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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Villard; Subsequent edition (May 19, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679741062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679741060
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Though John Feinstein made his mark writing about basketball-- A Season on the Brink is one of the top sports books ever--he's always had a love of tennis. For Hard Courts, he spent nearly 15 months interviewing the players, coaches, managers, tournament officials, agents and fans -- more than 200 people in all -- that make-up the international tennis circuit. What he found wasn't always as pretty as a Pete Sampras backhand. While Feinstein touches on the scandal and corruption that is as much a part of tennis as any other professional sport, he offers revealing profiles of the greatest players and a celebratory tribute to the sport's elegant tradition.

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In cloth, Feinstein's panoramic portrait of big-money tennis spent six weeks on PW 's bestseller list; the paperback will contain new material on the controversial 1991-1992 tours.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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John Feinstein spent years on the staff at the Washington Post, as well as writing for Sports Illustrated and the National Sports Daily. He is a commentator on NPRs "Morning Edition," a regular on ESPNs "The Sports Reporters" and a visiting professor of journalism at Duke University.His first book, A Season on the Brink, is the bestselling sports book of all time. His first book for younger readers, Last Shot, was a bestseller.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on September 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
Though it now reads like a history of early '90's tennis, when this book first came out I pored over it with excitement to find out what the lives of my favorite players were like. All the big names of fifteen years ago are here: Sampras, Navratalova, Selles, Graf, Courier, Agassi, Fernandez, Vicario, McEnroe, Edberg and Lendl. Great champions all. This is set over the course of one full year on the circuit, from the Australian Open in January, to the end of season tournaments that follow the conclusion of the Grand Slam series at the US Open. Anyone who wants to learn about what it takes to compete at this level of tennis can get an education here. Also someone interested in the inner workings of the tour and the agencies that govern it can find out what they want to know. And although it seems odd to say this about one of the most influential books I read when I was so into this sport, it also serves today as the record of a long-ago year in the game of tennis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. H. on September 13, 2012
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This, along with Season on the Brink, are the only two John Feinstein books I've read. The impression that I've gotten from most people is that he tends to spread himself thin these days as he continues to churn out book after book - it's almost as if he's a factory, satisfying consumer demand without a particular regard for quality. I can't speak for that, but I DO know that this book, which is the result of Feinstein following both tennis tours in 1990, is worth a read. It's not entirely flawless, but the good outshines the bad.

One other common complaint that I've seen levied against Feinstein, both in regards to this book and elsewhere, is that his books tend to be very lengthy and could benefit from some judicious editing - indeed, Hard Courts is 450+ pages. In the case of this book, however, I feel as though such a length is warranted. I happen to be a huge tennis fan, and as everyone who happens to follow the tour on a weekly basis knows, the tennis season is very, very long. Indeed, it is so long that there is no real offseason. The tour starts in January (and in some cases, there are a handful of tourneys that begin at the end of December) and ends in the middle of November. In the last couple of years, the women have finished up the WTA tour a bit earlier, but the main tours still essentially last about 10/10.5 months on average (to speak nothing of smaller, Challenger events, which are essentially the "minor leagues" of tennis). Of course, most people don't play every single week, but there is a good chance that there is a tennis tournament going on somewhere in the world at any given time.
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By bomber john 5 on September 16, 2013
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This a a typical work of Feinstein; it is interesting and informative about much of the behind-the-scenes activity in professional tennis.
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