Racquet Sports
2015 Official Rules of Tennis
2015 Official Rules of Tennis
Paperback      ISBN: 1629370878

Including helpful interpretations in addition to the official rules and regulations, this is the singular resource to everything tennis, put forth by the sport's governing body, the United States Tennis Association. With detailed sections and ample appendices, this guide will prove an invaluable resource to players, officials, coaches, parents, and fans. This edition is completely updated for 2015.

40: Love: 40 Years of Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
40: Love
40 Years of Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Paperback      ISBN: 3958292801

Drawing on a wealth of archival material including photographs, posters and catalogs, this book celebrates 40 years of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the longest-running women's indoor tournament in Europe and since 2013 a premier tournament on the Women's Tennis Association Tour.

With an emphasis on visual staging in its graphic design, 40: Love is no average jubilee book but a sleek, intricate scrapbook exploring the stories of the players who defined a new era of women's tennis--including Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber. This is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the history of the tournament, the characters of its champions both on and off the court, and the design development of its principal sponsor, Porsche, over the course of four decades.
50th Anniversary Us Open Tennis Book
50th Anniversary Us Open Tennis Book
Hardcover      ISBN: 1419732188

Timed to coincide with the US Open's 50th anniversary, this exquisitely produced book celebrates the most electrifying event in tennis. All of the key moments and unforgettable personalities from the competition's 50-year history are brought to life by vibrant, exclusive photography. This book provides a comprehensive look at the tournament, from the early years of tennis legends such as Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe to iconic players such as Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Original contributions from journalists, players, coaches, and notable fans stand alongside gorgeous photography of the many household names who have made their mark competing on the game's biggest stage. A perfect gift for any tennis fan, this book is a richly visual tribute to the sport, its fans, and its champions.

Absolute Tennis: The Best and Next Way to Play the Game
Absolute Tennis
The Best and Next Way to Play the Game
Paperback      ISBN: 1937559742
Absolute Tennis is thorough and comprehensive guide to improving your tennis. In this insightful and visually engaging book, Marty 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. A forward thinker, Smith not only discusses the strokes of today, but also the future. Marty 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. Recognizing that tennis is a highly athletic, tactical, and mental game, he also 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 and movement, 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.

American Colossus: Big Bill Tilden and the Creation of Modern Tennis
American Colossus
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
Anatomy & 100 Stretching Exercises for Tennis
And Other Racket Sports Including Paddleball, Squash, and Badminton
Paperback      ISBN: 1438009690
Barron's Anatomy & 100 Stretching Exercises for Tennis includes guidelines and advice designed to help racket sport players improve their safety and performance. You'll get full-color photos and illustrations, along with step-by-step descriptions of each exercise and technique and its impact on anatomy.

This guide can help you improve your form and learn new techniques for a variety of racket sports, including tennis, paddleball, squash, and badminton. Whether you're a recreational player or a high-performance athlete, you can benefit from learning about biomechanics, ergonomics, stretching techniques, and more.

You'll get:
  • 88 specific stretches to help players achieve optimal performance, along with detailed explanations of each stretch
  • 12 dynamic warm-up stretches to delay the onset of muscle fatigue and avoid discomfort due to prolonged playing
  • Knowledge about the biomechanics of racket sports, including the anatomical descriptions of the muscle groups involved
  • Instructions on choosing the right racket to fit your specific needs for greater comfort and performance The basic history and evolution of tennis and other racket sports, and more

These 100 stretches can help players and racket enthusiasts learn how to improve their form--and reach new performance heights--with every serve, volley, and passing shot.
The Art of Doubles: Winning Tennis Strategies and Drills
The Art of Doubles
Winning Tennis Strategies and Drills
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1558708235
Take Your Doubles Game to the Next Level

Whether you're trying to improve your doubles game or are just getting started playing tennis with a partner, The Art of Doubles is the book for you. Author Pat Blaskower is your personal coach, guiding and encouraging you and your partner to play winning tennis by showing you how to:

- choose a compatible partner
- determine your jobs on the court
- learn poaching skills
- communicate with each other and opposing teams
- maintain mental toughness
- use various formations and strategies
- pick your shots intelligently
- decide where to play: tournaments or leagues
- and much, much more

The book also includes detailed court diagrams that show you how to execute offense, defense, and tactical plays; checklists that summarize the most important points of each chapter; and on-court drills to help you improve and refine your skills. The Art of Doubles is loaded with practical, proven tennis strategies that you can put to work immediately to see improvements in your own doubles game

The Art of Pickleball: Techniques and Strategies for Everyone
The Art of Pickleball
Techniques and Strategies for Everyone
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1937083179

Arizona Book Award Winner This book describes everything from equipment to tournament strategy in straightforward, conversational language that will benefit novice and seasoned players alike. The Art of Pickleball shows how to perform basic and advanced strokes and provides excellent tips for doubles play, mental conditioning, gamesmanship, and offensive and defensive strategies. Drills are included to help readers develop recommended shots. - Master the fundamentals with step-by-step illustrations and photos - Choose the right paddle and other accessories - Polish your skills, from overhead smashes to dinks - Learn the fine points of safety - Techniques designed to take you to the next level - Quick answers to your questions - Easy to read and understand

Arthur Ashe: A Life
Arthur Ashe
A Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 1439189048
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

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.
Arthur Ashe: A Life
Arthur Ashe
A Life
Paperback      ISBN: 1439189056
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

A "thoroughly captivating biography" (The San Francisco Chronicle) 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. 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 rose 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 "deep, detailed, thoughtful chronicle" (The New York Times Book Review), 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. After devoting the last ten months of his life to AIDS activism, Ashe 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, Arthur Ashe puts Ashe in the context of both his time and the long struggle of African-American athletes seeking equal opportunity and respect, and "will serve as the standard work on Ashe for some time" (Library Journal, starred review).