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The World of Tennis Paperback – December 31, 1975


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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (December 31, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394499409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394499406
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,474,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1975 tennis books and magazines have distorted tennis athletes and resorted to blatant revisionism. To those who followed the game before McEnroe, Borg and Agassi, all talented players for sure, the game wasn't about the money and the sideshow perks or endorsements. There were tennis heroes and legends like Jack Kramer and Bill Tilden who contributed more to the game than they drew from it. And there were numerous tennis players who competed for the joy of play. Sadly, today their contributions are diminished by the revisionists who like to make their money above other considerations. This book masterly shines the spotlight on the tennis players who played with excellence in demeanor and athleticism before the Open era lavished large prize money and "statistics" on its audience. Outside Frank Deford's book on Kramer, this is the only book to discuss with tremendous insight and candor the extraordinary contributions of Richard Alonzo Gonzales (aka Pancho) in the pantheon of players so carefully. Pancho Gonzales deservidly here, is shown to be the tennis draw who delivered a tennis prowess on the court like no other. And Schickel makes his case wonderfully with captivating color and black-and-white photos and equivalent prose why this legendary player is spoken of in the hush tones of a god. Schickel researched his book thoroughly leaving out no major or minor contributor to that colorful pre-Open world when the measure of a player was the results, instead of congratulatory statistics and cash. His discussion of "percentage" play by Kramer and the California game (serve-and-volley), innovations both, leads into his marvelous essay on Gonzales (who perfected such skills) as engrossing as it was perceptive. The book also anticipates the contributions of a young Evert, Connors, Borg and others.Read more ›
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