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A Game to Love: In Celebration of Tennis Hardcover – April 1, 2011

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About the Author

Having started at the age of 17, Mike Powell has been photographing sport for 25 years. His work has been prominently featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, and ESPN, and he has won numerous awards. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419700014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419700019
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on April 14, 2011
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I love this book! The photos, which cover all the Grand Slams, are excellent. There is a great introduction and there are good quotes from top players (past and present) interspersed throughout the book. The quality of the binding, paper, and printing is also quite good. Some notes about the photos: it appears that most or all photos are taken from the past 5 years. You won't find anything from the Sampras/Agassi era or earlier. Some of the best photos in the book involve court surfaces. Rolland Garros in particular stands out. You'll also find Nadal is particularly well represented.

I'm very glad I bought this book and will appreciate its images for many years to come!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 10SFan on May 24, 2011
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Mike Powell spent a year doing what most tennis fans would love to do: attend every Grand Slam event. From Rod Laver Stadium's blue courts in Melbourne to the red clay of Roland Garros in Paris to the green of Wimbeldon then culminating in green and blue at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, Powell's fine eye and camera captured time, players, people, emotions and tennis action in stunningly beautiful shots from close-ups to wide angles. There are comments, phrases and thoughts of pro players to compliment and even augment the photos. No matter if you've had a personal Grand Slam by attending all four, visiting one or another or just, like most of us, by watching the action on television this book should be on your coffe table.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane on August 31, 2011
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I guess I was hoping for more pictures. Several of the pictures in this book take up two pages. They are almost too enlarged to enjoy. Some pictures like closeups of someone's sweaty back or the side of their head could have been edited out in my opinion. I did like how the book follows the four Grand Slams in order. It gives you a good feel for the 2010 season. This book is just okay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Squidly Pen on July 18, 2011
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This is a great coffee table book for the total tennis enthusiast/fan. Even if you're just a casual fan, it's still worth a look, especially if you enjoy excellent sports photography. Unlike "The Open Book, Celebrating 40 Years of America's Grand Slam", which I highly recommend, "A Game to Love" only covers current players. So, there's no coverage of the previous generation of American (& international) players. But, all in all, it's still a very good photo documentary of current tennis. I do like "The Open Book" better though. Either one of these books would make a great gift for the tennis nut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WC_Wingfield on October 7, 2011
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Words that come particularly to mind while looking at these beautiful pictures: strength, solitude, and especially focus. Mike Powell, with his eye for detail, has created a very powerful book. Any downside for me were the photographs that tennis players are aware of their surroundings. This took away my concentration. But anyway a very nice book to pick up regurlarly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A on April 13, 2011
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I recieved this book yesterday, and it is absolutely beautiful!! Full of amazing photographs of the grand slam tournaments and quotes from the best players around. A great coffee table book, I recommend it for any tennis lover!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Perkins on October 26, 2012
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I was disappointed in this book and returned it. The pictures had no identifying or narrative information.
I was not impressed with the pictures at all.
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