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Trying to Win at Love: A journey through an extraordinary USTA tennis season Paperback – April 21, 2011
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I was not disappointed.
Eric Lee deftly takes the reader into a year of USTA league tennis and the trials and tribulations of being a rookie captain. As mentioned previously, the pace is good as it helps build the excitement as the matches and season progress and as critical decisions must be made.
I found myself caught up in each situation such that at one point when he recounts a time leading up to a difficult decision regarding player personnel, because I strongly disagreed with the decision he had made I literally shouted at the author through the pages (a la John McEnroe), "You cannot be serious. YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!"
Likewise, as the season went on I reveled in their victories (some especially so) and commiserated in their losses.
The author also easily and nimbly translates to the written page the various personalities of his team members as well as their opponents'. You will feel as though you know each of them.
If Amazon had half stars, I would probably give this a 4 ½. However, since the author fought the urge to have Dinah Shore's "Que Sera, Sera (What Ever Will Be, Will Be)" playing in the background at the end of the novel, I'm adding a half star back to give it the "full five".
You'll have to buy the book to understand what I mean. You will not be disappointed.
I read my wife's copy of Eric's book in 24 hours ( a new personal speed record for a book this length). I was riveted to the plot from the start. It reminded me of many great books & movies involving behind the scene, miracle season, sport drama. I lol every other page throughout long stretches of the book and the pathos was wrenching. I play competitive tennis & can tell you he captures all the drama, interpersonal relationships, & enlightenment involved with miracle seasons. Athletes and fans alike will love this must read book. Kurt Haworth
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a recreational tennis player, still somewhat new to playing in a few USTA leagues, I could relate to and really enjoyed this book! Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by Scott Magness
I like the straight-forward language full of passion of tennis. It is a relaxing, Sunday afternoon reading when you started to think what life would be like for a successful... Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Siyi lily Chen
I've read a few of Eric's short stories and enjoyed the passion for writing that shines through in his work. That passion is clearly matched if not exceeded by his love for tennis. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Richard Davey
I really enjoyed Erik's straight forward language. He took me on a journey in tennis and I got to learn about how it affected his personal life - and how life is always a work in... Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by Mads T
This book is for the weekend warrior in all of us. Even as we lose our quick first step and our big first serve, we love to compete. Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by Sara
While I grew-up playing tennis, it had been a long time since I played and could recall the joy that comes with the game. Eric Lee's book was a welcome reminder! Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by TennisMan13
For such a short story, you find yourself investing in the various characters and really rooting for them. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Tennis Anyone
My tennis experience only goes as far as maybe watching one television tennis match a year and attempting to play recreationally for a couple months. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by Mike D
This is a must read if you play USTA tennis. You'll totally "get" all the drama and shenanigans that go on with league tennis. The author tells an interesting story. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by tennisbreakfast