Good books on tennis history

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  1. tudwell

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    Can anyone recommend me some?
     
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    I really like Bud Collins' "Tennis Encyclopedia" and "Total Tennis".

    There's also "On This Day in Tennis History: A Day-by-Day Anthology of Anecdotes and Historical Happenings" by Randy Walker.

    You can get them both pretty cheaply on Amazon.
     
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    The Ultimate Tennis Book by Gianni Clerici
     
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    "Ultimate" is good. Also, an older volume called the Fireside Book of Tennis; a collection of nice sports tennis articles.
     
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    The greatest tennis matches of the 20th century - Steve Flink
     
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    Yeah, the Clerici book, if you can get it, is fantastic.
     
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    I have some histories and encyclopedias of tennis with nice picture material, including Lance Tingay, Christian Quidet, Clerici, Robertson, Scott; Sean Gallery and some US director, whose name i forgot at the moment. Many photos of the Clerici book (however Clerici has many more antique pictures from the Reniassance onwards)are on the webside:
    www.histoiredutennis.com
     
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    An anthology from 1981 called simply "The Tennis Book" is a very good one.

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    The best ever book about tennis racquets is:-

    "Book of Tennis Rackets" by SIEGFRIED KUEBLER

    The most amazing tennis book you will ever see:):)
     
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    No question that Keublers book of racquets is the GOAT for rackets, not even that much competition.

    The Ultimate Tennis Book - 500 Years Of The Sport
    by Gianni Clerici, is my GOAT for tennis history if you also want pictures ...

    With 335 pages and more than 1200 black and white illustrations and 40 color plates. In this hugh, handsome and lavish book, is the bible for tennis history as it contains quite alot of info and pictures of the history of tennis. The author details the renaissance and classical origins of the sport, describing the current action which has made tennis a million-dollar business as well as the fastest growing spectator and active participant sport in the Western world.
     
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    "A neccesary spectacle", about the Billy Jean King-Bobby Riggs battle of the sexes match.
     
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    Thanks for all the recommendations.

    I went to the library today and picked up:

    Tennis: A Cultural History by Heiner Gillmeister (which looks GREAT, charts tennis from its medieval origins to today)
    My Life with the Pros by Bud Collins
    Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs and the Tragedy by Frank Deford
     
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    I know Gianni, he often comes by our club to play doubles. A very likeable guy, chock full of anecdotes about tennis players. He is still a TV commentator for tennis in Italy. He only plays doubles because he is close to 80 now. Frail, but fit and very nice strokes. You can see that he was one of Italy's best players when he was in his twenties.
     
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    bud collins book

    bud's encyclopedia of tennis should be treated with extreme caution ; it hasloads of errors.


    his world number ones are all amateur ones before 1967 ie everybody including newcombe himself (rated no1 by collins in '67) knew laver was no1 in 1967. In otherwords only amateurss can be number one before 1967 in collins 'book

    jeffrey
     
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    Reviving this thread and to include mention of the old tennis annuals. Various makers produced them to show the current equipment offerings. These booklets also often had tournament results and player articles. Spalding, Wright & Ditson, and Draper Maynard were some of the manufactures that put out yearly publications.

    I recently got many of the Spalding Tennis Annuals from 1885 to 1922 scanned onto disk for easy access, including:

    1885 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 82 pages.
    1896 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 84 pages.
    1898 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 132 pages.
    1900 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 104 pages.
    1903 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 270 pages.
    1904 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 272 pages.
    1905 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 266 pages.
    1906 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 268 pages.
    1908 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 266 pages.
    1910 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 298 pages.
    1911 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 284 pages.
    1912 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 300 pages.
    1913 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 292 pages.
    1915 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 364 pages.
    1916 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 392 pages.
    1917 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 356 pages.
    1918 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 250 pages.
    1919 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 354 pages.
    1922 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual, 396 pages.

    I need to get better indexing to include the coverage in each annual but for now, can do pdf searches. Its really interesting to look through these old books especially if you appreciate the vintage tennis equipment and the history.

    For example, the 1922 Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual includes the official rules of tennis, pictures Bill Tilden on the cover and has an acticle "Evolution of a Champion" covering him and another with Bill Johnson. It also covers the US National Championships for the year, and the Davis Cup results. It also provides articles on how to conduct a tennis tournament and how to build a tennis court. The pictures are really nice and I really love looking at all the different racket models and how they were marketed.
     
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    Great choice!
     
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