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"...a great job of bringing Frank Parker's career back to life for a generation who never saw him play." -- Mark S. Young II, Archivist/Librarian at International Tennis Hall of Fame

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Frank Parker's remarkable life story is a tale of adventure, competition, love, betrayal, and success. His ticket was amateur tennis, before the game turned pro, in an era when the sport was funded by the wealthy and played solely for love of the game.

From the age of eight, when Frank shagged balls at his hometown tennis club, his affection for the sport and natural talent were evident. He won his first national tournament at the age of 14, earning him the nickname "Boy Wonder of Tennis."

Though holding the record during his career for most USLTA top ten rankings, Frank's skill was overshadowed by WWII and his scandalous marriage to his coach's former wife. Yet his talents are remembered by those who knew him and rivaled him on the courts. The book features quotes from several of Frank's contemporaries including Gardnar Mulloy, Pancho Segura, Ted Schroeder, Eddie Moylan, Bill Talbert, Tony Trabert, Gene Mako, and Cliff Sutter.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Havilah Press (August 1, 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0970544979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970544971
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,001,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By WC_Wingfield on April 1, 2010
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Beautiful published book, nice photo's, but sadly you don't get to know Frank Parker. Lots of stats and scores, but what Parker thought and believed you don't get to know. The book gives a little insight in tennis of that particular era, but Frank Parker didn't came alive for me. As if research was done only from behind the desk en writer didn't talk to contemporariesor relatives.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "kevinmackinnon2" on January 2, 2003
I truly liked this book. The author does an excellent job of capturing the tennis world of yesteryear, when gentlemen players like Frank Parker were the norm and not the exception. The details of Parker's Davis Cup years are especially well presented. She also touches, clearly and without sentimentality, on the hoopla created by Parker's unconventional (for the times) marriage, as well as on the last years of his life. An inspiring story, very well done.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James J. Luzar on September 15, 2005
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Fairly accurate chronicle of Frank Parker. Lots of personal information that most people would not know about him. I happen to be his nephew so I have a pretty good reference point.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Jordan on July 21, 2007
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This book gave me insight on a guy who learned to play the game right down the street from where I live.
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