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Tennis for Dummies (For Dummies)by Patrick Mcenroe
Synopses & Reviews
Tennis is a sport for a lifetime. It really is a game that you can enjoy long-term, both as a player and a spectator. Played all over the world on surfaces ranging from concrete to clay the game of tennis is exciting to watch and even more fun to play.
Whether you’re an adult looking for a new challenge or a parent starting your kids off, Tennis For Dummies provides a terrific introduction to the sport. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, if you who want to start playing the game of tennis, but don’t have the motivation or information to do so, this book can show you the way. If you’re already into the game, you’ll find out how to take your skills to the next level.
This easy-to-understand guide will introduce you to the basics of the game and show you what it takes to improve each time you step on the court. Tennis For Dummies also covers the following topics and much more:
Whether you’re interested in playing singles or doubles, on hard court or clay, Tennis For Dummies will inspire you get out on a court and play. Featuring detailed photos, illustrations, and court diagrams this book can help you discover how the game of tennis is played and show you how to get the most out of yourself each and every time you pick up a racquet.
"Tennis For Dummies is an invaluable guide for anyone looking to improve their game." —Pete Sampras "Patrick McEnroe guides you through the tactics and strategies that will make you play like a pro." —Monica Seles
Features Photos, Illustrations, and Court Diagrams!
Beginning with the basics, this handy reference takes the reader through the sport of tennis and explains everything from the various types of racquets and balls to the scoring of tennis to the types of court surfaces to the strenuous mental aspects of the game. Photos, illustrations, & court diagrams.
About the Author
About the Authors Patrick McEnroe is a top-ranking ATP tour singles and doubles player. He has earned 16 career titles, was selected to the Davis Cup team three times, and has competed in every Grand Slam tournament. When he's not playing professional tennis, McEnroe is a tennis commentator for ESPN and CBS. Peter Bodo is a senior writer for Tennis magazine and has covered professional tennis for more than 20 years. As an award-winning journalist, he has written two books about the sport and is an "Outdoors" columnist for the New York Times.
Table of Contents
PART I: Tennis Anyone?
Chapter 1: What Is Tennis?
Chapter 2: Meet Me on the Grass, Clay, or Hard Courts.
Chapter 3: The Well-Equipped Tennis Player.
Chapter 4: Scoring in Tennis: Love Means Nothing.
Chapter 5: Knowing All the Rules and Regulations.
Chapter 6: Tennis Etiquette: Do You Really Want to Throw That Racquet?
PART II: Playing the Game.
Chapter 7: Mastering Your Tennis Fundamentals.
Chapter 8: The Forehand: Your Bread and Butter.
Chapter 9: Your Backhand: Use It or Lose It!
Chapter 10: The Volley: An Exclamation Point.
Chapter 11: The Serve: It's Entirely in Your Hands.
Chapter 12: Completing the Arsenal: Lobs, Overheads, and Drop Shots.
Chapter 13: Winning Strategies and Tactics.
PART III: Taking Your Game to the Next Level.
Chapter 14: Enjoying Your Amateur Status.
Chapter 15: Practice: The "P" Word.
Chapter 16: Physical Conditioning for Tennis.
Chapter 17: When the Machine Breaks Down: Common Tennis Injuries.
Chapter 18: Improving Your Game with Lessons.
PART IV: Tennis Aficionados Only.
Chapter 19: The Pro Game.
Chapter 20: I'll Take Four Grand Slams and a Cup, Please.
Chapter 21: Tennis from the Stands and on TV.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Ten Tennis Tips.
Chapter 23: The Ten Best Men Players of the Open Era.
Chapter 24: The Ten Best Women Players of the Open Era.
Chapter 25: The Ten Greatest Matches of the Open Era.
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