Author: Chris Bowers
Publisher: John Blake
This admired biography traces the rise of Roger Federer, from his first tentative strokes with a racket to legendary status, and perhaps even the title of greatest tennis player ever. It looks at his development as a sportsman and how he has matured into a family man after his marriage and the birth of twin girls, followed by twin boys in 2014. With his remarkable return to top-level form after his grim 2013, culminating in his sealing Switzerland's Davis Cup triumph in November 2014, and his narrow loss to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 Men's Singles at Wimbledon, a fuller picture of the player's career can be painted. Far from being an endless recitation of tennis matches won and, sometimes, lost, however, the book also examines how Federer bounced back from arguably one of the most challenging periods of his career when he suffered a serious illness and a dip in form. In characteristic style, he silenced his critics by winning the French Open title for the first time, reclaiming his Wimbledon crown, winning Olympic gold, and in 2015 recording his 1,000th career win--a feat achieved by only two other players--as well as beating both Djokovic and Murray, the world Nos 1 and 2, to win the Cincinnati Masters for the seventh time. This masterly biography brings the player's story up to date, while also considering Federer the man and the player, as well as his place in tennis and sporting history.
Author: Mark Hodgkinson
Publisher: Aurum Press
Universally recognised as the greatest tennis player of all time, and maybe even the greatest athlete, Roger Federer is one of sport's most iconic and popular figures and is adored by millions around the world. In this graphic biography like no other, his genius and astonishing records — no man has won more majors, or spent more weeks as the world number one — are explored and celebrated with beautiful infographics analysing 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. Drawing on interviews with Federer and those close to him, this is the story of how a young hothead from Basel transformed himself into a calm and poised athlete who came to dominate tennis. And who, while deep in his thirties, has continued to seek improvements, to challenge men many years younger than him and to contend for the sport's biggest prizes. The sheer brilliance of Roger Federer is revealed through illuminating infographics of his game alongside stunning photography, stories and analysis from those who have played, watched and admired him that will give you a new appreciation of his greatness and how his tennis has moved so many people.
Zen and the Art of Playing tennis is one of the first book that have analyzed the mental and psychological aspect of the game of tennis. The purpose of the book is to fill the great vacuum still existing about the mental and psychological side of the game of tennis; even today, when almost everybody is recognizing it’s importance, very few people know what to do to solve the problem. This book it’s of great help, for the tennis players of all levels, to understand why the mind and the emotions are interfering so much with our natural capacities to play tennis and explain how to neutralize these negative influences and how to play our best tennis, even under pressure and in the most difficult situations. It proposes also all the techniques and exercises to help to improve the mental and psychological side of the game of tennis, that until now has so negatively influenced our performances and prevented us from expressing totally and freely our thecnicaland physical abilities. Zen and the Art of Playing Tennis was first published in Italy where has been selling over 20.000 copies and it’s still selling and it's appreciated by many tennis players and tennis teachers and coaches.
Author: Maria Sharapova
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
From Maria Sharapova, one of our fiercest female athletes, the captivating—and candid—story of her rise from nowhere to tennis stardom, and the unending fight to stay on top. In 2004, in a stunning upset against the two-time defending champion Serena Williams, seventeen-year-old Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon, becoming an overnight sensation. Out of virtual anonymity, she launched herself onto the international stage. “Maria Mania” was born. Sharapova became a name and face recognizable worldwide. Her success would last: she went on to hold the number-one WTA ranking multiple times, to win four more Grand Slam tournaments, and to become one of the highest-grossing female athletes in the world. And then—at perhaps the peak of her career—Sharapova came up against the toughest challenge yet: during the 2016 Australian Open, she was charged by the ITF with taking the banned substance meldonium, only recently added to the ITF’s list. The resulting suspension would keep her off the professional courts for fifteen months—a frighteningly long time for any athlete. The media suggested it might be fateful. But Sharapova’s career has always been driven by her determination and by her dedication to hard work. Her story doesn’t begin with the 2004 Wimbledon championship, but years before, in a small Russian town, where as a five-year-old she played on drab neighborhood courts with precocious concentration. It begins when her father, convinced his daughter could be a star, risked everything to get them to Florida, that sacred land of tennis academies. It begins when the two arrived with only seven hundred dollars and knowing only a few words of English. From that, Sharapova scraped together one of the most influential sports careers in history. Here, for the first time, is the whole story, and in her own words. Sharapova’s is an unforgettable saga of dedication and fortune. She brings us inside her pivotal matches and illuminates the relationships that have shaped her—with coaches, best friends, boyfriends, and Yuri, her coach, manager, father, and most dedicated fan, describing with honesty and affection their oft-scrutinized relationship. She writes frankly about the suspension. As Sharapova returns to the professional circuit, one thing is clear: the ambition to win that drove her from the public courts of Russia to the manicured lawns of Wimbledon has not diminished. Sharapova’s Unstoppable is a powerful memoir, resonant in its depiction of the will to win—whatever the odds.
Regarded by many as the greatest tennis player in the history of the sport, this authoritative biography is based on many exclusive interviews with Federer and his family as well as the author's experience covering the international tennis circuit for many years. Completely comprehensive, it provides an informed account of the Swiss tennis star from his early days as a temperamental player on the junior circuit, through his early professional career, to his winning major tennis tournaments, including the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. Readers will appreciate the anecdotes about his early years, revel in the insider's view of the professional tennis circuit, and be inspired by this champion's rise to the top of his game.
An instant classic of American sportswriting--the tennis essays of David Foster Wallace, "the best mind of his generation" (A. O. Scott) and "the best tennis-writer of all time" (New York Times) Both a onetime "near-great junior tennis player" and a lifelong connoisseur of the finer points of the game, David Foster Wallace wrote about tennis with the authority of an insider, the showmanship of a literary pyrotechnician, and disarming admiration of an irrepressible fan. Including his masterful profiles of Roger Federer and Tracy Austin, String Theory gathers Wallace's five famous essays on tennis, pieces that have been hailed by sportswriters and literary critics alike as some of the greatest and most innovative magazine writing in recent memory. Whiting-Award winning journalist John Jeremiah Sullivan provides an introduction.
Author: Rene Stauffer
"I'd like to be in his shoes for one day to know what it feels like to play that way."---Mats Wilander --Book Jacket.
The Discovery of Poetry
Author: Frances Mayes
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The author of Under the Tuscan Sun shares her passion for poetry in an intriguing handbook that takes readers inside the art of reading and writing poems, discussing basic terminology and writing techniques that range from texture and sound to rhyme and repetition, accompanied by a thought-provoking selection of poems that demonstrate the art of poetry. Original. 25,000 first printing.
114 Tennis Strategies, Mental Tactics, and Drills: Improve Your Game in 10 Days By Joseph Correa "Learn how to uncover mental and physical skills you never thought you had.” The best strategies in the game and the best drills to develop your game to the next level. Simply start reading and putting into practice what you learn. What all the best tennis pros in the world know but don't share. Now you can have this privileged information in your hands. Copyright 2013 114 Tennis Strategies, Mental Tactics, and Drills By Joseph Correa
The Inner Game of Tennis
Author: W. Timothy Gallwey
Publisher: Random House
The Inner Game of Tennis is a revolutionary program for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. Now available in a revised paperback edition, this classic bestseller can change the way the game of tennis is played. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Il Dio della racchetta
Author: Simone Fornara
Publisher: LIT EDIZIONI
Roger Federer è uno dei campioni più grandi e vincenti dello sport moderno. Ancora più che dai risultati della sua straordinaria carriera, la sua grandezza deriva in primo luogo dal suo modo di interpretare il tennis, che rasenta la perfezione stilistica e che si pone in contrasto con i tratti dello sport attuale, ipertatuato, muscolare e rumoroso. Non è un caso che chi ha scritto su di lui abbia spesso accostato i suoi gesti a quelli di un artista, e i suoi colpi a silenziose opere d’arte di fulminante bellezza. Su questa linea si pone anche questo libro, che – ispirandosi alla descrizione che David Foster Wallace diede dei cosiddetti Momenti Federer – racconta il tennis del campione elvetico a partire dall’analisi di nove suoi colpi apparentemente impossibili. È infatti proprio la rigorosa analisi tecnica che permette di spiegare come Federer riesca a creare le condizioni per rendere possibile ciò che pare impossibile, plasmando il tempo a suo favore. Ed è sempre l’analisi tecnica che porta l’autore ad argomentare, con costante ironia e in ragionamenti in bilico tra il filosofico e il religioso, tra la letteratura e lo sport, perché non sia così azzardato considerare i movimenti di Federer sul campo come manifestazioni del divino.
Author: Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The tennis classic from Olympic gold medalist and ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert, now featuring a new introduction with tips drawn from the strategies of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and more, to help you outthink and outplay your toughest opponents A former Olympic medalist and now one of ESPN’s most respected analysts, Brad Gilbert shares his timeless tricks and tips, including “some real gems” (Tennis magazine) to help both recreational and professional players improve their game. In the new introduction to this third edition, Gilbert uses his inside access to analyze current stars such as Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, showing readers how to beat better players without playing better tennis. Written with clarity and wit, this classic combat manual for the tennis court has become the bible of tennis instruction books for countless players worldwide.
For the first time in Australia, the little exercise books that have taken the rest of the world by storm are available for only $9.95. The first six titles went on sale in in February 2012, the second six are available from July 2012. Written by experts in the field, these books offer practical, hands-on assistance that is both deep and insightful, as well as amusing and fun. Available in an eye-catching counterpack. The brain games phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. More than 1 million copies sold. Since the series started in 2008, over 30 titles have been produced.
The Sports Gene
Author: David Epstein
A Sports Illustrated senior writer's controversial exploration of the genetic underpinnings of athletic success explores the roles of both biology and training, arguing that nature and training are equally necessary components of athletic achievement while considering such topics as race, gender and genetic testing.