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Venus Envy: Power Games, Teenage Vixens, and Million-Dollar Egos on the Women's Tennis Tour Paperback – June 18, 2002

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“Lively and...fresh” (New York Times Book Review)

“Fascinating...inside scoops...Plenty of off-the-court gossip.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Explosive...Jon Wertheim has done the game a good service.” (Tennis Week)

About the Author

L. Jon Wertheim is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and a tennis columnist for cnnsi.com. He lives in Manhattan with his wife.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (June 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060957492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060957490
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,230,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is good to learn about the tennis tour in general and how the business is changing. However when it comes to the actual players, you only get a glimpse of them. Since it is not a bio of any of the players, that may be too much to ask. Tennis fans who follow the writer's online column may not get much more insight into the game. However newcomers may find it informative. I liked the book but it didn't go into the hard issues on the tour such as coaches who have affairs with the players and what should be done. Burn out, parent/coach abuse, public pressure, big money, girls supporting their families, etc. You get a small overview of these problems. At the very least parents should read it if they want their kids to become pro atheletes.
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A must read for anyone who wants to learn more about the players and personalities in the women's tennis world. I also learned a great deal about the women's tennis circuit. Very quick read and quite enjoyable.
Do not buy this book if you are looking for something deep or substantive. This is popular-pulp people-magazine style reporting. And I loved it!
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This is a well rounded and entertaining book about the under belly of women's tennis. It's stories were told with sincerity and respect for the players. A must read for anyone who loves tennis.
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