Tennis is the fourth-most-watched spectator sport (behind baseball, football, and basketball), and Bud Collins' Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis
gives an encyclopedic overview of the game. Last published in 1980, it includes the history and high points of the sport from 1874 through the 1992 season; more than 250 biographical profiles of players past and present; year-by-year records from all major tournaments since 1874; a glossary of tennis terms; and International Tennis Federation Rules with USTA comments.
The historical chapters present a year-by-year chronology of important events (illustrated with more than 200 black-and-white photos). Two sections of biographies profile the top 25 players of 1914-45 and the top 35 players 1946-92. Each of the biographies includes country played for, date of birth and death, records achieved, tennis techniques, major titles won, and Davis Cup play. A second tier of notables is listed with shorter biographies in "They Also Serve." Here one finds the current crop of young players, such as Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, and Gabriela Sabatini. Other chapters discuss officials and equipment.
The appendixes comprise almost 25 percent of the book, with records of 11 major championships through 1992, including men's and women's rankings, grand-slam records, and Olympic Games matches.
Not a Baseball Encyclopedia in which every player who ever donned a professional baseball uniform is documented, but an encyclopedia of the elites who have played the game, Bud Collins' Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis should fill a gap in sports-reference collections.