Books Every Tennis Fan Needs to Read

Books Every Tennis Fan Needs to Read

Open: An Autobiography – Andre Agassi

He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court – but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the game.

Rafa: My Story – Rafael Nadal & John Carlin

Nadal is an extraordinary competitor whose ferocity on court is made even more remarkable by his grace off it. This book takes us to the heart of Nadal’s childhood, his growth as a player, and his incredible career.

But Seriously: An Autobiography – John McEnroe

He is one of the most controversial sportsmen in history and a legend of Open Era tennis. But after reaching the top of his game – what came next?

The Outsider: An Autobiography – Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors took the tennis world by storm like no player in the history of the game. A shaggy-haired working-class kid from the wrong side of the tracks, he was prepared to battle for every point.

Winning Ugly – Steve Jamison & Brad Gilbert

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.

Boris Becker’s Wimbledon: My Life and Career at the All England Club – Boris Becker

 In this wonderful illustrated autobiography, Boris shares his unique story, tracing his career through the many changes in the game but which has, at its heart, his loving relationship with Wimbledon, the place where it all began for him.

Tennis Anatomy – Mark Kovacs & Paul Roetert

Tennis Anatomy will show you how to ace the competition by increasing strength, speed, and agility for more powerful serves and more accurate shots. 

Fred Perry: British Tennis Legend – Kevin Jeffreys

Fred Perry, three-time Wimbledon champion in the 1930s, was one of Britain’s greatest sportsmen of the 20th century. In this revealing biography, award-winning historian Kevin Jefferys examines afresh the life and career of Britain’s most successful tennis star. 

Knowing the Score: My Family and our Tennis Score – Judy Murray

As mother to tennis champions Jamie and Andy Murray, Scottish National Coach, coach of the Fed Cup, and general all-round can-do woman of wonder, Judy Murray is the ultimate role model for believing in yourself and reaching out to ambition.

Wimbledon: The Official History (4th Revised Edition) – John Barrett

In this lavishly illustrated edition of the definitive Wimbledon history John Barrett has traced the process by which a small private tennis club in rural Surrey has become a multi-million pound business that is the main source of finance for British tennis.

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Ultimate Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance – W. Timothy Gallwey

Timothy Gallwey’s multi-million bestseller, including a new introduction from acclaimed sports psychologist Geoff Beattie, has been a phenomenon for players of all abilities since it was first published in 1972.

Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer – Mark Hodgkinson

Federer’s genius is explored and celebrated with infographics looking at his serving patterns, the speed of his shots, the spin he generates, his movement, as well as his performance in high-pressure situations such as tiebreaks and Grand Slam finals.

Game, Set, Cash!: Inside the Secret World of International Tennis Trading – Brad Hutchins

Sitting court-side on the pro tennis circuit, Brad Hutchins transmits results to a gambling syndicate, beating other punters to the big pay-offs. His stories capture the adventures and mishaps that come with following the world’s best tennis players. 

Borg Versus McEnroe: The Greatest Rivalry, the Greatest Match – Malcolm Folley

The 1980 Wimbledon final, Borg V McEnroe, is acclaimed as the greatest game ever played on its lawns. This classic sporting event is celebrated with first-hand accounts from players and personalities.

Tennis’s Strangest Matches: Extraordinary but True Stories from Over Five Centuries of Tennis – Peter Seddon

In this entertaining collection of stories taken from over 100 years of world tennis history, award-winning sports historian Peter Seddon has gathered together the most extraordinary events to occur on a tennis court.

Tennis Science for Tennis Players – Howard Brody

The mysteries behind the winning strokes, equipment, and surfaces of the game of tennis are accessibly explained by Howard Brody through the laws of physics. And he gives practical pointers to ways players can use this understanding to advantage in the game.

Education of a Tennis Player – Rod Laver & Bud Collins

A memoir of Rod Laver, the four-time Wimbledon champion and the only player in tennis history to win two Grand Slams, that details his childhood, early career and his most important matches.

Arthur Ashe: Tennis and Justice in the Civil Rights Era – Eric Allen Hall

Eric Allen Hall explains how iconic African American tennis player Arthur Ahes overcame racial and class barriers to reach the top of the tennis world in the 1960s and 1970s.

String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication – David Foster Wallace

String Theory gathers Wallace’s 5 famous essays on tennis, which have been hailed by sports-writers and literary critics alike as some of the greatest and most innovative magazine writing in recent memory.

Mr Nastase: The Autobiography – Ilie Natase

The amazing life story of the enfant terrible of tennis in the 70s and 80s – winner of 2 Grand Slam titles, 3 Grand Slam doubles titles and twice a Wimbledon finalist. It is not an overstatement to say that Ilie Nastase was in part responsible for the explosion of interest in tennis in the 70s.

My Life: Queen of the Court – Serena Williams

In this compelling and poignant memoir, Serena takes an empowering look at her extraordinary life and what is still to come.

Tennisology – Thomas W. Rowland

Thought provoking and original, Tennisology delves into the science, psychology and history of tennis, the world’s most popular individual sport, in search of the factors that truly influence successful on-court play.

Shape Your Self – Martina Navratilova

Shape Your Self is Martina’s life-affirming guide to tennis and beyond. Looking at subjects as varied as varied as self-fitness, mental focus and overcoming the odds, Martina draws on a wealth of experience and anecdotes to offer advice, suggestions and inspiration.

Kim Clijsters: First and Only Official Career Overview – Filip Dewulf & Wilfried de Jong

With quotations from top international players and an interview with Kim by the Dutch sports journalist, Wilfried de Jong, this full career review makes an ideal book for all fans of Kim Clijsters.

Unstoppable: My Life So Far – Maria Sharapova

 In this gripping autobiography, the five-time Grand Slam winner recounts the story of her phenomenal rise to success, narrated with the same no-holds-barred, fiercely provocative attitude that characterizes her tennis game.

Serious – John McEnroe

This autobiography, McEnroe’s first, covers an awesome tennis career, marriage to movie star Tatum O’Neal and where arguably the greatest tennis player of all time goes from here.

Pete Sampras: A Champion’s Mind – Pete Sampras & Peter Bodo

Here, for the first time, Pete speaks candidly about the personal trials he faced; the single-minded determination crucial to survival in the topflight; and the pressure of competing under the unblinking gaze of a media machine hungry for more than mere athletic prowess.

The Player – Boris Becker

Boris Becker has written this autobiography not just for his fans but also for his children, that they may one day read the true account of their father’s remarkable, and often controversial, life.

Rod Laver: An Autobiography – Rod Laver

Rod Laver’s autobiography tells the inspiring story of how a diminutive, left-handed, red-headed country boy became one of the greatest ever sporting champions.

Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven: My Road to Wimbledon Glory – Andy Murray

Andy Murray shares with us his thoughts on the pivotal moments of his playing career and allows us a glimpse into his world – his intense training regime, his close-knit team and his mental and physical battle to get to the very top. 

Break Point: The Inside Story of Modern Tennis – Kevin Mitchell

Break Point chronicles how the old guard met the challenge of the hungry young contenders determined to break their stranglehold on the Tour, from the genteel lawns of Wimbledon to the raucous bleachers of Flushing Meadows, and all points in between.

Love Game; A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon – Elizabeth Wilson

Love Game tells the story of tennis’ journey from upper-middle-class hobby to global TV spectacle, taking in the innovators and trendsetters, the great players and heroes, and the politics and culture clashes of the ‘beautiful game’.

Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession – William Skidelsky

In charting his obsession with Roger Federer, Skidelsky explores the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sport and the psychology of fandom, weaving his own past into the story.

Tim Henman: England’s Finest – Simon Felstein

This is the revelatory story of the boy who wanted nothing more than to be the best at tennis, and whose whole life has been dedicated to amazing his fans and confounding the critics.

Centre Court: The Jewel in Wimbledon’s Crown (3rd Revised Edition) – Ian Hewitt

This beautiful and award-winning official coffee table book celebrates one of sport’s most historic and iconic venues – from the epic matches and the legends who have graced its hallowed grass to the uniquely English atmosphere. 

Tennis: A Cultural History (2nd Revised Edition) – Heiner Gillmeister

Supported by a startling wealth of linguistic and documentary research, Gillmeister charts the global evolution of tennis from its origins in 12th century France where it emerged as a more peaceful variety of ribald football played in monasteries.

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