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The game: My 40 years in tennis Hardcover – 1979

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  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399123369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399123368
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a Kramer Kid(helped him with a tennis clinic)and player, I found this to be a very informative biography about this iconic promoter/player tennis great who thought of the game as more than a racket. Of tennis biographies go, I waited to the last to read his because I have an earlier work of his devoted to the technical strokes alone. I don't think he was being unrealistic in his determinations about the tennis greats of his time. His fantasy listing of champions since 1939 to 1968, where he makes corrections to the empty periods of Wimbledon and Forest Hills was most interesting. Although he gives the nod to Don Budge, he also indirectly gives credence to his heir-apparent, Pancho Gonzales, in the years from 1951 to 1968 if you read between the lines. He informs the public about the controversies in bringing professional tennis to the Open Era while revealing previous attempts to enlarge tennis popularity in the 50s, with doubles play for instance. Ken Rosewall attempts to set the same record straight(and a reviewer) about his dominance of the post-Kramer era too in his biography "Twenty Years at the Top," where he continuously contradicts himself every other page or so with more Gonzales' accomplishments.

Let me address why there is little praise for the two-handed fellas: Borg, Connors, Evert or others: because they can be all summed up in the play of Pancho Segura. Why? It was considered 'unorthodox' to play two-handed. It made you a slower player with a shorter competitive lifespan. More importantly, it takes exceptional eye-hand coordination to play. What distinguishes Segura from other two-handed practitioners today is the fact that he was also a great tactician. Segura learned quickly on the tour how to defend the attackers(Kramer, Gonzales, Sedgman, Hoad).
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Well, I could just leave it at: No tennislibrary (or for that matter shelf) should be without this classic! Everything what Mr Deford writes (or cowrites) turns into gold. And Mr Kramers story is worth telling. In the center of the game, Mr kramer allows himself to be blunt about everything and everyone. What happened in the professional tennis circuit, what happened when finally tennis went open. Frank kramer was there en tells about it. And if you love to compare tennis-players, Kramer gives his well funded apionion about who was the best. I loved it!
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This is a very informative book about the inside workings of tennis. Although it was written years ago,it reads as fresh as today. I was also extremely pleased with my Amazon service. The book came earlier than expected,and very neatly wrapped.
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