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The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book Paperback – June 1, 2008


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"If you know nothing about tennis, this book is for you. And if you know everything about tennis—Hah!—Bud knows more, so this book is for you too!"  —Martina Navratilova, nine-time Wimbledon singles champion



"We can’t move forward if we don’t understand and appreciate our past. [This book] not only provides us with accurate reporting of the rich tennis history, it keeps us current on the progress of the sport today."  —Billie Jean King



"No tennis encyclopedia could be written by anyone but Bud Collins because Bud Collins is the walking tennis encyclopedia—the game's barefoot professor. The only thing missing about the sport from his new edition is a section about Bud himself. But everything else is there—and it's easy to open and use for the whole family."  —Frank Deford, author, commentator, and Sports Illustrated contributor



"I wanted to see what size tennis shoe Ivan Lendl wore and I thought, 'Where the heck is my copy of The Bud Collins History of Tennis?'"  —Don Imus, host, Imus in the Morning radio program

About the Author

Bud Collins is a world-famous tennis journalist and historian, a long-time columnist for the Boston Globe, and a television broadcaster for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, and the Tennis Channel. A 1994 inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, he is the coauthor of The Education of a Tennis Player and Evonne! On the Move and the author of My Life with the Pros. He lives in Boston.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 722 pages
  • Publisher: New Chapter Press (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942257413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942257410
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Stratton on August 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an authoritative, comprehensive reference work, a necessity for anyone interested in the history of tennis. The b/w photos are wonderful although printed on plain-text stock, and the copy is always the usual Bud Collins as journalist stuff, amusing and arch, with all the stats one could possibly desire.

My copy, however, has neither date nor place of publication listed anywhere, making me wonder about its authenticity. Furthermore, typos abound.

Still, I wouldn't be without this tome, especially with the Open coming up so soon.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Budris on July 14, 2008
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Literally and figuratively at 784 pages, the just-released The Bud Collins History of Tennis is the big book of the game. etween its soft covers awaits a prodigious compilation of historical tennis information, including year-by-year recaps of every tennis season, biographical sketches of every major tennis personality, as well as stats, records, and championship rolls for all the major events. FOR THE FULL REVIEW GO TO:

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Bud's History of Tennis book provides information, details, insights, names of tennis greats and places that are offered in no other book on tennis that I have ever read. A great gift for anyone who loves tennis or for any youngster starting to play the game. Perfect "bar mitzvah" along with a new racket and balls present! This opus is priceless and any pro, teaching, coaching or playing, who doesn't own a copy...should take up golf! Indeed, add it to your pro shop inventory and sell the darn book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marianne Mcevoy Abrams on January 11, 2009
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Really enjoyed this book on the history of tennis..I am fairly new to the sport and this felt like it helped me catch up to the present day players that I love to folow.
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By dorcas r miller on May 19, 2013
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Good for those who want facts and figures, often combined with humor. Meant for the serious tennis enthusiast who wants to know everything about the game dating back to the beginning.
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Bud Collins offers a totally enjoyable read of the history of tennis. I came to tennis recently, so I appreciate the information on the older matches.
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