I put this book aside for a while because I have a bad habit of reading multiple books at once. I picked it up again today and I just about wet myself laughing while eating lunch.
One excerpt, talking about her first ever tournament win, in Columbus:
"After fourteen days, twelve matches and two snowstorms, I won my first pro tournament, but the dream final -- [Renee] Richards vs. Shriver -- never materialized. Renee lost in the semifinals to Kate Latham. At that time, Renee was still getting a lot of publicity and had become sort of the spokessperson for transsexuals. I remember I was sitting in the player lounge doing my term paper for school when this woman, or what I thought was a woman, came in looking for Renee. She must have weighed about 300 pounds and looked like a refrigerator. I was wide-eyed. I ran to Don and said, "Don! The place is swarming with them!
"The locker room would have been frightening enough for me even if Renee hadn't been there. I couldn't get over it. There were naked women all over the place. I mean naked....And Renee was the most flagrant of all. She knew everybody was really checking her out. I sure was. But I could see that if ever I wanted to become a genuine grown-up professional tennis player, I would have to get used to this. In fact, now I can stroll the locker room buck naked with the best of them."
"Women tennis players call themselves girls. Maybe anything else would be too formal. I don't know. It's the equivalent to male players calling themselves guys.
"I break it down this way: If we go to a party or a function where we have to get all dressed up, we're women, but if we're at the tennis club wearing track suits, we're girls -- except when we're bitches, of course."
"I thought ProServ did a great job marketing Tracy [Austin], especially given her personality and her public-speaking ability."
Then after all that, she says some wonderful, sad and touching things about Andrea Jaeger. Not being a thorough tennis history buff, I never knew Andrea had so much potential. During this segment, she says, "Andrea is one of the most thoughtful, considerate players I've ever met, and thoughtful people are not made for life on the pro tour...If you live and play on the tour, water definitely has to roll off your back."
Great stuff. Now that it's years later, she needs to write another book.