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Old Dec 15th, 2011, 11:12 PM   #1
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PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

I look for an interesting tennis book. It may be an autobiography from any player playing in the 1990s (but could have started in the 80s) until now... especially with gossip and tittle tattle

OR it maybe a rather new "fact book" with statistics, records etc.

can you guys recommend anything?

thanks a lot!
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Old Dec 16th, 2011, 08:19 AM   #2
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

Pennetta has a book, but it's only in Italian at the moment. Although they're translating into English.

I appreciate that's not really much help if you don't speak Italian.
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Old Dec 16th, 2011, 08:34 AM   #3
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

Nathalie Tauziat's book went over well with the rest of the tour. I think it's only in French though. She was so busy with the book-signing tour she had to miss the Olympics.
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Old Dec 16th, 2011, 11:16 AM   #4
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

Pam Shriver's book is pretty fun. Jon Wertheim's book is great, but I've forgotten the title and am too lazy to check for you. There's also Ladies of the Court; in this case, it's the author I've forgotten rather than the title.

I agree with Miss Lawson about Tauziat's book, if you can read French.
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Pam Shriver's book is pretty fun. Jon Wertheim's book is great, but I've forgotten the title and am too lazy to check for you. There's also Ladies of the Court; in this case, it's the author I've forgotten rather than the title.

I agree with Miss Lawson about Tauziat's book, if you can read French.
I think the author was Michael Kewshaw.
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Old Dec 16th, 2011, 04:54 PM   #6
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

There was a big fuss about Tauziat's book when it came out, I think it's supposed to be very shocking and harsh, right?
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

Agassi is actually pretty good, and the aforementioned Shriver's book (Passing Shots: Pam Shriver on Tour (old)) was readable and very Pammish.

I didn't care much for James Blake's or Vince Spadea's.
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

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I look for an interesting tennis book. It may be an autobiography from any player playing in the 1990s (but could have started in the 80s) until now... especially with gossip and tittle tattle
Err, if this one ever comes out:

May 4th, 2006

The Whack Mile
by Sean Randall

The White Mile

We all know Patty Schnyder has some issues. She’s a nutjob on the court, a nutjob off the court and now without a doubt a nutjob in cyberspace. After visiting her new “book” site “The White Mile” at www.the-white-mile.net (website no longer maintained) Patty and fellow freak/husband have outdone themselves.

The site is detailing Patty and Rainer’s progress as they write a book entitled “The White Mile” which will tell their story. A story, according to the site, “that features the yet untold truth and shows what humans are capable of if money and power rules the mind, wrong traditions are kept alive and time becomes something really precious.”

Read more: http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2006-05-04/57.php
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Old Dec 16th, 2011, 10:32 PM   #9
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

I read a bit of Seles's autobiography, but i wasn't entirely fetched. The best book apparently of the contemporary (ish) women's tour is Venus Envy, but i'm not even sure that it's still in print.
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

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I think the author was Michael Kewshaw.
Ha! Mewshaw I think. That had some interesting snippets as I recall. One involving Sabatini - apparently she was known for being not too swift upstairs. Someone kindly said it wasn't her fault she came across that way because, of course, English wasn't her first language. A Spanish journalist then pointed out that she was pretty fucking useless in her native language too. That also might have been the book that mentioned the thing about ATP players back in the day using cocaine suppositories. Actually now I think about it, that book was a bit like Hollywood Babylon for the WTA!
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Old Dec 16th, 2011, 11:09 PM   #11
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Err, if this one ever comes out:

May 4th, 2006

The Whack Mile
by Sean Randall

The White Mile

We all know Patty Schnyder has some issues. She’s a nutjob on the court, a nutjob off the court and now without a doubt a nutjob in cyberspace. After visiting her new “book” site “The White Mile” at www.the-white-mile.net (website no longer maintained) Patty and fellow freak/husband have outdone themselves.

The site is detailing Patty and Rainer’s progress as they write a book entitled “The White Mile” which will tell their story. A story, according to the site, “that features the yet untold truth and shows what humans are capable of if money and power rules the mind, wrong traditions are kept alive and time becomes something really precious.”

Read more: http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2006-05-04/57.php
I am SO MUCH waiting for this book to come out!!!! I read they didnt find a publisher for it anywhere - well, I'd publish it for them if they'd ask me...



I'ææ check the others out as well, thanks!
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

The Venus Envy book is good, and it has players who are more recent. Hard Courts by Wertheim is excellent too but older.
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

I had a list of tennis books I wanted to get through a couple of years ago but never got round to it.

The Rivals (Evert/Navratilova) by Johnette Howard is the best tennis book I've ever read, and I think anyone else who has read it would highly recommend it. It's got all the gossip, facts, history, stories you could want!

You Can Quote Me On That is a funny read (and probably could do with updating ).
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

Legend is coming out with a book in the next few years.
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Re: PEAK Which tennis books do you recommend?

I should really get around to reading the Agassi, Nadal and Serena books soon
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