Racquet Sports
Ashe Vs Connors: Wimbledon 1975 - Tennis That Went Beyond Centre Court
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 two tennis greats lives, from the local park courts of their boyhood to the summer of 1975 an this most resonant of Wimbledon finals, which Ashe won to become the first black male Champion. 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.

Badminton Handbook: Training, Tactics, Competition
Badminton Handbook
Training, Tactics, Competition
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1782550429

The Badminton Handbook is a compact, groundbreaking training manual that gives the reader an overall insight into the world of badminton. It is divided into two parts.

The first part deals with training theory while the second contains background information about the sport and its stars, thus giving the reader an overall insight into the world of badminton.

The Badminton Handbook is groundbreaking in many ways. It combines training theory and information about badminton stars by reinforcing basic explanations on badminton technique with tips from the pros.

It not only relates the excitement of this sport with Asian origins, but tells you all you need to know about badminton from A to Z. It is a reliable reference book that readers will want to turn to again and again.

Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life
Breaking Back
How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life
Paperback      ISBN: 006156060x

James Blake's life was getting better every day. A rising tennis star and People magazine's Sexiest Male Athlete of 2002, he was leading a charmed life and loving every minute of it. But all that ended in May 2004, when Blake fractured his neck in an on-court freak accident. As he recovered, his father--who had been the inspiration for his tennis career--lost his battle with stomach cancer. Shortly after his father's death, Blake was dealt a third blow when he contracted zoster, a rare virus that paralyzed half of his face and threatened to end his already jeopardized career.

In Breaking Back, Blake provides a remarkable account of how he came back from this terrible heartbreak and self-doubt to become one of the top tennis players in the world. A story of strength, passion, courage, and the unbreakable bonds between a father and son, Breaking Back is a celebration of one extraordinary athlete's indomitable spirit and his inspiring ability to find hope in the bleakest of times.

The Bud Collins History of Tennis
The Bud Collins History of Tennis
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1937559386

Compiled by the world's foremost tennis historian and journalist, this book is the ultimate collection of historical tennis information, including year-by-year recaps of every tennis season and biographical sketches of every major tennis personality, as well as stats, records, and championship rolls for all of the major events. This third edition is updated with the latest history-making records and covers the recent achievements of a galaxy of stars--including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Serena Williams--without forgetting the contributions of some of the foundational names in the sport, such as Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, and Andre Agassi. Collins highlights his own personal relationships with the sport's biggest names, offering insights into the world of professional tennis that can't be found anywhere else.

A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis
A Champion's Mind
Lessons from a Life in Tennis
Paperback      ISBN: 030738330x

In A Champion's Mind, the tennis great who so often exhibited visible discomfort with letting people "inside his head" finally opens up. An athletic prodigy, Pete resolved from his earliest playing days never to let anything get in the way of his love for the game. But while this determination led to tennis domination, success didn't come without a price.

Here for the first time Pete speaks freely about the personal trials he faced--including the death of a longtime coach and confidant--and the struggles he gutted his way through while being seemingly on top of the world. Among the book's most riveting scenes are the devastating early loss that led Pete to make a monastic commitment to the game; fierce on-court battles with Andre Agassi; and the triumphant last match of Pete's career at the finals of the 2002 U.S. Open.

"A thoroughly compelling read that really probes the hard drive of a champion...All the emotion and insight that Sampras seemes reluctant to express during his playing days come spilling forth." --Jon Wertheim, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

Championship Tennis
Championship Tennis
Paperback      ISBN: 1450424538

Step onto the court confident, focused, and prepared to dictate the match and dominate your opponent.

In Championship Tennis, world-class coach and regular Grand Slam clinician Frank Giampaolo and long-time Tennis magazine editor Jon Levey bring you expert instruction and professional insights to eliminate unforced errors, increase winning percentage, and improve your overall game.

Inside, you'll learn how to

- assess individual skills, evaluate practice sessions, and analyze performance;

- identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement;

- customize your training and conditioning to your skill set, experience, and style of play;

- increase the consistency and accuracy of your shots; and

- control your emotions and mentally prepare for every match.

You'll also find the most effective, unparalleled drills for mastering groundstrokes, serves, volleys, and specialty shots as well as invaluable advice for improving anticipatory skills and recognizing, neutralizing, and countering your competition's strengths and playing styles.

Add a copy of Championship Tennis to your bookshelf and turn errors into winners and three-set losses into straight-set wins. This is a must-have resource for players and instructors

seeking to maximize potential as quickly as possible.
The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey
The Circuit
A Tennis Odyssey
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374123772

Winner of the 2019 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

"The Circuit is the best sports book I've read in years, maybe ever." --Rich Cohen, author of The Chicago Cubs and Monsters

"As sports writing goes, The Circuit is unusual in the very best way. Rowan Ricardo Phillips writes with such fluidity, and packs the book with bursts of brilliance. This is a compulsively readable guide to one truly Homeric year of professional tennis." --John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

An energetic, lyrical, genre-defying account of the 2017 tennis season.

In The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, the award-winning poet--and Paris Review sports columnist--Rowan Ricardo Phillips chronicles 2017 as seen through the unique prism of its pivotal, revelatory, and historic tennis season. The annual tennis schedule is a rarity in professional sports in that it encapsulates the calendar year. And like the year, it's divided into four seasons, each marked by a final tournament: the Grand Slams.

Phillips charts the year from winter's Australian Open, where Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal renewed their rivalry in a match for the ages, to fall's U.S. Open. Along the way, Phillips paints a new, vibrant portrait of tennis, one that captures not only the emotions, nerves, and ruthless tactics of the point-by-point game but also the quicksilver movement of victory and defeat on the tour, placing that sense of upheaval within a broader cultural and social context. Tennis has long been thought of as an escapist spectacle: a bucolic, separate bauble of life.

The Circuit will convince you that you don't leave the world behind as you watch tennis--you bring it with you.

The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey
The Circuit
A Tennis Odyssey
Paperback      ISBN: 1250234921

Winner of the 2019 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

"The Circuit is the best sports book I've read in years, maybe ever." --Rich Cohen, author of The Chicago Cubs and Monsters

"As sports writing goes, The Circuit is unusual in the very best way. Rowan Ricardo Phillips writes with such fluidity, and packs the book with bursts of brilliance. This is a compulsively readable guide to one truly Homeric year of professional tennis." --John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

An energetic, lyrical, genre-defying account of the 2017 tennis season.

In The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, the award-winning poet--and Paris Review sports columnist--Rowan Ricardo Phillips chronicles 2017 as seen through the unique prism of its pivotal, revelatory, and historic tennis season. The annual tennis schedule is a rarity in professional sports in that it encapsulates the calendar year. And like the year, it's divided into four seasons, each marked by a final tournament: the Grand Slams.

Phillips charts the year from winter's Australian Open, where Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal renewed their rivalry in a match for the ages, to fall's U.S. Open. Along the way, Phillips paints a new, vibrant portrait of tennis, one that captures not only the emotions, nerves, and ruthless tactics of the point-by-point game but also the quicksilver movement of victory and defeat on the tour, placing that sense of upheaval within a broader cultural and social context. Tennis has long been thought of as an escapist spectacle: a bucolic, separate bauble of life.

The Circuit will convince you that you don't leave the world behind as you watch tennis--you bring it with you.

Coaching Tennis
Coaching Tennis
Paperback      ISBN: 1570281238

Chuck Kriese, men's head tennis coach at Clemson University and former U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team coach, is the all-time winningest coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and his career victories stand among the top in U.S. collegiate history. His coaching accomplishments include eleven ACC titles, eight national top ten finishes, and six ACC Coach of the Year awards. The Kriese coaching legacy has produced thirty All-Americans, sent twenty-three former players to the professional ranks, and spawned twelve current collegiate level coaches from among his former players and assistants. Coach Kriese is the author of three other books--Total Tennis Training, Winning Tennis, and Youth Tennis. He has lectured on the sport in the United States, England, Japan, Spain, and the Netherlands. Coaching Tennis, formerly published as Total Tennis Training, is a recipe for total player development that gives players and coaches the competitive edge when it comes to understanding the complex sport of tennis. The most comprehensive coaching guide available, it is complete with detailed descriptions of physical training techniques, useful approaches for mental and emotional development, and keys to establishing player strategy and team unity. Updated to discuss every conceivable aspect of the modern game from technical skills to momentum management, practice drills to goal setting, directional guidelines to coaching philosophies--discover Coach Kriese's unique motivational program, a formula proven in competition and proven by champions.

Complete Conditioning for Tennis
Complete Conditioning for Tennis
Paperback      ISBN: 1492519332

Improve shot power, increase on-court speed and agility, and outlast the opposition with Complete Conditioning for Tennis, the most comprehensive tennis conditioning resource available

The only strength and conditioning resource endorsed by the United States Tennis Association, Complete Conditioning for Tennis details how to maximize your training with exercises, drills, and programs that

- assess physical strengths and deficiencies,

- improve footwork and agility,

- increase speed and quickness,

- enhance stamina,

- increase flexibility,

- reduce recovery time, and

- prevent common injuries.

Throughout, you will have access to the same recommendations and routines used by today's top professional players. From increasing the speed and power of your serve and groundstrokes to enhancing on-court agility and stamina, you will be ready to take the court with confidence and endure even the most grueling matches. Off the court, you'll learn recovery techniques and preventive exercises for keeping shoulder and elbow injuries at bay.

Featuring more than 200 on- and off-court drills and exercises combined with exclusive online access to 56 video clips, Complete Conditioning for Tennis is an essential resource for players, coaches, instructors, and anyone serious about the sport.