Golden Boy: The Life and Times of Lew Hoad, a Tennis Legendby Larry Hodgson, Dudley Jones
The official biography of Australian tennis legend Lew Hoad. The book takes as its starting point Pete Sampras winning his second consecutive Wimbledon singles title in 1994. Shortly after coming off court, he is visibly distressed by news of the death of his idol, Lew Hoad, at the age of fifty-nine. Hoad's progress is traced from humble beginnings in a Sydney suburb to becoming one of the greatest tennis players the world has ever seen. Often referred to as the “Golden Boy” of tennis, blond, good-looking Hoad was probably the first ever tennis superstar. In this book, his incredible feats “on court” as well as the colourful and dramatic events “off court”, are unfurled against a backdrop of major changes in the sport.
Author Biography: Larry Hodgson: In a thirty-year BBC career he held the posts of both Editor, Radio News and Head of Sports and Outside Broadcasts. In 1992, at the request of the All England Club, he and communications expert Mike Brown founded Radio Wimbledon, the official voice of the Tennis Championships. He is a long-standing friend of the Hoad family and lives on the Costa del Sol.
Dudley Jones lectures in English and Education at the University of Reading. He has published a number of articles on children's literature, and popular fiction writers (Len Deighton, Frederick Forsyth, Arthur Hailey) and recently co-edited a book about the heroic figure in children's popular culture. His main passion in life, however, is tennis and he has spent the last two years researching and co-writing this biography of his boyhood idol, Lew Hoad.
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