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Rod Laver

Author : Rod Laver
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'From my earliest tennis memories, Rod Laver stood above all others as the greatest champion our sport has known.' Roger Federer Rod Laver's autobiography tells the inspiring story of how a diminutive, left-handed, red-headed country boy became one of the greatest ever sporting champions. Rod was a dominant force in world tennis for almost two decades, playing and defeating some of the greatest players of the twentieth century. In 1962, Rod became the second man to win the Grand Slam - that is, winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US titles in a single calendar year. In 1969 he won it again, becoming the only player ever to win the Grand Slam twice. His book is a wonderfully nostalgic journey, transporting readers from the early days of growing up in an Australian country town in the 1950s, to breaking into the amateur circuit, to the extraordinary highs of Grand Slam victories. Away from on-court triumphs, Rod also writes movingly about the life-changing stroke he suffered in 1998, and of his beloved wife of more than 40 years, Mary, who died in 2012 after a long illness. Filled with anecdotes about the great players and great matches, set against the backdrop of a tennis world changing from rigid amateurism to the professional game we recognise today, this is a warm, insightful and fascinating account of a great sportsman.

Rod Laver

Author : Rod Laver
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Rod Laver's memoir is the inspiring story of how a diminutive, left-handed, red-headed country boy from Rockhampton, Australia became one of sports' greatest champions. Rod was a dominant force in world tennis for almost two decades, playing and defeating some of the greatest players of the twentieth century. In 1962, Rod became the second man to win the Grand Slam - that is, winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US titles in a single calendar year. In 1969 he won it again, becoming the only player ever to win the Grand Slam twice. Laver's book is a wonderfully nostalgic journey into Laver's path to stardom, from the early days of growing up in a Queensland country town in the 1950s, to breaking into the amateur circuit, to the extraordinary highs of Grand Slam victories. Away from on-court triumphs, Rod also movingly writes about the life-changing stroke he suffered in 1998, and of his beloved wife of more than 40 years, Mary, who died in 2012 after a long illness. Filled with anecdotes about the great players and great matches, set against the backdrop of a tennis world changing from rigid amateurism to the professional game we recognize today, Rod's book is a warm, insightful and fascinating account of one of tennis's all-time greats.

Routledge Handbook of Tennis

Author : Robert J. Lake
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Tennis is one of the world’s most popular sports, as levels of participation and spectatorship demonstrate. Moreover, tennis has always been one of the world’s most significant sports, expressing crucial fractures of social class, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity - both on and off court. This is the first book to undertake a survey of the historical and socio-cultural sweep of tennis, exploring key themes from governance, development and social inclusion to national identity and the role of the media. It is presented in three parts: historical developments; culture and representations; and politics and social issues, and features contributions by leading tennis scholars from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The most authoritative book published to date on the history, culture and politics of tennis, this is an essential reference for any course or program examining the history, sociology, politics or culture of sport.

Game Changer

Author : Paul McNamee
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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

Mr Nastase The Autobiography

Author : Ilie Nastase
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The amazing life story of the enfant terrible of tennis in the 1970s and 80s – winner of two Grand Slam titles, three Grand Slam doubles titles and twice a Wimbledon finalist.

American Autobiography 1945 1980

Author : Mary Louise Briscoe
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"This bibliography provides access to over 5,000 American autobiographies published in book form by private and commercial presses from 1945 through 1980." intro.

Tennis Maestros

Author : John Bercow
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ROGER FEDERER. RAFAEL NADAL. NOVAK DJOKOVIC. At the highest echelons of tennis, a few names stand out. Dominating the rankings, these famous big hitters are unarguably among the finest players in the world, with multiple Grand Slams to their credit. But how do today's champions compare with those of earlier eras? From 'Big' Bill Tilden and Pancho Gonzalez to Rod Laver and Pete Sampras, who makes the grade as the greatest male singles player of all time? Better known as the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has enjoyed a successful dual career in the tennis world as competitive junior player and qualified coach. Ideally placed to argue the merits of the maestros, in this fascinating guide he sets out to determine just who is the greatest of the greats. It is no easy task. Court surfaces and ball speeds have changed, racket technology has revolutionised the game, and trying to distinguish the best from the rest is as challenging as it is enjoyable. Drawing on published records of past glories, and offering his own analysis and reasoning, Bercow describes the accomplishments of twenty all-time tennis heroes and suggests a hall of fame from the unashamed vantage point of the lifelong enthusiast. Let the debate begin...

Rod Laver s Tennis Digest

Author : Rodney George Laver
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Autobiography

Author : Karan Singh
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Dr Karan Singh was born in 1931 as heir to the then princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and was catapulted into political life at the early age of eighteen. In 1949 he was appointed Regent by his father Maharaja Hari Singh at the intervention of Jawaharlal Nehru, and thereafter he was continuously Head of Jammu and Kashmir for a further eighteen years - as Regent up to 1952, as elected Sadar-i-Riyasat from 1952 to 1965, and as Governor from 1965 to 1967. In 1967 Dr Karan Singh was inducted into the Union Cabinet and, at thirty-six, was the youngest person ever to become a Central Cabinet Minister in India. On this appointment, he resigned his Governorship and was elected to Parliament. He was a member of Parliament for the next eighteen years and held several major Cabinet posts.

World Tennis

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The Outsider

Author : Jimmy Connors
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The Outsider is a no-holds-barred memoir by the original bad boy of tennis, Jimmy Connors. Connors ignited the tennis boom in the 1970s with his aggressive style of play, turning his matches with John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl into prizefights. But it was his prolonged dedication to his craft that won him the public’s adoration. He capped off one of the most remarkable runs in tennis history at the age of 39 when he reached the semifinals of the 1991 U.S. Open, competing against players half his age. More than just the story of a tennis champion, The Outsider is the uncensored account of Connors' life, from his complicated relationship with his formidable mother and his storybook romance with tennis legend Chris Evert, to his battles with gambling and fidelity that threatened to derail his career and his long-lasting marriage to Playboy playmate Patti McGuire. When he retired from tennis twenty years ago, Connors all but disappeared from public view. In The Outsider, he is back at the top of his game, and as feisty, outspoken, and defiant as ever. This autobiography includes original color photographs from the author.

American Sportswriters and Writers on Sport

Author : Gale Cengage
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Focuses on nineteenth-century sportswriters and certain writers born after 1930. Discusses the styles of sportswriting employed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Includes information on twentieth-century authors who crossed over from "serious" literature to sportswriting, as well as the history of sportswriting.

How to Talk Tennis

Author : Peter Schwed
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How to Talk Tennis hits an ace right down the line every fan who enjoys playing, watching, and talking about tennis stars are profiled, and the colorful terms defined here will have every reader talking a better game.Starting out with an illustrated lexicon that ranges from ace to zip zip, the origins and meanings of the particular language of tennis-backscratch, deuce, love, follow through, poach, seeding, set, sudden death, sweet spot-are brought together in a comprehensive glossary. You'll learn whether his or her forte is knicking the line or playing a dropshot. Anyone can sound like a pro, describing how a cannonball will jam the receiver' provided the player doesn't commit a foot fault and lose the advantage.Next, you'll learn the origins of some classic nicknames used to describe a number of distinct players, including Jean The Bounding Basque Borotra, Boris Boom-Boom Becker, Rene The Crocodile Lacoste, John The Brat McEnroe, Ilie The Nasty Nastase, James Jimbo Connors and many others. How to Talk Tennis is a fast and entertaining read, bound to help anyone who aspires to being well-versed in tennis trivia and terms.

The Unbroken Chain

Author : Margaret Dwyer
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The Unbroken Chain is the sequel to Margaret’s last book, A Chain of Dreams. It follows the family into the twenty-first century dealing with the challenges they faced with the changing times.

The Education of a Tennis Player

Author : Rod Laver
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This is Rod Laver's first-hand account of his historic 1969 Grand Slam sweep of all four major tennis titles. In this memoir, the four-time Wimbledon champion and the only player in tennis history to win two Grand Slams details his childhood, early career and his most important matches. Laver also sprinkles in tips and lessons on how players of all levels can improve their game and shares some of the strategies that helped him to achieve unparalleled success on the tennis court. Originally published in 1971, "The Education of a Tennis Player" was updated in 2009 on the 40th anniversary of his historic second Grand Slam with new content, including his recovery from a near-fatal stroke in 1998. Bud Collins, the legendary tennis personality and historian, serves as the book's co-author.

The New York Times Book Review

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Biographical Dictionary of American Sports

Author : David L. Porter
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This fifth volume of Biographical Dictionary of American Sports is a supplement to the previous four volumes offering entries on 620 distinguished American sports personalities. The majority of the entries represent team sports, including baseball, football, and basketball; other entries treat track and field, golf, tennis, horse racing, ice hockey, auto racing, boxing, figure skating, wrestling, swimming, cycling, cricket, speed skating, and volleyball. In addition to athletes, the book covers coaches, managers, officials, administrators, writers, and broadcasters who have played an active role in sports.

The Publishers Weekly

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Athletics in America

Author : Oregon State University. Convocations and Lectures Committee
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TENNIS AND AMERICA THANK YOU

Author : FREDDIE BOTUR
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Jack Kramer: “Freddie, nobody wants us.” 1966 In 1966, when I had the Thirty-Fourth Street armory, Jack Kramer, the world famous player and promoter, approached me and asked me to put up fifteen thousand dollars in prize money for a tournament he wanted to organize early in 1967. He had eight professionals set to go but no place to host the tournament and no prize money to offer. “Freddie, nobody wants us,” Kramer said. “Madison Square Garden does not want us. White Plains does not want us.” I could not believe that a great and famous player like Jack Kramer was coming to me, an unknown immigrant, to ask if I would be interested in promoting the tournament. I thought about it for a little less than a minute, knew instantly that we could accommodate nearly four thousand people in the armory, and determined that I would make it happen. A few days later, I received a letter of confirmation from his manager, Mr. Wills. The players he was proposing were the most famous names in the game. We just needed to come up with the prize money. Since we did not have anyone who could sponsor us, I put up five thousand dollars myself and asked two of my friends—Lieberman, vice president of a gas company, and Zdenek Capek, the engineer friend who helped me design the roll-up mats for the armory—to invest five thousand dollars each. I can still name the singles draw from the top down: Rod Laver, Fred Stolle, Dennis Ralston, Butch Buchholz, Pancho Gonzalez, Pierre Barthes, Mike Davis, Andres Gimeno, Pancho Segura, and Cliff Drysdale. No one was willing to underwrite the event.