Tennis for Dummies

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Overview

Tennis is a sport for a lifetime. It really is a game that you can enjoy long-term, both as a player and a spectator. Played all over the world on surfaces ranging from concrete to clay the game of tennis is exciting to watch and even more fun to play.

Whether you’re an adult looking for a new challenge or a parent starting your kids off, Tennis For Dummies provides a terrific introduction to the sport. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, if you who want to start playing the game of tennis, but don’t have the motivation or information to do so, this book can show you the way. If you’re already into the game, you’ll find out how to take your skills to the next level.

This easy-to-understand guide will introduce you to the basics of the game and show you what it takes to improve each time you step on the court. Tennis For Dummies also covers the following topics and much more:

  • Equipping yours elf with the right apparel, racket, and accessories
  • Polishing your strokes—from your serve to lobs
  • Finding out how the game is scored
  • Shaping up with physical conditioning
  • Dealing with common tennis injuries such as shin splints and tennis elbow
  • Sharpening your mental game
  • Exploring the finer points of tennis etiquette, both on the court and in the stands
  • Discovering how to find the best tennis instructor for you

Whether you’re interested in playing singles or doubles, on hard court or clay, Tennis For Dummies will inspire you get out on a court and play. Featuring detailed photos, illustrations, and court diagrams this book can help you discover how the game of tennis is played and show you how to get the most out of yourself each and every time you pick up a racquet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764550874
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick McEnroe
About the Authors Patrick McEnroe is a top-ranking ATP tour singles and doubles player. He has earned 16 career titles, was selected to the Davis Cup team three times, and has competed in every Grand Slam tournament. When he's not playing professional tennis, McEnroe is a tennis commentator for ESPN and CBS. Peter Bodo is a senior writer for Tennis magazine and has covered professional tennis for more than 20 years. As an award-winning journalist, he has written two books about the sport and is an "Outdoors" columnist for the New York Times.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Tennis Anyone?

Chapter 1: What Is Tennis?

Chapter 2: Meet Me on the Grass, Clay, or Hard Courts.

Chapter 3: The Well-Equipped Tennis Player.

Chapter 4: Scoring in Tennis: Love Means Nothing.

Chapter 5: Knowing All the Rules and Regulations.

Chapter 6: Tennis Etiquette: Do You Really Want to Throw That Racquet?

PART II: Playing the Game.

Chapter 7: Mastering Your Tennis Fundamentals.

Chapter 8: The Forehand: Your Bread and Butter.

Chapter 9: Your Backhand: Use It or Lose It!

Chapter 10: The Volley: An Exclamation Point.

Chapter 11: The Serve: It's Entirely in Your Hands.

Chapter 12: Completing the Arsenal: Lobs, Overheads, and Drop Shots.

Chapter 13: Winning Strategies and Tactics.

PART III: Taking Your Game to the Next Level.

Chapter 14: Enjoying Your Amateur Status.

Chapter 15: Practice: The "P" Word.

Chapter 16: Physical Conditioning for Tennis.

Chapter 17: When the Machine Breaks Down: Common Tennis Injuries.

Chapter 18: Improving Your Game with Lessons.

PART IV: Tennis Aficionados Only.

Chapter 19: The Pro Game.

Chapter 20: I'll Take Four Grand Slams and a Cup, Please.

Chapter 21: Tennis from the Stands and on TV.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Tennis Tips.

Chapter 23: The Ten Best Men Players of the Open Era.

Chapter 24: The Ten Best Women Players of the Open Era.

Chapter 25: The Ten Greatest Matches of the Open Era.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

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