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Tennis's Strangest Matches: Extraordinary But True Stories from Over a Century of Tennis (Strangest Series) Paperback – June, 2002
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The rules for tennis as we know the game today took shape in the 1870s although the ancestors of the modern game go back many centuries. Seven episodes between 1437 and 1827 are given space on the basis that they give an insight into the development of modern tennis, though not all of them actually do so, while also being very strange. Thereafter, the book focuses on the period from 1877 to 2000, when this book was submitted for publication, and contains a fairly even spread through those years. Bad discipline is one recurring theme, but accidents, the weather, dress code, experimental and novelty matches all get space here, together with matches that merely produced unusual play. (Hey, if Andy Murray wins a Grand Slam, that will be a novelty, which will give the authors and publishers an excuse for an updated edition.)
It is incredible to believe that one match between two 11-year-old girls in a junior tournament produced an officially recorded rally of 1,029 strokes that lasted more than 50 minutes. Within recognized tournaments, the record is a mere 643 strokes between two women.Read more ›