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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: New Chapter Press (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942257936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942257939
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I encourage you to read this book because Steve is one of the most insightful writers on the game that I have known and he really knows his tennis." —Pete Sampras, Seven-time Wimbledon champion tennis player

About the Author

Steve Flink is a tennis journalist who has covered more than 100 major tennis tournaments in his career. He is a columnist for www.tennischannel.com and the author of The Greatest Tennis Matches of the Twentieth Century. He is the former editor of World Tennis magazine and a former senior columnist at Tennis Week. He lives in Katonah, New York.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you follow tennis, either as an interested observer or an engaged spectator, you will love this book. Flink has catalogued what he feels to be the top 31 matches in the history of the sport. The first one is Suzanne Lenglen vs. Helen Wills in 1926 and the last is Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djovic in 2012. Given the more recent dynamic growth of the sport, the matches in the early years have shorter descriptions and are fewer in number. By the tenth one the timeframe is already at 1964 and it is less than one-fourth of the way through the book.
Each match is described using separate sections:
*) A prologue that establishes the context and background for the match, including relevant biographical information on the players.
*) A description of the match, including in-depth swing-by-swing explanations of the critical points in the match where the momentum seemed to shift.
*) Epilogue, an explanation of the consequences of the match, the toll it took on the players and what happened in their careers after the match.
I watched some of the matches that Flink describes on television and can remember the intensity and drama that seemed to be exuded from the screen. He captures that very well, this is a book that you will not want to put down in the middle of reading about one of the matches.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Duke Tennis on January 17, 2013
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This book talks about each of "The Greatest Matches of All Time" in 3 sections. What was happening in tennis around the time, specifics on the match and the aftermath. I thought I would be bored by the first section of the book that featured historic matches and players but captivated by matches that I'd seen with players I knew. The opposite was true. The first part of the book was spell binding. Unfortunately when we got to more contemporary matches that Flink had clearly seen himself (or watched on video) the match specific section was so burdened. Sometimes a play by play recap which is DEADLY in written format. I would have given the first half of the book at 6 on a best-of-five scale but the second half a 3 at best. Worth the time and money though...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tennis maestro on September 5, 2012
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Factual/Scoreline Inaccuracy: Page 334 re:French Open '03 semi-final incorrect scoreline. Page 348 re:French Open '10. Page 457 re:WCT final '74 incorrect scoreline.
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