The Open Book: Celebrating 40 Years of America's Grand Slam

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A celebration of the sport of tennis and a spectacle of its most electrifying event, this book brings to life the historical moments, exciting highlights, and overall emotion of the US Open. From the early years of Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe to current players like Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, each of these household names have made their mark competing on the game's biggest stage. The pages are filled with background information for each champion, interesting tidbits from their winning years, and ...

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Overview

A celebration of the sport of tennis and a spectacle of its most electrifying event, this book brings to life the historical moments, exciting highlights, and overall emotion of the US Open. From the early years of Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe to current players like Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, each of these household names have made their mark competing on the game's biggest stage. The pages are filled with background information for each champion, interesting tidbits from their winning years, and highlights from the past four decades. The stunning photographs allow readers to feel the enthusiasm that surrounded each champion during their journey to victory, and the accompanying US Open Court of Champions DVD features video tributes to the 15 greatest singles champions in the history of the US Open with footage never made available before.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600781575
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 402,779
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The United States Tennis Association is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States that was created to standardize rules and regulations and promote and develop the growth of tennis in the United States. Rick Rennert is the author of two biographies, Henry Aaron and Jesse Owens, and has edited dozens of sports books. Billie Jean King is a former professional tennis player who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2008

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    The book of the year!

    The U.S. Open is the largest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and "The OPEN Book" chronicles why it has succeeded brilliantly ever since Arthur Ashe, a U.S. Army lieutenant and then an amateur, won its inaugural tournament in 1968. Whether your favorite champion is stylish Roger Federer, athletic Serena Williams, classic serve-volleyer Pete Sampras, girl-next-door Chrissie Evert, irascible John McEnroe, ultra-professional Steffi Graf, or someone else, this heavyweight (literally and figuratively) coffee table book will captivate you. If you are a history buff and like the "inside baseball" stuff of tennis, there is plenty about how the U.S. Open has pioneered so many advances in tennis like the tiebreaker, equal prize money, night tennis, prime-time finals and electronic line-calling. Each year is covered skillfully and in detail, and the written text is complemented by dazzling photos of the stars and, let's not forget the celebrities, along with a "Highlights" section that provides even more information. Profiles of the champions bring back fond memories of Rod Laver (A rocket on the court and a modest guy off it), Tracy Austin (in pinafores and ponytails), Boris Becker (fistpumping), and Martina Navratilova (outspoken and adventurous) and others like handsome Guillermo Vilas, gorgeous Gaby Sabatini and two-fisted slugger and ultimate competitor Monica Seles. If all that weren't enough, you also get a "U.S. Open Court of Champions" DVD that features tributes to the great champions and neat footage of them in action.

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