid" and "graceful". Reading this instructional guide will also bring to mind "intelligent" and "determined". Ashe's focus here is on the mental aspects of tennis. Following heartfelt and poignant introductory essays by John McPhee, Billie Jean King, George Vecsey, and Lori McNeil, Ashe, along with coauthor McNab, discusses when and why to use the various strokes rather than how. He also explains his pet theories on competitive psychology, how to choose a teaching pro, doubles play, tennis tradition, and strategies for playing a lefty. There's also a section in which he dissects some of the best-known current players. It's not an especially well organized book (doubles strategy, for example, is buried in a chapter called "Wisdom" rather than placed in "Strategy"). But such quibbling is beside the point; the tone here is more conversational than instructional. Imagine sitting in the grass beside your local outdoor courts and sharing a soda and some thoughts on the game you love with one of its most articulate and gracious ambassadors. An excellent book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679437970
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 143
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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