- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Barry Bass (2012)
- ISBN-10: 1467558370
- ISBN-13: 978-1467558372
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,612,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First in a Field of Two: A Junior Tennis Memoir Paperback – 2012
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Barry is one of the brightest young men I know, and I wish him success in his endeavors through out the rest of his life. I also hope he continues to write, as he has an incredible gift for writing.
Barry Buss gives a harrowing account of the pressures which confronted him as a gifted junior tennis playing talent. Bullied by a relentlessly dysfunctional parent, he rises, falls and struggles to rise again to find personal redemption and reconciliation.
This book is a tale of what not to do as a loving parent
But it's also a real page turner, with events that seem straight out of a Hollywood script. Here you have a guy with no formal tennis training. Alcoholism. A terribly dysfunctional family. And somehow he's competing with (and beating) the best junior players in the country.
There are fantastic events, here like a summer during his freshman year at UCLA teaching tennis to a Saudi Arabian Prince and making "thousands of dollars an hour...and living the lifestyle of the riches and running with the most famous people in all of our society". And from this auspicious beginning as a college tennis god, Barry somehow loses it all and ends up as close to homeless as you can get, living out of a beat up old van.
Then there is the story of playing through a major tournament, and advancing to the end, on a broken leg. I mean you can't make this stuff up. If Hollywood or Oprah get a hold of this, it could be turned into one hell of a movie.
There is one image in the beginning of the book that is quite striking. Barry, seemingly out of nowhere, begins talking about Andy Roddick's retirement. And he zooms in on Roddick's "box". The player's box, of course, is where a player's family and friends sit during a match to encourage and cheer. And in Andy's case, it's a portrait of the enduring love and support from both a biological and extended family.Read more ›
I liked parts of this book and am glad I read it. But so many reviews talk like this is instructional for parents. Being in the tennis community I think this type risk is well overdone as most junior tennis players I know are on a path far above the average student.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a former top junior tennis player, First in a Field of Two made me recall two distinct phases of my athletic development. My first instructors at a young age made the game fun. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by GreatReview
It broke my heart reading this book. This is a must read for a tennis parent or any other sports parent. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Busterchops
What a great book. I'm a mother/coach of 3 boys ages 16/ 13 and 11 and reading this book made me realize that Yes we are raising kids but at the same time (besides keeping them... Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Leticia Mccaig
A couple of weeks ago, I had never heard of Barry Buss. I came across his name while on the Kickstarter website where he was raising money to publish his personal memoir about his... Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by M. Puehse
I cracked open this book embarking on a flight across country .. and finished it when I landed. I could not put it down. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by silly girls
This book is a great read, for anyone who has gone through junior tennis, or has a child, coming up through the ranks. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by D.L.
Wow! Having known Barry since we were kids playing against each other back in New England and then reconnecting in SoCal and having him coach our two kids who had successful... Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Pen Name
This book brings back to life what is what like competing at the top level of junior tennis back in the prime of the 70's to 80's. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by SS
At first glance First In A Field Of Two is a book about a young boys journey through the world of junior tennis. It is much more than that. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Linda LeClaire