American Doubles the Trials... the Triumphs... the Domination: What You Didn't Know about U.S. Tennis

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Mansion, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 202 pages
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American Doubles explores the phenomenon of the United States' doubles prowess on the world's tennis courts. Many fans and journalists lament the state of American tennis, wondering when the next great players will hit the scene. What the critics don't know is that Americans have dominated the doubles scene for decades and the future looks bright. From the successes of such legends as Billie Jean King and Stan Smith to the current No. 1 men's team of Bob and Mike Bryan, the story of how Americans have come to rule the doubles court is a fascinating tale told by a longtime journalist and tennis insider, Marcia Frost. American Doubles is packed with touching stories of how some players conceded a chance at singles stardom to preserve ties with a doubles partner, and how sibling pairings are tough to beat. Readers will learn that the success of Americans in the doubles game runs deep-at the junior and college levels to wheelchair tennis, mixed doubles, World TeamTennis and the pro tours. Stanford University's Director of Tennis Dick Gould, who coached the Bryans as well as John and Patrick McEnroe, says the book offers "a close-up view that is intriguing, exciting and impossible to put down."
 

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Contents

Introduction
13
Juniors Dominate Grand Slams
23
College Doubles Showcases Americans
45
Americans Shine on USTA Pro Circuit
75
Sibling Advantage
97
The Bryans Rule
113
The Power of Staying Together
129
Mix It Up
149
Wheelchair Tennis Scores Big
159
WTT Doubles the Fun
165
Doubles Dilemma
173
Becoming A Doubles Champion
177
The Future of American Doubles
185
Greatest American Doubles Players of All Time
199
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About the author (2008)

Marcia Frost was graduated from the Journalism program of C W Post, Long Island University in 1981, a few years ahead of schedule due to early finishes in high school and college. While in school, she was an Entertainment Writer and Editor for the C.W. Post Pioneer, as well as New York Nightlife Magazine. Soon after that she got into the world of College and Junior Tennis. She ran the Port Washington Tennis Academy owned publication in print from 1981-85 and 1995-97, working as an Art Director for a now-defunct advertising firm in between. In January of 1998 she had a vision that the Internet might just take off and put the publication -- now receiving over 1 million hits per month -- online. Ms Frost is also a Freelance Writer/Photographer for USTA Magazine, SMASH Magazine, Tennis Life, Racquet Sports Industry and Tennis Championships Magazine. She manages a College Tennis section for Tennis Magazine on Tennis.com. She also volunteers on the USTA/Eastern College Tennis Committee and is passionate about promoting college tennis throughout the country. She helps to organise and speaks at College Tennis Showcases.

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