The top-ranked pro details the disasters and triumphs of the women's tennis circuit from Melbourne to Wimbledon and offers personal observations on leading players and on the current state of the sport.
Beyond Center Court: My Story
50, 000 first printing. Open singles champion in history tells about surviving the challenges that exist off the tennis court and shares how she was able to put her losses behind her and find new meaning and new rewards. Tour. The youngest U. S. 50, 000 ad/promo.
Arthur Ashe: A Life
Jim crow restrictions barred Ashe from competing with whites. Still, in 1960 he won the national Junior Indoor singles title, which led to a tennis scholarship at UCLA. Based on prodigious research, including more than one hundred interviews, Raymond Arsenault’s insightful and compelling biography puts Ashe in the context of both his time and the long struggle of African-American athletes seeking equal opportunity and respect.
In 1988, after completing a three-volume history of African-American athletes, he was diagnosed with AIDS, a condition he revealed only four years later. In 1968, he won both the us amateur title and the first US Open title, rising to a number one national ranking. In the 1970s and 1980s, education, ashe gained renown as an advocate for sportsmanship, racial equality, and the elimination of apartheid in South Africa.
The first comprehensive, authoritative biography of american icon Arthur Ashe—the Jackie Robinson of men’s tennis—a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual. Born in richmond, in 1943, by the age of eleven, Virginia, Arthur Ashe was one of the state's most talented black tennis players.
But much of the book explores his off-court career as a human rights activist, writer, broadcaster, philanthropist, businessman, and celebrity. He became the first african american to play for the US Davis Cup team in 1963, and two years later he won the NCAA singles championship. Turning professional in 1969, he soon became one of the world’s most successful tennis stars, winning the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975.
American Colossus: Big Bill Tilden and the Creation of Modern Tennis
The indisputable force behind the emergence of professional tennis as a popular and lucrative sport, Tilden’s on-court accomplishments are nothing short of staggering. After he left competitive tennis in the late 1940s, he faced a lurid fall from grace when he was arrested after an incident involving an underage boy in his car.
Tilden served seven months in prison and later attempted to explain his questionable behavior to the public, only to be ostracized from the tennis circuit. Despite his glorious career in tennis, his final years were much constrained and lived amid considerable public shunning. Singles championship, he was the number 1 ranked player for ten straight years.
But tilden had a secret—one he didn’t fully understand himself. The first american‑born player to win Wimbledon and a seven‑time winner of the U. S. A tall, flamboyant player with a striking appearance, Tilden didn’t just play; he performed with a singular style that separated him from other top athletes.
. American colossus is a thorough account of his life, bringing a much-needed look back at one of the world’s greatest athletes and a person whose story is as relevant as ever. Tilden’s athletic accomplishments remain, as he is arguably the best American player ever. Tilden was a showman off the court as well.
Ace against Odds
1 in women's doubles, sania mirza became an instant sensation when she won the Wimbledon Championships girls' doubles title at the age of sixteen. Currently ranked World No. A six-time grand slam champion, martina hingis, she notched up an incredible forty-one consecutive wins with her doubles partner, between August 2015 and February 2016.
Sania broke the rules, she pushed herself to the limit, she spoke her mind, she played for India fiercely and without care for how it might impact her rankings - she is and will continue to remain an inspiration long after she steps off the tennis courts. Sania writes with candour of the hardships along the way, not least, of the friends and partners who became her mainstay along with her family, of the physical and emotional trauma caused by injuries and medical procedures, of the pressures of constant public scrutiny and, the politics and heartbreaks that inevitably accompany success.
From 2003 until her retirement from the singles circuit in 2012, she was ranked by the Women's Tennis Association as India's top player, both in singles and doubles. Ace against odds is the story of this most iconic Indian player who beat incredible odds to get to the top of her sport.