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    1. The Inner Game of Tennis
    by W. TIMOTHY GALLWEY
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    Asin: 0679778314
    Catlog: Book (1997-05-27)
    Publisher: Random House
    Sales Rank: 3962
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    A phenomenon when first published in 1972, the Inner Game was a real revelation. Instead of serving up technique, it concentrated on the fact that, as Gallwey wrote, "Every game is composed of two parts, an outer game and an inner game." The former is played against opponents, and is filled with lots of contradictory advice; the latter is played not against, but within the mind of the player, and its principal obstacles are self-doubt and anxiety. Gallwey's revolutionary thinking, built on a foundation of Zen thinking and humanistic psychology, was really a primer on how to get out of your own way to let your best game emerge. It was sports psychology before the two words were pressed against each other and codified into an accepted discipline.

    The new edition of this remarkable work--Billie Jean King called the original her tennis bible--refines Gallwey's theories on concentration, gamesmanship, breaking bad habits, learning to trust yourself on the court, and awareness. "No matter what a person's complaint when he has a lesson with me, I have found the most beneficial first step," he stressed, "is to encourage him to see and feel what he is doing--that is, to increase his awareness of what actually is."

    There are aspects of psychobabble and mysticism to be found here, sure, but Gallwey instructs as much by anecdote as anything else, and time has ultimately proved him a guru. What seemed radical in the early '70s is now accepted ammunition for the canon; the right mental approach is every bit as important as a good backhand. The Inner Game of Tennis still does much to keep that idea in play. --Jeff Silverman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I Used This Book To Improve My Bowling... and IT HELPED!
    I was in a rut years ago when my bowling coach told me to stop practicing and just read this book. At the time I was entering three tournaments per month, so just quiting practice seemed silly. But hey, I'd been stinking the place up for 4 months and hadn't made a single cut!

    So I stopped practicing and read this book in two days. I made the cut in the next several tournaments! I scaled back my practicing and just kept the book with me on the road. While I didn't win any tournaments, I placed second in four of them!

    This is NOT just a tennis book. I recommend this to anyone who has any skills in any sport and find yourself performing below your capabilities. IT WILL HELP!

    I gave my copy to my dad for his golf game and am buying a new copy as I find myself getting back into my sport.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great, not only for tennis
    I read this book four years ago on the recommendation of a World Champion in the sport in which I compete - Fast Draw. I had often ranked high at major contests, but had never been able to make it to the winners circle at major competitions during 18 years of shooting. I was pretty sure that the only thing holding me back was the mental game.

    While reading this book I was amazed at Gallwey's description of mental aspects of competition, and how I had experienced the exact same things. His explanations of how a competitor sabotages his own outcomes showed me what I had been doing wrong. His tips for getting into the correct mindframe made perfect sense, although were probably not the sort of things I would have come up with on my own.

    After putting these tips into action I really saw a big improvement in my shooting. I won my first major championship within four months, and have been the overall world champion in my sport for three of the last four years. It was the things I learned from this book that allowed me to perform at my top level when the pressure was on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I should have read this 20 years ago!!
    This book has cured me from being a head case!! Better late than
    never! Thank you Tim Gallwey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars use this book to play better and have more fun
    Tennis has been one of my favorite sports for many years, although I've never been that good at it (3.5 USTA rating, which is sorta intermediate). I had never heard about this book until it caught my eye at the library, and it intrigued me. I'm not that big on instructional books, because sports are so visual it's almost impossible to describe (for example) all the things your body needs to do to hit a decent serve. In my own game, my serve has actually deteriorated quite a bit over the years, and all my attempts at "fixing" it only seemed to make it worse.

    Then, I happened to watch Andy Roddick play on TV at the 2003 US Open. As you probably know, Mr. Roddick has hit the fastest serve ever recorded (150+MPH), and is one of the best tennis players in the world. What really amazed me about his serve is that his motion isn't very complicated (like Pete Sampras or John McEnroe, to date myself). What I noticed is that his main focus when serving is simply to make perfect, solid contact with the ball and send it on its way over the net. Somehow, I was able to lock in on a mental image of Roddick getting his racket, arm and shoulder into perfect position to hit a killer serve. Then, just goofing around really, I took some balls to my local park and started whacking serves the way I thought Roddick would if he was in my body. The results were immediate and impressive. My velocity went up dramatically, and I just felt so much more comfortable than I had for years.

    In this book, the author says he noticed that if he watched Frankie Albert play QB for the SF 49ers and then played street football with his friends (pretending he was Albert), he could throw much better than usual. I totally agree with what he's saying, and my Roddick experience above is another example. In fact, what got me started playing tennis was the total style, class, and enjoyment that was Bjorn Borg's game in the 70's-80's.

    So, I agree with most if not all of the author's lessons, especially finding someone to "be like" and then "being like" that person. I also agree with the importance of getting your analytical, critical mind (Self 1) to focus on things like the spin of the ball or the sound it makes when your opponent hits a shot. Where I think the author sells the reader short is by not making two points:
    1. TENNIS IS NOT EASY. While keeping your Self 1 under control will definitely help, everyone has physical limitations, and tennis is a difficult hand-eye coordination exercise. In my opinion, the main reason tennis has fizzled in popularity in recent years is because it's basically a hard game to learn. The author probably skips this point to avoid scaring people off, but he could counter by mentioning that the Inner Game will make tennis less difficult and more enjoyable.
    2. TENNIS REQUIRES LOTS OF PRACTICE. This book is somewhat Zen-like in its approach, but any Zen book will tell you that the most important part of your practice is, well, practice. By this I don't mean hours of boring drills and instruction, I just mean playing on a consistent basis with a variety of levels, watching matches on TV or in person, and spending some time hitting by yourself or with a friend.

    I still gave the book 5 stars, because I think it can help anyone's game and other aspects of life as well. I'm also reading his books on work and golf, but to me the author's forte is tennis so I'm glad I started with this one.

    4-0 out of 5 stars GURU
    When I began reading this, I was somewhat dubious due to Mr. Galwey's long time involvement with Prem Rawat the notorious cult leader who once was known as Guru Maharaj Ji of Malibu, CA. However, as a long time tennis player and golfer, I could not deny some of the basic views he put forward. Read it but note cult thinking as well. ... Read more


    2. Winning Ugly : Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master
    by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
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    Asin: 067188400X
    Catlog: Book (1994-05-31)
    Publisher: Fireside
    Sales Rank: 3045
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    He's been called the best in the world at the mental game of tennis. Brad Gilbert's strokes may not be pretty, but looks aren't everything. He has beaten the Tour's biggest names -- all by playing his "ugly" game.

    Now, in Winning Ugly Gilbert teaches recreational players how to win more often without necessarily even changing their strokes. The key to success, he says, is to become a better thinking player -- to recognize, analyze, and capitalize. That means outthinking opponents before, during, and after a match; forcing him or her to play your game. Gilbert's unconventional advice includes:

    * How to identify the seven "Hidden Ad Points," and what to do when they come up
    * Six reasons why you should never serve first
    * How to beat a Lefty, a Retriever, a Serve-Volley player, and other troublesome opponents
    * How to keep a lead, or stop a match from slipping away
    * How to handle psyching and gamesmanship

    Winning Ugly is an invaluable combat manual for the court, and its tips include "some real gems," according to Tennis magazine. Ultimately, Winning Ugly will help you beat players who have been beating you. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have in your library
    "Winning Ugly" is a great tennis book! Brad Gilbert shares his pro experience in order to help players that lack mental preparation before match, and "thinking" while playing it. I was happy reading "Winning Ugly" as going through its pages I realized my mistakes and got new hints for improving my game. I never seen Brad playing, but after reading his book I might purchase couple of DVDs with "winning ugly" strategy in action.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Analytical and Intelligent Tennis
    Winning Ugly is a great book on how to gain the advantage in a tennis match in ways other than perfecting your strokes or training into world-class shape. The book is divided into three sections. The first is on preparing for a match and gaining an edge before the match even begins. Gilbert goes through planning, equipment preparation, stretching, overcoming nervousness, and how to mentally prepare to win the first few games. Some things in the chapters on equipment and stretching may be a little elementary but are nonetheless good tennis knowledge. The next section is on strategizing during your match and recognizing critical points. The last section is on developing a good mental game. Throughout the book, Gilbert uses examples from his own career and analyzes other players. These illustrations are perhaps the most valuable aspects of the book. Written in the early nineties, Winning Ugly talks about the top level pros of its time. The concepts, however, will never become outdated. The book is very easy to read. The reader gets a feel for Gilbert's analytical approach to playing tennis and can use it as an example for his own game. In one chapter, Gilbert goes into how to deal with certain types of players. It would have been nice if there was more of this, but overall, Winning Ugly is a great book and will help improve anyone's game.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I don't even play tennis but...
    This little book helped me to improve my chess... That's right! I am not sure if Brad Gilbert plays chess or not but after reading this at Borders I decided to use his approach to playing chess. The whole idea that someone is doing someone something during a tennis game appealed me and I considered it important to gather that tool for chess... This might not be a review valuable for anyone interested in tennis because I don't even play that sport but the whole mental attitude is what I consider important for any competitive sport.

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book
    Being a recreational player, I play very often (3-5 games a week). My problem was that I was very frequently defeated by weaker guys because of my terrible footwork, which resulted from nerves and focus loss. I was (and am) great while warming up, but later on I kept getting off balance.
    This book was the only thing that really helped me. Brad is a genius! Currently, I am on a 20-game winning streak. Thanks to Brad, my opponents are the only ones who get pissed off now.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good strategy book for the advanced tennis player
    This is a tennis strategy book. And a good one at that. But I believe the people who will benefit from it the
    most are 4.0 players or above. The reason why I state this
    is that this book does not go into stroke technique or fundamentals.
    This book is for players who already have proven and dependable
    strokes and are now in a position to start thinking about how to
    use these strokes to win matches against good, competitive players.
    But if you are 3.5 or below don't bother with this book. Get
    books on improving your stroke technique and worry more about mastering the fundamentals of the game as opposed to formulating tennis strategies for different opponents. I mean in the book Brad states that he is amzazed at how club players who are 3.0-3.5 do not have the ability to "adapt" their game plan during matches. Well I think this is only part of the problem that 3.0-3.5 players have. The bulk of their problem is that their strokes are just NOT THAT GOOD!!!
    I wish Brad would come out with a book which illustrates his ideas about mastering stroke techniques and fundamentals. Oh well I guess to get that you have to pay him $$$/hour for private lessons !! ... Read more


    3. Tennis for Dummies
    by PatrickMcEnroe, PeterBodo, JohnMcEnroe
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    Asin: 076455087X
    Catlog: Book (1998-07-28)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 19160
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Written for tennis newcomers but with enough detail to satisfy seasoned players, Tennis for Dummies offers practical, substantive, and perceptive advice on a subject that the United States Tennis Association describes as a "sport for a lifetime." Patrick McEnroe--little brother of John McEnroe--collaborates with Peter Bodo to provide a wealth of tennis tips, such as the difference between a ball's pace on slick grass courts and the slow, high bounce experienced on clay courts. Useful advice includes such things as how to find a good coach, which Web sites offer the most comprehensive tennis news, and how to respond when your opponent questions a close call: "I'm sorry, but I never had a moment of doubt. That ball was clearly out." Sprinkled throughout the book are interesting anecdotes about McEnroe's career, including an amusing exchange with his fiancée during a match, in which she eagerly and innocently advised him to just "get it over the net, Pat!" Those keen to take up a new hobby or to simply learn more about the sport they already love will appreciate everything this book has to offer--game, set, and match. --Jeremy Storey ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the world of tennis
    Actually i'm fourteen but I bought this book entering my freshman year of high school to get acquainted with the game. It really does a thorough job of introducing one to the tennis world, covering everything from gear, tennis racquets, grips, strings, and the different types of strokes (forehand, backhand, volley, lob, serve, spins), and what the strokes ARE, but does not focus on how they should be implemented during matches. Advanced tennis players will probably already know most of the info in the book, but absolutely superb for beginners. It really helped me get started with tennis and reduced a LOT of beginner's confusion (eg. what stroke is that again... which is my forehand/which is my backhand, and what they should look like, how do i score, what in the world is a volley?? really detailed information on gear, how to score, what the grand slams are, short bios on historical players, and a lot more) really, really helpful and a must read for all beginners, a good reference book for intermediate players. After attending 6 weeks of tennis camp and hard work outside of tennis camp, I got into my school's JV team, muchly thanks to this book but also thanks to the fact that we didn't have cuts this year because too many people dropped out of tryouts.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very good tennis book for a beginner
    I think it's a good and well-written book for a beginner. I wish it had more detailed pictures when authors are explaining techniques of the game . It has some, but the majority of techniques described in words rather then pictures. However, I wasn't able to find much better book with regard to visual explanations. On the other hand, when it comes to keeping in mind a novice, you can't beat the Dummies books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tennis for Dummies
    This is a great book for people who know little or nothing about Tennis. It is complete and very explanable. I understand things, a lot more with the help of this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a beginner
    I am an advanced player who has been training everyday for several years. This is an excellent overview of tennis. It does not get very detailed into anything, but it covers everything. What do I mean? For example, when it talks about forehand, it shows you basically how to hit it but doesnt include much more information like about open stance, semi-open stance, hip rotation, etc. It does include the very basic information. It also gives you information about the pro tour, how the tournaments work, and grand slams. I also like a few creative pages of information like "a day in the life of a pro" and "mommy, where do pros come from?" I recommend it for any beginner to intermediate player and it could even add one or two tips to the knowledge of the advanced player (afterall, no one knows everything!).

    5-0 out of 5 stars You can only love this book !!
    I'd suggest this book to everyone who is interested in tennis. It's very complete, it ranges from the very first steps to the greatest tennis matches ever, from injury prevention to strength building. It doesn't matter if you are an absolute beginner or a veteran: it's so involving that after reading it, you'll certainly become addicted to tennis ! ... Read more


    4. The Art of Doubles: Winning Tennis Strategies
    by Pat Blaskower
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    Asin: 1558703306
    Catlog: Book (1994-02-01)
    Publisher: Betterway Books
    Sales Rank: 27096
    Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tennis Doubles Wisdom Collected and Delivered
    Pat Blaskower collected most of the conventional wisdom about playing doubles, then expressed it, illustrated it and organized it so that it is easy to understand. I have read this book twice and expect to revisit it over the years to keep focused.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good supplement to the real thing
    To improve one's game, nothing beats getting out on the court and playing competitive doubles, but this book is a great off-court companion. By breaking down various situations into easy to understand components, Blaskower enables players to understand why certain shots and positions are better than others. She uses photographs and figures to illustrate her points, thus reinforcing her words with visual aids. Don't read this book only once - refer to it often as you improve your doubles strategy.

    This book is not for beginners because it makes certain assumptions about your understanding of tennis. I recommend it for the advanced beginner and intermediate player (NTRP 2.5 to 3.5) to hone teamwork and shot selection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
    I love this book! I had been in a bit of a slump when I picked up this book. The author gives very clear, specific info on court position in every imaginabe situation. She breaks each position down to jobs. You learn what is expected of you as the server, receiver and partner of the server and receiver. It leaves nothing to guesswork. This is a great book for womens' doubles. If you are a player looking to have better court presence and anticipation and consistency read this. It is specific to doubles. I am playing more consistently and confidently and I am sure that I will refer to this book for many years to come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
    This is a very clear book on virtually every aspect of proper doubles play. It demystifies doubles and allows you to understand how good players execute in doubles. The author writes extremely well. I can not recommend this book enough to anyone wishing to truly understand advanced doubles play.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome doubles strategies
    This book is wonderful. Easy to understand and loaded with information you can take on to the court with you. It helps you keep your doubles basic and on a winning track. I share this book with all my tennis teammates. ... Read more


    5. FearlessTennis: The 5 Mental Keys to Unlocking Your Potential
    by Jeff Greenwald
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    Asin: 0971398909
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
    Publisher: Mental Edge Intl
    Sales Rank: 35103
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Sports Psychology Consultant Jeff Greenwald (#1 in the world in men's 35) is convinced that all of us who take the game of tennis seriously and have a passion to improve have much more potential than we even realize--potential just waiting to be tapped. This FearlessTennis program will ensure that you never, ever regret the way you play the game. Through live interviews, powerful pre-match visualizations, Jeff's insights and the reflections of top pro players, you will begin to close out a lead with authority, play loose and focused under pressure and without fear. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Shows to how to bring your best game to the court!
    I've done a lot of sports in my life, and have only rarely been given any guidance by coaches about how to address the issue of nerves, tension, relaxation, focus, and playing my best physical game while my mental side was going crazy with the tension of the moment. It's no easy task, but Jeff Greenwald's "Fearless Tennis" finally tackles a subject that affects all of us who play the game, any game for that matter. Relaxing and hitting our best stuff under the pressure of a match, at any level, has always been elusive at best. It's obvious when your hear this CD, that Jeff has "been there". His professional experience on the tour gives credence to his insights on how the pressure of a match can undermine so devastatingly our ability to hit the ball like we do when it doesn't count. I think Jeff has done us all a great service by combining his extensive match experience, knowledge of the game, and advanced psychological training to produce this CD. I feel like Jeff has lifted a real load of mental anguish off my shoulders every time I walk on a court. I'm playing more relaxed, hitting out more on the pressure points, and am making fewer errors. I have mixed emotions about letting everybody know about this great CD.
    It's helped me immensely , I'm just not sure I want my opponents to know this stuff too!
    Bill Dunn - 4.0-4.5

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helps Players Get Out of their Own Way to Improve
    Jeff has done an outstanding job in blending his own success on the court with practical strategies we can all use to get out of our own way in competition and succeed on the court.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mental Toughness is a Top Priority
    "Fearless Tennis" is an excellent tool for ensuring stroke and tactical skills are implimented during match play. The lesson plan is easy to follow and understand. The audio format allows me to listen with eyes closed and really hear what's being said.

    Jeff's coaching points are clear and concise and his advise has helped me on and off the court. I picked up several great ideas that I plan to use regularly. If you're looking for the power to use what you know when you need it most- you can't go wrong with "Fearless Tennis".

    5-0 out of 5 stars fearless
    as an avid tennis player and fan, i've often ruminated on a thought
    attributed to boris becker: 'the fifth set of a grand slam final
    has nothing to do with tennis'...

    jeff greenwald's entertaining cd fills in the blanks as to all that becker beheld; the intricacies of the mental game...

    as a carrer skeptic, i approached my first listen with caution.
    jeff's easy going style and real day to day, match to match ideas
    won me over. importantly, i played better! immediately worth the price of admission...

    there's something here for every player. i highly recommend you give it your ear.

    5-0 out of 5 stars HOW TO STOP BEATING YOURSELF ON THE COURT
    Greenwald explores the paradox of competition: how wanting to win makes us lose. He encourages players at every level to forget the outcomes and learn how to savor the experience of play, which releases their winning potential. In what is much more than a tutorial, he answers questions and illustrates his points with vivid anecdotes from his sports psychology practice and his own tournament experience. He explains what transformed his own game from frustration to joy, and his performance from mid-rank to championship. ... Read more


    6. Smart Tennis : How to Play and Win the Mental Game (Smart Sport Series)
    by John F.Murray
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    Asin: 0787943800
    Catlog: Book (1999-02-17)
    Publisher: Jossey-Bass
    Sales Rank: 74309
    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    "The game with yourself is often tougher than the battle against any opponent. Smart Tennis shows you how to win the inner match while having fun along the way."--Lindsay Davenport, world's #1 ranked player for 1998

    Become a More Competent-and Confident-Tennis Player

    Smart Tennis is the secret weapon that tucks right into your tennis bag. Apply these proven principles of sport psychology to your game and gain a winning advantage both on and off the courts.

    "Smart Tennis is a must for players at all levels-from beginners to Wimbledon champions! An outstanding book for understanding and improving your mental game."--Vic Braden, tennis telecaster and researcher

    "If you ever want to use the title of this book to describe how you played your last match, then Smart Tennisis for you."--David Higdon, senior writer,Tennis Magazine

    "This is an excellent book of psychological skills that can be immediately applied on the tennis court."--E. Paul Roetert, Ph.D., Administration of Sports Science, United States Tennis Association

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book
    Whether you be a beginner, a recreational player, of any age, or a professional tennis player this is a book people at all levels of ability will want to read. It is a great book for anyone who likes to play tennis. Dr. Murray writes very well and his insights on the mental aspects of the game, which are so important, will help all of us play better tennis.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Mental equipment is truly important
    Mr. Murray does an excellent job of proving that "mental equipment" is helpful and beneficial to your game. I truly believe that you can't operate to your fullest physically without aid from the mental side of the game. The only thing that I was less than satisfied with is that he dedicates majority of his book to illustrate how mental equipment is important, but offers little assistance in improving your mental equipment. He uses excellent examples and truly illustrates his point clearly and directly. As for tips on how to improve your mental equipment, he has only offered about 1-2 pages worth of advice. For example, he spends 32 out of 34 pages of the chapter on attentional control, explaining the different types of attentional control, the problems with attention (such as:excessive stress, choking, etc.), and also explains how having selective attention and concentration is highly useful. He goes on to tell you the optimal effects of stress on attention. The only problem with all this is that after illustrating all the problems, and explaining where you need to be in terms of attention control, he offeres little advice to explain how to achieve the optimal attention control. In fact, only 2 pages out of 34 were actual advice on how to improve attention control and find that state of effortless effort commonly called the "zone" by tennis players. But, one must give Mr. Murray credit for writing a book on the mental game as very few books are written on this subject effectively. Afterall, isn't the human mind very complex? My suggestion is to buy the book if you want to learn about his philosophy on the mental game of tennis, but if you want advice on how to improve the mental game, then you might be slightly disappointed unless your satisfied with the 2 pages of every chapter dedicated to specific tips for improving.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comments and suggestions
    Dear John,

    Your book Smart Tennis is very smart. Congratulations ! It was a pleasure for me to read it, to learn many new tips about mental tennis and to understand more about psychology.

    I would like to give you my personal comments :

    1. I am a tennis player and a management consultant. And I found many similarities between those two worlds : what is good for the tennis player is also appropriate for the management consultant. And it guides me in both sectors. 2. I appreciate the structure of the book and its positive philosophy. It's easy to read and to remember. Your book is my new « livre de chevet ». 3. I completed the test (TMBC) in Chapter 1. My first surprise is that my strength is Imagery and, for me, the most impressive chapter is Imagery. You have focused on new dimensions and it is very practical for me. 4. Your book seems to be complete from the beginner to the professional. But, you know, life curve for any professional is like an Inverted U : growth, top, and decline. What about the time when a professional realizes that he is at the beginning of his decline or really declining ? It's an important question and a painful period for a professional during which he needs psychological support. A question that can be answered, maybe, in your monthly column Mental Equipment ! Or in Smart Tennis II ! 5. I would have a suggestion : your Tennis Mind-Body Checklist (TMBC) could be answered on your Web Site (Dr. John's Smart Tennis Site) with the results and their interpretations. By doing so, it would be both a marketing tool for your book and an easy interactive tool for the tennis player or any other professional ! 6. Your book is so interesting that my wife, Suzanne, who has a degree in translation, thinks it would be a good idea to translate it in French. The market is so big !

    I want to thank you for your smart book and for having taken time to read me. I would appreciate your comments.

    A fan of your Mental Equipment column and a believer in your philosophy,

    Jean-Paul Laberge, M.B.A. Québec, Canada jplaberge@sympatico.ca

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, thought and action provoking
    The book starts with a test to help you determine where you have the largest opportunity for improvement, then each chapter covers a specific need area. The book helped me immediately in a match and I hadn't even finished the book. However, I'm having difficulty with the goal setting area as the writer recommends making goals that are measurable (i.e. % of 1st serves in). For me, I don't have a way to measure the starting point or the matches after. Otherwise, it is extremely helpful & I'm determined to find a way to measure these things.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Integrated and On-Target
    Smart Tennis is the best explanation of mind-body factors in sport that I have read. Murray's knowledge of the tennis player's experience is exceptional. He provides a coherent and flexible set of suggestions that fits different court personalities and help players improve. A great book... ... Read more


    7. The Physics and Technology of Tennis
    by Howard Brody, Rod Cross, Crawford Lindsey
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    Asin: 0972275908
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Publisher: USRSA
    Sales Rank: 103202
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Helping coaches and players streamline their learning systems, improve their performance, and further their understanding and enjoyment of the game, this book provides an entertaining and enlightening look at the physics behind how to use a racquet to change the speed and direction of a tennis ball. Distinguishing the science from the folklore and myth, it makes the physics of tennis understandable to players of all skill levels. Important issues such as the role of string tension, the meaning of power, the importance of swing weight, and the relevance of the various sweet spots are addressed. Athletes are shown how to play better tennis by obeying the laws of the universe, optimizing equipment for ultimate performance, and understanding the dynamics of tennis events. From speed-to-spin ratios and shock vibration scales to choosing string on a moist day, this guide covers it all. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST Book on the Science of Tennis
    Simply put... this beautiful book is the best book on the technology of tennis and should be read by every MANUFACTURER of tennis gear, as well as those serious about increasing every aspect of their game! This is well written, beautifully designed and packed with information that any tennis player will enjoy and benefit from!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get the real scoop based on scientific facts
    This is an excellent book that dismisses many myths regarding tennis equipment. The three coauthors include two physicists and one tennis pro. They are all avid tennis players. They also have incredibly investigative minds. The book consists of about 40 different articles covering many different technical subjects regarding stroke mechanics, ball bounce, racquets, and strings. All these articles represent serious investigation and research from a physicist standpoint. These articles stand on their own independently. As a result, you do not need to read them in sequential order. You also don't need to read them all to extract the information you care about. For my part, I skipped some of the articles on the physics of ball bounce, but was very interested on all the articles regarding strings and racquets properties. Depending on your own personal interest, you may read or focus on different sets of articles. Given the rather dry subject, the writing style of the authors make the information easy to digest.

    Contrary to what players believe, racquets have very similar power. Strings, regardless of tension and type have also very similar power. But, different strings can feel very different based on their respective stiffness. Gut and high quality nylon strings feel soft because they are relatively flexible. Kevlar does not feel so good, because they are the stiffest strings.

    According to the authors, the pros don't use any of the high-tech latest models, including oversize, and widebody frames. They use older models customized with lead tape to add swingweight. Oversize racquets are not maneuverable enough at their playing speed.

    The authors state throughout the book that racquets that are stiff strung at low tension feel better. A stiff racquet vibrates less. Its vibrations have a faster frequency. The ball sits longer on low tension strings than the fast vibration of a stiff racquet. As a result, both string and frame vibrations are dampened by the longer impact time of the ball. Thus, the least amount of vibration occurs in stiff racquets strung at low tension.

    The book has a whole lot more of interesting information about tennis than I share in the above paragraphs. If you love the game, and are somewhat of a quantitative type, you will love this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The truth about tennis rackets
    Don't buy your next racket until you read this book. This book, by 2 physicists and a tennis specialist, sets forth what they have found scientifically about tennis rackets and technology. The book takes considerable concentration to mine the lessons learned for your game. But here are a few of the nuggets I found:
    1) All rackets have essentially the same power!
    2) Stiff rackets vibrate less and feel better.
    3) Soft strings and lower tension feel better.
    4) String tension has little effect on power.
    5) No one knows how to measure "control".
    6) Perimeter weighting drastically reduces shock.
    7) Backspin groundstrokes are easier to hit than topspin, but have much less tolerance for error.
    8) Stand inside the baseline when receiving a slow serve and bash it at the netman. He'll have no time to react.

    On the downside, the authors should have done a much better job of summarizing the findings. The chapters are written in sort of a mystery fashion, where you have to wait until the end to get the lessons. The first book by Dr. Brody did a much better job of summarizing the findings for the general tennis player.

    Finally, a book that helps you sort through tennis rackets! Unfortunately, the authors conclude that your skill and arm make the difference in how good you are. No racket will take you directly to Flushing Meadows. ... Read more


    8. Official Guide to Professional Tennis 2005
    by Editors of the Atp and Wta
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    Asin: 1894963415
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-25)
    Publisher: SportClassic Books
    Sales Rank: 43092
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    The No. 1 source for information on the men's and women's pro game. ... Read more


    9. Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia
    by Bud Collins
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    Asin: 0973144343
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
    Publisher: Sportclassic Books
    Sales Rank: 56366
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars the best tennis book, period
    For diversity, quality and quantity (960 pages), "Total Tennis" hits winner after winner. Past and present stars from Sears to Sampras and from Suzanne to Serena are covered with in-depth and fascinating features, either from SPORT magazine or by Bud Collins himself, the encyclopedia's distinguished author. The careers of hundreds of other players are described in engrossing profiles and bios. Collins' superb knowledge of tennis shines brightest in year-by-year stories of the greatest players at the greatest venues, as well as in discussions of important issues, from 1919 to 2002. The most memorable matches come to life with intriguing prologues -- before Lenglen's 1926 showdown with Wills at Cannes, France, she told a friend: "This girl must be mad. Does she think she can come and beat me on my home court?" -- riveting match coverage, and incisive epilogues. Comprehensive registers of both the pre-1968 amateur era and later pro era provide abundant statistical information
    about leading players and Grand Slam and other prestigious events, such as Davis Cup and Fed Cup, to keep even the most fanatical follower happy. To settle "Who's Better?" and other arguments, this compendium provides world rankings going all the way back to 1913. For fun trivia, did you know: King Gustav V of Sweden learned to play during a visit to Britain in 1878, founded his country's first tennis club when he returned home, and entered tournaments under the pseudonym, Mr. G? Dazzling color photos of the greats on and off the court complete the picture. As a reference book, "Total Tennis" is unsurpassed. But as an enjoyable read, it's equally valuable because the content is so authoritative and complete, and the writing style so entertaining.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Tennis Book
    I've read a lot of tennis books and this one is great. Except...Collins describes each season beginning with 1919...and leaves out stuff from the late 1800s and first two decades of the 20th century. Great picture of Leo Tolstoy on a tennis court though. Terrific book...and cheaper to purchase it on Amazon.com (which I did not do!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Book For Tennis Fans
    The best book by far when it comes to tennis; past present and future. Everything you have ever wanted to know is in this book. The pictures are outstanding. If you are a tennis lover, this book is definitly for you! ... Read more


    10. Born to Win : The Authorized Biography of Althea Gibson
    by Frances ClaytonGray, Yanick RiceLamb, BillCosby, VenusWilliams
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    Asin: 0471471658
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-13)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 158096
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    On Althea Gibson, America’s first African American tennis champion:

    "I am grateful to Althea Gibson for having the strength and courage to break through the racial barriers in tennis. She knocked down walls that gave us more freedom to concentrate on the game. . . . Althea’s accomplishments set the stage for my success, but she also made a difference for people of all backgrounds in all areas. Through beneficiaries like me, Serena, and many others to come, her legacy will live on."
    –Venus Williams

    "She just meant so much to me. I’ve always felt connected to her and thankful and grateful for what she’s done for people of color and me."
    –Billie Jean King

    "Althea built many bridges over her seventy-six years on this earth to ease our crossing. . . . She fought the good fight, she finished her course, she kept her faith, and she can rest–game, set, and match."
    –David Dinkins
    former mayor of New York City

    "It was the quiet dignity with which Althea carried herself during the turbulent days of the 1950s that was truly remarkable. . . . When she began playing, less than five percent of tennis newcomers were minorities. Today, some thirty percent are minorities, two-thirds of whom are African American. This is her legacy."
    –Alan Schwartz
    President, U.S. Tennis Association ... Read more


    11. PLAY BETTER TENNIS IN TWO HOURS
    by OscarWegner, StevenFerry
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    Asin: 0071437177
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-15)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 119740
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    Can tennis really be this simple?

    Just ask the dozens of world-class players who have made it to the top using Oscar Wegner’s groundbreaking approach. But if playing tennis isn’t so easy for you, if you never seem to play up to your potential, don’t blame yourself—blame the coach who taught you a lot of uselessly complex techniques. Play Better Tennis in 2 Hours is your guide to tennis as the pros play it—more intuitive, more fluid, and more fun. World-renowned tennis coach and ESPN commentator Oscar Wegner shows you how to focus your efforts on one thing—hitting the ball correctly. Your own natural athleticism will take care of everything else. Follow the simple drills in this power-packed handbook, and you’ll learn how to:

    • Move to the ball efficiently and fluidly
    • Stop worrying about foot position and stance
    • Hit every stroke harder and more accurately
    • Put a wicked topspin on your forehand
    • Master both one- and two-handed backhands
    • Combine control and power on your volleys
    • Put more speed and spin into your serve and more punch in your return

    "Known and respected all around the world, Oscar has given us another great contribution to tennis with this book."—Gustavo Kuerten, three-time French Open champion

    "Oscar has broken the mold, demystifying the modern tennis stroke. There's genius in his analysis of pro techniques—the dynamics of what the racquet does to the ball, how power and spin are added. He understands how top pros really stroke the ball, and always have, all the way back to Tilden."—Andy Rosenberg, Director for NBC Sports Wimbledon and French Open ... Read more


    12. Raising Big Smiling Tennis Kids: A Complete Roadmap for Every Parent and Coach
    by Keith Kattan
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    Asin: 1932421106
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
    Publisher: Mansion Grove House
    Sales Rank: 59665
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Millions of kids are getting into tennis all over the world. Tennis offers your kid unparalleled opportunities - world travel, money for college, great career choices. Plus: friendships, character and a lifetime of good health. But young players sometimes suffer burnout, injury, poor coaching, money and family problems.

    Raising Big Smiling Tennis Kids shows how you can raise your tennis kid successfully, while avoiding the pitfalls. After all, your kid has afforded you one chance to get it right. Whether your kid is 2 or 18, just starting or has some years of tennis, this book will serve you chockfull of practical answers and new ideas:

    * The best age to get your kid started in tennis
    * How to motivate kids to go back, practice after practice
    * When to focus exclusively on tennis
    * Save on lessons, find scholarships and sponsors
    * How to pursue a career in professional tennis
    * Gain insight into tennis organizations and agents
    * Have fun along the way at the best tennis camps and resorts

    Whether you are a coach, a tennis playing parent or a parent curious about tennis, this book will empower you to raise kids who swing the tennis racket with as much aplomb as their happy smiles. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tennis Kids is a Winner!
    I loved this book! I have learned more about tennis from a child's point of view than anything else I have read. As a tennis coach for children, this is the best book on the subject and I use the principals for other sports as well. A great and entertaining read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enthusiastic Recommendation from a Pro
    At my junior tournaments, I am offering copies of "Raising Big Smiling Tennis Kids" instead of t-shirts to participants. Great book for parents and pros.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    This book goes beyound drills and techniques. As a tennis mom I found practical answers to a variety of my questions. I especially liked the section on choosing and caring for junior racquets, and step-by-step guide to college tennis scholarships. Keith's upbeat, non-judgmental tone and occassional humor makes this a great read. ... Read more


    13. Tennis for Kids: Over 150 Games to Teach Children the Sport of a Lifetime
    by Reggie Vasquez
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    Asin: 0806521236
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
    Publisher: Citadel Press
    Sales Rank: 158561
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    14. Coaching Tennis
    by ChuckKriese
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    Asin: 1570281238
    Catlog: Book (1998-06-11)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 168956
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Chuck Kriese, men's head tennis coach at Clemson University and former U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team coach, is the all-time winningest coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and his career victories stand among the top in U.S. collegiate history. His coaching accomplishments include eleven ACC titles, eight national top ten finishes, and six ACC Coach of the Year awards. The Kriese coaching legacy has produced thirty All-Americans, sent twenty-three former players to the professional ranks, and spawned twelve current collegiate level coaches from among his former players and assistants. Coach Kriese is the author of three other books--Total Tennis Training, Winning Tennis, and Youth Tennis. He has lectured on the sport in the United States, England, Japan, Spain, and the Netherlands.Coaching Tennis, formerly published as Total Tennis Training, is a recipe for total player development that gives players and coaches the competitive edge when it comes to understanding the complex sport of tennis. The most comprehensive coaching guide available, it is complete with detailed descriptions of physical training techniques, useful approaches for mental and emotional development, and keys to establishing player strategy and team unity. Updated to discuss every conceivable aspect of the modern game from technical skills to momentum management, practice drills to goal setting, directional guidelines to coaching philosophies--discover Coach Kriese's unique motivational program, a formula proven in competition and proven by champions. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
    This book does an excellent job at covering all the aspects of playing and coaching tennis. He divides tennis into 3 parts: the physical, the mental, and the emotional and he covers all three areas well. For example, he writes about your "role" when you play someone: are you the underdog or the favorite (he gives several other roles too)? He explains how to be comfortable with your role and how to excell in your role. He also writes about the different types of player personalities and how to best motivate them as a coach. I thought this book was just great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Coaching Tennis
    This is an outstanding book that deals with every aspect of coaching tennis. The book is very easy to read and includes charts, diagrams and photos to supplement the excellent techniques described. A must for any successful tennis coach!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great guide to techniques, theory and drills for tennis
    This book is great for the beginner, intermediate or even an advanced coach/player. No matter what level player the reader is, Kriese gives good advice on getting mentally and physically ready for the game. His advice covers stretching and physical training, advice on how to play the game against many types of players, (ex. players with good forehands and weak backhands, players who are fast and come to the net, etc.), drills to prepare for the game, photos of techniques, diagrams on drills...and I could go on. I've been using this book for almost two years to get tips on drills and techniques as a player/coach. It's helped improve my game and the players I teach. I highly recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Scientifically up-to-date tennis training
    Contains quite a bit of updated material towards the coaching of tennis. Be most suitable for the high-school coach looking for optimal growth for his teams. It is a necessary reference for the serious tennis teacher or coach who likes to leave no stone unturned to give the best learning to his trainees. Is not misleading but is scientifically correct when it comes to the technical, tactical, physical and mental.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent integration of "how-to", psychology & training.
    Chuck Kriese puts together the best of modern tennis in one text. He deftly covers modern stroke techniques, a new system for tennis tactics and excellent motivational advice. A must read for coaches and parents. ... Read more


    15. The Rivals : Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova Their Epic Duels and ExtraordinaryFriendship
    by JOHNETTE HOWARD
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    Asin: 0767918843
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-07)
    Publisher: Broadway
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    16. The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Tennis
    by Robert Price, Maryanne Haselow-Dulin, Robert G. Price
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    Asin: 1932549250
    Catlog: Book (2003-06)
    Publisher: Price World Enterprises
    Sales Rank: 63803
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    The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Tennis is the most comprehensive and up-to-date tennis-specific training guide in the world today. It contains descriptions and photographs of over 80 of the most effective weight training, flexibility, and abdominal exercises used by athletes worldwide.This book features year-round tennis-specific weight-training programs guaranteed to improve your performance and get you results.

    No other tennis book to date has been so well designed, so easy to use, and so committed to weight training.This book takes you from the off-season to the in-season, and is loaded with dozens of tips and pointers to help you maximize your training and improve your performance.

    Both beginners and advanced athletes and weight trainers can follow this book and utilize its programs.From recreational to professional, thousands of athletes all over the world are already benefiting from this book and its techniques, and now you can too! ... Read more


    17. The Truth about Winning!
    by Tom Veneziano, Mary A. Sicard
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    Asin: 0971620393
    Catlog: Book (2002-02)
    Publisher: Tom Veneziano
    Sales Rank: 89191
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    * This book comes with a tennis instructional website and FREE email tennis tips.

    In The Truth about Winning! tennis players will learn in a step-by-step fashion the thinking the pros have mastered to win. Step-by-step from basic mental toughness to advanced mental toughness. Each chapter builds upon the one before to reveal a winning mental strategy. All skill levels can learn from this unique book from beginner to professional. No need to change your strokes just your thinking. You will notice instant on court results! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A book that is really useful for your tennis. No doubts.
    I want to highly recommand this book,
    to every normal player (like me) that want to improve his game.
    Without any doubt.
    The reason is that I am following the indications,
    the explanations, and the system that Tom Veneziano explain so well in his book.
    And right now I am a brand-new tennis player.
    I am more relaxed and happy on court.
    Now, I really use my mind on court.
    My muscles are much more relaxed on court.
    I look at my tennis, and at the game of the ATP players,
    in a different way. I understand a lot more, than in the past.
    You could imagine how, those differences, have had a wonderful effect on my tennis.
    The main reason is that, Tom Veneziano,
    give to the reader, a system, something you could begin to understand and put in practice the next time on court.
    On this book, there is no word about tennis stroke's tecnique.
    It's all about the mental game, and the mental side of tennis.
    He dont teach you, how to use your arms and legs, he teach you how to use your mind.
    Something much more delicate, to use on court.
    We all know how tennis is difficult, and full of worries,
    after this book, tennis will became less difficult,
    and a lot of worries will desappear.
    In my opinion it's very important to read it a lot of time.
    Because it's full of indications, rights for us,
    very normal, but eagers to improve, tennis players.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "The Truth about Winning"
    "The Truth about Winning" will help you win a lot more matches because thinking clearly matters so much during competition. Whether you're a club player or a world-class pro,
    you'll play better if you use Tom Veneziano's refocus and relaxation techniques. They will help you learn to handle
    adversity better. I especially like his advice: "Do not emote.
    Evaluate." Mental toughness is so important in the individual sport of tennis. This book helps you use your head so you can play up to your potential more often. I recommend it!

    Teaching pro from New England

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tom Veneziano will teach you how to play your best tennis
    Bo Jackson knew football and baseball. Tom Veneziano knows tennis. If you want to take your tennis game to the next level ... read this book! ... Read more


    18. International Book of Tennis Drills; Over 100 Skill-Specific Drills
    by United States Professional Tennis Registry
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    Asin: 1572432837
    Catlog: Book (1998-05-01)
    Publisher: Triumph Books
    Sales Rank: 65188
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    The singular, authorative source for skill-enhancing drills, this guide is equally useful for begining or advanced players of all ages. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars great basic catalog of useful drills
    This book is a comprehensive, easy-to-read list of drills for all levels. The pictures and clear directions simplify my coaching and serve as an invaluable resource on the fly! Buy this book if you don't have oodles of extra time to read fluffy descriptions and just need creative basic drill ideas to serve as a backbone for your practices.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Many drills for the clinic setting
    I purchased this book in hopes of finding a tome filled with quality tennis drills for two people or a player and coach. The drills in this book are, however, arranged for more than two people such as one would find in a tennis clinic setting. Nonetheless, the drills seemed fine and there were several for each stroke. ... Read more


    19. Coaching Tennis Successfully
    by United States Tennis Association, Mike Hoctor, Rebecca Desmond, Ron Woods
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    Asin: 0873224612
    Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
    Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
    Sales Rank: 518332
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Coaching Tennis Successfully is your complete resource for developing a consistent, winning tennis program for the ’90s and beyond. Coaches of championship high school tennis teams and sport science experts at the United States Tennis Association team up to give you cutting-edge advice on developing a coaching philosophy, communicating with your players, planning practices, and evaluating each season in preparation for the next year. At the heart of the book you’ll find

    • 42 practical drills for coaching stroke fundamentals;

    • key coaching concepts for all of the strokes;

    • tips and 9 drills to help your players make thetransition from the baseline to the net and master avariety of opponents’ playing styles; and

    • singles and doubles strategies.

    You’ll also find information on application of grips to strokes, the principles behind high-percentage singles and doubles play, specific responsibilities of doubles players, and doubles drills. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars coaching for dummies
    As a beginning tennis coach, this book helped me immensely

    5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific stuff for the novice coach
    Covers all the basics with a personal touch. Well done!

    5-0 out of 5 stars right to the point of coaching tennis
    Iam a coach of a high school tennis team. I found your book right on the money. Thank you for writting it ... Read more


    20. The Agassi Story
    by Dominic Cobello, Kate Shoup Welsh, Mike Agassi
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    Asin: 1550226568
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-28)
    Publisher: ECW Press
    Sales Rank: 22064
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    A father's unique perspective sheds light on the personal and professional life of tennis great Andre Agassi in this account of the Agassi family, from Agassi's father's participation in the Olympics to Agassi's reclamation of his number-one ranking at the age of 33. Previously untold stories illuminate the maturation of the once easily rattled, flamboyant rebel to the calm, composed, humble tennis champion. Agassi's high-profile marriages to Brooke Shields and current wife Steffi Graf are discussed in this rags-to-riches account of an athletic, talented American family.
    ... Read more

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