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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Pub (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564744655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564744654
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Paauw on May 9, 2007
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An interesting book by a man who played tennis all his life. He reached the Wimbledon final in 1947 and the U.S. final in 1946, losing both times to Jack Kramer. But he could have been be more in depth what it was like playing the circuit in the forties and fifties, how the amateurs got paid under the table and how the USLTA dealt with shamamateurism. He is perhaps too much a gentleman to let us know exactly what happened. And why doesn't he tell so little about his debut in the Davis Cup final in 1950?

There was a lot of trouble with the American team that went to Australia in 1946 to recapture the Davis Cup. Tom Brown was one of the members of that team. The non-playing captain was Walter Pate and he wanted the players to vote who would actually play the singles and doubles. In 1985 Brown was interviewed in the book 'Once a champion' by Stan Hart about the vote.He could not remember that there was a vote. Now, in his own memoir, more than twenty years later, he remembered exactly what happened...Strange.

But I like what I read, because it gives you an idea what it was: the game by gentlemen in the forgotten days of tennis. It is good that he wrote the book.

Ruud Paauw.
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By leetb on September 30, 2013
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This is a lively insight into the tennis and personal life of the legendary player, Tom Brown of San Francisco. There were some significant factual errors in the original trade paperback, which have all been corrected in this spiffy new Ebook version. Hooray for that! It's a wonderful read and easy on the eyes.
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By WC_Wingfield on April 4, 2010
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A nice little memoir of a tennis player. He could have gone into more detail about the time when he was in his prime (post WW II). The last chapters are a bit of a bore about people he met and courts he played and a very little history of tennis.
But in the end I enjoyed reading it, getting to know Tom and the era of his most competitive tennis.
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By Willaim R. Sisk on May 4, 2010
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great book....I have known Tom Brown pretty well for many years...he is a hero of mine! The book is very well written!
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