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...a fascinating and sensitive study...what makes the book different from the 'quickies' that have come out of the publishing mill...is the finely etched character of Rosewall... --The New York Times Book Review
...the fruit of a great many fascinating conversations...a player for those who relish its beauties and its disciplines, the perfect professional. Rowley's book illustrates that well. --The Guardian
...Rowley...approaches his subject in an unusual and interesting way. --Rex Bellamy, The (London) Times
About the Author
Co-Author Peter Rowley, the well-known reviewer and writer (New Gods in America), is an intelligent club tennis player himself, who traveled with Rosewall to tournaments around the world and lived with the Rosewall family in Australia in researching this book.
I have great admiration for Ken Rosewall and think he belongs in the discussion for Greatest Tennis Player of All Time, but I didn't care for the writing in this book. The author harps incessantly on the lack of respect given Rosewall--OK, good point, give it a rest. I'd have preferred a breezy, Aussie-style, Rosewall with somebody besides this author--see Rod Laver (and Bud Collins) The Education of a Tennis Player.
This book is very poorly written. It feels like it was dated when it came out. It also feels like Rosewall probably hired the writer, got him on the cheap and got what he paid for. The book never once gets inside his head, never explores what it was like to be at the top when no one was paying attention only to see Laver get all the glory later. It never explores what must have been an iron will to get to Wimbledon, US Open and tour finals in his late 30s and early 40s. At the end of this book this reader was left thinking, someone should write a book about Ken Rosewall. (Also, the quality of the transfer from paper to tablet (iPad for me) was very poor.)
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