Tennis Books

  • ANOPZ
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    How to improve your game and discover your true potential by increasing your concentration, willpower and confidence Described by Billie Jean King as her 'tennis bible', Timothy Gallwey's multi-million bestseller, including a new introduction from acclaimed sports psychologist Geoff Beattie, has been a phenomenon for players of all abilities since it was first published in 1972. Instead of concentrating on how to improve your technique, it starts from the understanding that 'every game is composed of two parts, an outer game and an inner game'. The former is played against opponents on the court, but the latter is a battle within ourselves as we try and overcome self-doubt and anxiety. It is often won or lost before a ball has been hit. Gallwey's revolutionary approach, built on a foundation of Zen thinking and humanistic psychology, will teach you how to develop your concentration, work on your gamesmanship and help you break bad habits. You will also learn how to trust yourself on the court and how to maintain clarity of mind throughout the match, giving you a clear psychological advantage over your opponent. Whether you are an amateur or a pro, The Inner Game of Tennis is essential reading for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. It is guaranteed to change the way you play tennis forever.
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    Andre Agassi
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    He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court -- but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the game. Coaxed to swing a racket while still in the crib, forced to hit hundreds of balls a day while still in grade school, Agassi resented the constant pressure even as he drove himself to become a prodigy, an inner conflict that would define him. Now, in his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by such conflicts. Agassi makes us feel his panic as an undersized seven-year-old in Las Vegas, practicing all day under the obsessive gaze of his violent father. We see him at thirteen, banished to a Florida tennis camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. By the time he turns pro at sixteen, his new look promises to change tennis forever, as does his lightning fast return. And yet, despite his raw talent, he struggles early on. We feel his confusion as he loses to the world's best, his greater confusion as he starts to win. After stumbling in three Grand Slam finals, Agassi shocks the world, and himself, by capturing the 1992 Wimbledon. Overnight he becomes a fan favorite and a media target. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match, and every public relationship. Alongside vivid portraits of rivals, Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He reveals the depression that shatters his confidence, and the mistake that nearly costs him everything. Finally, he recounts his spectacular resurrection and his march to become the oldest man ever ranked number one. In clear, taut prose, Agassi evokes his loyal brother, his wise coach, his gentle trainer, all the people who help him regain his balance and find love at last with Stefanie Graf. With its breakneck tempo and raw candor, Open will be read and cherished for years. A treat for ardent fans, it will also captivate readers who know nothing about tennis. Like Agassi's game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed and power.
  • ANJIP
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    NOW WITH A NEW CHAPTER This is a special era in the history of tennis. The physicality and skill, as well as the commercial and public interest, have hit levels not seen before. At the heart of the game's growing appeal are four players: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray. Never in the history of the game have so few players dominated for so long and it is their rivalry that makes this the 'Golden Age of Tennis'. However, in 2013, the dominance of the Big Four came under sustained pressure and a new era beckoned. Break Point chronicles how the old guard met the challenge of the hungry young contenders determined to break their stranglehold on the Tour, from the genteel lawns of Wimbledon to the raucous bleachers of Flushing Meadows, and all points in between.
  • AJKQY
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    Practice and repetition is essential for on-court success in tennis. Packed full with drills designed to improve consistency, eliminate weaknesses in a player's game, and enable them to become more strategically sound, The Tennis Drill Book is the guide to winning more matches. It contains the most comprehensive and effective drills for every aspect of the game and whether they are new to the game and looking for fun drills to learn how to consistently hit your first serve or an experienced player just looking to improve court movement and anticipation, The Tennis Drill Book has it covered. So before any player takes to the court again and makes the same mistakes over and over, they should first pick up a copy of The Tennis Drill Book and turn those unforced errors into winners and those double faults turn into aces. This is the foundation for good tennis performance.
  • AEMIB
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    No tennis player since Andre Agassi has captivated the world like Rafael Nadal. He's a rarity in today's sporting arena - a true sportsman who chooses to let his raw talent, dedication and humility define him. This autobiography, written by Nadal with award-winning journalist John Carlin, includes memorable highlights such as winning the Wimbledon 2008 final in what John McEnroe called, "the greatest game of tennis ever played" and completing a career Grand Slam after winning the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open in 2010.? This book gives Nadal's millions of fans what they've been waiting for - a glimpse behind the racquet to learn what really makes Nadal - an intensely private person who until now has never talked about his personal and family life - tick.
  • ABTNJ
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    John McEnroe enjoyed tremendous success at all levels of tennis and owns 77 career singles titles, including seven Grand Slams. He joined the circuit in 1978 and it took him only three years to attain the No. 1 ranking. The 1980 Wimbledon final, between McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, is considered by many tennis experts to be the best match ever, a five-set thriller which McEnroe avenged the following year for his first Wimbledon title. In doubles, McEnroe is recognised as the best player of all time. He was ranked No. 1 for a record 257 weeks and captured a total of 74 titles, including eight Grand Slams. Still an active player, McEnroe is now a tennis commentator and broadcaster for the BBC and other national networks. This autobiography covers his amazing tennis career, marriage to movie star Tatum O'Neal and where arguably the greatest tennis player of all time goes from here.
  • AIOFW
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    In 2011, Novak Djokovic had what has been called the greatest single season ever by a professional tennis player. He won ten titles, three Grand Slams and 43 consecutive matches. Remarkably, less than two years earlier, this champion could barely complete a tournament. How did a player once plagued by aches, breathing difficulties and injuries on court suddenly become the number-one tennis player in the world? The answer is astonishing: he changed what he ate. In Serve to Win, Djokovic recounts how he survived the bombing of Belgrade, rising from a war-torn childhood to the top tier of his sport. He reveals the diet that transformed his health and pushed him to the pinnacle. While Djokovic loved and craved bread, pasta and, of course, the pizza from his family's restaurant, he found his body couldn't process wheat. Eliminating gluten made him feel instantly better, clearer, lighter and quicker. His new physical health and mental focus enabled him to achieve his two childhood dreams: to win Wimbledon and to be ranked the world's number-one tennis player. Djokovic challenges you to try his way of eating for just 14 days. He provides weekly menus and easy-to-prepare recipes that will help you lose weight and find your way to a better you. You don't need to be a professional athlete to start living and feeling better. A trimmer, stronger, healthier you is just two weeks away!
  • AHHZB
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    "Tennis: A New Fan's Guide to the Game, the Tournaments and the Players" is the perfect introduction to one of the world's most enjoyable sports. Packed with colour photographs and illustrations, this brilliantly designed book really brings the game to life. Rather than focusing on the history of the sport in the UK or the Wimbledon Championships, this book recognises that tennis is a global game and includes: The Grand Slams; The world's best tennis stadiums; The world's best male and female tennis players; and, Tennis legends. With an energetic design and stunning images, this book includes serious tennis information, but delivers it in a contemporary way, recognising that youngsters tend to read only in short bursts. Bite-sized bits of information - including features on a day in the life of a top pro, tennis fashion, and how to get involved - combined with informative commentary should ensure the book is returned to again and again.
  • AIDZV
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    This title features step-by-step techniques to improve your skills. It is an information-packed guide to all the techniques needed to play this exciting game with confidence and skill, shown in over 240 dynamic and practical photographs. It features expert instructions on the serve, groundstrokes, volley, lob, forehand/backhand smash and dropshots, as well as a guide to the perfect posture for each shot. It includes an illustrated guide to tennis equipment, from rackets and balls to specialist shoes and clothing. Common faults are corrected and exercises are shown step-by-step, to help you develop and improve your shots. It explains the rules and scoring system of the game, with useful hints and tips on strategy for both singles and doubles, and how to adapt to different surfaces. It contains a handy glossary of tennis terms, from approach shot and backspin to string savers and Western grip. Played all over the world for fun, fitness and competition, tennis is a wonderful game that appeals to both young and old. From Grand Slam tournaments to local contests or a friendly knock-around, the essential techniques are the same, and a sound understanding of the game will be beneficial at all levels. If you are a beginner, the book will enable you to grasp the basic techniques, and if you have already reached a level of competence, you will benefit from revising the basics and from the advice on tactics and strategy. From positioning your feet to gripping the racket, each technique is illustrated with step-by-step photographs, helping you to improve your skills. The book also features solutions to common problems, as well as a concise account of the theory and practice of the game. It will develop your confidence and increase your pleasure in playing this most rewarding and enjoyable sport.
  • AJZVI
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    ROGER FEDERER. RAFAEL NADAL. NOVAK DJOKOVIC. At the highest echelons of tennis, a few names stand out. Dominating the rankings, these famous big hitters are unarguably among the finest players in the world, with multiple Grand Slams to their credit. But how do today's champions compare with those of earlier eras? From 'Big' Bill Tilden and Pancho Gonzalez to Rod Laver and Pete Sampras, who makes the grade as the greatest male singles player of all time? Better known as the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has enjoyed a successful dual career in the tennis world as competitive junior player and qualified coach. Ideally placed to argue the merits of the maestros, in this fascinating guide he sets out to determine just who is the greatest of the greats. It is no easy task. Court surfaces and ball speeds have changed, racket technology has revolutionised the game, and trying to distinguish the best from the rest is as challenging as it is enjoyable. Drawing on published records of past glories, and o ffering his own analysis and reasoning, Bercow describes the accomplishments of twenty all-time tennis heroes and suggests a hall of fame from the unashamed vantage point of the lifelong enthusiast. Let the debate begin -
  • AKFRP
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    In 1872, the world's first tennis club was founded in Leamington Spa. The world's oldest tennis tournament, the Wimbledon Championships, was first played in London in 1877. These first Championships culminated in a debate on how to standardise the rules of the sport as it evolved. John Moyer Heathcote was one of those who devised the original rules of lawn tennis, and he is also credited with inventing the cloth covering for the tennis ball. An amateur tennis champion until 1882, he wrote one of the very first manuals of the sport. The Classic Guide to Tennis instructs the budding tennis player in how to become a master of the game.
  • ANMEH
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    For fans of tennis and the ever-increasing scandals of the game comes Grand Slams of Tennis: Legends, Feuds, Tennis Dads and One Slam Wonders. Irreverent and laugh out loud funny, this book will go behind the stories, the legends, the players and great matches as well as the weird, wacky, controversial and legendary moments of the game. There are hundreds of brilliant, funny, outrageous and entertaining tales in the history of the game to delight tennis fans everywhere and make tennis experts out of armchair viewers all over the world.
  • BRMWX
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    Timed to coincide with the US Open's 50th anniversary, this exquisitely produced book celebrates the most electrifying event in tennis. All of the key moments and unforgettable personalities from the competition's 50-year history are brought to life by vibrant, exclusive photography. This book provides a comprehensive look at the tournament, from the early years of tennis legends such as Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe to iconic players such as Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Original contributions from journalists, players, coaches, and notable fans stand alongside gorgeous photography of the many household names who have made their mark competing on the game's biggest stage. A perfect gift for any tennis fan, this book is a richly visual tribute to the sport, its fans, and its champions.
  • BTEND
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    Diese ist die "FEDERESQUE"-Version in Deutscher Sprache. "FEDERESQUE" ist das erste elegante Coffee-Table Book uber Roger Federer und ein bildhaftes Essay uber seine 20/20-Karriere. Wer Roger Federer beim Tennisspielen zuschaut, wird unweigerlich zum Kunst-, Theater - oder Ballettkritiker: Angesichts seiner unvergleichlichen Eleganz und Professionalitat scheinen im gangigen Sportvokabular schlicht die richtigen Worte fur sein Spiel zu fehlen. So wie Federer das Tennis neu erfunden und neue, einzigartige Schlage entwickelt hat, musste ein neues Wort geschaffen werden, um seine Spielweise zu beschreiben: "FEDERESQUE", wie es so schoen auf Englisch und Franzoesisch heisst. Bei einem Ruckblick und Versuch der Beschreibung von Federers Laufbahn tauchen bestimmte Begriffe immer wieder auf. Emotionen. Raffinesse. Bescheidenheit. Unsterblichkeit. Perfektion. Eleganz. In einem Wort: "FEDERESQUE". Die Fotos wurden von dem preisgekroenten Tennisfotografen Antoine Couvercelle aufgenommen, dessen wunderschoene Bilder die Emotion und Demut dieses Schweizer Tennis-Vorbild-Botschafters eindrucksvoll widerspiegeln. Erganzend zu den Fotografien vermittelt Mark Hodgkinson (ehemaliger Telegraph-Tennisjournalist und Autor dieses Bildbandes) mit kurzen Texten, biographische Einblicke in die Karriere-Highlights von Roger Federer. Hodgkison begleitete Federers Werdegang uber viele Jahre und hat den Schweizer mehrmals interviewt.
  • BTEQX
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    De sa premiere apparition, a 17 ans, sur le circuit ATP World Tour - c'etait a Gstaad en 1998 - a son 20e titre du Grand Chelem, decroche en 2018 a l'Open d'Australie, Roger Federer s'est impose comme le plus grand joueur et le plus impressionnant n Degrees1 mondial de tous les temps. Plus qu'une carriere, une epopee. Son elegant format a l'italienne, la remarquable qualite des images, les commentaires vifs et precis du journaliste sportif Mark Hodgkinson -fin connaisseur du monde du tennis, biographe d'Ivan Lendl et Andy Murray - l'imposent comme un ouvrage de reference autant que comme un bel objet. Durant ces deux decennies, le tennisman a joue avec une imagination, une humilite et une finesse inegalables, changeant a travers sa reussite sportive et sa personnalite la facon dont la Suisse est percue. Et durant vingt ans Antoine Couvercelle, photographe francais reconnu, l'a inlassablement suivi sur le circuit professionnel, aux quatre coins du monde, saison apres saison. Saisissant magnifiquement la grace et l'efficacite de ses coups et son deplacement felin, sa sobriete joyeuse dans la victoire, son elegante equite dans les moments contraires, il est bien le photographe qui convenait a Federer. Attache a des standards de fabrication eleves, BTL-Beyond the Lens Publications (Geneve), connu du grand public entre autres pour le spectaculaire " Leman arctique ", est heureux et fier d'un label d'impression " Made in Switzerland " pour celebrer en photos les vingt ans de circuit professionnel et les vingt titres en Grand Chelem de Roger Federer. Note : Ce livre a ete realise independamment de l'autorisation de Roger Federer. L'auteur, Mark Hodgkinson, est reconnaissant a Roger Federer pour les nombreuses interviews qu'il lui a accordees tout au long de sa carriere.
  • AUGUN
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    Updated edition of this beautiful and award-winning official coffee table book which celebrates one of sport's most historic and iconic venues - from the epic matches played on Centre Court and the legends who have graced its hallowed grass to the uniquely English atmosphere of ball boys, boaters and Robinson's barley water. This new edition includes the London 2012 Olympic tournament held at Wimbledon and Andy Murray's historic Gentlemen's Singles title in 2013.
  • BPNSE
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    The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Tennis is the pre-eminent single volume illustrated work of tennis reference, tracing the game from its relaxed beginnings as a pastime of the 1800s through to what has become the high energy global sport of the 21st century. John Parsons' celebrated book includes comprehensive chapters profiling the legends of the game and more than 150 top players; analysis of tennis's greatest matches; world famous tournaments and global development; as a well as extensive features on the politics, controversies and oddities of the game. Packed with around 240 photographs and complete with a record of all Grand Slam winners, every player, every tournament and every issue of importance in the game of tennis is highlighted in detail in the book. Written by two of the game's leading authorities and fully revised, updated and expanded to include all the stories of 2017, The Tennis Book is the definitive work on world tennis, with every page an information-packed celebration of one of the world's most exhilarating sports.
  • BRKSP
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    The first comprehensive, authoritative biography of American icon Arthur Ashe-the Jackie Robinson of men's tennis-a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual. Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1943, by the age of eleven, Arthur Ashe was one of the state's most talented black tennis players. Jim Crow restrictions barred Ashe from competing with whites. Still, in 1960 he won the National Junior Indoor singles title, which led to a tennis scholarship at UCLA. He became the first African American to play for the US Davis Cup team in 1963, and two years later he won the NCAA singles championship. In 1968, he won both the US Amateur title and the first US Open title, rising to a number one national ranking. Turning professional in 1969, he soon became one of the world's most successful tennis stars, winning the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975. After retiring in 1980, he served four years as the US Davis Cup captain and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. In this revelatory biography, Raymond Arsenault chronicles Ashe's rise to stardom on the court. But much of the book explores his off-court career as a human rights activist, philanthropist, broadcaster, writer, businessman, and celebrity. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ashe gained renown as an advocate for sportsmanship, education, racial equality, and the elimination of apartheid in South Africa. But from 1979 on, he was forced to deal with a serious heart condition that led to multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, one of which left him HIV-positive. In 1988, after completing a three-volume history of African-American athletes, he was diagnosed with AIDS, a condition he revealed only four years later. After devoting the last ten months of his life to AIDS activism, he died in February 1993 at the age of forty-nine, leaving an inspiring legacy of dignity, integrity, and active citizenship. Based on prodigious research, including more than one hundred interviews, Raymond Arsenault's insightful and compelling biography puts Ashe in the context of both his time and the long struggle of African-American athletes seeking equal opportunity and respect.
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    This superb biography, filled with photographs from his sensational career, follows Roger Federer from his first steps in tennis in the junior tournaments right through to the main professional circuit. Federer: Portrait of a Tennis Legend is an illustrated biography of a man who has graced the world of tennis for more than two decades, playing with grace, panache, and magnificent sportsmanship. He who has transcended tennis to become one of the greatest sportsmen of the twenty-first century. This portrait illustrates his great rivalries, his great matches and his great victories.
  • BQXKV
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    Wimbledon 2018: The Official Story of The Championships is the evocative and beautifully illustrated re-telling of a spell-binding fortnight of tennis at the All England Club. With the evergreen Roger Federer looking to hold off his old rival Rafa Nadal, the comebacks of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, and the young guard looking to take Roger's crown, the Gentlemen's Singles will be fascinating to watch and a wide open Ladies' event will make The Championships 2018 the highlight of the sporting summer. Written by The Independent's tennis correspondent, Paul Newman, and put together by a team based at Wimbledon for the duration of The Championships, Wimbledon 2018 grants the reader exclusive insider access to the tournament with interviews and analysis, opinion and quotes from the stars of the show. In addition, the book is packed with stunning photography taken by some of the world's best tennis photographers.
  • BVIOU
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    This beautiful full colour book showcases Wimbledon in all its glory and gives tennis fans a vibrant, high quality access-all-areas look at one of the world's most iconic and scenic sporting events. The book is resplendent in a high quality slipcase and is packed with stunning photography taken by some of the world's best tennis photographers under the leadership of award-winning snapper Bob Martin. With US success through Serena Williams, driving levels of interest in tennis to a new high, this book will be a cherished souvenir for tennis fans for years to come. Readers will feel as if they have been to Wimbledon as they are presented with beautiful images of the most famous tennis tournament in the world... and all in the secure knowledge that they won't be rained on!
  • BFEMD
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    Whether your goal is to beat your favourite playing partner or to win the next league, "Tennis Skills & Drills" is your guide to mastering the game! Solid ground strokes, a confident net game, a dictating serve, a sharp return game and specialty shots for every situation build your game from the ground up. Gain the techniques and shots that are essential for success in today's versatile and powerful game. Combine that with winning tactics for singles and doubles and "Tennis Skills & Drills" is your blueprint for taking your game to the next level. Start with assessing the basic techniques for the various strokes and see how you can improve your footwork, grip choices and swing patterns. Then increase your options with spins, angles and depth. Complete instruction for all of the strokes along with over 110 practice drills, this book will be like having your own personal coach! This title has its publicity and reviews through UK and European tennis magazines including "ACE Magazine", "British Tennis Magazine", "Coach Magazine", "Tennis Today" and "ITF Coaching & Sport Science Review". E-mail marketing campaign to contacts interested in tennis. Tennis mailing is there to clubs, players and coaches. This title is featured in the PE catalogue sent to PE teachers, coaches and recreational sport leaders. It is also featured in Human Kinetics' monthly "PE E-Newsletter" sent to over 5,000 subscribers.
  • BXNCW
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    Britain's tennis players are often regarded as gallant losers and also-rans. There was a painful 76-year gap between the grand slam triumphs of Fred Perry and Andy Murray, and most Brits perennially fail to progress beyond the early rounds at Wimbledon. But in this first detailed account of Britain's place in world tennis from the Victorian period to the present day, historian Kevin Jefferys shows that British players have a surprisingly strong record. He traces the fluctuations in the nation's tennis fortunes - with barren spells counterbalanced by periods of ascendancy - and looks beyond the domestic obsession with Wimbledon to highlight British successes at other grand slam tournaments, in the Davis Cup and in Olympic tennis. The author also focuses on key individuals, providing fresh profiles of his selection of the best British players of all time: the men and women who have delivered most on the international stage, from the time of the Renshaw brothers in the 1880s to Andy and Jamie Murray today.
  • BCXGU
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    Fred Perry, three-time Wimbledon champion in the 1930s, was one of Britain's greatest sportsmen of the 20th century. His success on the hallowed Wimbledon turf went unmatched by a British man for a remarkable 77 years, until Andy Murray's triumph in 2013. Perry was the first player to hold all four Grand Slam titles, and he also played a pivotal role in Great Britain's domination of the Davis Cup in the mid-1930s. Despite his status as a global sports celebrity, Perry was criticised for his ruthless desire to win and was frequently at odds with the amateur tennis authorities of the day. In this revealing biography, award-winning historian Kevin Jefferys examines afresh the life and career of Britain's most successful tennis star. The author shows how good fortune as well as tremendous talent aided Perry's meteoric rise to the top; traces his frosty relationship with the British tennis establishment, which continued after he turned professional in 1936; and considers Perry's place among the true legends of the sport.