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

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

by Paul Fein
     
 

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In this outstanding collection of 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 interviews with such all-time greats as Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, and Jimmy Connors along with essays about the…  See more details below

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In this outstanding collection of 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 interviews with such all-time greats as Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, and Jimmy Connors along with essays about the careers of other stars like Andre Agassi, the Williams sisters, Jennifer Capriati, and Anna Kournikova. Fein also reviews the careers of pioneering players like Martina Navratilova, Bjorn Borg, and Rod Laver. Tennis Confidential tackles the issues that confront the sport today, from the media’s fascination with teenage players on the women’s tour to the changes in the game caused by new racket designs and tactical innovations. Fein also reviews the ten greatest matches in tennis history. He gives fans at every level a unique perspective on the game and its history.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Paul Fein hits an ace with Tennis Confidential.”

“A must-read for tennis fans!”

“If you're as passionate about tennis as I am, you'll find Paul Fein's Tennis Confidential is the kind of thought-provoking book you'll return to again and again. Highly entertaining and always engaging, it makes a terrific addition to any collection of tennis literature.”

“You may not always agree with Paul Fein, but you can never ignore him. Whether recording tennis trivia, important facts, and colorful quotes or methodically analysing some of the game’s great philosophical issues, he obeys the three most important journalistic commandments—to be accurate and fair, and to be readable. . . . If you are proud of your tennis library, you must have a copy of Tennis Confidential.”

Tennis Confidential does a great job of properly framing many of the ongoing debates in tennis. Even when I disagree with Paul Fein’s point of view, I appreciate the logic behind his perspective. He deserves thanks for providing the tennis community with “both sides of the coin” on these topics.

Tennis Confidential gives you an 'inside look' and really brings the players and pro circuit to life.”

“Paul Fein's book is as informative as they come among contemporary tennis compendiums. . . . So do add Paul Fein's book to your tennis bookshelves.”

“This informative and entertaining collection . . . provides much to savor. . . . [It's] a book that would make an excellent addition to sports collections in public libraries.

“If you like tennis, this is a must read.”

Tennis Confidential hits all the shots and touches all the hot buttons in the game: a page turner and must read for any tennis buff.”

“I'm pleased to recommend Tennis Confidential. It's an insightful study of the game, a vivid evocation of significant matches and a sterling characterization of legendary players. Must reading for anyone who follows tennis.”

Library Journal
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:
9781574885262
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
01/31/2003
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,183,846
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Fein is a renowned tennis journalist and author of Tennis Confidential: Today’s Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies (Brassey’s, Inc., 2002) and You Can Quote Me on That: Greatest Tennis Quips, Insights, and Zingers (Potomac Books, Inc., 2005). His articles have appeared in the United States and twenty-five foreign countries, and earned over twenty-five writing awards. Fein’s diverse tennis background includes being a top-ten sectional tournament player, satellite tournament founder and director, USPTA teaching pro, New England tournament consultant, cable TV commentator, and tennis club and council president. He lives in Agawam, Massachusetts.

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