Boris Becker's Tennis: The Making of a Champion

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Leisure Press, Jan 1, 1987 - Sports & Recreation - 127 pages
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Originally published in German in 1985, and despite what the introduction says, it does seem to have been written rather opportunistically just after Becker won Wimbledon. The translation for 1987 reveals a stereotypical German way of speakIng and attitude, efficient and not expending effort to soften, clarify, or add nuance to many points. I was expecting more of a biography and the snippets about Becker and Steffi Graf were enjoyable, the majority of the book is more an introduction to tennis and prospects of spotting, training and motivating young talent. The minutiae about grips and strategy are hard to read for a novice and carry with it the quality of a mediocre translation.
From a technical standpoint I thought the parts about daily training routines and stretches and strength exercises were most helpful. The pictures are very nice. Made me want to hear more of the "story" of Becker and Graf, and consider using this book to aid in training of an aspiring tennis star.
 

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Foreword
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Survey of techniques pros
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The backhand
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