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Hardcourt Confidential: Tales from Twenty Years in the Pro Tennis Trenches Hardcover – June 8, 2010
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Sports history is a bit littered with stories about siblings who both enter a particular game, but the gene pool has been kinder to one than the other. Wayne Gretzky might be the greatest hockey player in history, while younger brother Keith never made it out of the minors. Hank Aaron set the major league record for home runs, while Tommie Aaron had trouble playing regularly. While both brothers rank in the top few percent of the population as a whole in a sport, it's a long way in terms of fame from the top to a few rungs down the ladder.
Patrick McEnroe knows all about that. He was a very, very good tennis player in his prime, making the pro tour and reaching a ranking of the top 30 in the world. But brother John was the one everyone remembers, for his play and for his antics.
Patrick, to his credit, has carved out a career in tennis. He's written about the first 20 years of that life in his book, "Hardcourt Confidential."
This McEnroe certainly has worn many hats over the years. He achieved more fame while playing as a doubles player, winning some tournaments and coming close enough to get a little television time in others. Still, if you are 28th in the world, you are pretty good.
From there, McEnroe smoothly moved into the world of television, where he has been a commentator for a variety of networks for several years. He's been a key contributor to the United States Tennis Association, and a captain of Davis Cup teams. McEnroe writes here that sometimes juggling all the jobs has caused him a few minor difficulties, but that it comes with the territory.
Patrick has the reputation for being the "good McEnroe" as compared to John's "bad cop" role.Read more ›
Patrick McEnroe has an excellent perspective on the game, as someone who wasn't at the very pinnacle, and thus does not have the skewed perspective you get from inhabiting such "rarefied air." Some reviewers complained that he didn't write enough about his brother John....to which I would reply, "You Cannot be Serious??" Not only has story upon story been devoted to every dimension of John McEnroe, but McEnroe himself has a pretty good autobiography entitled.....well, if you don't know, then....
The Davis Cup anecdotes were great. Seeing as that was a huge focus of both Patrick and John, it isn't surprising to see that emphasis. Ai also greatly appreciated the insight into various player personalities.
My greatest endorsement might be that in the last four years, this is the FIRST book I have seen fit to order (hardcover) online, as I have such a high opinion of it.
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I am a big tennis fan since 1961...I read alot of player bios...I enjoyed Pat's book as much as I enjoy him as a commentator... Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by ann j.
I found the book compelling. I am coming back to the sport as a 42 year old after playing at the high school level and being a big fan in 1980s. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by scouper
Patrick McEnroe, U.S. Davis Cup captain for 10 years, respected ESPN tennis analyst, and world-class player in the 1990s, has written an insightful, revealing and entertaining pro... Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by Everyman
I felt the writing was disjointed, skipping from one partially-finished topic to another and then, occasionally, back again. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by J. Michael Amis
I was surprised when I came to write my review of this book - only to learn that it was averaging a lowly 3 stars with many negative reviews. Read morePublished on June 17, 2011 by D. Scott
Hardcourt Confidential is a collection of stories and opinions from Patrick McEnroe based on his twenty years on the professional tennis tours. Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by David Pruette
Some say this is boring. I disagree. Patrick's insider perspective gives him some interesting tales to report and he is excellent at explaining certain arcane aspects of the game,... Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by Bradley F. Smith
I'm a senior, x tennis player and the mother of junior tournament players. I liked the book.
Mr Mc Enroe was honest about his modest status as a pro player. Read more
Nothing confidential in this book. Very misleading title. It's more a biography about Patrick's tennis & broadcasting career. Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by SHELLY FRANK