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Hot new tennis reads

Jun 24, 2015
written by: Heather Marrin
written by: Heather Marrin
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For us, the first day of summer marks the beginning of sunny days spent working on our forehand, coupled with a few lazy days kicked back to let our muscles recuperate.  For those down days, we find the best way to relax and refresh is with our noses in a really good book. Thanks to a number of great spring launches, our library is stocked and ready to go! Here’s what we will be reading this summer season:

  1. Mind – The Psychology Part of Tennis by Fred Hesse

    80-year-old Fred Hesse has been playing tennis since he was 15. Once a top player in the Junior Division, a two-time winner of the Eastern Interscholastic Net Championship at Columbia University and a competitor at the National Men’s Indoor Tournament in New York City, Hesse knows a thing or two about the sport. In his book, “Mind – The Psychology Part of Tennis,” Hesse strays from focusing on fancy footwork and baseline power shots and addresses exercising the most important part of the body involved in mastering the game: the mind. Boasting simple and logical methods to gain head control during a match, Hesse will leave you feeling stronger mentally with and without a racquet.


  2. The Stylish Life: Tennis by Ben Rothenberg

    When looking back on the history of the sport, tennis and fashion have seemingly always walked hand in hand. In this snackable piece of style lit, Rothenberg takes a peek at on-court attire and the culture that has developed around the ever chic pastime.


  3. Game, Set and Match: Secret Weapons of the World’s Top Tennis Players by Mark Hodgkinson

    Discover the secrets of the world’s greatest players and coaches in this new book that features a collection of tips from superstars including Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov, Eugenie Bouchard, Kei Nishikori, Pete Sampras, Steffi Graf, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Milos Raonic, Caroline Wozniacki, Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Navratilova, Gael Monfils, Petra Kvitova, Ana Ivanovic and Marin Cilic. Our personal favourite chapters: “How to disguise your serve,” by Pete Sampras and “Being a tennis parent,” by Roger Federer’s mother, Lynette.


  4. Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession by William Skidelsky

    Ever experienced an all-too-consuming celebrity crush? Author William Skidelsky has and the object of his affection is tennis star Roger Federer. In this thought-provoking story, Skidelsky touches on what it was about Federer that caught his attention, dissects his famous forehand, and looks back at his past victories and defeats. Simply, it’s the perfect piece of literature for a die-hard fan of any kind to dive into.


  5. Ashe vs Connors: Wimbledon 1975: Tennis that went beyond Centre Court by Pete Bodo

    Looking back at a match that made history, this story follows the 1975 Wimbledon final between Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors. A match characterized by an underdog and a favourite, and loaded with cultural meaning and contrast, this sports book progresses to read less specifically about the match itself, and more as a metaphor for “the changing world, the end of an era and a last triumph for the passing guard.”



What have you been reading? Tweet @TennisCanada your favourite tennis reads, past and present, using #LiveTheMoment! Once we’re done these we are going to need a new recommendation!