Ladies of the Court: Grace and Disgrace on the Women's Tennis Tour

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Olmstead Press, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 334 pages
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The stars of the women's tennis tour are the richest, most famous, and most conspicuous female athletes in the world, and yet the public's perception of them is often limited to the little that can be gleaned from press conferences and photo opportunities. Eager to get beyond the cosmetic image, Michael Mewshaw followed the circuit from Rome to Paris, London, New York, and points in between. Along the way he met teenage millionaires such as Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati, and Mary Joe Fernandez. Then he talked to their opponents, obscure girls struggling to stay on the tour and continuing to pursue a dream. He spoke with adolescents, anxious about their emerging sexuality, and veterans trying to balance love affairs, marriages, and motherhood with the demands of a tennis career. A celebrated sports writer, he analyzes matches, discusses strategy, and describes practice sessions.

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While this is the third major book in as many years to cover the pro tennis circuit, it takes a more narrow view by focusing on the women of the 1991-1992 tennis season. While not as smoothly written ... Read full review


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Michael Mewshaw's more-than-four-decade career spans fiction, nonfiction, literary criticism, and investigative journalism. He is the author of, among other titles, the nonfiction works "Life for Death", "Short Circuit", and "Between Terror and Tourism: An Overland Journey Across North Africa"; the novel "Year of the Gun"; and the memoirs "Do I Owe You Something?" and "If You Could See Me Now". He has published hundreds of articles, reviews, and literary profiles in "The New York Times", "The" "Washington Post", "The Nation", "Newsweek", "Harper's", "Granta", and many other international outlets. During the winter he lives in Key West, Florida, with his wife, Linda, and he spends the rest of the year traveling in Europe and Africa.

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