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Tshooter
06-22-2009, 12:46 AM
No not that one.

This one:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/books/review/Robbins-t.html?_r=1&ref=books

samster
06-22-2009, 04:26 AM
I just started reading this book and it is a good read. There was a lot more at stake here than most tennis matches.

charliefedererer
06-22-2009, 07:16 AM
I definitely want to read that book this summer.
There was an interesting thread on von Cramm a couple of months ago.
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=253138

MAX PLY
06-22-2009, 07:22 AM
Read it a month or so ago. A good read and I think the review was pretty much spot on (a bit uneven in the writing). Good stuff on von Cram and Budge. The Tilden information comes right out of Frank Deford's book on Tildent (which I highly recommend). Nevertheless, I recommend it for those who have some interest in the history of our fine game.

charliefedererer
06-22-2009, 07:36 AM
It's a pity that politics enter sports, although no one should be surprised. In that same era were the highly charged Louis-Schmeling fights and Jesse Owens 1936 Olympic snub by Hitler. Subsequently the "cold war" was fought out with medal counts at the Olympics.
But even this year in tennis, Peer was denied a visa to play in Dubai.
It seems like the current Davis Cup system strikes a better balance between national pride and sportsmanship. (Although there are so many demands on the top players, that I think more rest is what they really need. And with international play in the slams and other tounaments, I wonder if the Davis and Fed Cups mainly continue as money making mechanisms for their federations.)