A former tennis pro offers an insightful analysis of the sport as it is played today, focusing on the 1990 and 1991 tennis seasons to show what motivates the game's greatest players. 25,000 first printing. National ad/promo. Tour.
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A passionately impressionistic and insightful celebration of professional tennis from former junior player Berry. With the 1990 outdoor season as backdrop, Berry sketches an alternately fierce and fluid physical and psychological battleground--one that pits gritty veterans and established young stars against a startling array of talented newcomers. Refreshingly uninterested in scandal and gossip, and paying scant attention to the sport's political and business aspects, Berry searches for the heart of the game itself--``the source for the drive top players have and the tremendous, pure appeal of the action''--locating it in an amalgam of killer instinct and the desire for social acceptance. The latter point--arising from a thoughtful reading of the first-generation backgrounds of Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, and Pete Sampras, and the broken families of Martina Navratilova and Jimmy Connors--though occasionally wonderfully on target (e.g., self-conscious ``rebel'' Agassi is ``America itself, part immigrant, part blonde''), is, unfortunately, more often undercut by overstatement (the Maryland-born Sampras is hardly a ``Greek kid''). Much better is the picture of the larger tennis world--as much a matter of parents, coaches, officials, fans, and retired greats as of the players themselves--moving from Florida's Lipton International to the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Included are sensitive glimpses of the perhaps ruinously introspective Boris Becker and the articulate and driven Navratilova, along with less talented but equally determined ``strugglers'' such as Jay Berger, and, in a brief coda set at the 1991 US Open, the remarkably resilient Connors. Fittingly, however, Berry is at his best in charting the furious shifts of individual matches, going beyond simple play-by-play to capture the ``combination of talent, concentration, brains, luck, and heart'' needed for tennis greatness. Not quite an ace, but an impressive sportswriting first serve. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Berry, once a nationally ranked junior and pro tennis player, here presents keen analyses of the current court stars' strengths and weaknesses. He also offers an irksome number of unnecessary metaphors and similes, often indulging in such unclear descriptions as "a man with a 1950s baseball player's body." The book's main problem, however, is not the writing but the subjects, since today's tennis stars are simply less interesting than the flamboyant Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, the icily efficient Chris Evert and Bjorn Borg and the high-powered Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl. Hence, interviews with Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras, Aaron Krickstein, Gabriella Sabatini and Monica Seles, although adroitly conducted, don't have great appeal, and Berry's review of the 1990-1991 season's high points doesn't catch fire. Author tour. ( Sept.
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Descripción Henry Holt & Co, 1992. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0805023143
Descripción Henry Holt & Co, 1992. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110805023143
Descripción Henry Holt & Co, 1992. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0805023143
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