Today sees the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Grand Slam event. I’m quite a Tennis fan and look forward to the two weeks of Tennis action and watching the crowds munching of English strawberries and cream. Yum! So today seems like the perfect day to share a booklist of the bestselling books for tennis fans.
Whether you’re a Tennis Player, Tennis Fan or looking for a gift for a Tennis Friend, check out my booklist of Books for Tennis Fans as there’s something for everyone.
On the Court
Andy Murray is one of Britain’s best loved athletes. On the 7th July 2013 he became the first British man to lift the Wimbledon trophy for 77 years. His book, Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven, takes us on a personal journey through his career. Focusing on the last two dramatic years, he share’s his thoughts on the pivotal moments of his playing career and allow us a glimpse into his world – his intense training regime, his close-knit team and his mental and physical battle to get to the very top. This very personal book will be a stunning celebration of Andy’s career so far.
Roger Federer: The Biography
René Stauffer has been closely covering Roger Federer’s career for nearly 25 years. In this comprehensive biography, Stauffer talks at length to the man himself, his family, friends, coaches and rivals to paint an unrivalled picture of the greatest male tennis player of all time.
From his early life in Basel, Switzerland, where he first picked up a tennis racquet, to the heights of his 20th Grand Slam victory and all points in between, Stauffer reveals the secrets to Federer’s success, the hardships and doubts that he has faced and examines the legacy that Federer has created in the modern game.
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. In his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by conflict.
This revised and updated biography intertwines the incredible playing career of one of the best and most popular tennis players of all time. With a history of how he came to rescue the image of a young, war-torn country on the world stage. It describes Djokovic’s modest upbringing, revealing how he met the woman who taught him both to play tennis and how to deal with life as a high-profile icon.
This book takes us to the heart of Nadal’s childhood, his growth as a player, and his incredible career. It includes memorable highs and lows, from victory in the 2008 Wimbledon final – a match that John McEnroe called the ‘greatest game of tennis ever played’ – to the injury problems that have frequently threatened his dominance of the sport, to becoming the youngest player of the open era to complete a career Grand Slam in 2010.
But Seriously is a richly personal account, blending anecdote and reflection with razor sharp and brutally honest opinions. This is the sports book of the year: brilliantly funny, surprisingly touching, and 100% McEnroe.
On the Line
Judy Murray provides the ultimate insight into life with her tennis champion sons Andy and Jamie.
As mother to tennis champions Jamie and Andy Murray, Scottish National Coach, coach of the Fed Cup, and general all-round can-do woman of wonder, Judy Murray is the ultimate role model for believing in yourself and reaching out to ambition. As a parent, coach, leader, she is an inspiration who has revolutionised British tennis.
Described by Billie Jean King as her ‘tennis bible’, Timothy Gallwey’s multi-million bestseller, has been a phenomenon for players of all abilities since it was first published.
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.
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The incredible story of what happened when two outsiders―one an emerging champion who happens to be Jewish, the other, the first black player to win Wimbledon―pair up not only to form a winning team, but also an enduring friendship.
At the 1956 Wimbledon, despite their athletic prowess, both were shunned by the other female players and found themselves without doubles partners. Undaunted, they decided to play together. And though they had never so much as practiced together―they triumphed.
In this spirited account, Billie Jean King details her life’s journey to find her true self. She recounts her groundbreaking tennis career — six years as the top-ranked woman in the world, twenty Wimbledon championships, thirty-nine grand-slam titles.
Based on 20 years of one-on-one interviews with Federer and with wide access to Federer’s inner circle, including his coaches and key rivals, legendary sports reporter Christopher Clarey’s account will be a must-read retrospective for the loyal sports fan, and anyone interested in the inner workings of unfaltering excellence. The Master tells the story of Federer’s life and career on both an intimate and grand scale.
Just for Fun
Put your knowledge to the test with this tennis crossword and quiz book.
- Over 300 crossword and quiz questions across 16 different puzzles.
- Complete solutions given at the back.
- Inspirational quotes from famous players.
- Large variety of questions, ranging from before the open era to current champions.
- Great gift for both adults and children that want to test their knowledge of the great game that is tennis.
Joshua Shifrin helps tennis players make sense of their most monumental losses on the court. After a bad shot, tennis gurus might utter, “There was a leaf on the court and I couldn’t concentrate.”
Shifrin has crafted 150 funny, but all-too-real, excuses for pros and amateurs alike. Examples include:
- My opponent’s grunting is distracting.
- My strings are too tight.
- I have tennis elbow.
- These tennis balls are too slow.
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