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Pancho Segura's Championship strategy: How to play winning tennis Hardcover – 1976

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  • Hardcover: 179 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1st edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070560404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070560406
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is perhaps the finest book ever written
on the game of tennis. It is filled with so
much information that even after 20 years
I still learn from it. It is is almost a
crime that it is out of print. Segura was
one of the geniuses in tennis history, and
he did not hold back when he wrote this book.
An absolute must for any serious tennis player
to read.
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This is an exceptional offering from a long-time professional player/instructor of the golden era of tennis before the open era, when tennis players played on all surfaces without commercial breaks, endorsements, clothing lines, entourages and agents ad nauseam,when the Grand Slam really meant something.Stamina, endurance and physical conditioning epitomized the champions of that golden era.Until Pancho Segura's book, the focus of the tennis game was the tennis strokes. For once, he devotes chapters to the least talked about or published aspects encomposing the mental particulars of a champion's strategy. This book should be the bible for those who wish to reach the top of competitive play and stay there. Although Segura begins with stroke production without endorsing a particular style here, he quickly moves to the most difficult shots to hit like the lob, the half-volley, drop-volley and various aspects of the mental game. For emphasis, he re-lives critical matches that were won by the underdog who displayed impromptu strategic thinking to defeat a favored opponent. If you have lived in the last 30 years the matches are familiar but Segura provides the mental background behind the headlines of the matches.Pancho Segura would know a thing or two about the underdog mental process, having been the whipping boy for the likes of Jack Kramer, Pancho Gonzales, Frank Sedgman or Lew Hoad on the Kramer tour in the 50s and 60s. I can testify that Segura was never out of contention despite his diminutive size and unorthodox (then) two-handed spproach to stroke production. This book will help any competitive tournament or club player stay at the top of their game well into their 50s and beyond.Of those few books to give attention to mental strategy, this is the only one to place the mental game above the "showier" displayed strokes of championship play.
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It is almost a crime that this book is no longer in print. I have read so many tennis instruction books that are below par until I read Pancho's book. He tells you not only how to play but how to pros win. Pancho should get this book updated and reprinted again.
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With my own tennis interest (and playing) dating back to the 1950s, and owning over thirty books on tennis, I would rate this book as the Best of the lot. Clear writing, interesting stories, and a certain sense of his love of the game, and his wish to pass his knowledge and passion on to succeeding generations. The tennis instructions, and reasoning of the tactics, are as relevant today as they ever were.
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The book is in good condition and was shipped promptly. There is nothing like Pancho's advice: Lew Hoad, considered by some to have been the greatest tennis player of the entire wood-racket era, has been quoted as saying that he learned more about tennis from Pancho Segura than from anyone else, and that includes Jack Kramer and Australia's Davis Cup Captain Harry Hopman.
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