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Patrick McEnroe was never the tennis stud his brother, John, was, but he has made a nice career out of the game. As a player, he was a Grand Slam doubles champ, advanced to the singles semis in another Grand Slam, and is currently the U.S. Davis cup captain. He's also ESPN's lead tennis analyst. But can he write? Yes, he can. His inspiration sprang from his storytelling ability over dinner and drinks; people kept urging him to gather his tennis stories and put them in a book. The result is a mischievously entertaining and wholly informative, anecdote-heavy look at the relatively insular world of professional tennis. The PG-rated anecdotes are never malicious and usually chuckle-worthy; the analysis of the game and its global growth owes its acuity to McEnroe's unique vantage point as a former athlete, current administrator, and professional observer. Serious tennis fans will find information and perspective here that will add depth to their knowledge of the sport; casual observers will delight in McEnroe's wry wit and sense of the absurd. --Wes Lukowsky
Patrick McEnroe is a former world no. 28 singles and no. 3 doubles player, and a former Grand Slam doubles champion and singles semifinalist. He is presently the United States Davis Cup captain (ninth year the longest of any captain in US history), a tennis commentator for ESPN, and head of the United States Tennis Association's player development program. He's married to the actress/singer/songwriter Melissa Errico, with whom he has three daughters; the family lives in New York city.
Peter Bodo has been a senior writer/editor at Tennis magazine for almost 30 years, and he's written numerous books, including four on tennis (in addition to a previous collaboration with Patrick McEnroe, he collaborated with Pete Sampras on the recent New York Times bestseller, A Champion's Mind). He also writes the popular Peter Bodo's TennisWorld weblog, and was a long-time contributor to the New York Times as an Outdoors columnist. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and six-year old son, Luke, in New York city and the upstate town of Andes.
I gotta tell you, I am really surprised by all the negative reviews. I have been a huge tennis fan since 1975, have followed the game very closely, and I loved this book! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
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 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