The Tennis Set - Rex Bellamy

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  1. treblings

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    i am re-reading that wonderful book after some years.
    just wondering whether anybody knows if Bellamy is still alive
    or has maybe some stories to share about this great writer.

    i know that i will make a point of acquiring his other books
    if they are still in print or second-hand
     
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    I accept, with a smile in my face, the fact, that nobody remembers Rex Bellamy on this forum.
    can´t bring myself to believe that everybody here is too young:)

    one of many stories out of his book, he reports from the French Open of 1968:
    ´Then there was the comedy-drama of Ion Tiriac playing Rod Laver. Tiriac is a swarthy, shambling giant with bulging muscles, black curly hair and long sideburns. There is so much hair on him that he seems to have been zipped into a rug. A heathcliff of a man, he might have stepped straight from the pages of Wuthering Heights
    This intimidating Rumanian took three falls, two sets, and - eventually - a hiding from Laver.
    To look at Tiriac, you would expect him to play a game to match his size and strength. But he is a slow-court specialist, an expert exponent of lobs and looped drives: in short, a good operator on clay. He was new to Laver. ´The ball was coming at me twenty feet high´, said Laver as he was towelling down afterwards. ´I felt like catching the f......thing, throwing it back, and saying:´Can´t you do any better than that?´´


    200+ pages of stories like that told by a master story-teller

    i declare this thread closed, feel free to open it again:)
     
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    Bellamy produced maybe the best tennis prose ever, apart from real poets like Musil or Kästner or Nabokov. I had the opportunity to briefly talk to him at the Dusseldorf WTC in the late 1970s. His Thirty Love, edited in 1992 or so, is a compilation out of his earlier books. Is long retired as Times Tennis Correspondent.
     
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    i was pretty sure that he is retired, not sure whether he´s still alive :)
    Düsseldorf in the late 70´s must have been a fun tournament to watch
     
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