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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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Peter Seddon, who lives in Derby, is an award-winning author and contributor of over 100 articles to a variety of magazines, journals and newspapers. He is a member of the Football Writers Association, Association of Football Statisticians and Association of Sports Historians.

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  • Series: Strangest Series
  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861053797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861053794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,592,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometimes portrayed (at least in Britain) as a very stuffy sport, we know that's a misleading image thanks to the antics of John McEnroe, Jeff Tarango, Ilie Nastase and others, not forgetting other bizarre episodes such as the battle of the sexes featuring Bobby Riggs versus Billie Jean King, as well as the stabbing of Monica Seles, which could have had a much worse outcome than it actually did. All these players are featured in this highly entertaining book, although Jimmy Connors hardly gets a mention. Didn't the author think any of his matches were strange enough in themselves to merit inclusion?

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.
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