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'A lively analysis of professional tennis benefits from the author's closeness to the game's stars... As the title hints, what makes this book special are the disclosures to which Harman is often privy thanks to his cordial relationships with so many of the sport's prominent figures - Taking full advantage of his status, and forever diligent and enthusiastic, Harman delves into the big issues of the day.' The Observer Taking full advantage of his status, and forever diligent and enthusiastic, Harman delves into the big issues of the day as he scurries from match to press conference to victory parade in Dunblane, remarking on how his own reporting role has altered over the years. The New Review

About the Author

Neil Harman is the tennis correspondent of The Times, the Sports Newspaper of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012, having previously held the same post at the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Mail, where he was also the football correspondent. He is a former chairman of the Lawn Tennis Writers' Association and president of the International Tennis Writers' Association. In 2005, he won the ATP's Ron Bookman Award for Media Excellence. Two years later he became the SJA's Sports Reporter of the Year, the first time a tennis writer had won the award, and was highly commended in the Specialist Correspondent category. In 2012, he was once again nominated in the Specialist Correspondent category. Neil recently won the BNP Paribas Open Media Award for writers dedicated to tennis.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Press (May 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849545073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849545075
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James Horlan on October 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a must read if you're any kind of serious tennis fan. Neil Harman had tons of access to any and every player that he wanted, and you get a lot of mini-interviews and anecdotes. These make up for the fact that he interjects himself into the story an awful lot, especially for a journalist (at the time he was the tennis correspondent for a major London newspaper). Because of this you get the feeling that he didn't want to be too hard hitting, so as not to harm his relationships with the top players. That said, without those relationships the book would probably merely be a pasting up of his articles, if in fact it was published at all.

The star of the show is Andy Murray, who at the beginning of the book was the player of unfulfilled promise, and by the end had legitimately taken his place as a member of the top four players in the world (along with Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic). You get a lot of insight into Murray through Harman, and understand him a lot better.

All in all a solid sports book, full of information by someone who thoroughly understands his subject and can get that across. Four stars.
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By S. Jule on June 7, 2014
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I loved it and an easy read. If you are into tennis you will love it as I did.
Dont let this one pass you by.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kandaras on February 13, 2014
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The topic is 2012. The only interesting thing was Murray winning a gold medal. Nadal was out most of the year. Its too bad the author wasn't writing about 2011 (Novak's great year) or 2013 (Rafa's comeback).
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