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

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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.

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This informative and entertaining collection of previously published features, essays, and interviews provides followers of the game much to savor. A tennis journalist for 20 years, Fein wishes "to ... Read full review


List of Illustrations
PART 1Portraits of the Stars
The Ghetto Cinderella 1998
The Wild and Wacky World of the Williamses
2Thats Lifeon the Agassi Roller Coaster 1999
PART 4The Great Controversies
25EqualNot SequelPrize Money 1996
26Twenty Reasons Why Womens Tennis Is Better Than Mens Tennis 1999
27Why OnCourt Coaching Is Bad for Tennis 1998
28Let the Service Let Rule Stay 1998
29Splendor in the Wimbledon Grass 2000
30Lets End the Rankings Insanity 2000
31Why Players Should Play the Game 1990

The Ego Has Landed 1997
Not Just Venuss Little Sister 1998
Going Gaga Over Guga 1997
How She Was Taught to Be the Best 1990
Bjorn without Tears 1982
The Rocket Blazes into Tennis Immortality 1999
The Nice Girl Who Finished First 2000
She Served and Volleyed Her Way through Life 2000
PART 2Memorable Interviews
Pete Sampras Speaks from the Heart 2000
Mac the Mouth Roars on Whats Wrong with Tennis 1997
The Tennis World According to Jimbo 1994
Bobby Riggs Keeps Hustling for the Fun of It 1987
Blacks Can Dominate Tennis 1988
Weve Come a Long Way Raciallyor Have We?
Talking to a Tennis Legend 1985
PART 3Topical Trends and Burning Issues
18Does Father Really Know Best? 1998
From Genteel Game to Serious Sport 2000
20Records Are Made to Be Brokenand Promoted 1999
Records That Will Never Be Broken
Records That Probably Will Never Be Broken
21Overkill The Power Crisis Facing Tennis 1998
22Seven Revealing Statistics Tennis Should Use 2000
23Will Blacks Dominate Tennis? 2001
24True Confessions 2001
32Grand Slamor Grand Sham? 1984
33Analyze This How to Think Smart about Tennis Issues 2001
PART 5TwentiethCentury Retrospectives
34Open Tennis Ushers in a Golden Era 1999
35Teen Queens Fascinate the Sporting Public 1999
36Western Forehands and TwoHanded Backhands Change the Way Tennis Is Played 1999
37The Tiebreaker Shortens and Enlivens Matches 1999
38Althea Gibson Breaks the Color Barrier 1999
39The Racket Revolution Changes Tennis Forever 1999
PART 6The Ten Greatest Matches in Tennis History
40Bjorn Borg Defeats John McEnroe 16 75 63 67 86 in the 1980 Wimbledon Final
41Suzanne Lenglen Defeats Helen Wills 63 86 in the 1926 Cannes France Final
42Don Budge Defeats Gottfried von Cramm 68 57 64 62 86 in the 1937 Davis Cup Interzone Final
43Arthur Ashe Defeats Jimmy Connors 61 61 57 64 in the 1975 Wimbledon Final
44Chris Evert Defeats Martina Navratilova 63 67 75 in the 1985 French Open Final
45Ken Rosewall Defeats Rod Laver 46 60 63 67 76 in the 1972 WCT Finals Final
46Boris Becker Defeats Kevin Curren 63 67 76 64 in the 1985 Wimbledon Final
47Henri Cochet Defeats Bill Tilden 26 46 75 64 63 in the 1927 Wimbledon Semifinals
48Jack Crawford Defeats Ellsworth Vines 46 119 62 26 64 in the 1933 Wimbledon Final
49Monica Seles Defeats Steffi Graf 62 36 108 in the 1992 French Open Final
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Paul Fein is a renowned tennis journalist and author of "Tennis Confidential: Today s Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies" (Brassey s, Inc., 2002) and "You Can Quote Me on That: Greatest Tennis Quips, Insights, and Zingers" (Potomac Books, Inc., 2005). His articles have appeared in the United States and twenty-five foreign countries, and earned over twenty-five writing awards. Fein s diverse tennis background includes being a top-ten sectional tournament player, satellite tournament founder and director, USPTA teaching pro, New England tournament consultant, cable TV commentator, and tennis club and council president. He lives in Agawam, Massachusetts.

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