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Tennis Confidential: Today's Greatest Players, Matches, Controversies Hardcover – March 25, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books; 1 edition (March 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574884271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574884272
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,290,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This informative and entertaining collection of previously published features, essays, and interviews provides followers of the game much to savor. A tennis journalist for 20 years, Fein wishes "to give tennis lovers what they relish" and he delivers. His insights and high regard for the sport are evident as he covers a wide range of topics. Features about former legends and today's headliners are expertly written, and boxes filled with "Fascinating Facts" are scattered throughout. Not every fact actually fascinates, but some surely grab your attention, e.g., that 96 percent of the estimated $20 million that Anna Kournikova earned in 1999 came from endorsements. Fein analyzes the sport's hot issues and controversies, including equal prize money and the rankings debate. Ardent fans keenly aware of the game's amazing all-time records will appreciate Fein's discussion of how tennis generally pales in comparison to the promotional efforts of other sports in these matters. These achievements should be proudly publicized, argues Fein, whose case is bolstered with a full accounting of the game's most cherished records. His lively description of the ten greatest matches in tennis history is a fitting end to a book that would make an excellent addition to sports collections in public libraries. Howard Katz, New York
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"Briskly written, authoritative . . .Fein's book is as informative as they come . . .add . . . to your tennis bookshelves." -- Tennis Week

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This book was so much fun to read!
Alan Chandronnait
Paul Fein's Tennis Confidential is a fantastic collection of essays and interviews.
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I highly recommend Tennis Confidential to anyone with an interest in tennis.
Ann LoPrinzi

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Clark on June 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Paul Fein's new book, Tennis Confidential, is a wonderful book filled with interesting facts, great interviews and profiles, accounts of his choices for the 10 greatest matches, and intriguing discussions of tennis's current and past controversies. I bought the book on a Friday evening and spent most of the next two days reading it. I found it completely engrossing.
The book is divided into 6 major sections: Portraits of the Stars, Memorable Interviews, Topical Trends and Burning Issues, The Great Controversies, 20th Century Retrospectives, and The 10 Greatest Matches in Tennis History. This collection of articles, many of which won journalism awards, runs the gamut of the current players such as Venus and Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, and Pete Sampras, to the stars of the late 1970s and 80s such as Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, and Jimmy Conners to several of the games legends such as Rod Laver, Arthur Ashe and Bobby Riggs. Yes, there are some players missing, mostly due to space limitations, I suspect. I would have enjoyed profiles and/or interviews with Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, and Monica Seles on the women's side. On the men's side, Ken Rosewall, Stefan Edberg, Bill Tilden, and Don Budge. However, he writes about several of these players in the section on the 10 greatest matches, so perhaps I'm just greedy.
Regarding the controversies and burning issues, he writes about the problems with the advancing technology in racket manufacturing, and the effect these advances have had in the power game, especially in the men's game. He also discusses such critical issues as the role parents (especially fathers) have taken in developing their child's game.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a tennis fan, especially in a family with few tennis fans, I enjoy reading outside material about the game. Not tips on playing, but about the pros, especially stories, history, analysis, etc. So I figured this book would fit right in with my appetite, especially from the subtitle, 'players, matches, and controversies.' I was right!

Tennis Confidential contains all of this and more! I was excited to read about events that happened before I was around, and also enjoyed reading about events that happened while I was around, and Fein brought a fresh and inside perspective to dozens of topics. Chapters I particularly enjoyed include the Burning Issues section, in which Fein examines modern topics like power, blacks' domination, new stats, and more; Controversies, with topics such as equal prize money, women's tennis superiority, the let rule, and more; and all time top 10 matches, with many surprises, but deep analysis.

No wonder my 2nd favorite sport is baseball. Both it and tennis, my favorite, invite analysis, discussion, controversy, have rich histories, and no clock. Reading this book allows me to appreciate the game more, want to discuss it more, and proud to be a tennis fan.
Plus, the author is very friendly and happy to discuss his work. I met him at a tournament, and we took a picture together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ales Cvekl on February 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Tennis Confidential by Paul Fein is a logically organized collection of essays, reports on remarkable matches, and interviews, that I found serendipitously searching the web, and read with the appreciation of the author's ability to get deep into the topic while enjoying plastic description of events, matches, broader impact of events for pro-tennis, and post-game interviews etc. The style of writing was concise and to the point. The author is at his best in the middle of the book conveying the ongoing issues of pro-tennis from the possible rule changes, computer and year to date; to the Prize-Money equality/inequalities. This book wont help to improve your game, but will definitely provide a collection of deep thoughts about the game of tennis, and the paradoxical and complicated psyche of the players that have shaped the Open-Era. In my opinion, the book reaches the quality of B. Collins's My Life with the Pros, and P. Bodo's The Courts of Babylon, while keeping its own unique concept of tennis and style, and selection of topics surviving the tests of time. TC II deserves its consideration
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann LoPrinzi on November 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you think you know a lot about tennis you'll learn more in this in-depth look at tennis from a long-time, award-winning tennis writer. Paul Fein assembled a collection of his best articles for Tennis Confidential, and the result is an entertaining and informative experience intertwined with fascinating facts. He cleverly broke it down into six parts: Portraits of the Stars, Memorable Interviews, Topical Trends and Burning issues, The Great Controversies, Twentieth-Century Retrospectives, and The Ten Greatest Matches in Tennis History. In one chapter, he examines two-handed backhands, tiebreakers, and the racket revolution. In another, we take an in-depth look at Venus Williams, Andre Agassi, and Anna Kournikova. It's a book that you can pick up again and again and enjoy it all over again. I highly recommend Tennis Confidential to anyone with an interest in tennis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jay Borazio. Professional Tennis Coach (15 years). on September 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
Paul Fein has filled a void in tennis literature with Tennis Confidential. It's the only book in tennis history to contain:
1. Memorable Q & A interviews. With Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe, Bobby Riggs and Ted Tinling.
2. In-depth essays on the great issues. Such as topical trends, burning issues, great controversies and twentieth century perspectives.
3. Lots of tennis significa and trivia in a reader friendly form titled Fascinating Facts.

Tennis needs more mainstream coverage especially of this quality. Tennis Confidential is a must both the tennis fan and the general sports fan. You will become much more enthusiastic and knowledgeable about tennis after reading Tennis Confidential. There is something in it for everybody. It doesn¡¦t matter whether you followed men¡¦s tennis through Laver¡¦s era, when Borg ¡VMcEnroe - Connors battled it out or through the Agassi - Sampras rivalry, or women¡¦s tennis during the great Evert - Navratilova rivalry, ¡§supporting¡¨ Anna K through to the family affair between Venus and Serena Williams.
Chapters with broad appeal include portraits of the stars like Venus, Agassi, Kournikova, Serena, Kuerten, Capriati, Borg, Laver, Davenport and Navratilova and reliving the ten greatest matches in tennis history.
Paul Fein¡¦s essays provoke discussion and hopefully will influence the opinions and attitudes of tennis policymakers enough to change flawed policies and make changes for the better. You are invited to stand up and be counted. I, personally am inspired to devote more time to writing about tennis and contributing to the future direction of the game.
Tennis Confidential is an artistic success. If we¡¦re lucky there will be another tennis book written by Paul Fein.
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