The Best and Next Way to Play the Game
Paperback ISBN: 1937559742
Absolute Tennis is a thorough and comprehensive guide to improving your tennis. In this insightful and visually engaging book, Martin Smith, an NCAA Division I Southern Conference Champion and long-time Director of Tennis at the New York Athletic Club, shares his extensive knowledge of tennis technique, strategy, psychology, and fitness in easy to understand language. His meticulous explanations of the strokes coupled with narrated individual and sequenced photos of the world’s best players will help you develop powerful and consistent swings, play with more confidence, and win a lot more. Recognizing that tennis is a highly athletic, tactical, and mental game, he dedicates a large part of the book to the body, singles and doubles strategy, and the mind. You will learn how to improve your footwork, movement, and endurance, integrate winning game plans that highlight your strengths and expose your opponents’ weaknesses, and use your inner voice to remain focused, positive and energetic, helping you attain peak performance. A forward thinker, he not only discusses the strokes of today, but also the future. Martin goes through the evolution of the game, and makes a compelling and persuasive case for three unconventional strokes that may become accepted techniques as the game continues to evolve and become faster.
Big Bill Tilden and the Creation of Modern Tennis
Hardcover ISBN: 0803288115
Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Bobby Jones, and Bill Tilden were the legendary quartet of the “Golden Age of Sports” in the 1920s. They transformed their respective athletic disciplines and captured the imagination of a nation. The indisputable force behind the emergence of professional tennis as a popular and lucrative sport, Tilden’s on-court accomplishments are nothing short of staggering. The first American-born player to win Wimbledon and a seven-time winner of the U.S. singles championship, he was the number 1 ranked player for ten straight years. A tall, flamboyant player with a striking appearance, Tilden didn’t just play; he performed with a singular style that separated him from other top athletes. Tilden was a showman off the court as well. He appeared in numerous comedies and dramas on both stage and screen and was a Renaissance man who wrote more than two dozen fiction and nonfiction books, including several successful tennis instructions books. But Tilden had a secret—one he didn’t fully understand himself. After he left competitive tennis in the late 1940s, he faced a lurid fall from grace when he was arrested after an incident involving an underage boy in his car. Tilden served seven months in prison and later attempted to explain his questionable behavior to the public, only to be ostracized from the tennis circuit. Despite his glorious career in tennis, his final years were much constrained and lived amid considerable public shunning. Tilden’s athletic accomplishments remain, as he is arguably the best American player ever. American Colossus is a thorough account of his life, bringing a much-needed look back at one of the world’s greatest athletes and a person whose story is as relevant as ever.
Anatomy & 100 Stretching Exercises for Tennis
And Other Racket Sports Including Paddleball, Squash, and Badminton
Paperback ISBN: 1438009690
Find 100 stretches that will take your racket game to a whole new level From the occasional tennis player to the high-performance athlete, everyone can benefit from knowledge about biomechanics, ergonomics, stretching techniques, and more. Discover guidelines and advice designed to help tennis players, as well as paddleball, squash, and badminton enthusiasts improve their safety and performance. Beginners and advanced players will find: - Instructions on choosing the right racket to fit your specific needs for greater comfort and performance - Knowledge about the biomechanics of racket sports, including the anatomical descriptions of the muscle groups involved - 88 specific stretches to help players achieve optimal performance - 12 dynamic warm-up stretches to delay the onset of muscle fatigue and avoid discomfort due to prolonged playing - The basic history and evolution of tennis and other racket sports, and more Includes detailed explanations, full color photographs and illustrations, step-by-step descriptions of each exercise and technique and its impact on anatomy. Tennis players and racket enthusiasts will be glad they learned how to improve form—and reach new performance heights—with every serve, volley, and passing shot.
Hardcover ISBN: 1439189048
The first comprehensive, authoritative biography of American icon Arthur Ashe—the Jackie Robinson of men’s tennis—a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual. Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1943, by the age of eleven, Arthur Ashe was one of the state's most talented black tennis players. Jim Crow restrictions barred Ashe from competing with whites. Still, in 1960 he won the National Junior Indoor singles title, which led to a tennis scholarship at UCLA. He became the first African American to play for the US Davis Cup team in 1963, and two years later he won the NCAA singles championship. In 1968, he won both the US Amateur title and the first US Open title, rising to a number one national ranking. Turning professional in 1969, he soon became one of the world’s most successful tennis stars, winning the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975. After retiring in 1980, he served four years as the US Davis Cup captain and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. In this revelatory biography, Raymond Arsenault chronicles Ashe’s rise to stardom on the court. But much of the book explores his off-court career as a human rights activist, philanthropist, broadcaster, writer, businessman, and celebrity. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ashe gained renown as an advocate for sportsmanship, education, racial equality, and the elimination of apartheid in South Africa. But from 1979 on, he was forced to deal with a serious heart condition that led to multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, one of which left him HIV-positive. In 1988, after completing a three-volume history of African-American athletes, he was diagnosed with AIDS, a condition he revealed only four years later. After devoting the last ten months of his life to AIDS activism, he died in February 1993 at the age of forty-nine, leaving an inspiring legacy of dignity, integrity, and active citizenship. Based on prodigious research, including more than one hundred interviews, Raymond Arsenault’s insightful and compelling biography puts Ashe in the context of both his time and the long struggle of African-American athletes seeking equal opportunity and respect.
Tennis and Justice in the Civil Rights Era
Hardcover ISBN: 1421413949
This biography of the African-American tennis icon focuses as much on his political activism as his tennis career. Ashe took a centrist, or moderate, position at a time when civil rights was shifting to Black Power. He remained independent while protesting discrimination in his own calm and persistent manner. He broke racial taboos by playing in both the American South and South Africa under apartheid. As an example of his efforts, for four years beginning in 1969, Ashe was refused the right to compete in the South African Open due to his anti-apartheid statements and participation in the black freedom movement. He responded diplomatically, testifying before Congress and the United Nations and meeting privately with Secretary of State William Rogers and South African government officials. When he finally entered South Africa in 1973, he lost to Jimmy Connors in the South African Open finals, but won the doubles championship (with Tom Okker), becoming the first black tennis player to win a tournament in South Africa. In addition, he visited Soweto, met with tribal chieftains and informally debated racial politics with white South Africans. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Ashe Vs Connors
Wimbledon 1975: Tennis That Went Beyond Centre Court
Hardcover ISBN: 1781313954
Early in July of 2015, tennis will celebrate the 40th anniversary of what might be the greatest upset in the annals of tennis. There have been other key matches in which the disparity between the favourite and the victorious underdog may have been more pronounced by standards of the sport. But none has been more resonant, or flush with meaning and contrasts. For this was not just a contest between a mercurial, seemingly unstoppable prodigy and an undemonstrative veteran, it also embodied a clash of values in a rapidly changing world, and in the sport itself. This is the story of one match - the Wimbledon final of 1975 between Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors, which Ashe won to become the first black male winner of Wimbledon. However, like the best sports books written, this is much more than a just a story about one match, but a metaphor for a changing world, the end of an era and a last triumph for the passing guard.
Steps to Success
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 0736072292
Players clocking shuttlecocks at speeds of 200 miles per hour, new scoring rules, and nonstop action make badminton one of the fastest racket sports in the world. With Badminton: Steps to Success you will learn the skills and tactics to excel at the highest level. Through detailed, fully illustrated instruction, you will develop precision, power, and finesse as you use this step-by-step guide to master serves, forehands, backhands, clears, drop shots, smashes, drives, and more. Badminton: Steps to Success also breaks down common errors players make and provides corrective techniques to pinpoint problems and improve execution. Over 100 drills will further enforce correct technique, with designated drills for tactical practice, conditioning, and teamwork for doubles play.
Training - Tactics - Competition
Paperback ISBN: 1841262986
This book is a compact, groundbreaking training manual that gives the reader an overall insight into the world of badminton.
Biomechanical Principles of Tennis Technique
Using Science to Improve Your Strokes
Paperback ISBN: 0972275940
The science of tennis technique is explained in this guide that practically applies the lessons learned from studying the forces and motions of tennis strokes. Through the implementation of six basic biomechanical principles players can make subtle adjustments to their strokes, creating stroke variations that not only improve their game but also reduce their risk of injury. Detailed line drawings; stroke analysis and sequence photos of top touring pros; action photographs and high-speed video images; and an exploration of the benefits of video replay provide players with a variety of useful techniques.