Tennis Confidential: Today's Greatest Players, Matches and Controversies

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Take an intimate look INSIDE pro tennis!

In this outstanding collection of features, essays and interviews, Paul Fein takes the reader into the world of the pro tennis tour with inside scoops about the game's greatest stars, past and present. Tennis Confidential includes up-close and personal interviews with such all-time greats as Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors, along with eye-opening features about the careers of today's headliners like Andre Agassi,...

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Overview

Take an intimate look INSIDE pro tennis!

In this outstanding collection of features, essays and interviews, Paul Fein takes the reader into the world of the pro tennis tour with inside scoops about the game's greatest stars, past and present. Tennis Confidential includes up-close and personal interviews with such all-time greats as Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors, along with eye-opening features about the careers of today's headliners like Andre Agassi, the Williams sisters, Jennifer Capriati and Anna Kournikova. Fein also reviews the careers of pioneering legends like Martina Navratilova, Bjorn Borg, and Rod Laver.

Tennis Confidential tackles the sport's burning issues, such as charismatic but controversial teen queens, bad dads, equal prize money, race questions, rule change proposals, and the power crisis. Fein gives you a front row seat when he captures the drama of the ten most important and thrilling matches in tennis history. Well-researched and filled with fascinating anecdotes and juicy quotes, Tennis Confidential gives fans at every level a unique perspective on this exciting sport and its storied history. Fein takes you on a tennis adventure you'll always remember.

About the Author:

Paul Fein has been a tennis writer for twenty years. Tennis Week’s Journalist of the Year for 1991, he has won more than a dozen writing awards during his career. Fein’s involvement with the sport includes working as a television commentator, a tennis pro, and as a referee. He lives in Agawam, Massachusetts.

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This informative and entertaining collection of previously published features, essays, and interviews provides followers of the game much to savor. A tennis journalist for 20 years, Fein wishes "to give tennis lovers what they relish" and he delivers. His insights and high regard for the sport are evident as he covers a wide range of topics. Features about former legends and today's headliners are expertly written, and boxes filled with "Fascinating Facts" are scattered throughout. Not every fact actually fascinates, but some surely grab your attention, e.g., that 96 percent of the estimated $20 million that Anna Kournikova earned in 1999 came from endorsements. Fein analyzes the sport's hot issues and controversies, including equal prize money and the rankings debate. Ardent fans keenly aware of the game's amazing all-time records will appreciate Fein's discussion of how tennis generally pales in comparison to the promotional efforts of other sports in these matters. These achievements should be proudly publicized, argues Fein, whose case is bolstered with a full accounting of the game's most cherished records. His lively description of the ten greatest matches in tennis history is a fitting end to a book that would make an excellent addition to sports collections in public libraries. Howard Katz, New York Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574884272
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2006

    Tennis Confidential: Today's Greatest Players, Matches and Controversies

    Paul's books are always full of information and entertainment. This book will provide insight into the game and some of its most well known players. Paul's ability to get the inside track on these stories provides the fan insight they are not normally exposed to. A great gift for any tennis fan. It would also be great to take with you to any Open parties and pass around. With tennis interest high, it is a good time to brush up on your tennis gossip and history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    Tennis Confidential: Today's Greatest Players, Matches and Controversies

    Paul's books are really entertaining. The insights into what the players are saying to and about each other make for a great read. This book makes a great gift for the tennis player on your list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    Finest Tennis Book

    'Tennis Confidential' is one of the finest tennis books I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    Tennis Confidential

    Tennis Confidential is not an encyclopedia, but it is encyclopedic. It begins with player profiles and ends with the 10 greatest matches. In between are interviews with some of the game's more interesting characters, discussions of its controversies, and a brief history of racquet design. You'll learn that teen queens didn't begin with Tracy Austin, that the 'bad dads' so prevalent in the past 30yrs have a historical precedent, and why women's tennis is better than men's. The passion Fein has for the sport he's covered for a quarter century is evident as he weighs in on proposed rule changes and other issues. He writes, 'If tennis tries to be all things to all people, it will lose its brilliant uniqueness and end up being nothing much to anyone.' But TC comes close to being all things to all tennis fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    Fein Job!

    About a year ago, I had to get up to speed on women¿s professional tennis as it became intertwined with my profession. I am a recreational player, but by no means a tennis nut. I read this book over Christmas and learned a great deal. I especially liked the historical portraits of Althea Gibson, Suzanne Lenglen , Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver. These charming stories transport you to another era. The chapters on the greatest matches in tennis history similarly make you feel like you are watching them. Borg-McEnroe, Ashe-Connors, this is scintillating stuff even if you watched them years ago. This man is a top-notch story teller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    Fein Work

    Paul Fein's 'Tennis Confidential' is quite simply a `tour de force.' As a former sports reporter, editor and now documentary filmmaker, I have a professional and personal passion for this game. As such, I have read more than my share of tennis books. Rarely have I encountered a more incisive or entertaining analysis of the contemporary game, its personalities and controversies. This collection of award-winning essays and articles, gives you far more insight into the lives of the game's top figures than encountered on television or in magazines. When you actually meet a celebrity, they are often quite different from their public persona. This book discloses the kind of interesting facets which don't get through the filter of the day's sensational sound- bytes. You will meet a funny, often witty Sampras, a thoughtful, sensitive Martina Navratilova. Anna Kournikova, for instance, who is friendly and down to earth in person, was by all accounts an unbelievably brash kid. Fein relays a hilarious anecdote by Gene Scott, the publisher of Tennis Week and Russias first tournament promoter, about how Anna was discovered. Scott decided to showcase Russia's emerging junior talent in an exhibition prior to matches at the Kremlin Cup. Kournikova was so talented and cocky that as a 12-year-old girl she would serve and volley and try to 'peg' her older male opponents with the ball. The crowds would go wild. This young girl threatened the tournament director that if she was not allowed to be on center court every single night, she wouldn't play at all....And so the officials caved in. Anna was later discovered at the event and brought to the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida, where she further developed into teenage sensation. As a twenty-five year veteran tennis reporter, Fein also has the ability to make the past come alive. He discusses the greatest matches of all time and delves deeply into the reasons the sport has changed so much. He astutely analyses the game's trend toward sheer power and makes interesting arguments about how (and how not) to reform the game. Hard-core fans will find his brief chapter explaining the ranking system, and how it encourages players to 'tank,' alone worth the price of the book. If there is a tennis fan in your life (or even a former enthusiast turned-off by the modern game), this is a highly informative, lucid, can't-put-it-down kind of read that deserves to be shared.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    Service Ace with Power, Spin, Placement

    Paul Fein explores all facets of tennis with great insite and a love of the game. It was a fun, fasinating read. If you love the great game of tennis and would like understand and appreciate it on a higher level Paul's book, 'Confidential Tennis' is a must read. Ed Tennis Geometrics

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    For The Love Of Tennis

    Simply put, if you love tennis, you'll love this book. It's a must read for the tennis enthusiast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2004

    A Craftsman's Book

    Well known tennis writer Paul Fein has put a lot of work into this 'Tennis Confidential' book of his, and it has come up trumps. It is interesting, Wide-raning, knowledgeable and easy to read. Its 300 pages and over 20 illustrations are very good value.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    'Tennis Confidential' is a terrific read

    The game of tennis has been in Paul Fein's cloth for many years, not only as a writer, but as a teaching pro, referee, and television commentator. He has an insightful way of taking his readers inside the covers of his books to give them a behind the scenes look at the world of tennis. Paul's book, 'Tennis Confidential' is another excellent example. He provides you with the inside scoop about Agassi, Serena, Martina, and a host of stars in full-length stories. The Q&A interviews with Ashe, McEnroe, Connors and Sampras are real eye-openers. Paul Fein analyzes, with unusual depth and fairness, the tennis issues and trends in the game. You'll especially like his authoritative perspectives on the power crisis, equal prize money and on-court coaching. History buffs are treated to the ten greatest matches in history with detailed explanations why they were so thrilling and momentous. I gleaned lots of new information in Paul's 20th century retrospectives, especially that metal rackets and open-throat frames first appeared in the 1920s? Sprinkled throughout the book are amusing trivia and startling significa that you'll really enjoy, too. Bottom line, 'Tennis Confidential' is a terrific read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2004

    For the Love of Tennis

    If tennis is your passion, or if you are just beginning this wonderful sport, you will certainly enjoy Paul Fein's TENNIS CONFIDENTIAL. It is filled with interesting tidbits about current tennis pros as well as champion players from the past. I especially liked the 'Fascinating Facts' section at the conclusion of each chapter. Where else could you find out that 'Parents who send their children to Pat Cash's new tennis academy in Australia are required to attend behavior classes.' Paul Fein's detail-oriented style of writing produced a thoroughly entertaining book and reveals his love for the game of tennis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    A comprehensive peek into professional tennis

    Paul Fein's 'Tennis Confidential' examines the professional tennis scene from several angles--players, controversies (e.g., rules, playing styles, equipment), key social issues (e.g., sexism, racism), and memorable matches of the past. It abounds with colorful detail and toothsome snippets of gossip...and should appeal to hackers and serious players alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2003

    Essays, interviews, and much more

    If you think you know a lot about tennis you'll learn more in this in-depth look at tennis from a long-time, award-winning tennis writer. Paul Fein assembled a collection of his best articles for Tennis Confidential, and the result is an entertaining and informative experience intertwined with fascinating facts. He cleverly broke it down into six parts: Portraits of the Stars, Memorable Interviews, Topical Trends and Burning issues, The Great Controversies, Twentieth-Century Retrospectives, and The Ten Greatest Matches in Tennis History. In one chapter, he examines two-handed backhands, tiebreakers, and the racket revolution. In another, we take an in-depth look at Venus Williams, Andre Agassi, and Anna Kournikova. It's a book that you can pick up again and again and enjoy it all over again. I highly recommend Tennis Confidential to anyone with an interest in tennis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    A wonderful addition to Tennis literature

    Although I first read this book on loan from my local library, I will soon add this title to my bookshelf. Why? Because it passes the test of whether or not I would read it again. It's that good and it is filled with elements of tennis lore that every tennis fan will want to have access to. But beyond a list of who won what grand slam, it has the authors heartfelt opinions about where the game of tennis was, is, and will be going. Informative and thought-provoking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2003

    An excellent documentary on the issues of tennis!

    This is an excellent read! Paul Fein examines in detail the peaks and valleys (and volleys) of the tennis world. Fein discusses issues such as the excessive power in our sport, race relations, the comparisons of mens versus womens tennis, tennis in underdeveloped countries, and and other pervasive factors. He truly makes very effective points, which deserve utmost consideration for anyone from the casual fan to the most well-respected tennis officials. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to look at tennis well beyond the baseline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    Store-house of Tennis-world ..and more

    Paul Fein's book is simply one of the best written on the stars of the game, their lives and the glamour and agony that comes their way. It is just impossible to sum up the book as merely an informative account of the top players and their achievemrnts, for besides of glorifiying their lives, it also brings critical commentary at the same. The collection of interviews, profiles and photographs shows the versatility of the author's research. His knowledge of the game, its stars and their lives is clearly evident through the insights of these many articles which range from the early 70's to the present day. The collection of the greatest players, the greatest matches and on top of that the greatest conroversies are simply superb. The titles of the articles are as much fascinationg and thought provoking as the content is. Though some of the articles of have appeared in leading magazines, yet to get them in one singe volume is a treat, so in my view this book is definitely a must, and a dream of every pro-tennis lover. If you like tennis, you should have it, and even if don't like it, You buy it and see, you will start loving the game and its stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    Tennis Confidential, first rate all the way!!

    Tennis Confidential captured my heart and soul. It is absolutely first rate and makes for very entertaining reading. The book is witty and delightful. It is one of the most enjoyable books on tennis that I have read in a long time. What a treat, 'The ten greatest matches' I read this chapter over and over again. It was very sentimental and full of nostalgia. The book is superbly written and I highly recommend it to all avid and casual tennis lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    Perhaps the Best Largescale Profile of the Pro Game Around

    For any tennis buff who enjoys both playing and reading about those who play very, very well, this is an insightful and well-written book that provides plenty of information in an engaging package. Fein's book bounds about in its discussions of players, their matches and other facets of the pro game. For a sports book, this is one to keep and reread every so often - this exposure is simply not to be found anywhere else!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    Paul Fein Hits A Winner!

    Paul Fein's Tennis Confidential is a fantastic collection of essays and interviews. As a former collegiate tennis player and current teaching pro who has avidly followed and played tennis my whole life, I learned more from Tennis Confidential than any other tennis book. Fein combines his expert journalism with his supreme knowledge of the sport to produce a gem. I found the essay style very convenient. With just 10 minutes of spare time, I could be transported behind the scenes of tennis and into Fein's world with one of his essays, interviews, or match coverage. My favorite part of the book was the ¿Fascinating Facts.¿ True tennis fans will be in heaven with some of the trivia that Fein has collected over the years. Importantly, too, Tennis Confidential has diversity appeal. Newcomers to the sport will be enticed to learn more, and seasoned fans and players will be reminded of how unique the game and its personalities are. I am anxiously awaiting Tennis Confidential II !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    Excellent

    Tennis Confidential by Paul Fein is a logically organized collection of essays, reports on remarkable matches, and interviews, that I found serendipitously searching the web, and read with the appreciation of the author¿s ability to get deep into the topic while enjoying plastic description of events, matches, broader impact of events for pro-tennis, and post-game interviews etc. The style of writing was concise and to the point. The author is at his best in the middle of the book conveying the ongoing issues of pro-tennis from the possible rule changes, computer and year to date; to the Prize-Money equality/inequalities. This book wont help to improve your game, but will definitely provide a collection of deep thoughts about the game of tennis, and the paradoxical and complicated psyche of the players that have shaped the Open-Era. In my opinion, the book reaches the quality of B. Collins's My Life with the Pros, and P. Bodo¿s The Courts of Babylon, while keeping its own unique concept of tennis and style, and selection of topics surviving the tests of time. TC II deserves its consideration.

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