In 1981, the United States Tennis Association observed the 100th anniversary of its founding. The USTA is the oldest amateur sports governing body in the United States and the oldest national organization for tennis in the world. To commemorate its Centennial, the USTA produced this special edition of its Official Encyclopedia of Tennis, an update of one of America's most popular and respected books on the game. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photos and drawings - including many rare prints from the game's earliest day - the USTA Encyclopedia of Tennis is a complete guide to tennis: its history, equipment, playing techniques, official rules, major worldwide tournament championships and much more. Here you'll find biographical sketches of every member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and virtually all of today's leading players. You'll come upon enlightening and amusing stories about the obscure and the famous in the game, including such personalities as Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert Lloyd, Tracy Austin, and John McEnroe. The opening history section details the growth of the game from European monasteries of the Middles Ages to the magnificent USTA National Tennis Center in New York, the site of the U.S. Open. Practical advice and information is included on the selection and care of equipment, and on strategy and tactics. Sequence photos show how to execute various strokes. An especially valuable feature is the glossary of tennis terms. The USTA Encyclopedia of Tennis answers hundreds of questions and gives you detailed information on many points. Whether you're a beginner who wants to learn the fundamentals of tennis, an experienced player trying to improve your strokes and strategy, a tennis buff interested in the history of the game, an official who needs to check a rule or a writer seeking reference information, you'll find what you need in the USTA Official Encyclopedia of Tennis.