Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia, Revised Edition

Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia, Revised Edition

by Bud Collins
This is the fourth book in the successful series of Total Encyclopedias.


This is the fourth book in the successful series of Total Encyclopedias.

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Tennis journalist Collins serves an ace down the "T" with this definitive new reading and reference guide of the sport, which integrates, updates, and expands upon material from the previous three editions of his Tennis Encyclopedia (o.p.). Collins seeks to create "the most complete and exhaustive history of tennis ever published" and he succeeds. Perhaps most impressive is the newly created "Register," with its singles tournament statistics for nearly 400 of the game's best players from the Amateur and Open Eras. Easy-to-read charts include biographical data, a year-by-year record of each player's career and year-end rankings, match records in international team events, and the four major tournaments. Open Era players' stats, beginning in 1968, also take into account non-Grand Slam meetings and are further broken down by surface-clay, grass, hard court, or carpet. The Big Four contests merit additional coverage, and Collins delivers extensive new information. Scores are posted, and every imaginable record is inventoried. (A blip: in what must have been a mad dash to include the 2003 Australian Open, a few numbers are inconsistently reported for Down Under winners Navratilova, Agassi, and the Williams sisters.) Thankfully, this book is much more than an array of numbers and the cataloging of records. Several articles previously published in Sport magazine complement Collins's own colorful and in-depth player and tournament profiles. He examines the game's earliest years, starting in 1874, and transitions into engaging year-in-reviews (1919-2002), all of which help the reader to understand and appreciate the sport's long and rich history. Despite a couple of blips, this is highly recommended for all sports collections.-Howard Katz, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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