Tennis Confidential : Today's Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies

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Tennis Confidential : Today's Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies

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In this outstanding collection of essays and interviews, Paul Fein takes the reader into the world of the pro tennis tour with inside scoops about the game's greatest stars, past and present. Tennis Confidential includes interviews with such all-time greats as Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, and Jimmy Connors along with essays about the careers of other stars like Andre Agassi, the Williams sisters, Jennifer Capriati, and Anna Kournikova. Fein also reviews the careers of pioneering players like Martina Navratilova, Bjorn Borg, and Rod Laver.Tennis Confidential tackles the issues that confront the sport today, from the media's fascination with teenage players on the women's tour to the changes in the game caused by new racket designs and tactical innovations. Fein also reviews the ten greatest matches in tennis history. He gives fans at every level a unique perspective on the game and its history.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations                      x
Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Introduction xv
PART 1 Portraits of the Stars 1 (66)
The Ghetto Cinderella (1998) 3 (11)
Venus Williams
That's Life---on the Agassi Roller Coaster 14 (6)
(1999)
Andre Agassi
The Ego Has Landed (1997) 20 (7)
Anna Kournikova
Not Just Venus's Little Sister (1998) 27 (6)
Serena Williams
Going Ga-ga Over Guga (1997) 33 (6)
Gustavo Kuerten
How She Was Taught to Be the Best (1990) 39 (4)
Jennifer Capriati
Bjorn without Tears (1982) 43 (5)
Bjorn Borg
The Rocket Blazes into Tennis Immortality 48 (7)
(1999)
Rod Laver
The Nice Girl Who Finished First (2000) 55 (5)
Lindsay Davenport
She Served and Volleyed Her Way through 60 (7)
Life (2000)
Martina Navratilova
PART 2 Memorable Interviews 67 (68)
Pete Sampras Speaks from the Heart (2000) 69 (14)
Pete Sampras
Mac the Mouth Roars on What's Wrong with 83 (13)
Tennis (1997)
John McEnroe
The Tennis World According to Jimbo (1994) 96 (8)
Jimmy Connors
Bobby Riggs Keeps Hustling for the Fun of 104 (9)
It (1987)
Bobby Riggs
Blacks Can Dominate Tennis (1988) 113 (6)
Arthur Ashe
We've Come a Long Way, Racially---or Have 119 (6)
We? (1990)
Arthur Ashe
Talking to a Tennis Legend (1985) 125 (10)
Ted Tinling
PART 3 Topical Trends and Burning Issues 135 (52)
Does Father Really Know Best? (1998) 137 (5)
Tennis: From Genteel Game to Serious Sport 142 (10)
(2000)
Records Are Made to Be Broken---and 152 (7)
Promoted (1999)
Overkill! The Power Crisis Facing Tennis 159 (8)
(1998)
Seven Revealing Statistics Tennis Should 167 (3)
Use (2000)
Will Blacks Dominate Tennis? (2001) 170 (11)
True Confessions (2001) 181 (6)
PART 4 The Great Controversies 187 (46)
Equal---Not Sequel---Prize Money (1996) 189 (5)
Twenty Reasons Why Women's Tennis Is Better 194 (4)
Than Men's Tennis (1999)
Why On-Court Coaching Is Bad for Tennis 198 (3)
(1998)
Let the Service Let Rule Stay (1998) 201 (6)
Splendor in the Wimbledon Grass (2000) 207 (5)
Let's End the Rankings Insanity (2000) 212 (4)
Why Players Should Play the Game (1990) 216 (2)
Grand Slam---Or Grand Sham? (1984) 218 (7)
Analyze This! How to Think Smart about 225 (8)
Tennis Issues (2001)
PART 5 Twentieth-Century Retrospectives 233 (30)
Open Tennis Ushers in a Golden Era (1999) 235 (5)
Teen Queens Fascinate the Sporting Public 240 (6)
(1999)
Western Forehands and Two-Handed Backhands 246 (4)
Change the Way Tennis Is Played (1999)
The Tiebreaker Shortens and Enlivens 250 (3)
Matches (1999)
Althea Gibson Breaks the Color Barrier 253 (5)
(1999)
The Racket Revolution Changes Tennis 258 (5)
Forever (1999)
PART 6 The Ten Greatest Matches in Tennis 263 (40)
History
Introduction 265 (1)
Bjorn Borg Defeats John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 266 (2)
6-3, 6-7, 8-6 in the 1980 Wimbledon Final
Suzanne Lenglen Defeats Helen Wills 6-3, 268 (3)
8-6 in the 1926 Cannes, France, Final
Don Budge Defeats Gottfried von Cramm 6-8, 271 (5)
5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 8-6 in the 1937 Davis Cup
Interzone Final
Arthur Ashe Defeats Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 276 (3)
5-7, 6-4 in the 1975 Wimbledon Final
Chris Evert Defeats Martina Navratilova 279 (4)
6-3, 6-7, 7-5 in the 1985 French Open Final
Ken Rosewall Defeats Rod Laver 4-6, 6-0, 283 (3)
6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in the 1972 WCT Finals Final
Boris Becker Defeats Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 286 (4)
7-6, 6-4 in the 1985 Wimbledon Final
Henri Cochet Defeats Bill Tilden 2-6, 4-6, 290 (4)
7-5, 6-4, 6-3 in the 1927 Wimbledon
Semifinals
Jack Crawford Defeats Ellsworth Vines 4-6, 294 (3)
11-9, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the 1933 Wimbledon
Final
Monica Seles Defeats Steffi Graf 6-2, 3-6, 297 (6)
10-8 in the 1992 French Open Final
Index 303 (16)
About the Author 319