Hardcourt Confidential: Tales from Twenty Years in the Pro Tennis Trenches

Hardcourt Confidential: Tales from Twenty Years in the Pro Tennis Trenches

by Patrick McEnroe

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ISBN-13: 9781401395971
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,166,063
File size: 558 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Patrick McEnroe is a former world no. 28 singles and no. 3 doubles player, and a former Grand Slam doubles champion and singles semifinalist. He is presently the United States Davis Cup captain (ninth year the longest of any captain in US history), a tennis commentator for ESPN, and head of the United States Tennis Association's player development program. He's married to the actress/singer/songwriter Melissa Errico, with whom he has three daughters; the family lives in New York city.

Peter Bodo has been a senior writer/editor at Tennis magazine for almost 30 years, and he's written numerous books, including four on tennis (in addition to a previous collaboration with Patrick McEnroe, he collaborated with Pete Sampras on the recent New York Times bestseller, A Champion's Mind). He also writes the popular Peter Bodo's TennisWorld weblog, and was a long-time contributor to the New York Times as an Outdoors columnist. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and six-year old son, Luke, in New York City and the upstate town of Andes.

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Jimmy was adept at mind games. He was so keen to keep himself distant from the pack that he would often avoid the locker room altogether, changing and killing time conspicuously apart from his peers. Top players often have what you might call a "locker room strategy," from aggressively dominating the inner sanctum of the athlete to avoiding it altogether. One of my brother John's big beefs was that tennis is the only sport where you share the locker room with not just the guy you're going to engage in intense, one-on-one combat, but also with someone to whom you might have a deep, genuine aversion. I guess golf is the same way-but then it's a stretch to call golf a sport.

Anticipating Nadal's shot, Federer ran toward his backhand corner, loaded up, and hit down-the-line for a clean, sizzling winner. I'll always remember that stroke as the single greatest shot of that Wimbledon fortnight, and the perfect symbol of Federer's genius. It was a gorgeous swing and a perfect placement, and it was the most difficult of shots, made under the most intense pressure a man can face on a tennis court. A testament to the greatest player ever to swing a racket, in two brief volumes.
I turned to Dick Enberg, my colleague in the ESPN broadcast booth, and just asked: "How does this happen? How does he make that shot?"
Dick, I think, was speechless.

-From HARDCOURT CONFIDENTIAL

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Hardcourt Confidential: Tales from Twenty Years in the Pro Tennis Trenches 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
dcoward on LibraryThing 10 months ago
While McEnroe's stories about his years as a player, commentator, and Davis Cup coach are frequently interesting, the book is in a crazed, non chronolgical order that was disorienting. In fact, I'm not sure the book was purposefully organized at all. It's possible that it's just a string of anecedotes put in no particular order.
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