View Full Version : What is the best book on a Tennis Player you have read?

12-03-2009, 02:11 AM
I enjoyed Aggasi Open so much I thought I would get some feedback and buy a few more books.

I could not put down his book, it had me mesmerized.

12-03-2009, 06:03 AM
Andre's dad's book- "The Agassi Story"

All of these are worth reading.


12-03-2009, 06:10 AM
Roger Federer: Spirit of a Champion (biography)
You can Not be serious(John McEnroe Autobio) This one is the best one for me
James Blake: Breaking back

12-03-2009, 06:21 AM
Tennis in a bygone era, but I really enjoyed A Handful of Summers by Gordon Forbes. Also, his Too Soon To Panic was good.

12-03-2009, 06:27 AM
Days of Grace- Arthur Ashe, great book

12-03-2009, 07:52 AM
The Inner Game of Tennis! Can't remember who wrote it.

12-03-2009, 08:43 AM
Tony Wilde's 1915 autobiography. Nice look at grass court tennis and New Zealand.

12-03-2009, 04:05 PM
I think the Mac book will be next followed by Aggassis dad.

12-03-2009, 05:03 PM
"Jimmy Conners Saved My Life" by Joel Drucker:)

borg number one
12-03-2009, 05:54 PM
I just recently finished a great book, not just a great tennis book:


"You Cannot Be Serious" by John McEnroe.

It's a splendid read, but I have only finished one other tennis book during my life.

Though it's not as big and complete a book as I would have liked, I think "My Life and Game" on Bjorn Borg as told by Eugene Scott gives one great insight on the a player that was such a quiet Champion and enigmatic player. He was truly one of a kind. If you are a fan of Bjorn Borg, it's a must read.


I need to get several more tennis books over time. I think I'll next go to the recent books by Agassi and Sampras and then move back to older books on Tennis History and other great Tennis players.

12-03-2009, 06:31 PM
it's more about a match than a player, but "Strokes of Genius" was fantastic.

12-03-2009, 06:57 PM
Sampras Auto was really good, I thought.

12-03-2009, 07:03 PM
The book 'Jimmy Connors saved my life' by Joel Drucker was pretty good. So was Ilie Nastase's autobiography 'Mr Nastase'

12-03-2009, 10:30 PM
"Jimmy Conners Saved My Life" by Joel Drucker:)

Gee, I read this and it just made me think the author Joel Drucker was one pretty pathetic soul.

12-03-2009, 10:32 PM
I really liked Spadea's Diary of a pro tennis player. His little stories were hilarious.

Also James Blake's book was very good, hard to put down

and...nick bollettieri's "my aces my faults" book was interesting, had little stories such as how monica seles practiced forehands for a week straight then backhands for a week straight....and how agassi would stack his jack daniels bottles in his windowsill in a pyramid....and how goran ivanesevic would sneak girls into his room, lol

Camilio Pascual
12-04-2009, 06:51 AM
"Levels of the Game" by John McPhee.
He covers the early rivalry and careers of Clark Graebner and Arthur Ashe. This book stands head and shoulders above almost all other sports books, imo. He also wrote another great sports book, "A Sense of Where You Are" featuring a young Bill Bradley.

12-04-2009, 07:02 AM
The Rivals: Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova Their Epic Duels and Extraordinary Friendship (http://www.amazon.com/Rivals-Martina-Navratilova-Extraordinary-Friendship/dp/0767918851/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259942573&sr=1-3)

Venus Envy: Power Games, Teenage Vixens, and Million Dollar Egos on the Women's Tennis Tour (http://www.amazon.com/Venus-Envy-Teenage-Vixens-Million-Dollar/dp/0060957492/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259942722&sr=1-4)

Courts of Babylon: Tales of Greed and Glory in the Harsh New World of Professional Tennis (http://www.amazon.com/Courts-Babylon-Tales-Professional-Tennis/dp/0684812967/ref=pd_sim_b_3)

Also read Blake, Seles, and Spadea's books...good, but the other two were better! I look forward to reading Agassi's.

Edit: Interesting to note that while in looking up the links, I found that both Venus Envy and Courts of Babylon had been 'updated' and given much more salacious titles.