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Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book
     

Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book

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by Bud Collins
 

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Compiled by the most famous tennis journalist and historian in the world, this book is the ultimate compilation of historical tennis information, including year-by-year recaps of every tennis season, biographical sketches of every major tennis personality, as well as stats, records, and championship rolls for all the major events. Newly updated with the latest

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Compiled by the most famous tennis journalist and historian in the world, this book is the ultimate compilation of historical tennis information, including year-by-year recaps of every tennis season, biographical sketches of every major tennis personality, as well as stats, records, and championship rolls for all the major events. Newly updated with the latest history-making records in the sport, this revised edition covers the recent achievements of a variety of tennis stars, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Ivo Karlovic. Highlighting the author’s personal relationships with major names in the sport, this resource offers insights into the world of professional tennis found nowhere else.

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"Not only provides us with accurate reporting of the rich tennis history, it keeps us current on the progress of the sport today."  —Billy Jean King, tennis player and founder of the Women's Tennis Association

"If you know nothing about tennis, this book is for you. And if you know everything about tennis—hah!—Bud knows more, so this book is for you too."  —Martina Navratilova, nine-time Wimbledon singles champion

"No tennis encyclopedia could be written by anyone but Bud Collins because Bud Collins is the walking tennis encyclopedia—the game's barefoot professor. The only thing missing about the sport from his new edition is a section about Bud himself. But everything else is there—and it's easy to open and use for the whole family."  —Frank Deford, author, commentator, and Sports Illustrated contributor

"I wanted to see what size tennis shoe Ivan Lendl wore and I thought, 'Where the heck is my copy of The Bud Collins History of Tennis?'"  —Don Imus, host, Imus in the Morning radio program

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780942257410
Publisher:
New Chapter Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Pages:
722
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 10.74(h) x 1.52(d)

What People are Saying About This

Martina Navratilova
If you know nothing about tennis, this book is for you. And if you know everything about tennis—hah!—Bud knows more, so this book is for you too.
Frank Deford
No tennis encyclopedia could be written by anyone but Bud Collins because Bud Collins is the walking tennis encyclopedia—the game's barefoot professor. The only thing missing about the sport from his new edition is a section about Bud himself. But everything else is there—and it's easy to open and use for the whole family.
Billy Jean King
Not only provides us with accurate reporting of the rich tennis history, it keeps us current on the progress of the sport today.
Don Imus
I wanted to see what size tennis shoe Ivan Lendl wore and I thought, 'Where the heck is my copy of The Bud Collins History of Tennis?

Meet the Author

Bud Collins is a world-famous tennis journalist and historian, a long-time columnist for the Boston Globe, and a television broadcaster for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, and the Tennis Channel. A 1994 inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, he is the coauthor of The Education of a Tennis Player and Evonne! On the Move and the author of My Life with the Pros. He lives in Boston.

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Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
All-Court More than 1 year ago
A tennis encyclopedia should be authoritative, comprehensive, accurate and easy to use. "The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book" is all of that. As a bonus, it's also superbly written. We take "Open Tennis" for granted now with its big stars, big prize money and big media coverage. But it wasn't always that way. Here's how Collins talks about a breakthrough year: "It took a long time, and many failed attemps, but a wave of sanity finally coursed through the boardrooms of the game in 1967. When the dust settled, the most obvious result -- a tremendous surge in the popularity of the game -- made everyone wonder anew why it had taken so long." On Monica Seles's being knifed in the back by a deranged Graf fan, Collins wrote: "The Seles Saga was without question the most significant story of 1993, transcending the sport, reminding everyone that even in the relatively tranquil world of tennis, random acts of violence could take place." The highly informative biographies of the stars and near-stars are also terrific. On Jimmy Connors: "Fiery of temperament and shotmaking, this lefty with a two-fisted backhand pounded foes for more than two professional decades in rip-roaring baseline style, a rag doll throwing himself into his groundies with utter gusto. Often controversial, he fought verbally with opponents, officials and the crowd." Indexes aren't usually mentioned in reviews, but this index is excellent, which makes searching for a player, tournament, record or statistic easy and fast. Whether it's the personalities, the politics, the playing styles, the bitter and friendly rivalries, quirks, ironies and humor, this history book -- I say that because it makes tennis history come to life -- is a combination of reference book and multi-biography and literary treasure.
Once you start reading it, you can't stop. It's addictive, but in a wonderful way.