Hard Courts: Real Life on the Professional Tennis Tours

Hard Courts: Real Life on the Professional Tennis Tours

by John Feinstein
     
 

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The new edition of this bestseller in hardcover features never-before-published, all-new inside info on the money, personalities and politics of pro-tennis: Jimmy, Monica, Boris, Martina, et al. Now in paper.


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The new edition of this bestseller in hardcover features never-before-published, all-new inside info on the money, personalities and politics of pro-tennis: Jimmy, Monica, Boris, Martina, et al. Now in paper.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In cloth, Feinstein's panoramic portrait of big-money tennis spent six weeks on PW 's bestseller list; the paperback will contain new material on the controversial 1991-1992 tours. (June)
School Library Journal
YA-- Over a period of 15 months, Feinstein interviewed close to 200 individuals--players, coaches, managers, trainers, tournament officials, agents, and fans. The world that he describes is not always a pretty one. Scandal, corruption, feigning injury, and other problems are as much a part of this game as they are of any other multimillion-dollar sport. But the pagentry, tradition, and greatness of so many individuals is also a mainstay of the book. Young adults will get to know their favorite players not only as participants but as real people. --Dino Vretos, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Of all the "isms," implies this gossipy and savvy rundown on big-time tennis, commercialism may be the most subtly ruinous. Hitherto known as one of college basketball's better Boswells, Feinstein (A Season on the Brink, A Season Inside, Forever's Team) spent 1990 with the young professionals who make often-handsome livings on courts of quite another kind. By his account, few of the men and women on the global circuit (let alone their agents or tournament officials) can be described as sportive. With millions of dollars in prize money and endorsements for corporate sponsors at stake, touring pros and their supporting casts play the game for keeps. The long grind of the season starts in January with the Australian Open, the first of the so-called Grand Slam tournaments on which the author focuses, and ends in December with the Davis Cup final. In between, there are nearly 80 more sanctioned events for men and over 60 for women, plus countless opportunities to participate in lucrative exhibitions. As it happened, 1990 produced eight different Grand Slam champions and some very fine tennis. In covering the major contests, though, Feinstein leaves little doubt that the administrative policies of the game are as anarchic and self-seeking as those of boxing, a situation that helps explain the willful, mercenary bent of many star attractions. The author does not confine himself to muckraking, however. Indeed, he has kind (if blunt) words for such top seeds as Boris Becker, Chris Evert, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, and a host of lesser lights who have some appreciation of the cosmopolitan sport's traditions. Feinstein is obviously disturbed, though, by the increasing incidence of "tanking"(deliberately losing a match), TV dominance, conflicts of interest, and parental ultimatums. He's also bemused by the game's expedient approach to finance. For example, Zina Garrison (a talented black woman) couldn't buy an endorsement until she made the 1990 Wimbledon final, at which point her agent negotiated a $500,000, five-year deal with Reebok. An unsparing but engrossing audit of a sport that has yet to reckon the price of winning at any cost.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307800961
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/17/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
471
Sales rank:
808,763
File size:
3 MB

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