Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book

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Compiled by the most famous tennis journalist and historian in the world, this book is the ultimate compilation of historical tennis information, including year-by-year recaps of every tennis season, biographical sketches of every major tennis personality, as well as stats, records, and championship rolls for all the major events. Newly updated with the latest history-making records in the sport, this revised edition covers the recent achievements of a variety of tennis stars, including Roger Federer, Rafael ...

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Compiled by the most famous tennis journalist and historian in the world, this book is the ultimate compilation of historical tennis information, including year-by-year recaps of every tennis season, biographical sketches of every major tennis personality, as well as stats, records, and championship rolls for all the major events. Newly updated with the latest history-making records in the sport, this revised edition covers the recent achievements of a variety of tennis stars, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Ivo Karlovic. Highlighting the author’s personal relationships with major names in the sport, this resource offers insights into the world of professional tennis found nowhere else.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Not only provides us with accurate reporting of the rich tennis history, it keeps us current on the progress of the sport today."  —Billy Jean King, tennis player and founder of the Women's Tennis Association

"If you know nothing about tennis, this book is for you. And if you know everything about tennis—hah!—Bud knows more, so this book is for you too."  —Martina Navratilova, nine-time Wimbledon singles champion

"No tennis encyclopedia could be written by anyone but Bud Collins because Bud Collins is the walking tennis encyclopedia—the game's barefoot professor. The only thing missing about the sport from his new edition is a section about Bud himself. But everything else is there—and it's easy to open and use for the whole family."  —Frank Deford, author, commentator, and Sports Illustrated contributor

"I wanted to see what size tennis shoe Ivan Lendl wore and I thought, 'Where the heck is my copy of The Bud Collins History of Tennis?'"  —Don Imus, host, Imus in the Morning radio program

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942257410
  • Publisher: New Chapter Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 722
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Bud Collins is a world-famous tennis journalist and historian, a long-time columnist for the Boston Globe, and a television broadcaster for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, and the Tennis Channel. A 1994 inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, he is the coauthor of The Education of a Tennis Player and Evonne! On the Move and the author of My Life with the Pros. He lives in Boston.

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Table of Contents


SECTION I Tennis Year-by-year 1

1 Roots of the Game 3

2 Golden Age 17

1919 Bonjour Suzanne! 18

1920 Big Bill Tilden Makes His Mark 20

1921 Leglen's Default to Mallory Causes Stir 22

1922 A New Site for Wimbledon, Lenglen Avenges 24

1923 Wightman Cup Christens New Stadium at Forest Hills 26

1924 Tennis Gains a French Accent 28

1925 Lenglen, Lacoste A Dynamic Duo 30

1926 Lenglen Beats Wills in Historic Cannes Showdown 32

1927 Viva la France! France Wins Davis Cup 35

1928 Goland Garros Debut, Wills Takes Three 37

1929 Tilden Wins "Geezer's Gala" For Seventh U.S. Title 39

1930 Curtain Call for the Tilden Era 41

1931 The Wimbledon Final That Was Never Played 43

1932 Vines Wins Wimbledon, U.S. Titles 45

1933 A Tainted Win for Jacobs, A Near Slam for Crawford 48

1934 Perry Nets Three Majors 51

1935 Jacobs Loses Wimbledon Heartbreaker 53

1936 Perry Exits With Third Wimbledon Title 55

1937 A Davis Cup Classic: Budge vs. von Cramm 58

1938 Budge Births the Grand Slam 61

1939 A Hustler Collects Big 64

1940 Marble Rolls to Perfect 83-0 Mark 67

1941 Riggs Back On Top, Jacobs Bows Out 69

1942 Despite War, The Show Goes On 71

1943 First---and Last---Title For Joe Hunt 73

1944 Parker, Betz Reign Supreme 75

1945 A Mom and Champ, Cooke Follows Hazel 77

3 Game Divided 79

1946 Advantage U.S. As Game Revives 80

1947 A Banner Year For Jack Kramer 83

1948 Young Pancho Wins Forest Hills 86

1949 Gorgeous Gussy Shocks Wimbledon 89

1950 Gibson Breaks Color Barrier 92

1951 Sedgman and McGregor Net Doubles Grand Slam 95

1952 Sedgman Plays Major Finals Across The Board 98

1953 Invincible Connolly Wins Grand Slam 100

1954 Triumph, Tragedy for Little Mo 103

1955 An Epic Year For Trabert 105

1956 A Near Slam For Hoad, Gibson Wins French Title 107

1957 Gibson Reigns Supreme 109

1958 Cooper Corrals Three Majors 112

1959 A Latin Beat Wafts Through Majors 115

1960 Maggie and "The Rocket" Win First Majors 117

1961 Mortimer Carriers Flag For British Women 120

1962 Laver Nets Slam, Maggie Falls Short 123

1963 Emmo Revs it Up, Fed Cup Born 126

1964 Emmo Beats Stolle in Three Major Finals 129

1965 Santana Wins Forest Hills But Aussies Rule Elsewhere 132

1966 Unseeded Stolle Wins U.S. Title As Parity Prevails 135

1967 Newcombe, King Closing Monarchs of Amateur Era 138

4 Open Era 143

1968 Laver, Ashe Excel As Open Era Dawns 144

1969 Laver Nets Second Slam 149

1970 Maggie Finally Claims Her Slam 153

1971 King The Catalyst For Women's Tour 158

1972 Smith Edges Nastase At Wimbledon, Davis Cup 163

1973 Billie Beats Bobbyln Battle of the Sexes 167

1974 Connors Rides Tennis Boom 172

1975 Wimbledon Magic For Ashe 176

1976 Connors Back On Top, Renee Comes Out 181

1977 Jimbo, Vilas, Borg Battle for No. 1 186

1978 U.S. Open Gets A New Home 191

1979 Austin, 16, Becomes Youngest U.S. Champ 196

1980 Borg vs. McEnroe---A Match for the Ages 200

1981 Last Major for Borg, Mac Reaches No. 1 204

1982 Jimbo, Chrissie Go Dancing Again 209

1983 Martina Almost Perfect, Noah Creates French Frenzy 214

1984 A Vintage Year for McEnroe 219

1985 Wunderkind Boris Wows Wimbledon 224

1986 A Prague Summer All Over the World 229

1987 Lendle and Navratilova Continue Title Collections 234

1988 Steffi Scales Peak with Golden Slam 239

1989 Evert Bids Adieu 244

1990 Martina Wins Ninth Wimbledon 249

1991 Seles Slams Three Majors 254

1992 Courler Delivers 259

1993 Attack on Seles Mars Year 264

1994 A French-U.S. Double for Arantxa 268

1995 Simply The Best Sampras vs. Agassi 272

1996 A Wimbledon Surprise, Agassi Wins Olympic Gold 277

1997 16-Year-Old Hingis Takes Three Majors 282

1998 Sampras Earns Year-End No. 1 For Sixth Time 285

1999 Agassi, Graf Headliners On and Off The Court 289

2000 Sampras Wins Record 13th Major, Venus Is Golden 294

2001 Caprlati is comeback Kid 298

2002 Sampras Goes Out in Style 302

2003 Roddick Takes The Torch, A Serena Slam Is Conceived 307

2004 King Roger Ascends The Throne 311

2005 Vamos Rafa 316

2006 Allez Amelie 321

2007 U.S. Ends Davis Cup Drought 325

2008 Whither Goest Roger? 330

2009 Federer Makes History 333

SECTION II The Major Championships 337

5 The Majors and The Grand Slam 339

The Grand Slams 341

Triplers 344

All-Time Major Champions - Men 346

All-Time Major Champions - Women 347

All-Time Major Champions - Records 348

6 Australian Championships 355

Australian Championships-Tournament Results 357

Australian Championships-Records 378

7 French Championships 384

French Championships-Tournament Results 386

French Championships-Records 405

8 Wimbledon 412

Wimbledon-Tournament Results 414

Wimbledon-Records 442

9 U.S. Championships 452

U.S. Championships-Tournament Results 454

U.S. Championships-Records 484

SECTION III International Play 493

10 Davis Cup 495

Davis Cup Champions 497

Davis Cup Records 507

11 Federation/Fed Cup 511

Fed Cup Champions 512

Fed Cup Records 516

12 Olympic Games 518

Olympic Results 520

Olympic Records 525

13 Wightman Cup 528

Wightman Cup Champions 529

SECTION IV Biographies 535

14 International Tennis Hall Of Fame 537

Hall of Fame 540

En Route to Hall Of Fame 666

15 Current Elite 672

16 They Also Served 682

SECTION V Tours, Rankings and Other Championships 713

17 Ranking Histories 715

World Top 10 Rankings 716

No. 1 ATP Ranking History 727

No. 1 WTA Ranking History 728

18 General Records 729

19 Other Big Events 737

The Coast to Coast Double: Indian Wells and Key Biscayne 738

Itallan Championships 740

Hopman Cup 742

Wold Team Tennis 744

20 Year-End Championships 745

Grand Prix Masters/ATP World Championship/Tennis Masters Cup 746

WTA Championships 747

Year-End Doubles Championships 748

World Championship Tennis (WCT) Finals 750

The Grand Slam Cup 750

21 Pro Tennis in the Pre-Open Era 751

US Pro Championships 752

London Pro and French Pro Championships 754

One-Night Stands of the Bygone Pros 755

Index 757

Major Championship Singles Final Scrolls 787

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    A tennis encyclopedia should be authoritative, comprehensive, accurate and easy to use. "The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book" is all of that. As a bonus, it's also superbly written. We take "Open Tennis" for granted now with its big stars, big prize money and big media coverage. But it wasn't always that way. Here's how Collins talks about a breakthrough year: "It took a long time, and many failed attemps, but a wave of sanity finally coursed through the boardrooms of the game in 1967. When the dust settled, the most obvious result -- a tremendous surge in the popularity of the game -- made everyone wonder anew why it had taken so long." On Monica Seles's being knifed in the back by a deranged Graf fan, Collins wrote: "The Seles Saga was without question the most significant story of 1993, transcending the sport, reminding everyone that even in the relatively tranquil world of tennis, random acts of violence could take place." The highly informative biographies of the stars and near-stars are also terrific. On Jimmy Connors: "Fiery of temperament and shotmaking, this lefty with a two-fisted backhand pounded foes for more than two professional decades in rip-roaring baseline style, a rag doll throwing himself into his groundies with utter gusto. Often controversial, he fought verbally with opponents, officials and the crowd." Indexes aren't usually mentioned in reviews, but this index is excellent, which makes searching for a player, tournament, record or statistic easy and fast. Whether it's the personalities, the politics, the playing styles, the bitter and friendly rivalries, quirks, ironies and humor, this history book -- I say that because it makes tennis history come to life -- is a combination of reference book and multi-biography and literary treasure.<BR/>Once you start reading it, you can't stop. It's addictive, but in a wonderful way.

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