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Writing a Book About Women's Tennis

Hello. I am currently starting a novel project about women's tennis, and I want the story to center around one or two girls who are rising up the ranks or one is rising and the other an established pro. I am having issues with the following:

1. Nationality of the girls
2. Playing styles
3. Simulating the women's tennis schedule.

If I could get some input from you guys, lots of fans of tennis, I would greatly appreciate it. The first question is perhaps the most pressing.

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Re: Writing a Book About Women's Tennis

Laura Robson...she's gonna be #1... I just know it
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Well, I wouuld prefer not to use real people, but they can be used as models.

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Ah...right

Whatabout twins that are seperated at birth and both become tennis players for different countries....they are friends and doubles partners
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That's honestly not a bad idea.

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That's honestly not a bad idea.
Obviously they're not identical....

I'll have a think...maybe I can get another angle...or add more too it
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Well, thank you for the suggestions so far.

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Re: Writing a Book About Women's Tennis

im interested! start now


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You don't want anything too violent or anything like that, do you? Just that I had another idea...
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Re: Writing a Book About Women's Tennis

Williams Sisters.

No better story.

Of course dramatising their childhoods in the toughest part of LA.
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Whatabout this...there's 2 WTA players who are friends and one of them is dating a top ATP player....now one of them sleeps with him....thinking her friend doesn't know...and when she finds out she goes all bunny boiler and decides to kill her by ....maybe poisoning her drink at a tournament....I know it's a bit CSI but....
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Good ideas. I don't think crime would work as well here in tennis as it would, oh, in figure skating, because there's just so many more competitors everywhere that would be able to notice. And as much as I would love to use the Williams sisters, I just can't do that because anything that I wrote would be considered an unauthorized biography, and I'm trying to solely stay in the land of fiction.

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No crime? That buggers my other idea then...about a top WTA player whose sister is also a player and kidnapped....and the kidnappers ransom is that her sister....who happens to be in the Wimbledon final, loses the final on purpose
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Re: Writing a Book About Women's Tennis

All of those are very interesting ideas, but I think the main focus is dealing with the pressures of success, as we've clearly seen that a lot of players (Ivanovic, Hantuchova, Kuznetsova, Vaidisova, Myskina) couldn't deal with pressure and how it can precipitate and ruin other aspects of life. Dramatizing that kind of story gives a better response in terms of identifying with a character. It may not be necessarily a "movie" novel full of action or suspense, but the fact remains that a lot of classics are tales of the human experience, and women's tennis' champions have all learned how to deal with it and become great.

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All of those are very interesting ideas, but I think the main focus is dealing with the pressures of success, as we've clearly seen that a lot of players (Ivanovic, Hantuchova, Kuznetsova, Vaidisova, Myskina) couldn't deal with pressure and how it can precipitate and ruin other aspects of life. Dramatizing that kind of story gives a better response in terms of identifying with a character. It may not be necessarily a "movie" novel full of action or suspense, but the fact remains that a lot of classics are tales of the human experience, and women's tennis' champions have all learned how to deal with it and become great.
Yeah...but hasn't Navratilova and Seles and a few others had people write those kind of books for them already...I don't mean to throw a dampner on your approach to the story but...I guess you know what you want

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