The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey

The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey

The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

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Overview

Winner of the 2019 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

“The Circuit
is the best sports book I've read in years, maybe ever.” —Rich Cohen, author of The Chicago Cubs and Monsters

“As sports writing goes, The Circuit is unusual in the very best way. Rowan Ricardo Phillips writes with such fluidity, and packs the book with bursts of brilliance. This is a compulsively readable guide to one truly Homeric year of professional tennis.” —John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

An energetic, lyrical, genre-defying account of the 2017 tennis season.


In The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, the award-winning poet—and Paris Review sports columnist—Rowan Ricardo Phillips chronicles 2017 as seen through the unique prism of its pivotal, revelatory, and historic tennis season. The annual tennis schedule is a rarity in professional sports in that it encapsulates the calendar year. And like the year, it’s divided into four seasons, each marked by a final tournament: the Grand Slams.

Phillips charts the year from winter’s Australian Open, where Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal renewed their rivalry in a match for the ages, to fall’s U.S. Open. Along the way, Phillips paints a new, vibrant portrait of tennis, one that captures not only the emotions, nerves, and ruthless tactics of the point-by-point game but also the quicksilver movement of victory and defeat on the tour, placing that sense of upheaval within a broader cultural and social context. Tennis has long been thought of as an escapist spectacle: a bucolic, separate bauble of life.

The Circuit
will convince you that you don’t leave the world behind as you watch tennis—you bring it with you.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250234926
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 295,425
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of Heaven (FSG, 2015) and The Ground (FSG, 2012). He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry, and of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

PREFACE xi
A BRIEF NOTE ON SCORING xiii
A GLOSSARY OF TENNIS TERMS xvii

Ready . . . Play 1
Part One: Winter 13
Part Two: Spring 99
Part Three: Summer 143
Part Four: Fall 161

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