Game Changer: My Tennis Life

Game Changer: My Tennis Life

by Paul McNamee

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Game Changer: My Tennis Life by Paul McNamee

A great Australian story of sport, mateship and being a maverick.

Paul McNamee is a legendary figure in Australian tennis. From his early days as a talented Melbourne teenager, McNamee became a top international player, conquering Wimbledon and the Australian Open with his doubles partner, Peter McNamara. Along the way he shared a court with such luminaries as Rod Laver, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.

Just as important have been his contributions to the evolution of the sport: as the driving force behind the Hopman Cup and the reinvention of the Australian Open, and as a coach. This is his story - candid, compelling and insightful - of an ever-changing life in tennis.

Paul McNamee AM is the only player to have changed from a one-handed to a two-handed backhand midcareer. He became the Australian number one in singles, reaching the semi-final of the Australian Open, and in doubles won five Grand Slam titles and held the world number-one ranking. He is credited with invigorating the Australian Open, positioning it as the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific and instigating the night final - the highest rating show in Australian television history. As co-founder of the Hopman Cup, Paul helped turn the tournament into a prestigious international event. He is a professorial fellow at Monash University.

'McNamee is one of the most vibrant and ambitious minds in tennis. It's an indisputable fact.' Australian

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781922148414
Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/20/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Paul McNamee AM is the only player to have changed from a one-handed to a two-handed backhand midcareer. He became the Australian number one in singles, reaching the semi-final of the Australian Open, and in doubles won five Grand Slam titles and held the world number-one ranking. He is credited with invigorating the Australian Open, positioning it as the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific and instigating the night final—the highest rating show in Australian television history. As co-founder of the Hopman Cup, Paul helped turn the tournament into a prestigious international event. He is a professorial fellow at Monash University.

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My tennis life began in 1962, when I was seven years old. I’d get the yell from Mum and Dad’s bedroom at 7.40 a.m. in the middle of the Melbourne winter—the Wimbledon report with Alf Chave was on ABC Radio. I’d listen intently to the scores and all the different names, like Gulyas and Pietrangeli, and the Aussies: Emerson, Fletcher, Fraser and Mulligan. And the great one, Rod Laver, who won his first Grand Slam that year…

Table of Contents

Foreword John McEnroe ix

Introduction 1

Part I

1 All In 7

2 A Rude Awakening 21

3 Changing Tack 32

4 Going Pro Again 38

5 The Man in the Mirror 51

6 McEnroe and Me, Macca and Me 62

7 London Life 74

8 Match Point 86

9 Jumping Jack 95

10 Mixing It with Martina 111

11 Comeback 122

12 Where to Now? 134

Part II

13 On the Hop 147

14 How the West Was Won 159

15 The Next Big Thing 168

16 Open for Business 184

17 The Great Australian Dream 199

18 Legends of the Game 213

19 The Roof, the Whole Roof, and Nothing But the Roof 220

20 Star Power 226

21 Trouble in the Ranks 233

22 The Millennium 242

23 The Dokic Factor 254

24 Embracing Asia 261

25 The Holy Grail 271

26 The Centenary 283

27 Moving On 294

28 And Now 306

Postscript 315

Acknowledgements 319

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