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Open Tennis: 1968-1988 : The Players, the Politics, the Pressures, the Passions, and the Great Matches Hardcover – May, 1989

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Fast on the heels of Bud Collins's My Life with the Pros (Nonfiction Forecasts, March 31) comes this book, which covers much the same ground. While Evans, whose work has appeared in the Times of London and Tennis Week , is a more polished and elegant writer than Collins, his study is less effective: he begins in medias res, not offering much in the way of background. This forces readers who are not already tennis buffs to pick up most information in passing, whether this concerns the fate of the stars of the '20s and '30s who turned pro, or the attempts of Jack Kramer et al to set up a pro tour in the post-World War II era. Evans is surpassingly good, however, in describing memorable matches--he wrings every bit of drama out of con tests between Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg and John McEn roe. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Whether the sport of tennis lost its amateur virginity in 1968 when the Wimbledon Championships were opened for the first time to professionals and amateurs alike is, as Evans proves, a moot point. Amateurs routinely received slush money under the table, but that watershed All England Tennis Club decision catapulted tennis into the realm of megabucks promotion and marketing common to major spectator sports. In this "highly personalized account" Evans, who throughout this period has worn numerous hats, among them tennis journalist and columnist, and professional men's tour PR director, offers keen insight into the significant players, matches, and, especially, key political struggles and developments in modern tennis. Evans is outspoken and has several axes to grind with various individuals so that the tone is sometimes abrasive, but his love for the game and its players is obvious.
- Barry Miller, Austin P.L., Tex.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Stephen Greene Pr (May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082890720X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0828907200
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1999
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This was an absolutely great book about everything that happened in some of the most prime years of tennis history with also a lot of the great players. Recommended for all tennis lovers!!!
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