Good Writings on tennis are not so frequent, if you compare it with boxing, where people like Jack London, Hemingway or Paul Gallico have left their traces. There are some nice pieces by German speaking writers like Robert Musil and Erich Kästner, who defined tennis as "duel on distance". I would make some personal choices of books, you may find on amazon oder ****, maybe its the right Christmas time now. It would be nice, if someone would add his personal favorites. Gordon Forbes, A Handful of summers (Foreword by Peter Ustinov). Great read on the old circuit and its great charakters like Torben Ulrich or Tappy Larsen. John McPhee, Levels of the game. Description of the Arthur Ashe-Clark Kent (Graebner) match, with deep sociological insight. Frank Deford, Big Bill Tilden. Great biography of a complex man, who invented tennis. Rex Bellamy, Love thirty. Best prose of a tennis writer on 30 modern greats. Gianni Clerici, 500 years of tennis. Wonderful pictorial book, including the picture of the racket in the painting 'Death of Adonis' by Venetian painter Tiepolo. Bud Collins, Total tennis. Best reference book. David Gray, Shades of Gray. Analytical essays on the transition of the game in the 70s (her on can add Richard Evans, Open tennis). Dan Maskell (John Barrett), From where i sit.Very insightful alltime lists. Eliot Berry, Topspin. Excellent writing on the modern game of the 90s. Peter Bodo, Courts of Babylon. Crictical, but sympathetic discourse on the tribulations of the modern game. Best Christmas wishings to all.