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William (Bill) Tilden (1893-1953), was an American tennis player, who dominated the sport during the 1920s with his powerful style of play. Tilden was born William Tatem Tilden II in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He won the United States national singles championship in 1920 and successfully defended the title five successive times. From 1920 to 1930 he was a member of the American Davis Cup team and led the team to seven consecutive victories (1920-1926). Tilden won the Wimbledon singles championship in 1920, 1921, and 1930. In 1929 he regained the U.S. singles championship and also won the singles championships of Switzerland and the Netherlands. By 1930 Tilden had won a record 16 U.S. championships, including several titles in doubles (1918, 1921-1923, 1927) and mixed doubles (1913, 1914, 1922, 1923). In 1931 he became a professional, playing in many tournament and exhibition matches. His writings include The Phantom !

Drive and Other Tennis Stories (1924); a play, They All Want Something, produced in 1926; and How to Play Better Tennis (1950). Tilden also acted in several plays.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Fredonia Books (NL) (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589633326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589633322
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,512,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why would the USTA want to bury this man and his writings to the Isle of Forgotten? This man, William T. Tilden, was the finest tennis player of any era. He was not nicknamed 'Big Bill' for nothing.How famous a tennis 'celebrity'? He was voted greatest athlete of the first half of the 20th century by athletes. This book represents one of several books by this great tennis mind. His thoughts on tennis psychology and match play alone make this book a must-be on the shelves of any tennis player today. Team tennis, professional tennis 'money' exhibitions, more organized professionalism all were promoted by this man.Read his thoughts of the future of tennis and see how foresighted he was. This great player wanted to be this way back then, and more so, against the USLTA wishes. Sad, but true. If you're a tennis player get all his writings, your game will improve accordingly. Bill Tilden set the tone and style of tennis development beyond "the infancy" he refers to the time of his play. His insights about his peers, illuminated by the photos, will help you analyze your fellow competitors as well.
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I read this book over fifty years ago as a student of the game. It was great then and it still is today. The student of the game will be wise to read this book carefully. A wonderful addition to my tennis library.
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This was quite an old book and everything changes even tennis, however there was still good advise in it. I would recommend it especially since it is free.
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Nice book classic principles still true today amazing insight and detail in the intangible aspects of tennis never knew about him
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