The first half of the volume is a year-by-year chronology noting the highlights for each year, starting in 1919 and stopping in 2002. Statistics for championship singles, doubles, and mixed-doubles winners in the major events are included. For a handful of players, Collins provides articles reprinted from magazines of the time.
Comprehensive statistics and a brief history for the major tournaments--the French Open, Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open--are contained in the middle section of the encyclopedia along with a selection of color photographs. Similar information is provided on the Davis Cup, the Olympics, and other tournaments. A biographical section has entries for elite players and others who made a significant contribution to the game. Finally, there is statistical information for nearly 400 of the best players in tennis as chosen by Collins using a variety of criteria.
Whether a reader is interested in the articles on the players or the statistics, this is an excellent reference source on tennis. Recommended for most sports collections. RBB
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