Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia, Revised Edition


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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780973144345
  • Publisher: Sport Media Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 2.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    A terrific book for tennis and sports fans

    'Total Tennis' is a page-turner if you're looking for revealing and lively features about present and past champions. The chapters about the most famous tournaments are also engrossing. The vast amount of statistical information about hundreds of players during the history of tennis makes this encyclopedia an unsurpassed reference book. I most of all enjoyed the exciting year-by-year summaries of what happened in the tennis world from 1919 to 2002 -- or put another way, from Suzanne (Lenglen) to Serena (Williams). The reason Bud Collins is in the Hall of Fame is because he knows tennis better and writes it better than anyone else. This encyclopedia is a testament to that. This is a book for the ages and for all ages, and one you will read and often re-read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    best tennis book

    this has all you need to know about tennis

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