The Education of a Tennis Player

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Depicting the monumental achievements of a world-class athlete, this firsthand account documents Rod Laver’s historic 1969 Grand Slam sweep of all four major tennis titles. Coauthored with renowned tennis expert Bud Collins, this frank memoir details Laver’s childhood, early career, and his most important matches. Each chapter also contains a companion tennis lesson, providing tips on how players of all levels can improve their own game and sharing strategies that garnered unparalleled success on the courts. ...

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Overview

Depicting the monumental achievements of a world-class athlete, this firsthand account documents Rod Laver’s historic 1969 Grand Slam sweep of all four major tennis titles. Coauthored with renowned tennis expert Bud Collins, this frank memoir details Laver’s childhood, early career, and his most important matches. Each chapter also contains a companion tennis lesson, providing tips on how players of all levels can improve their own game and sharing strategies that garnered unparalleled success on the courts. Fully updated on the 40th anniversary of the author’s most prominent triumph, this revised edition contains brand new content, including the story of Laver’s courageous recovery from a near-fatal stroke in 1998.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Great guy . . . great player . . . great read!"  —Tom Tebbutt, Toronto Globe and Mail

"Rod was the most respected player I've known. His game was marvelous, and he revolutionized the backhand for left-handers."  —Richard Evans, TennisWeek.com

"It was watching Rod Laver that gave me my first understanding of what greatness means. Who better than Bud to tell the tale?"  —Simon Barnes, Times of London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942257625
  • Publisher: New Chapter Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,412,129
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rod Laver is the only tennis player in history to twice achieve a Grand Slam sweep of all four major titles—Wimbledon, U.S., French, and Australian championships—within a single calendar year. He has won 11 major singles titles and nearly 200 singles titles while also guiding Australia to five Davis Cup titles. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981. He lives in Carlsbad, California. Bud Collins is a world-famous tennis journalist and historian, a longtime 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 The Bud Collins History of Tennis and My Life with the Pros. He lives in Boston.

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Table of Contents

Introductions i

1 Turn off The Rain 1

Lesson 1 Mental Preparation 15

2 Something Called The Grand Slam 17

Lesson 2 The Killer Instinct 25

3 Charlie Hollis 26

Lesson 3 Conditioning and Equipment 30

4 Bring A Coat and Tie 33

Lesson 4 Tennis Anyone? Any Age? 41

5 The First Leg of The Grand Slam: The Australian 42

Lesson 5 Confidence and Shrugging off bad luck 55

6 Living With Pain 56

Lesson 6 Handling Injuries, and Other Props 60

7 South Africa 62

Lesson 7 Changing Tour Game as You Grow Older 66

8 The Davis Cup Jitters 68

Lesson 8 Pressure 78

9 Paris In The Spring, 1962 80

Lesson 9 Don't Change a Winning Game (And always Change a Losing Game) 86

10 The Year of The Revolution 87

Lesson 10 Playing On Clap 92

11 The Second Leg of The Grand Slam: The French 94

Lesson 11 The Serve and Spin 104

12 The French Open Final and Kenny Rosewall 105

Lesson 12 Forehand and Topspin 112

13 Thirteen Straight Losing Points 113

Lesson 13 Doubles 116

14 Paradise Regained-Wimbledon 120

Lesson 14 Court Conditions and Surfaces 131

15 Respectability Is A Club Tie 133

Lesson 15 Court Manners and Etiquette 138

16 A Shaky Begining 140

Lesson 16 The Crisp Volley 148

17 A Man Named Gonzales 150

Lesson 17 Playing Against Familiar Opponents 157

18 A Few Words from Mary Laver 158

Lesson 18 The Care and Feeding of a Tennis Player 164

19 The Third Leg of The Grand Slam: Wimbledon 165

Lesson 19 The Backhand and Topspin 170

20 Three Down and One To Go 171

Lesson 20 Returning Serve 184

21 The Spoils Of Victory 185

Lesson 21 "Equipment" 189

22 The Beginning of the End 192

Lesson 22 Know Yourself 197

23 The Last Leg of theGrand Slam: Forest Hills 199

Lesson 23 Hitting Through the Ball 205

24 Semifinal 207

Lesson 24 Chipping and The Middle Approach 212

25 Grand Slam 213

Lesson 25 The Lob and the Answer 220

26 Life After Two Grand Slams 222

27 1973 Wimbledon Boycott/Davis Cup 236

28 Almost "Heavyweight Champion" 242

29 The Stroke 245

30 Epilogue 248

Appendix A The Grand Slams 249

Appendix B The Complete Year of Laver's Grand Slam 256

Appendix C Rod Laver 259

Index 263

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    Rod Laver is the only person who has won the Grand Slam twice. All four major tennis titles Wimbledon, US, French and Australian Championships went to Rod in a single year. In this book, Rod shares his tennis experience from amateur to pro. He includes tips at the end of each chapter to help you with your game. Some of the helpful hints apply to tennis only but others can be used in your everyday life.

    I really like metaphors and that's how I interpreted some of the information in this book. Tennis fans everywhere should read this book. Rod is a likable person with wisdom to share to all those who are open to it.

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