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Born in Lancashire in 1936, Alan Mills OBE played at Wimbledon from 1955 until 1972. He made tennis history in 1959 when he won a Davis Cup singles match 6-0 6-0 6-0 in 32 minutes, and he was the first Englishman to beat the Australian champion Rod Laver in 1961. He has been the Wimbledon referee since 1983. The rest of the year he coaches and referees at other grand slam tournaments around the world, travelling around eight months a year.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (October 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755312295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755312290
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,000,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ute Heidenreich on August 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The behind the scenes stories Mr. Mills tells of the players and the traditions at Wimbledon over his long and illustrious career are amazing. He has the deep background and insights into personalities (he likes Jonhny Mac, but even through his British restraint you can tell he thinks Jimbo is just a big bully) - for all of us who've wondered what it is he says to the winners, and even more deeply felt to the losers, after a championship, you get to read it here.

He shares insights into the reasons behind the decline in British tennis.

I have always thought he was one of The proverbial British gentlemen, and was not disappointed.

A must read for tennis fans
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By John Blom on July 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book, Mr Mills writes in a very engaging and entertaining way with countless insights and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from The Championships gleaned from his many years there as tournament referee. Now that global warming, climate change and a glass roof have ensured centre court will never be rained upon again in June it is fascinating to read of how Mr Mills, with an eye on the clouds and an eye on the radar, juggled the scheduling of 100s of matches with such ease and dexterity. Mr Mills has travelled the world and his involvement with tennis continues. This book is a delight to read and Mr Mills, despite his achievements remains humble and modest throughout. It is perhaps my favorite tennis book, if not arguably the best tennis book ever written.
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