My book about Patty's tennis career.
I'm intending to write a journal/book to chronicle some of things i've observed about Patty from a fan/outsider's point of view. Mostly my writing is going to focus on the years in which i saw a lot of Patty's matches, 1999-2002, which is a period when she was not very well known, but she was sometimes doing amazing things on the court in her matches. There was a small group of people who knew about Patty, and being a Patty fan was a little bit like an "underground" movement compared to the rest of the women's tennis mainstream. In many ways she was quite a different person both on and off the court, than she is today. Since the beginning, Patty has always had a kind of cult following among her fans, but her image and fan base have changed a lot since the early days of her career, to the point that not many people really remember what Patty was like before Rainer Hofmann took full control of her career in the spring of 2003. It's highly unfortunate that the only story most people know about Patty is the old bit about Harnecker and the "orange juice" scandal, when in fact Patty's career is memorable and controversial in so many other, more substantial ways. I'd like to pay a tribute to the Patty from that past era and not let it be forgotten, and also to relate some interesting experiences that i got from being present at the tournaments.