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Unflappable The life and Times of Whitney Reed Paperback – Unabridged, November 25, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: sorrento publishing; 1st edition (May 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974902322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974902326
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,799,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine: you're a week on holiday with a guy and all he does is tell you about that wonderful friend of his. No well balanced opinion but only "oh he's so funny" and "oh he's so great" and "oh he so talented". And then to spice things up he tells this anecdotes: "Pete told me that one time Whitney did this"and " and yes "John told me Whitney did that" and "normal people do this and think that, but not Whitney, Whitney is so different". Imagine you have to listen to that for over a week. After that week you want to leave that friend stranded in the desert and you don't never want to hear anything about that Whitney guy.
I suppose Whitney was an excellent tennis player and I'm interested in why he so underperformed with all his talent but the writer has only one thing to say about it "well, that's Whitney." All the writer tells is that Whitney's life is about drinking, girls, playing poker or back-gammon and partying; culminating in that wonderful interesting chapter about how Whitney lost his virginity. The strange thing is that in the end the author writes that Whitney shouldn't be remembered that way but for his tennis. Strange to write a book like this then.
They are all stories who are told by guys in the pub, and they should have stay there.
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This is a romp down memory lane with the laid-back, two-martini before sunrise Whitney Reed, forgotten hometown champion (Alameda, Ca.)of the National Men's Singles title('61), breezily and humorously told by Curtis Stewart, another long admirer. Anyone who saw a Reed match in any decade leading up to the money circuit years (1970 to the present day) will remember with delight the thrall Reed held over the gallery, taking the court with unorthodox strokes and Buddy Ebsen "hillbilly" charm,facing a top-seeded opponent to unexpected results. He played out of his age bracket and upset time and again the great tennis legends: Laver, Neal Fraser, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall and others along the way. Curtis, with a Mark Twain pen, has recorded more than enough Reed off-court "stories" to fill another volume, and this admirer cannot wait for the next volume. These were the days when the quality of play mattered, not the rewards of celebrity and endorsements. I encourage any tennis player to read this book about those innocent times when the great players were truly hungry about the game and the level of play. Some of Reed's off-court antics are told, being chased by jet Setters, fleeing LA hotspots ahead of jealous husbands, showing up for key matches without so much as a racquet, and flubbing a Wimbledon showing enough to be left off any hall of fame tennis induction. This is one fast, hilarious read that should spur Hollywood to take note. One other bad-boy of note, the great Richard "Pancho" Gonzales, was enough of an admirer to label Reed's overhead as "Grandma's" stroke and then embrace him as an equivalent court presence in his later years.Plenty of tennis great photos make this a wonderful tennis fan present.
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Stewart captures the essence of one of the most unique and talented tennis players of the '50s and '60s. Having lived with Whitney at San Jose State, chauffered him to several tourneys in the bay area, and shared quite a few beers and played poker, California gin rummy and bar shuffleboard with Reed,the author doesn't exaggerate his exploits on or off the court. There are those who wonder just how great a player he might have been by carrying out a healthier lifestyle, but I think that most of his friends would admit that his "unflappable" nature made him what he was. I treasure the memories I shared with him, and the author creates a vibrant picture of an athlete that is deserving of recognition in print and for those tennis aficianados who aren't familiar with players whot toiled before the big money, live TV era.
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As a teenager growing up in Alameda and playing tennis on the park courts, you couldn't help but know about Whitney Reed. He was a treasure of the tennis world waiting to be discovered. The author, Court Stewart, has captured his life on and off the tennis courts remarkably well. I found the book very entertaining and interesting.
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By dave on January 7, 2013
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super, terrific book about one of the most interesting players in his era. subject is interesting. writing presentation perfect. one of my all time favorite tennis books. 10 out of 10.
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