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How to Talk Tennis hits an ace right down the line every fan who enjoys playing, watching, and talking about tennis stars are profiled, and the colorful terms defined here will have every reader talking a better game.

Starting out with an illustrated lexicon that ranges from ace to zip zip, the origins and meanings of the particular language of tennis-backscratch, deuce, love, follow through, poach, seeding, set, sudden death, sweet spot-are brought together in a comprehensive ...

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Jones, Taylor 1988 Trade PB Very Good 1988 Trade PB. 143 pgs. Small crease corner back cover. Otherwise very good condition, no marks. Text clean, binding tight. Learn about ... "love" & other tennis terms. Starting out with an illustrated lexicon that ranges from ace to zip zip, the origins and meanings of the particular language of tennis-backscratch, deuce, love, follow through, poach, seeding, set, sudden death, sweet spot-are brought together in a comprehensive glossary. You'll learn whether his or her forte is "knicking the line" or playing a "dropshot". Anyone can sound like a pro, describing how "a cannonball" will "jam the receiver' provided the player doesn't commit a "foot fault" and lose the "advantage". Read more Show Less

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Overview

How to Talk Tennis hits an ace right down the line every fan who enjoys playing, watching, and talking about tennis stars are profiled, and the colorful terms defined here will have every reader talking a better game.

Starting out with an illustrated lexicon that ranges from ace to zip zip, the origins and meanings of the particular language of tennis-backscratch, deuce, love, follow through, poach, seeding, set, sudden death, sweet spot-are brought together in a comprehensive glossary. You'll learn whether his or her forte is "knicking the line" or playing a "dropshot". Anyone can sound like a pro, describing how "a cannonball" will "jam the receiver' provided the player doesn't commit a "foot fault" and lose the "advantage".

Next, you'll learn the origins of some classic nicknames used to describe a number of distinct players, including Jean "The Bounding Basque" Borotra, Boris "Boom-Boom" Becker, Rene "The Crocodile" Lacoste, John "The Brat" McEnroe, Ilie "The Nasty" Nastase, James "Jimbo" Connors and many others.

How to Talk Tennis is a fast and entertaining read, bound to help anyone who aspires to being well-versed in tennis trivia and terms.

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Schwed provides a brief history of tennis, interjecting insights on the changes in the game from era to era and on its Americanization. He nominates 12 players whom he feels are the greatest male players ever and then presents a lengthy lexicon of contemporary tennis talk. Fourteen profiles of selected men and women players who have ``enriched the game'' are included. The book is enhanced throughout by caricatures of players by Taylor Jones. Jones has illustrated six other ``How To Talk'' books. This modern overview of tennis and its biographical information are available elsewhere. Appealing but not essential. Patricia Norris, Illinois State Lib . , Springfield
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942637014
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/13/1990
  • Pages: 143

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